CBSE saves 50,000 trees and Rs 100 crore by going paperless


Central Board of Secondary Education says its decision to go paperless has saved 50,000 trees. The capital, has suffered hugely due to air pollution and has been fighting a campaign against the felling of trees, this is a reason to cheer. However, 21 digital initiatives have been set up for about six months and now, has saved Rs.100 crore.

The CBSE board added that the digital drive had saved 50 lakh reams of paper as admit cards, bulletins, attendance sheets and other instructional materials – almost 30 crore pages have been taken away. In this regard, the CBSE secretary Anurag Tripathi said, “CBSE used to print around 20 pages per examinee annually. So this would amount to 300 million printed pages for 1.5 crore candidates. This reduces our carbon footprint."

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However, this initiative has been adopted to bring a larger set of reforms in the affiliation and exam system. In this regard, the CBSE chairperson Anita Karwal added that digital initiatives make the entire system more effective, transparent and error-free. Further, Anita Karwal said, “This also saves time, which is why we could announce the results earlier this time. Also it helped us, decide not to conduct a re-test of class X mathematics paper as we could analyse the impact (of the paper leak) within a couple of days."

For imparting general information, some new initiatives are mentioned by the board and these are TETRA (Theory Evaluation Trend Analysis), OECMS (Online Exam Centre Management System) and OASIS (Online Affiliated Schools’ Information System). In detail, TETRA is a decision support system based on real-time evaluation and OECMS is designed to give the real-time information about the exam centres, question paper distribution timings, people with disabilities, people with health conditions, scribes, observers, etc. On the other hand, OASIS is an upgraded form of a previous system to determine inconsistent marking before the declaration of results.

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