Tata Sons, one of the largest business conglomerates of the country, may setup an online assessment centre in Kashmir for conducting various computer-based competitive exams.
The proposal about the assessment centre has came to fore during recent Kashmir visit of a team of top executives of Tata Sons, a senior official, who was the part of a meeting with the group said.
The official said the conglomerate has in-principal agreed to setup the centre. However, he said, the Tata Group has asked the state to provide the required space for the centre. If established, more than 3000 students can appear in any competitive exam at the centre.
“The company executives have asked the state government for a ready-to-move in space where they will establish the facility. It will be an online assessment centre where students can appear in exams such as GATE, NEET, JEE and other competitive exams,” the official said.
One of the companies of the group, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is now the agency for conducting a number of competitive exams. CBSE has also tied-up with TCS for conducting various exams.
The visiting Tata executives have asked the state government to provide 9,000 square feet space in the initial phase, which can be later expanded to 15,000 square feet later to accommodate 2,000 more students.
“The centre will most likely come up at IT Tower in Rangreth as it is already a hub of Information Technology. Not just exams for professional courses but even assessment tests for jobs in railways, banks, etc,,” the official said. He said the Tata Group is looking at undertaking online courses at the centre when it is not in use for exams.
Addressing students at the Kashmir University in an event recently, Venguswamy Ramaswamy,Senior vice-president and global head, Tata Consultancy Services (iON) had said the visiting team has taken a joint decision to look at Jammu and Kashmir in a “holistic 360 degree view for growth and development of students”.
TCS ioN, which is the strategic unit of TCS focused on educational institutions and examination boards has conducted examinations for institutions like All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS), Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), etc.