The test was conducted using the Pariksha platform for large-scale, high-stakes exams, which was launched by MeritTrac in November 2009. Madan Padaki, Co-Founder & CEO, MeritTrac commented, 'We are proud to have partnered with Wipro on this initiative of online exams. The successful conduct of this exam reiterates our belief that with a clearly defined exam process, appropriate technology, trained people and efficient project management, it is possible to deliver online exams successfully.' 'Earlier this year, MeritTrac had conducted the Gujarat Common Entrance Test (GCET 2009) for over 23,000 candidates across 11 cities in Gujarat. The Online GCET project recently won the Chairman Distinction Award at the Manthan South Asia Awards 2009 in Delhi. 'This is just the beginning. Several educational institutions, Governments and large organizations have shown active interest in taking their assessments online on the Pariksha platform,' added Padaki.
WASE is a four year, eight semester course where the candidates train with Wipro and work on live projects on weekdays and attend classes over the weekends. The first seven semesters comprises of course work, with the eighth semester being a dissertation. At the end of four years, candidates get an MS degree from BITS, Pilani equivalent to their full-time two year MS degree program. Wipro bears the entire course fee and also pays the WASE candidates a monthly stipend for the duration of the course (four years).