Students of the Lucknow University will soon get to assess their teachers as the officials are set to come up with a format allowing them to evaluate their classroom experience.
The university will begin the process of obtaining the feedback of students about the faculty. The move is seen as an attempt to improve the quality of education.
“The idea is to find out what students think about the way they are being taught. We are developing a system with a set of questions that will be distributed among the students to rate the teachers,” an official said.
“In addition to this, a monthly report pro forma has also been circulated to the heads of various departments so that the monthly progress and activity report of the departments can be compiled,” said LU spokesman NK Pandey.
“The university, through its Internal Quality Assurance Cell (IQAC), will start the process of obtaining students’ feedback about the faculty engaged in teaching,” he said.
“The IQAC has finalised a detailed pro forma on faculty and the facilities available on the campus,” he added.
Pandey said an assessment pro forma for self-finance courses had also been circulated to analyse its status and improve relevance.
The students are excited and are waiting for the idea to take concrete shape. Ankita Khan, a BA first year student said, “This will help students as teachers will do a bit extra while teaching us in class.”
President of the LU Teachers’ Association Dinesh Kumar is open to the idea but has some reservations too.
“Only those students should be allowed to evaluate performance of teachers who have 75% attendance and are regular in class. If someone is not regular in class how will he assess a teacher’s ability,” Kumar said.
By and large, the university teachers have welcomed the idea.
Prof Manoj Dixit, head of public administration department, said: “To me it is good if used as a feedback tool only. Mutual feedback is always good. All necessary caution, however, needs to be taken. Democracy will take root through mutual feedback.”