In a move that can change the way exams are conducted as well as scored, the Indian Statistical Institute (ISI) is planning to use an artificial intelligence-powered method (AI/ML) to automate the evaluation of the students’ answer scripts.
According to a noted national newspaper, the ISI is planning to use machine learning-based (AI/ML) system that will be programmed to analyse even subjective questions like essay writing, where a student’s creative writing skills can be assessed.
Officials have also suggested that one of the main objectives behind this move is to make sure that these exams are free of biases.
Under the new system, the students will have to write the answers on tablets using a special type of pen, instead of submitting physical papers.
A two-day workshop on machine learning and its application to pattern recognition started at the ISI on Thursday.
Umapada Pal, professor and head of the ISI’s computer vision and pattern recognition unit, told the newspaper, “We need to use artificial intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing to evaluate answer scripts. Evaluating descriptive answers is a challenging task because of various handwriting styles.”