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Novel method to test students at ANDMM

STUDENTS AT the Acharya Narendradev Mahila Mahavidyalaya (ANDMM) do not have to sit for the half-yearly examinations. Instead, they are given model question papers and asked to solve them at home within a week. When the college reopens after the winter vacation, students deposit the answer scripts with the respective subject teachers.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 00:19 IST
GP Varma

STUDENTS AT the Acharya Narendradev Mahila Mahavidyalaya (ANDMM) do not have to sit for the half-yearly examinations. Instead, they are given model question papers and asked to solve them at home within a week. When the college reopens after the winter vacation, students deposit the answer scripts with the respective subject teachers.

Principal of the college Dr Tara Nigam said it was not possible to test the preparation of students by asking them to attempt only one or two questions within the stipulated exam time. Besides, examinations for graduate and post-graduate classes could not be conducted within a week as per university schedule. “Moreover, seven days are wasted for holding examinations by suspending classes,” she added.

“So we have tried to strike a balance to save time and teaching loss. We give students question papers by December 31 and ask them to solve these papers at home during winter vacation, which begins from January 1. They are asked to submit the answer books on January 9 when the college reopens. Subject teachers after evaluating answer books guide each student to correct her mistakes,” she said.

It is worth mentioning that it was the first college to have mentioned in its prospectus that taking half-yearly examination was must and absentees will not be allowed to appear in the final exam. But later this clause was removed from the prospectus considering the principal’s limitation in detaining absentees.

The most surprising fact is that for class tests attendance of examinees is less than 30 per cent, but when it comes to do the paper at home the turnout in one hundred per cent. Students claim the system of teaching, preparation and half-yearly examination introduced by the principal has relieved them of their tensions and they were able to prepare better for the final examinations.

Inviting the NAAC
THIS IS the first college to have invited the team of National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for evaluation of the college so that it could be graded accordingly. The team had visited the college from December 19 to December 21 and made several suggestions for further improvement of the college.

The history of the college was compiled in three volumes to apprise the NAAC team about the achievements of the institution. The team was impressed to note that despite there was no employment and personal counseling cells, the college was providing these services to the students in a ‘personalised manner’.

It is also imparting professional guidance to the students.

Principal Dr Tara Nigam told Hindustan Times that the State Bank of India has offered to hold campus interview. A large number of BPOs had also offered placement to the students. Dr Nigam said some Indian companies would be holding campus interviews in the next month.

First Published: Jan 04, 2006 00:19 IST