St Xavier’s College, the first autonomous college in the state, has evolved a double evaluation methodology to ensure that students don’t suffer due to some mistakes on the part of the evaluator under the existing single evaluation system. The college was granted academic autonomy by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in June 2014 after struggling for it for over a decade.
Speaking to The Sunday Express, college principal Fr Robert Arockiasamy said that the new methodology being adopted by the institute was more expensive as two sets of examiners had to be hired and also paid for evaluation of the students’ answer-sheets.
But the college, he said, had to go for the new evaluation system in the interest of students as it concerned their future career.
Under the new methodology, the evaluator would not put even a tick mark or write marks against a particular answer in the answer-sheet as is the prevailing norm under the single evaluation system. The evaluator would just go through the entire answer-sheet and enter marks on a separate scorecard.
“After the college receives the scorecard from the first examiner, the same answer-sheets are then sent to another examiner for evaluation,” said the principal.
“The marks given by the two examiners are tallied. If the difference in the marks is up to five, then the student would be given the higher mark. In case the difference is above five and up to10, then the average of two marks is awarded to the students. But if the difference is more than 10, then answer-sheets are sent to a third evaluator and marks given by him would be considered final,” Arockiasamy explained.
Ensuring that the evaluators went through the answer-sheets properly before awarding the marks, he said that the college was paying compensation to the evaluators higher than that offered by any university in the state.
He said that the syllabus had also been drastically overhauled in consultation with experts from concerned subjects drawn from the college, the Gujarat University and even from outside.
There are a total of 2,100 students in the college running undergraduate courses in arts and sciences and post-graduate courses in English literature and chemistry.
Arockiasamy said that after getting autonomy, the expenses and workload on the college had increased as it had now to conduct examinations work as well which was earlier taken care of by the Gujarat University with which it is affiliated.
Though autonomous, the students would still be awarded degrees of the Gujarat University as the autonomy granted is for academic purposes only. The college can’t award its own degrees.