Call to restore students' faith in examination: VC

Need of the hour:F. Xavier Alphonse, Director, The Indian Centre for Research and Development   | Photo Credit: — Photo: M. Moorthy

Staff Reporter

Students look for sincerity and commitment from teachers

TIRUCHI: The need to restore students' faith in the examination system has arisen, the Vice-Chancellor of Bharathidasan University, M. Ponnavaikko, said on Friday.

Students look for sincerity and commitment on the part of teachers valuing their answer scripts.

The answers must be fully read and valued, Prof. Ponnavaikko said, inaugurating a UGC sponsored State-level seminar on ‘Examination Reforms' organised by the Jamal Mohamed College.

The onus was on teachers to rectify the system by inspiring students to derive maximum benefits from the Choice-Based-Credit System in the form of knowledge and skills acquisition.

He felt that it was possible for autonomous colleges to set right the system by not assigning teaching tasks to those teachers found wanting on the evaluation front, he said.

Likewise, examinations and evaluation should be conducted unit-wise so as to ensure that students indirectly learn the complete portions.

One page a teacher

Colleges must devote a page to each teacher in their respective websites to come out with question banks.

Question papers for the unit-wise examination must be based on the question bank.

Students could be provided the flexibility to take up the examination over a week-long period after completion of each unit.

The same method could be followed for the final examination, he said.

The College Principal, M. Sheik Mohamed, presided over.

College Secretary M.J.M. Abdul Gafoor and Treasurer K.A. Kaleel Ahamed also took part.

Technical session

Following the inaugural session, the Director of The Indian Centre for Research and Development of Community Education, Rev. Fr. Xavier Alphones, handled a technical session on ‘Continuous Internal Assessment and End Semester Evaluation.'

Delivering the valedictory address, S. Sridharan, Controller of Examinations, Bharathisadan University, emphasised on the need for question paper setters to provide the correct scheme of evaluation such that evaluators will be able to perform their task with a dynamic frame of mind.

Avoid repetitions

As for the autonomous colleges, the controller of examination should ensure avoidance of repetition of questions.

There must be equal distribution of marks for both objective and descriptive questions.

While objective questions determine in-depth knowledge of the candidates, descriptive ones will enable below average candidates to secure a pass, he explained.

Dr. Sridharan handed over certificates to the about 40 participants from various parts of the State in the presence of the president of the College Management Committee, M.J. Noordeen, and Assistant Secretary A.K. Khaja Nazeemudeen.