Students of various undergraduate courses in Karnataka public universities will be introduced to an updated assessment model from this academic year (2021-22) on the sidelines of the implementation of the new national policy of education (NEP-2020).
The Karnataka State Higher Education Council (KSHEC) recently approved the revision of the assessment model by increasing the share of internal assessment over the results of end-of-term exams for theoretical subjects to a 40:60 ratio compared to the 30:70 tracked so far. The ratio for practical subjects is however fixed at 50:50.
Bangalore University Vice Chancellor Dr KR Venugopal, one of the incumbent VCs who had offered KSHEC to update the assessment model, told The Indian Express that it is high time that the model passes from a summative nature to a formative model. “With quizzes, multiple choice question activities, role plays, seminars, presentations and other activities organized over a period of four months per semester, students can be empowered to transform into qualified graduates and employable, âhe said.
Dr Venugopal said continuous assessment done over a four-month period was much more effective than testing students’ memory by taking a three-hour exam at the end of each semester. “We should be able to test their conceptual and analytical abilities rather than just memory,” he added.
Former Vice-Chancellor of Mysore University and Karnataka State Open University (KSOU) Professor KS Rangappa welcomed the revision. âHowever, the process must be transparent with scores for each activity provided in real time. This would push students to attend classes regularly and acquire comprehensive skills and knowledge on each subject at the end of the semester, culminating in the end-of-semester exams, âhe said.
However, a retired principal of a Mysuru public college said the new model would lead to patronage. “This proposal has been around for many years and we have expressed our concerns against it as private institutes tend to abuse these opportunities to perform better in their race to get more admissions afterwards,” said the veteran educator.
Meanwhile, Dr Venugopal said the concern had been discussed among KSHEC members and it was suggested that end-of-term issues documents be set at a higher level. âOnly students who have excelled in academic activities (in internal assessments) consistently will be able to achieve good results. While even first class grades would not guarantee an advance in securing a job, qualified graduates would be easily identified, âBangalore University VC said.
In addition, Dr Venugopal added that a separate committee has been formed at the BU to train teachers in the implementation of NEP. âThe committee was tasked with including the continuous assessment process in the teachers’ workload as well,â he said.