Published on June 7, 2021
AHMEDABAD: Recently, the education department in Gujarat and CBSE at national level decided to scrap the annual exams of the students, and instead working on a formula to assess the students’ academic prowess.
But the premier educational institutes in Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar are grappling with the issue for the past one year. This year, majority of the institutes said that the systems have got matured with experience and they have methods of teaching and evaluation in place. But in absence of ‘offline’ exams in majority of cases, the institutes have come up with new ways to assess the students.
Prof Kabeer Jasuja, dean of academic affairs at IIT Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn), said that assessments are now based on methods more suitable for online mode such as take-home or open book examination, viva-voce, projects, assignments, short quizzes, etc. “All exams are being conducted online. Focus is now on continuous evaluation,” he said.
“Additional flexibility was provided to students to drop project-based courses, given the Covid scenario.”
“Over and above regular evaluations, MICA has introduced annual competency test to assess integration of concepts learned across course each year,” said Mini Mathur, co-chair of PGP program at MICA.
MICA has also introduced mandatory dissertation in form of industry research study, subject knowledge assessment and a boot camp to prepare students for industry.
Prof S Shantakumar, director of GNLU, said that compared to 50% weightage given to the annual exam, 30% to mid-term and 20% to continuous evaluation, the mid-term examination is scrapped and continuous evaluation now accounts for 50% marks. “We have also decided to exempt the final year students from the online presentation of seminar papers and instead evaluate them based on their written submission,” he said.
At IIM Ahmedabad (IIM-A), the institute has continued with continuous evaluation based on multiple components distributed over the term.