Personal likes, dislikes influence evaluation: Prof. Mehraj –ud Din
Srinagar, Nov 2: University of Kashmir, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi today called for complete revamping of the whole examination and evaluation system in the higher education sector.
“The present examination and evaluation system, which we have been following from the past many decades and with which the evaluators, unfortunately, have become totally attached to, is out dated and vague and needs to be done away with immediately. The current system lacks efficacy and there is a dire need to revolutionise and fully overhaul the entire set up in order to ensure more transparency and test and assess the intelligence of the students,” Prof. Khursheed Iqbal Andrabi said while inaugurating the 4th Post-End Semester Examination (ESE) workshop on Examinations and Evaluation Reforms: Reactive Vs Proactive analysis, organised by the Examinations and Evaluation Wing (EEW) of the Central University of Kashmir at Nowgam-1 Academic block.
CUK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Registrar, Prof. Muhammad Afzal Zargar, Controller of Examinations/Finance Office, Dr. Nazir Ahmad Gilkar, Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kashmir, Prof. Khurshid Ahmed Butt, Deans of different Schools of CUK, Heads and Coordinators of various departments, faculty members and students were also present on the occasion.
He said the Grading system was much more effective as it brings five to ten per cent of the top students at par with each other.
University of Kashmir, Vice-Chancellor, said that more than “80 per cent of the graduates, passing out from the higher educational institutions across the State and country as they had no takers in the market, locally and internationally.” “The Government should also have a relook at the educational policy in order to produce exceptionally good human resource,” Prof. Andrabi said.
Prof. Andrabi also underscored the need for further improving the teaching standards. “The faculty should teach beyond the text books and continuously update their knowledge with respect to their stream,” he said.
CUK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, while addressing the participants said that unfortunately the personal likes and dislikes in many situations influence the evaluation of the answer scripts. “This issue needs to be researched thoroughly as it may affect the career of bright students,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din said.
He said the EEW of the varsity was continuously holding the workshops on examination and evaluation reforms, in order to discuss and deliberate the issues and difficulties faced by the examinees and evaluators during the course of ESE. “The entire examination system in the CUK is transparent and the students can seek re-evaluation if they are not satisfied with their marks,” Prof. Mehraj ud Din, said adding the feedback of the students regarding the examination is also taken frequently.
Dean, Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, University of Kashmir, Prof. Khurshid Ahmed Butt, while speaking on the occasion, complimented the EEW of the CUK for holding the workshop on the important issue. “Our examination and evaluation system is plagued with problems and has always been neglected by the academicians,” Prof. Khurshid Ahmed Butt. He said that despite rapid changes in the curriculum, the examination and evaluation system hasn’t undergone any change, due to which the students are facing immense hardships. “The reforms in examination and evaluation need to be focussed while the academicians are framing educational policies and then subsequently adopted to streamline the whole system,” he said.
Prof. Khurshid Ahmed Butt later gave a detailed presentation on “Examinations & Evaluation Reforms: Reactive Vs Proactive Analysis”.
Registrar, CUK, Prof. M Afzal Zargar while welcoming the guests gave a detailed account about the examination system of CUK. He underscored the need of making a robust examination and evaluation system. Prof. Zargar said the University is holding continuous and comprehensible internal assessments of the students and has shifted to grading system. He said the workshop is a platform to discuss the much needed steps in order to reform the examination and evaluation system and the recommendations of the workshop would be taken into consideration for future.
Controller of Examination, Dr. Nazir A Gilkar, while presenting the vote of thanks said the teaching-learning process and examination and evaluation are co-related. He said the EEW of the varsity was doing every bit to ensure transparency in the system.
EEW Section Officer, Mr. Imtiyaz Ahmad Parray conducted the workshop proceedings.