Assessment leaders debate how to create high quality exams at Pearson VUE seminar

New Delhi: Assessment leaders from the UK, US and India were joined today by academics, association bodies and employers to debate how India can improve exam standards at an exclusive seminar hosted by Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing.

The theme of the event, which took place at Jacaranda Hall in the India Habitat Center was: “Evaluating candidate aptitude and skills through assessments: Creating quality examinations for higher education and professionals in India”. Industry leaders took part in panel debates and gave presentations on a range of topics including technologies in the assessment space, psychometrics, online proctoring, and the importance of skills-focused certification.

Speakers included: Prof. Furqan Qamar, secretary general, Association of Indian Universities; Dr. Rupamanjari Ghosh, vice chancellor, Shiv Nadar University and co-chair, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Ranjit Madan, CEO, Life Sciences Sector Skills Development Council; and Maheshwer Peri, founder and chairman, Careers 360.

Leading the event were Pearson VUE’s Divyalok Sharma, senior director of client development, and Dr Gary Gates, senior vice president of global business.

Mr. Sharma said: “This event has been a meeting of minds as we bring together valuable expertise and observations so that we can learn from global best practices and raise assessment standards even further in India.”

The Chief Guest at the event, Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament (BJP), expressed her views, “Though the numbers of universities have grown manifold in India, we need to absorb a lot of talent in India as most of the them find recruitment overseas. The current government is completely focusing on improving the standards of imparting quality education and inclusive learning”

Prof. Furqan Qamar, the keynote speaker at the event shared statistics around the All India Higher Education Survey and stressed on increasing number of enrolments in Indian universities.