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Students now grade professors at Bangalore Univ

Dec 14, 2007 02:42 AM IST India India

Bangalore : In a bid to improve the quality of education, Bangalore University has decided to grade not just the students but the teachers as well.

Starting this year, students in Bangalore University will rate each of their teachers in a confidential record, as part of a faculty quality check program.

"The world is going for 360 degree feedback. Feedback from the supervisor will tell us as to how well the student’s perceive his views. Then student's feedback will tell us how much of impact the teacher’s guidance has had on them. Probably this can also help in improving the curriculum,” says the university’s registrar, Sanjay Vir Singh.

Each teacher will get an appraisal from their students and department heads on parameters like subject proficiency, teaching skills and innovative teaching methodologies. Students will fill in a questionnaire to grade their teachers on a scale of 1 to 100.

"As far as students are concerned, they are the final judges to assess the performance of the teachers as well as the working environment of the institute and the department. In this direction Bangalore University has taken a bold step,” says a professor at the university, Dr K. Janarardhanam.

The grading is meant to motivate the teachers, and let them know just where they stand in their students' opinions. The assessment will be done in March every year after the final examinations, something the students seem to be looking forward to.

“It's quite good because students also get a chance to make their presence felt,” says an enthusiastic student.

They say good teachers are costly, but bad teachers cost more. And by initiating a quality check for their professors, seems like that's the kind of price that the Bangalore University's unwilling to pay.