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Wipro conducts all-India online test successfully with MeritTrac

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Wipro, in collaboration with MeritTrac successfully conducted a national-level online common entrance test for admissions to Wipro Academy of Software Excellence (WASE). The test was conducted for admissions to their Master of Science program, WASE, which is an off-campus 'earn while you learn' program pioneered by Wipro in collaboration with BITS, Pilani. MeritTrac, India's largest test & assessment company was the partner for this exam. The national level test was conducted between 13th and 20th December across 29 cities, in 44 testing centers, with 24,000 candidates being scheduled for the exam. The entire test delivery process achieved a success rate of 99.8%. Pradeep Bahirwani, Vice-President, Talent Acquisition said, 'Wipro firmly believes in the power of the online medium and that the online exams are the future of assessment systems. We decided to go ahead with our series of online tests with MeritTrac and completed the assessments on schedule to the complete satisfaction of all the stake holders. It was a great experience for us as well as the candidates.' He also said, 'The success of the WASE assessment test has been very encouraging and Wipro will be using the online assessment model for campus recruitments and other hiring needs.'

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). 

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