Mysuru, January 22:- A five-day training-cum-workshop on ‘Testing and Evaluation and Item writing’ for the Telugu assistant professors and research scholars of South India began at National Testing Service-India (NTS-I) of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), here on Monday.
Dr L Ramamoorthy, RRO of CIIL and Head, LDC-IL (Linguistic Data Consortium for Indian Languages), CIIL in his inaugural address, emphasised the need to develop analytical knowledge and critical thinking in the educational system of India.
“To achieve this we have to come out of the traditional tests of memory and develop systems to test higher order thinking process – analysis, synthesis and creation. In this connection, he observed that the following of uniform syllabus and uniform examination pattern would contribute to the qualitative improvement in education.”
Further, he added that from primary to research level we should eradicate the fear for examination among the student community. The NTS-I is focusing on this aspect of examination and has come out with many research findings so as to improve the quality of education.
Prof P Perumalsamy, professor-cum-deputy director of CIIL and Head in-charge, NTS-I briefed about the objectives of the workshop.
He highlighted the importance of understanding the theories and practice of language testing and evaluation. The NTS-I has designed its approach to the examination reform with the consideration of the three Ms viz, Methods, Materials and Manpower. To achieve this and to assist the governments in the activities relating to the qualitative improvements of education policies, NTS has been organising training-cum-workshops to produce relevant materials in this interdisciplinary field of testing and evaluation and developing the professional skills of teachers at the seven levels of education. Prof Perumalsamy advised every participant to make use of this rare opportunity provided by the NTS-I of CIIL.
Dr M Narayana Reddy, junior resource person-academic, welcomed the guests and participants and Dr R. Shakunthala, junior resource person-academic, proposed a vote of thanks.
Prof KVVL Narasimha Rao and Prof N Nadaraja Pillai, both former faculties of CIIL, Mysuru; Prof Muniratnam Naidu, project director, Centre of Excellence for Studies in Classical Telugu (CESCT), CIIL, Mysuru; and NTS-I faculty members viz., Dr V Ilangovan, Dr Biresh Kumar, Dr R Shakunthala, Dr M Narayana Reddy, Dr Md Saleem Ahmed and Dr Murali Mohan N will train the participants together with external experts in various sessions of the workshop.
Dr R Shakunthala and Dr M Narayana Reddy are coordinating the workshop under the overall guidelines of Prof P R Dharmesh Fernandez, head, NTS-I and Pankaj Dwivedi, officer-in-charge, NTS-I. Prof D G Rao, director, CIIL, Mysuru is the overall patron of the workshop.
Thirty six assistant professors and research scholars, who are engaged in teaching/research of Telugu, from various universities and colleges of South India are participating in this training workshop. (MR)