SOURCE: Prometric; India ATP

Prometric; India ATP

September 09, 2013 12:00 ET

Leaders in Testing and Assessment to Gather for Inaugural India ATP Conference, Prometric, Pearson, Questionmark, MeritTrac, Wohl Communication Services and Edutech Are Founding Conference Members

Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande Named Keynote Speaker

NEW DELHI, INDIA--(Marketwired - Sep 9, 2013) - The India Association of Test Publishers (India-ATP) will host its inaugural "Achieving Fairness in Testing" conference, 20 September 2013, at Habitat World, from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande, an acclaimed academician and administrator, is scheduled as the event's keynote speaker. India-ATP will bring together the country's foremost testing and assessment leaders, for the first time, to engage in open dialogue for discussions on how best to support India's education and government leaders to ensure fairness, integrity and equal access to honest and secure testing. Prometric, Pearson, Questionmark, MeritTrac, Wohl Communication Services and Edutech are founding conference members.

"It's an exciting and challenging time for higher education and testing in our country. Gross enrolment is rising and high-calibre jobs require quantifiable skills. The challenge we face is how to maintain quality, fairness and integrity in testing and education at a time when the design and management of these sectors must keep pace with increasing demand," said Professor Dhande. 

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Securing the future employment of professional careers in India -- through education and assessment -- will be the central topic for discussion during the inaugural India-ATP conference. India's testing and assessment industry supports the exam programs that afford India's students the opportunity to gain entry to prestigious educational institutions and allow licensed, certified professionals the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in highly skilled professions.

A featured panel discussion and focused breakout sessions will provide a first of its kind look at the science behind 'good' and 'fair' testing, today's trends in examination, candidate and exam security and test delivery environments, as well as a look into the future of testing and assessment in India.

"We have formed the India Association of Test Publishers to support and promote fairness and integrity in testing," said Dr. William G. Harris, CEO of ATP. "Our inaugural conference brings together testing and assessment thought leaders to discuss current trends and challenges and create a useful dialogue among industry leaders."

India-ATP 2013 Schedule:

3:30 p.m. - Registration
4:00 p.m. - Opening Remarks
4:15 p.m. - Keynote Address
5:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion
6:00 p.m. - Break
6:15 p.m. - Focused Stream Sessions
7:15 p.m. - Closing Remarks
7:30 p.m. - Reception

Stream Sessions:

  • Assessing the right skills and competence
  • The science of a fair test -- making it equal for all candidates
  • The value of candidate and exam security
  • The spectrum of possible testing and assessment environments

Professor Dhande is an innovative technologist, acclaimed academician, eminent researcher, visionary institution builder and able administrator whose contributions are acknowledged across India and internationally. He has been the founder and Mentor Director of several new national Institutions in Science and Technology and chairman of various national and international government advisory boards. Professor Dhande received his B.E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune and his Doctoral degree from the IIT Kanpur. After completing academic work in the United States, he returned to India to build a new vision of computer-based engineering. 

Under Dr. Dhande's captainship, India Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has been recognised as a technical institution of excellence for providing an international level of education and research in science and technology. Dr. Dhande is recognised as a founder of Computer-Aided Design in India with contributions to both academia and industry. Dr. Dhande is a recipient of prestigious academic and service awards and fellowships, having served the nation for the past 30 years while guiding more than 120 post-graduate students and publishing more than 130 research articles. Click here to read his full bio. 

India ATP's founding members are made up of the leading publishers and assessment service providers in today's testing industry. I-ATP appreciates the strong support and commitment from Edutech, MeritTrac, Pearson, Prometric, Questionmark and Wohl Communication Services

India-ATP, a regional division of the Association of Test Publishers (ATP), provides a forum focused on positively influencing consumers and government agencies in India to establish policies and guidelines that are advantageous to all of the stakeholders in the testing process.

Through its members, ATP has long helped organizations and governments in the U.S., Europe and Asia to develop, sustain and promote best practices and international standards for all forms of testing. The ATP promotes industry-wide accepted guidelines for psychometrics, test delivery, test security, e-testing, inter-operability, privacy, test adaptation, localisation and other areas related to the testing process. A non-profit organization, ATP represents providers of tests and assessment tools and/or services related to assessment, selection, screening, certification, licensing, educational or clinical uses. India-ATP is the latest division and is focused on supporting assessment and testing in India.

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