Exploring scope to exercise autonomy in the fuller sense of the term, Nehru Memorial College, Puthanampatti, recently organised a day-long seminar on ‘examination reforms’ utilising UGC grant.

Speakers called for inclusion of group discussion as an essential component in evaluation process in order to enhance their thinking skill and oral competence. There was unanimity among the participants during the open house session moderated by the Chairman of College Governing Body M.Ponnambalam.

Delivering a special lecture on ‘Quality Assurance in Evaluation System’, R.Palanichamy, Controller of Examinations, Yadava College, Madurai, advocated different kinds of evaluation methods suiting individual learners. Teachers need to adopt a flexible approach to ensure progress of learners, he said, observing that there would be difficulties at the initial stage of implementation, and that a scientific method would provide a lasting solution. Feedback from examiners and results must be analysed and incorporated into reforms for betterment of the examination system, he said.

N.Abdul Khader, principal, Adhavan College of Arts and Science, Manapparai, spoke on ‘effective procedures and practices’. Only experts must be assigned the task of examiners to uphold objectivity. Autonomous colleges, he said, should frame practical regulations that have been tested and proved for conduct of examination, factoring in time, moderation, invigilation, and question paper setting.

The president of the College Committee Pon Balasubramaniam and Seminar Convenor K.T.Tamilmani, Head, Department of English, also addressed the participants.

Earlier in the day, A.Selvam, Controller of Examinations, Bharathidasan University, inaugurated the seminar. Teachers should be empathetic towards students in the teaching and evaluation process, and make the latter employable by equipping them with linguistic competence, soft skills, and entrepreneurial skills.