Two new innovations from the HRD Ministry led by Smriti Irani draw a stark contrast with the “now you can see, now you cant” approach to politics of Rahul Gandhi who we are told was away in Aspen, Colorado for a hush hush weekend getaway.
National Institutional Ranking Framework:
HRD Minister Smriti Irani released the National Institutional Ranking Framework Document which outlines a methodology to rank institutions across the country.
So what is new about this “indigenous” rankings and ratings framework for Colleges and Universities ?
To truly appreciate the Innovation in this Framework one must put in perspective how India’s Institutions have a unique context which is not adequately captured by International Frameworks.
– Vast body of vernacular academic work that is not assessed in the right manner
– Constraints imposed by our system of Affirmative Action given the wide socio-economic disparity
– Social priorities that are uniquely Indian which influence choice of Institutions and 360 degree perception around them
Hence the need for this “indigenous” system of rating and ranking that is tailored to our needs.
Still unconvinced sample this – on 15th Sept Obama unveiled a College Scorecard that goes beyond traditional rankings.
Even the Americans are revisiting metrics for College Ratings inline with their social needs with the new College Scorecard reflecting student debt, returns that can be expected to repay such debt as well as perceptions of students and their families in line with their social realities.
Smriti Irani it seems has gone one up on the Americans here with this launch.
For the ranking of institutions five major parameters are to be used:
— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 29, 2015
At the launch of the document Smriti Irani said that the ranking framework will provide a transparent means for institutions to engage with students calling it a revolutionary step in the field of higher education in India.
The HRD Minister mentioned that apart from the regulatory boards and the academic heads who help rank an institution, there was a need for perception analysis of those who are the end users. Hence the framework also takes into account how a student or parent ranks an institution.
CBSE Students get to provide inputs on new Education Policy
Taking a step further towards the New Education Policy (NEP), the Ministry of Human Resource Development has asked for feedback from the students of Central Board of Students Education (CBSE).
Stating that it is the students who are the main beneficiaries of the NEP, CBSE published a notification on its website asking for feedback from students falling under the bracket of classes 6 to 12.
— PIB India (@PIB_India) September 29, 2015
The students are required to fill in the online feedback form in English or in Hindi, and the last date of submissions is 5th October 2015. All submissions making recommendations for improvements in the teaching-learning environment of schools by the students are to be kept confidential as stated in the notification.
The feedback focuses on the following aspects:
Basic information related to the category of school, location, number of students and medium of instruction are to be provided. Feedback regarding the level of safety in specific areas of the school like playground, corridors, classrooms and toilet have been asked. Students have also been questioned on whether their school provides infrastructure for those who are differently abled.
Students have to share their input on how teaching in class enables them to connect to the subject and apply their learning to day-to-day lives. They have to mark the answers graded from 0-5, 0 being the lowest grade and 5 the highest.
To judge the teaching methodology followed in the CBSE schools and whether technology is being used to impart education relevant questions have been included in the feedback form. Students have also been asked to provide input on whether subjects like disaster management, fire safety and values education have been included in their curriculum.
For classes 9 to 12:
High school students (classes 9 to 12) have been asked to evaluate their learning outcomes based on the assessments in school as well as Math and Science Olympiads and what are their views on the skill development aspect of their curriculum.
For classes 11 and 12:
Students from classes 11 and 12 have been asked to give their feedback on the kind of Vocation courses they would like their school to provide, so that the necessary skill required by them can be obtained through these courses. Also, feedback on provisions for career-counselling has also been asked.