The paper describes the role of examination system in improving the quality of technical education by comparing it with the quality control department of an industrial production unit. The paper discusses the salient features of a good examination system & asserts that a robust examination system alone can bring about substantial improvement in quality of technical education. Quality problems in the examination system in general have been analyzed. Thorough overhaul in the examination system with regard to its policies, procedures and practices have been suggested.. Statistical analysis of the examination results has been suggested for identifying the problems in the examination system as well as in the teaching process of a university. Other remedial measures have also been suggested to make the examination system more efficient in order to produce technical manpower of superior quality from the existing technical institutions.
Since last two decades, hurried expansion of technical institutions in India has resulted in deterioration in quality of technical manpower coming out from these institutions on account of poor infrastructure, admission policy and above all the examination system adopted by these institutions. Decline in quality of technical education is evident from the fact that a sizeable segment of the qualified engineers seriously lack in communication skill, experimental skill, mathematical skill, analytical skill and problem solving skill.
Evidently, such engineers can not handle engineering functions such as R&D, design, design modification, technology absorption and teaching.
The factors like availability of qualified teachers and supporting staffs, adequate infrastructural facility, admission policy, well designed course curriculum, examination system, etc. play important role in deciding the quality of output from technical institutions.
QUALITY PROBLEMS IN TECHNICAL EDUCATION
In present time, education has become a mass phenomenon in India. The load on education system has become very high but the policies and procedures related to admission, teaching, infrastructure and examination have not been streamlined to handle this vast load. Despite the best efforts, government bodies like Directorate of Technical Education of various states, AICTE and universities have not been able to achieve much in maintaining desired quality standards of the technical institutions.
External interference and pressure in all aspects of education such as admission policy, teaching process, faculty selection and examination system etc have played vital role in deterioration of quality of education. In order to produce technical manpower of right quality, it is extremely important that all policies and procedures relevant to technical education are standardized and their variations from one institution to another are substantially removed. Technical education being a national issue, it is necessary that technical education in the country be driven by common policy.
Wide variation in admission policies adopted by various technical institutions resulting in great variation in the quality of students admitted. Some institutions admit students on the basis of common entrance test of high standard on all India basis, while other colleges admit students on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examinations conducted by various state boards having variations in their course structure, teaching process and examination system.
Also, cut off marks for admission fixed by various ...