Education Dept to start its maiden audit to know teacher-student ratio in Valley Colleges

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By KNO on 08/02/2020.

Srinagar, Feb 08: In a new significant development, the Higher Education Department in J&K has decided to go for an academic audit in Government Degree Colleges to enable the department to evaluate teachers and students on basis of the learning outcome and teaching learning process.

According to wire service—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the department has planned a full- fledged proposal to start the process.

“To begin with, the process will start in Degree Colleges of Kashmir division,” an official said.
The official further said besides assessing the academic standards the process will help the department to keep a track of students who graduate from the higher educational institutions.

“Also, our focus will be to identify if there are any dropouts in colleges and will take up necessary measures to control it as well,” the official said.

The official said a high level meeting was convened by secretary higher education department, Talat Parvez Ruhella in this regard to review the preparedness of the department to start the process.

“If the initiative becomes a success for the department, it will also enable department to review the courses offered to students in colleges,” the official said, adding that the undergraduate courses offered to students have to be made relevant with the prevailing scenario to increase the employability of college pass-outs.

“The quality of education provided in colleges will be reviewed and students besides other stakeholders will be roped in to seek suggestions of making any improvement in it,” the official said. As per the official, the department wants to collaborate the guidelines of Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) with the existing curriculum taught in colleges.

“As per RUSA guidelines, the courses offered in colleges should increase market acceptability of students after completion of their courses,” he said. Recently, in a day-long seminar conducted by school education Department, Secretary higher education department stated that the department aims at to make courses relevant to societal problems and be able to find a solution to it as well. “Our colleges should be a model of economic prosperity and the curriculum taught to students should aim at finding solution to problems related to society,” he announced before the audience attending the program