Analytical abilities to be evaluated in Anna university exam
With a motive of improving the scenarios of engineering education, Anna University, one of the fastest growing and reputed universities in India, has decided to announce a new unit in the semester exam pattern 2016-17, which expects to evaluate the exploring competence of students, and their level of understanding in regard with the subject.
This decision was made after introducing the Choice-Based Credit System for this year’s batch 2015-16. The same batch will appear for this new invention. “The new pattern will have a third section that will have a 15 mark question. This question will be a general question that will test the student's understanding of the subject," said an Anna University official.
Accordingly, the paper contains 2 sections, section A & B. "Sometimes there are small problems too. In section 'B', there are five 16 mark questions with internal choice. We will reduce the number of questions or the weightage of each question in this section, and introduce section 'C'," said the university official.
The section 'C' will comprise of one 15 mark question. "The question will not focus on one specific unit or chapter. The idea is to test whether the student has listened to the lectures or not," an official was quoted.
Thiruvallur, K Manivannan, Director of Research, R M K Engineering College, commented, "The university's decision is timely, and this will have a direct impact on the placements and improve their performance in competitive postgraduate entrance exams like GATE, GRE, CAT etc."
As per the reports, as important it is for the students to maintain concentration during the lectures, same is the case with the teachers and with the fact that the syllabus must be covered on time. "A poor performance by the students in section 'C' will raise questions on the quality of lectures. But, before we introduce this new section, we would have to train teachers to modify their lectures so that students can improve their capacity to analyze," said Shankar Vanavarayar, Kumaraguru College of Technology.
"Almost 40% of the questions are analytical in every question paper. And, as we are an autonomous institution, we could bring this change in the examination pattern," he said.
"While the first semester exam showed poor results, we were determined to continue the pattern. And we have been able to boost the analytical capacity of our students, and have bettered their performance," Vanvarayar spoke.