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Workshop on ‘Testing and evaluation’ begins at CIIL

Mysuru, January 2:-  Prof H M Maheshwaraiah, Vice-Chancellor, Central University of Karnataka, Kalaburagi, inaugurated the five-day training-cum-workshop on ‘Testing and evaluation and question item writing’ for the newly recruited assistant professors in Kannada (by the Department of Collegiate Education) working in Government First Grade Degree Colleges across the state.

The workshop is being organised by the National Testing Service-India (NTS-I) at Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), here.

In his inaugural lecture, Prof Maheshwaraiah said that there are deficiencies in our education syllabus structure and called upon the authorities of Department of Higher Education and universities of the country to restructure the syllabi and question paper patterns avoiding cliché.

Prof Maheshwaraiah while emphasising the role of B S Blooms Taxonomy in the teaching and testing of languages, referred to the three domains of the taxonomy- cognitive, affective and psychomotor and their importance in designing tasks and tests. Citing the importance of testing and evaluation, the VC said that language plays a vital role in society and it is the most valuable invention of mankind and the basis for all other inventions and discoveries.

He further added that teaching and learning any other subject needs mastery over a language, only through which he or she can gain mastery of the knowledge and skill in any other subject area and that is why languages are taught from primary through tertiary level.

Prof Maheshwaraiah appealed the participants to make use of the opportunity to improve their professional competence and to become professional test designers and item writers in Kannada and advised the participants to keep in touch with the NTS-I which is doing a commendable service in the field of educational testing and evaluation.

Prof D G Rao, director, CIIL, in his presidential remark observed that in an examination the construction of question paper is important but many teachers lack expertise in this area. He added that in examinations instead of testing memory we have to test one’s skill. The present workshop will pave the way for the solutions for the above issues in educational evaluation.

Tariq Khan, lecturer-cum-junior research officer and academic secretary, CIIL; Prof P Perumalsamy, professor-cum-deputy director, CIIL; Prof P R Dharmesh Fernandez, professor-cum-deputy director, CIIL and head, NTS-I were present.

Dr R Shakunthala is the coordinator of the workshop under the overall guidance of Prof P R Dharmesh Fernandez, head, NTS-I and Pankaj Dwivedi, officer In-charge, NTS-I.

47 assistant professors in Kannada from Bengaluru, Dharwad, Mangaluru and Shivamogga regions of the Department of Collegiate Education, Government of Karnataka are participating in the workshop. -(KK)

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