Evaluation of Examination System

Of

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik

Evaluation of Examination System

Of

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Nashik

 

 

MUHS is the largest professional university University in the countryCountry. 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.

 

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.

 

Education & and Research 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.

                    Pattern of 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 question)

                    Introduction of MCQ, SAQ and LAQ has resulted in passing percentage. MUHS has consistently very high % of passing across all faculties except homoeopathy

                    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 (26th 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. results 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 (3rd Tuesday May & October)

                    One major achievement of MUHS is that it has managed to instil 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.

 

 

Pattern of 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

 

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 (26th 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 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 universityUniversity. It is feedback of the students that results cannot be managed at university University level. Rresults 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 universityUniversity.

 

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 (3rd Tuesday May & octoberOctober)

 

One major achievement of MUHS is that it has managed to instillinstil the spirit of feedback among the students. It has become culture of universityUniversity.

 

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)

                    Focus of question papers should be balanced and not only on memorization and 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 and 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 and 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 major concern.

                    Pedagogical blue print of question 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 and 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.)

 

 

 

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)

 

Ffocus of question papers should be balanced and not only on memorization & and 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 & and 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 & and desired abilities of the students.

 

Examination fee charged by MUHS is lowest as compared to health Health universities 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 maojor concern.

 

Pedagogical blue print of question 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 & and 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 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.)

 

 

FUTURE STEPS

 

 

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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