National conference on ‘Current trends in testing and evaluation’ begins

Mysuru, October 27:- A two-day national conference on ‘Current trends in testing and evaluation’ was inaugurated at National Testing Service-India (NTS-I) of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) here on Thursday.

Prof L N Aurora, former director, Prasaranga, University of Mysore (UoM) who inaugurated the conference, said ‘We have been a constantly growing country and we come across innumerable challenges to face in order to keep pace with the advanced world.’

He pointed out that the traditional methods of testing and evaluation and with the growing time and needs of the hour, our examination directorates at various levels and universities have developed their own methods of evaluation and testing.

“As a milestone according importance to evaluation and assessment, we have come up with institutions like the NAAC of the UGC, NBA of the AICTE and NBE of the MCI. Such institutions have eventually put us to think seriously about the gravity of testing and evaluation at various academic levels. However, these are all specific domain based and vary from the point of view of levels and purposes. Our today’s requirements are manifold and multi-dimensional,” he added.

“Today the challenges we are facing from the point of view of testing and evaluation are multi-faceted. We have successfully accomplished a number of methods of testing and evaluation, developed several tools to achieve our objectives. But yet we, as a system, feel that we are in dire need of evolving more effective tools for evaluation and testing encompassing the whole of our educational system and going even beyond it,” said Prof Aurora.

“Our needs are work-based and demand-based. The organisations throughout the country need comprehensive mechanism to test the abilities of the candidates they require. Undoubtedly National Testing Service (NTS) or National Evaluation Organisation (NEO) has been a milestone in this direction and it has a mission before it to cater to the testing and evaluation needs of the country.”

“The testing, evaluation norms and tools become significant when we think in terms of academic auditing and quality maintenance in order to account for the huge amount of the nation’s exchequer spent on education,” he added.

Prof D G Rao, director of CIIL, emphasising on teachers evaluation, said all the good teachers are good evaluators and every teacher must be evaluated by their own students with certain parameters.

Prof P R D Fernandez, professor-cum-deputy director of CIIL and head NTS-I; Prof P Perumal Samy, professor -cum-deputy director;  Dr Biresh Kumar and Dr R Shakunthala were present.

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