Faculty of Commerce organized a two day
National workshop on ‘Concepts and Techniques of evaluation and
measurement’ during Sept 20-21, 2008 in ICG campus.
After the welcome note by Dr. Raakhi
Gupta, Principal of the college, the inaugural session had Prof. P. K.
Tulsi as the keynote speaker who presented her expert views on the topic
‘Enhancing reliability and validity of student evaluation’. While
expatiating on the topic she apprised the delegates with the current
education system and the status of higher education in India. Stressing
on the need for the overall development of the student, she mentioned
that knowledge, comprehension ability, application of knowledge and
analytical skills is what every student must possess. Focusing further
on the topic she highlighted various shortcomings and common errors
being left unattended by the examiners in the question papers set by
them. She stressed on the need to set the question paper covering the
entire syllabus rather than just those units of syllabus that the
examiner is comfortable with. She provided vital information with
regards to the techniques of evaluation and the steps in setting a
question paper. The session ended with a formal vote of thanks by Prof.
M. K. Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Commerce in the college.
The second session was
chaired by Prof. Mushtaque Ahmad, Principal in GLA Group of
Institutions, Mathura, who shared his valuable experiences with regards
to setting question papers during his tenure of more than three decades
at Aligarh Muslim
University. He reminded the teachers that they are the nation builders
and that they shape the nation. According to him the hard labor with the
students brings its own rewards. Sharing his experiences on paper
setting he highlighted that the purpose of setting question paper should
not be to exhibit the paper setter’s own knowledge, rather it should be
aimed at testing student’s knowledge.
The session had a dynamic lecture by
Prof. R. D. Sharma, who stressed on the application of practical
knowledge by the faculty on the job. He highlighted the issue of
political interference in paper setting as well as evaluation, and
stressed on the need for empowering the faculty to counter such
pressures. He also laid emphasis on lowering the student teacher ratio
in the classes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the
Prof. Prashant Kumar, a veteran
academician with 3 decades of experience in teaching, while expressing
his views mentioned three major components of a successful educational
system. According to him these components included the facilities
provided by the management, the intellectual level of teachers in the
institution and the quality of students admitted for the courses. He
stressed on the need for a detailed syllabus and a databank for the
teachers. He further mentioned that the teachers are not being given
adequate time to prepare question papers, which results in flaws in the
paper. He emphasized on need of hardwork on the part of teachers to
enable them to evaluate and measure student’s performance genuinely.
The session had Prof. J. K. Jain, an
eminent academician from Sagar University, Sagar, as the next speaker to
share his views. He called for a need to nip in the bud, by eliminating
the deficiencies of the admission process itself. While expressing his
opinion, he mentioned that a lamp cannot light another lamp unless and
until the lamp itself has a flame. While expressing concern over the
high student teacher ratio, he proposed the need to have a lower teacher
student ratio of 1:15. With a large number of students in commerce, he
mentioned his preference of having an annual examination pattern rather
than semester pattern.
The third and the last session of the
technical inaugural function for the day, was chaired by Prof. J. K.
Tandon, Former Director, Academic Staff College and a leading academic
laureate from Dept. of EAFM in University of Rajasthan. He stressed on
the need for setting a question paper which can be understood by the
student. He further mentioned that the paper setter must set the paper
keeping into mind the mental level of all the students.
The technical session had Prof. M. L.
Sisodia Former director and founder of Academic Staff College in
University of Rajasthan, as the keynote speaker. He presented a
comparative account of the education system in India and America. He
also highlighted the issue of high student teacher ratio, and stressed
on the need to lower it. He further discussed the instructional
objectives with regards to evaluation and measurement of student’s
ability. He shared with the audience the latest trends and reforms being
adopted in written examinations. While highlighting the issue of
overemphasis on certification rather than acquisition knowledge, he
advocated the teachers to set a balanced question papers, containing
questions for the students of lower mental ability, average mental
ability and high mental ability. He provided valuable inputs and
suggestions for framing a question paper.
The session ended with a formal vote of
thanks by Ms. Richa Yadav, Head, Dept. of Advertising & Brand management
in the college.
It was followed by a Group work by the
different participants from ICG and different Govt. colleges of
Rajasthan, grouped on the basis of subjects. The group work envisaged
development of a question bank in consultation with the resource persons
from the prestigious Universities of India. These resource persons
included Prof. K. M. Pandey (BHU, Varanasi), Prof. Mushtaque Ahmad (GLA
Group of Institutions, Mathura), Prof. R. D. Sharma (University of
Jammu, Jammu), Prof. Prashant Kumar (BHU, Varanasi), Prof. J. K. Jain (Sagar
University, Sagar), Prof. J. K. Tandon (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur),
Prof. Naveen Mathur (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur), Prof. T. N.
Mathur (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur), Prof. Shyam Gopal Sharma
(University of Rajasthan, Jaipur), Prof. R. K. Dixit (University of
Rajasthan, Jaipur), Dr. Anil Mehta (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur),
Dr. Subhash Garg (University of Rajasthan, Jaipur). The Group work
continued on the second day as well.
valedictory session was chaired by Prof. Om Prakash who shared his
experiences on question paper framing. Workshop report and formal vote
of thanks was delivered by Sharad Garg, Organizing Secretary of the