National workshop on ‘Concepts and Techniques of evaluation and measurement’

 

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 teacher. 

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.  

The 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 Workshop.