SRINAGAR: The two-day 6th Post-End Semester Examination (ESE) Workshop (VI-II) on “Assessment Examination Evaluation: Issues and Challenges” organised by Examination and Evaluation Wing (EEW) of the Central University of Kashmir (CUK) began at Nowgam-I academic block of the varsity here Wednesday. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka, Controller of Examination, Prof. Parveen Pandit, Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, Former Vice-Chairman, National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), Prof. R S Khan, former Dean faculty of Education Department, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, Prof. Shoaib Abdullah, Deans of Schools, Heads and Coordinators of departments and faculty members were also present on the occasion.
In her welcome address, Prof. Parveen Pandit, said that during the era of competition, the role of educational institution in nurturing students’ talent has become more multidimensional. “The Examination, Assessment and Evaluation system forms an important component of higher education and is the backbone of the educational system. It’s main objective is to conduct the correct and fair assessment of the performance of the students with respect to the knowledge and understanding of the subject,” she said adding that holding of the ESE workshops is one of the best practices adopted by the varsity, to discuss and deliberate the strengths and weaknesses of the evaluation system adopted by the university and to take further measures thereof.
Addressing the participants, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mehraj ud Din Mir, felicitated the EEW for holding the workshop. “Examination and Evaluation is very important component of the entire education system and the reputation of the university is adjudged not only by the quality teaching-learning and research, but also by evaluation and examination system of the university,” he said. Vice-Chancellor said the teachers now a days have to take utmost care and caution while setting question paper and while evaluating as the students can verify any information through the search engines and web portals on internet. He asked the participants to make the sessions interactive and innovative.
Former Vice-Chairman, NCTE, Prof. R S Khan, while delivering the inaugural address, hailed the dedication and values of the staff of the Central University of Kashmir and said that these virtues are reflected in the quality of education imparted to the students admitted in various programmes. He said the way CUK is working, it is one of the best central universities in the country. He said that by conducting such type of workshops, the university is proactively preparing the teachers to adopt the assessment and evaluation techniques as prescribed and revised by the University Grants Commission from time to time.
He appreciated the EEW for organising the workshop continuously and without any break. Prof. Khan said that several commissions on Education were constituted and the government should implement their recommendations in letter and spirit. About the workshop, Prof. Khan said that that during the workshop, not only threadbare discussion about the assessment and evaluation should be done, but also application part should also be there. He also made a presentation on “Assessment and Evaluation-Concept, Differentiation and Application.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dean School of Education, Prof. N A Nadeem, said that this was part-II of the earlier workshop organised by the EEW on the same theme. He said the teaching, learning and assessment are interdependent and inter-related at all levels including the higher education. “As practitioners we have seen it and we believe that things cannot be done in isolation. At any point of time, if we are thinking of making or suggesting any reforms in one area, it has to be done in the entirety,” he said, adding that if you want to change the pedagogy, it would implications for learning on part of the student and also for evaluation as such. He said the assessment and evaluation is not only for students, but for teachers also.
Registrar, Prof. Fayaz A Nikka while speaking on the occasion, said, that entire life is an examination and one goes through examinations on every stage of life. Prof. Fayaz A Nika said that during earlier ESE workshops, he was immensely benefited by the presentations made different experts on various aspects of examination and evaluation. He said that before setting papers, the paper setter has to step into the shoe of examinee and the heterogeneity in the classroom. “We cannot use the same yardstick for all the students,” he said, adding that the holistic personality development of the student can be achieved through both scholastic and non-scholastic development. He also proposed the vote of thanks.
Assistant Registrar, EEW, Mr. Faisal Irshad Ganaie conducted the programme proceedings and introduced the theme of the workshop. Later on, Dean School of Education, Prof, N A Nadeem, made a presentation on “Revised CIA Scheme-Guidelines,” Prof. Shoaib Abdullah made a presentation on “Bloom’s Taxanomy-Its relevance to Pedagogy and Evaluation,” and Prof. Abdul Gani made a presentation on “Issues and Challenges in Evaluation of Research Degree Programmes.”