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Testing and evaluation of languages is multi-dimensional, says Prof Aurora

A two-day national seminar on `Role of evaluation in quality maintenance in teaching Indian languages with special refer­ence to Hindi’ was held at the National Testing Service-India (NTS-I) of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIL), in the city on May 30-31.

Speaking after inaugurat­ing the seminar, former Di­rector, Prasaranga, Mysuru, Prof Lakshmi Narayan Aurora pointed out that there were a lot of challenges being faced from the point of view of test­ing and evaluation as they were multi-dimensional. “We are in dire need of evolving tools for evaluation and test­ing encompassing the whole of our educational system and going beyond it. Several organisations in the country need some comprehensive mechanism to test the abil­ ities of the candidates they require,” he said.

Prof Aurora lauded the works of NTS-I and added that it had a milestone in this direction and it has a mission before it to cater to the eval­uation needs of the country. “One should also be aware that ultimately such testing and evaluation norms and tools become significant when we think in terms of ac­ademic auditing and quality maintenance in education,” he added. Focusing on the language education in our country, he said that “language plays a key role when we consider the integrity, solidarity and uniqueness of our country. “Languages are being taught since centuries encompassing the linguistic, grammatical, literary and cul­tural aspects of the language. We have issues with respect to Rashtrabhasha, Rajbha­sha, mother tongue, local lan­guages, etc., keeping aside such issues, we have to think in terms of evaluating with re­spect to teaching and learning these languages,” he opined.

He also spoke about the influence of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the field of education, especially on language and literature.

Around 20 delegates from various educational institu­tions and universities from across the country presented research papers.

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