Published On : Tue, Apr 14th, 2015

Soon colleges to conduct theory papers & evaluate them to share NU burden


To introduce subjective and objective pattern of 50:50 marks in exams

Siddhartha Kane

-Excess burden on examination section will reduce.
-Results will be declared on time.
-Revaluation system will be scrapped
-Students can also prepare for competitive exams
-Expenses on teacher’s honorarium will be reduced

Dr Kane address his first press conference on Monday after assuming the charge of VC of Nagpur University.

In his pursuit to make Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University (RTMNU) a ‘techno-savvy’ university, the newly-appointed vice-chancellor of RTMNU Dr Siddharthavinayak Kane will address the need for examination reforms on priority.
Addresing his first press conference on Monday after assuming the charge of VC, Dr Kane said he would streamline the process of conducting examinations and declaring results. As a step in that direction, multiple choice questions (MCQs) or objective questions will be introduced in varsity examinations, besides the subjective theory paper at college level. It will be 50:50 marks of subjective and objective type pattern.
Dr Kane said RTMNU will also reach out to people for their suggestions on examination reforms. The university will seek opinions from students, teachers, parents and general people before implementing the new examination pattern.
It is pertinent to note here that the examination pattern has become a boiling point in the varsity and a cause for concern as the administration is facing various problems due to examination-related issues.

50:50 subjective, objective marks pattern

In the proposed 50:50 marks pattern, the college will conduct the written (subjective) paper of 50 marks in the college itself. The evaluation of college papers will be done by the college teachers. The college will have to send in detail the marks obtained by the students in subjective test to the university.
It will be followed by objective paper of 50 marks. The students will get optical mark recognition (OMR) sheet for this. The questions will be of objective type.
The evaluation of the objective paper will be done online. The final result will be based on the marks obtained in both subjective and objective papers.
“This pattern of examination will ensure the declaration of examination results in eight to ten days. The student will have to pass both subjective and objective examinations. If the student fails in any one the two examinations, he or she will have to appear again for the same.A question bank with series of questions will be created for the examinations,” informed Dr Kane.

Colleges to go through exam audit

The university will form an exam audit team that will visit colleges for evaluation audit in order to ensure proper implementation of the new examination pattern in colleges and fair evaluation, informed Dr Kane.
If colleges are found on the wrong foot, action will be initiated against the erring college, he said.

Web portal to know people”s opinion

Dr Kane said the university will take feedback from students, teachers and the general public on the proposed new examination system. A web portal will be started wherein all the stakeholders will be able to give their suggestions on the proposed initiative.

Information, guidance helpline for students

Realising the need for a centre for information for students on various university related works, Dr Kane plans to start a helpline number. The helpline number will be open from 10.30 am to 5: 30 pm.

MKCL problem to be sorted out soon

The payment issue between RTMNU and Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Limited (MKCL), which handles some online examination works of the varsity, will be sorted out in a fortnight, said Dr kane. It will pave the way for starting the pending e-platform initiatives in the university.

Implementation of new pattern not easy

The implementation of the new examination pattern will not be an easy task for the VC. The proposal may meet with resistance from colleges who may have their own concerns on this initiative. The onus for conducting the subjective exam will be on them and so they are likely to be unwilling.
Earlier in 2008, the then pro VC Dr Gauri Shankar Parashar had taken a similar kind of initiative. However, it was opposed by the council members and so, could not be approved in the Senate and finally, it was withdrawn.
However, this time, Dr Kane is ready to take on the challenge and based on the suggestions of students, wants to implement it in a time span of one-and-a-half year.