Evaluation of Examination System Of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik
is the lagest professional
the university . MUHS has started its operations
in 1998 and since then series of measures have been initiated by it to
streamline the health education system in Maharashtra. It has started
conducting examination for various bachelor degree programs since 1999. country
Till date MUHS has conducted 08 examinations for various faculties. MUHS has brought in many changes in the examination process not only in the conduct but also academic. It has taken series of measures such as removal ATKT, removal of revaluation etc. All this was neither a smooth journey nor a joyful experience. It met with stiff resistance from various corners but MUHS pushed all reforms and implemented it religiously.
After conducting 08 examinations MUHS had decided to assess and understand the impact of reform process. With this aim MUHS has engaged Education & Research Group - Pune (ERG) to conduct the evaluation study.
Group - Pune has conducted an in-depth study of examination system of MUHS on
various parameters. ERG had looked at all the parameters of examination such as
question paper design, pattern of QP, language, student responses, focus of
examination, conduct of examination, impact of various reforms, analysis of
result various systems related to examination, quality of product etc. This
evaluation study is a developmental tool and it should be used for that. &
Following are some of the major observations during the evaluation study of examination system of MUHS.
question paper is more scientific in nature as it helps to develop various
abilities of the students. (In traditional system QP had only note type - essay type questions) · Introduction
of MCQ, SAQ and LAQ has resulted in passing percentage. · MUHS has consistently
very high % of passing across all faculties except homeopathy. · All
MUHS QP have high competitive focus. Removal
of ATKT has also contributed in passing %. As there is no ATKT student do not
take chance and miss a complete academic year. · Very few cases
of malpractice and absolutely NO cases of paper espionage are reported during
4.5 years of MUHS existence. This is remarkable. · Stray cases
of out of syllabus questions are reported (++) · Resulted declaration
process is at the zenith of perfection. The speed and accuracy is amazing. This
under acute manpower shortage (26 th day). · Processes
like internal assessment & moderation are transparent and appreciated by
students. MUHS has gone to the extent of circulating answer books of internal
assessment among students. · MUHS moderation mechanism (system) is adopted by all other universities in Maharashtra on the recommendations of Nigvekar
committee. · MUHS
charges lowest examination & verification fee as compared to other health
universities in the country. · MUHS
handles result and all allied processed (including personal communication with
students) with utmost sensitivity. · Students
have absolute faith in the university . It is feedback of the students that results
cannot be managed at university
level. R esults are absolutely fair and transparent. This is
evident from number of changes occurred during verification of marks. · MUHS has trained
4448 teaching professional on teaching methodology. Highest by any professional
university . · MUHS uses
technology extensively and effectively. · In MUHS
each subject is valuated by minimum 04 valuers and at 03 different locations.
Identity of candidates cannot be established easily. All answers books are
masked and coded. · Examination
timings are fixed like GATE examination (3 rd Tuesday May & october ) · One major
achievement of MUHS is that it has managed to instill the spirit of feedback among the students. It has
become culture of university . · Issues
related to bias in practical examination are addressed immediately. · MUHS enjoys
support of student community because of its openness and ability to learn.
DEVELOPMENT ISSUES :
· MUHS has
changed the pattern of QP and also trained the teachers on it but it is
observed that pedagogical aspects are not followed in question paper design. · QP has
major component of memorization process and very little stress is laid on other
skills such as understanding, application, analysis, synthesis etc. · Medico
legal & medico ethical issues need to be strengthened as a part of
examination process. · All questions
must be edited and formatted properly. (Poorly edited) · f ocus of
question papers should be balanced and not only on memorization & competitive
approach. · Model
answers of all the questions should be validated. · To strengthen
the learning process teachers should be trained on "how to invite
participation", "how to evaluate students & their
abilities". · Question
bank of all the subjects should be developed in scientific manner. All
specifications of each question must be specified while designing the question
paper. This will help to generate question paper randomly and scientifically
for testing various & desired abilities of the students. · Examination
fee charged by MUHS is lowest as compared to health universities in India but higher than traditional universities.
It should be in comparison with the services provided by university to the
students. Needs upward revision. · Workshops,
virtual workshops, seminar, online seminar, presentations, case studies and
project report will help MUHS students for overall development. · Linguistic
abilities and written communication of students need immediate attention . It is evident from student responses that it is a
m o jor
concern. · Pedagogical
blue print of que tion paper for all subjects should be made. · More
intensive training for teachers is needed on pedagogy and its importance in
question paper design. Training of MCQ design will help to test higher
abilities. · Training on
testing of other important parameters in oral examination is needed. · Administrative
process related to examination application should be redesigned to reduce the
time, effort and cost involved. No examination application & examination
fee in the beginning of the academic session. (Examination can be matter of
choice but not examination fee). · Extensive
use of technology is recommended. (Use of hologram, digital study material,
virtual support to professionals in remote area, toll free telephone line for
seeking information related to examination) · Development
of independent feedback network all across the state for continuous development
process. · Innovative
methods of malpractices should be reported in detail to the university for avoiding future occurrence. · Periodic
review of examination system and its impact should be conducted; it will
identify redundancy in the process (internally). · Speak - out sessions of students on
academic issues. Result analysis and feedback
to the respective board of studies and board of examination. (Result analysis
includes : % of passed students, pattern of scoring,
distribution of passed students, pedagogical scoring pattern etc.)
Decision & its implementation on following issues will make examination system of MUHS & thereby its product comparable to any world class system.
· Training to teachers (pedagogical)
· Training to teachers on learning process & evaluation techniques.
· Development of question bank with pedagogical specifications.
· Ability-wise analysis of scoring pattern.
· Simplifying administrative process.
· Fee structure on the basis of services.
· Creation of digital study material.
· Virtual support to professionals in remote area.
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