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IGNEAT IGNOU first foray into online testing failed, now the question arises what went wrong? Why IGNOU has failed to conduct online exams? And what will be IGNOU next step ? On Saturday around 9,800 aspirants appeared for the IGNOU Engineering Aptitude Test (IGNEAT) test, the IGNOU server broke down and the test could not be conducted. Yahoo server was used by IGNOU for conducting the test. IGNOU has sought an explanation from its service provider Yahoo! The examination coordinator professor Shiv Kumar Vyas said “Today we have asked the Yahoo! to submit a report explaining what went wrong leading to the collapse of the online entrance exam. We have asked for the log which will be examined to find out how the on-line testing crashed.” The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is the country’s largest distance education university. IGNOU offers distance education to over 18 lakhs students. The IGNOU Engineering Aptitude Test (IGNEAT) is the university’s first foray into online testing failed. The test ascertains entry into B. Tech and diploma programmes in engineering and technology. what will be IGNOU next step ? on this Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) on Tuesday said it will conduct an entrance test for engineering courses again in next 10 days, after its online test system collapsed on Saturday. IGNOU Vice-Chancellor V. Rajashekharan Pillai commented that they are still trying to determine the reason of server breakdown. “We have roped in the cyber security cell (Delhi Police) to investigate the matter and have asked our technicians for a report which we would get in a week.” He further ruled out the possibility of hacking and said, “I don’t think it is hacking, it was a server failure - and could have been due to load and congestion. We have thought of using our own server.” The first session of IGNEAT 2009, the first online version of the entrance test was scheduled for 11 am-12.30 pm on October 31. A second 90-minute session was to follow at 3 pm, with three other sessions scheduled for November 1. Online exams in five engineering disciplines: civil, mechanical, electrical, computer science & engineering, and electronics & communications engineering — were to be given in seven languages i.e. English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Assamese and Marathi at 80 examination centre across the country.

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