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FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR'S DESK

Education system relies on the integrity and efficiency of its evaluation and assessment. The final outcome and the result should be bringing about the inner strength of the individuals. To identify the potentials of the individuals for the better adjustment in the society and among the fellow human environment.

Examination is created to assess the performance of the student. But in the present time the examination has created the side effect of exam as fear and stress. It has threatened the child, parent and the society at large. It clearly shows that this particular examination system was not desired in its original form. The present system tests the mere memory power rather than the real talent of the student in a true sense.

Maintaining the integrity of the examination system, the present time and structures seek modification and transparency throughout the process. Video recording in of packing and opening of question papers and confidentiality in preparing question papers should be kept in part of confidentiality and reform. Syllabus statement should include recommended assessment schemes to be adopted. A clear policy of dealing with unfair means relating to examination or evaluation must be placed in order.

Examinations in India need serious reforming as well as it should also be recognized that an examination reform has the potential to lead educational reform. In order to reform the examination system, the educational institutions need to consistency strive towards excellence and chalk out new strategies. This can be done by organizing workshops, training sessions, refresher courses and all above all by developing an advanced work culture. Reforming examinations alone will attain very little unless it is accompanied by other basic reforms, improvement of teacher training, teacher quality and teacher-student ratio. In addition, make the curriculum and textbooks more relevant and interesting and challenging. At secondary level, spending more on education will be vital. It has often been lamented that in Indian education the tail (assessment) has usually wagged the dog (of learning and teaching). The de-emphasizing exams will certainly liberate the learning and teaching process from its straitjacket. But in the educational system this pivotal position of exams can be used to leverage age advantage - to hasten reform within Indian education as whole.

Shri Harshad P. Shah,
Vice Chancellor,
Children’s University, Gandhinagar,
Gujarat.