TAMIL NADU

Varsity to introduce `standardisation procedure'

TIRUCHI, MARCH 17. Bharathidasan University has proposed to introduce a "standardisation procedure" in the coming years to strike parity between marks obtained in theory papers and credits gained through the Continuous Internal Assessment (CIA), practicals and project work to stand up to global competition.

A measure to infuse relativity in performance has been deemed necessary against the backdrop of the liberalised examination system, which, in accordance with an international study, reveals the absence of correlation between marks obtained and the intelligence level of the performers reflecting in the failure of students with high pass percentage in degrees to get through examinations such as the National Eligibility Test (NET).

The trend of weak students obtaining first class by virtue of their inflated credits in CIA, practicals and projects, which lulled them into a sense of complacency in an era of competition, must go. And to achieve this end, the examination system would be made rigorous, the Vice-Chancellor, C. Thangamuthu, said yesterday while delivering the convocation address at the MIET College of Arts and Science.

Urging teachers to upgrade their methodologies of teaching and valuation, he said that the `standardisation' mechanism, which diffused negative aspects in the examination system, was already in vogue in a few professional universities. Examinations should bring out the real worth of the students, Dr. Thangamuthu said.

Educational institutions must establish brand equity in the form of product differentiation by offering skill-based components in addition to the syllabi prescribed by the university. Institutions can face challenges posed by the entry of foreign universities only by enhancing their quality. Compromising on quality would mean having mediocre students, since the concept of studying abroad has gained acceptance even among the middle class in the country, he cautioned, and favoured integrated programmes for arts and science courses so as to avoid replication of syllabi.

Advising institutions, particularly self-financing colleges, to obtain accreditation from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) to enhance their profile, he said that obtaining permanent affiliation was not a pre-requisite to get the NAAC accreditation. Being an ongoing process with innovations setting in every now and then, there was no permanent touchstone for quality, the Vice-Chancellor said. He later conferred degrees on 64 undergraduates and 69 postgraduates in the presence of the college correspondent, A. Mohammed Yunus.

The principal, A. Kamaludeen, observed that the new system introduced by the university to have a common university-ranking system for students of affiliated and autonomous colleges would boost the morale of high performers. He also advised the students to become job creators rather than job seekers.

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