The online rating system of teachers through feedback of students and teachers of Patna University (PU) has come a cropper, it seems. For, even after 11 days of launching the online system, the response has been poor.
By Friday- the deadline to fill up the forms - around 100 students had presented the feedback on faculty members online. "We will get a fair idea of the response after assessing the forms on Saturday," said KP Singh, director of computer centre, PU.
This is the first time, that any university in Bihar has launched an online rating system to analyse students' perception of their teachers and felicitate the popular ones on teacher's day on September 5.
It required the students to fill an information form and get an ID. Similarly, teachers were to fill a teachers' academic excellence form.
However, it appears, that the innovative exercise has failed to evoke interest among students especially due to the time consuming process of filling up the forms.
The other reason attributed to the poor response, is lack of internet facility on PU campuses and its constituent colleges.
I got to know of the system only today. Even if I wanted to fill up the form from a cyber cafe, I did not have the ID and password. I feel, there should have been more publicity given to the exercise so that more students could have participated, rued a first year student of BN College.
Even teachers seemed to be hardly enthused by the new system, observing the purpose of the exercise had not been defined and sufficient time was not allowed to fill the forms.
“The form is identical to the six-page format used for appointment of lecturers. So, what is its purpose? We even got a letter saying that our feedback will be a basis for our promotions and salary. If that is the case, it should have been properly explained and publicised,” said Patna College lecturer Randhir Kumar Singh.
He also complained, that teachers had not been provided ID and password to fill the forms.
But, a section of teachers appreciated the innovative effort by the PU administration, saying, that it was a good step. Sadly, there were reports that none of the teachers participated in the rating system, much to the chagrin of the varsity administration.
It is said, a large number of teachers stayed away from the exercise for not being tech-savvy even though there was an option to fill up the forms in writing and submitting it to the concerned HODs.
Director of PU computer centre KP Singh, however, said that the principals and HODs were supplied the passwords for distribution among teachers within a couple of days of the launch the system. “This indicates a lack of communication. We had gone to every department and explained the procedure,” he informed.
Nonetheless, the varsity administration is not disheartened by the lukewarm response to the rating system as the response received till August 31st would be vetted by a seven member committee for selecting the best teachers for felicitation on September 5.
“The forms would also help us in selecting teachers who could be felicitated on PU foundation day,” said Singh.