In a first of its kind, students of various departments at University of Kashmir are rating their faculty members online for their ‘Good’ or ‘Bad’ performance.
In order to evaluate teacher’s engaged in various departments, University authorities from this year have decided to get students’ rate their respective faculty members online for their performances.
The students of the university were seen welcoming the step taken by the University.
“It is a goodwill gesture from the university authorities. We will now be able to give our feedback regarding performances of the teachers,” a student said
“This is a good step taken by the university as it will help in assessing the quality of education imparted and facilities available in the university,” another student said
As per the students, the teachers are being evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5 ranking from Poor, Average, Good and Excellent. It comprises of five questions, 1. Punctuality of the teacher 2. Quality of Teaching 3. Quality of Subject matter 4. Student Participation in class 5. Overall rating on the basis of student’s experience.
In pursuance of the national action plan of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) for performance, evaluation, assessment, accreditation and quality up-gradation of institutions of higher education, the University authorities established Directorate of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA) as a total Quality Management unit.
Deputy Director, DIQA, Showkat Shafi while talking to Kashmir Vision said that the process is aimed at bringing transparency in the various faculties of the university.
“The main objective of the process is to keep an eye on teacher’s performances and to pluck loopholes in the departments of the varsity,” he said.
He also said that the good teachers will be awarded and those who will constantly perform badly will be given warnings from time to time so that they will perform well.
“Feedback will be one of the components in choosing ‘Best Teacher Award’ and Vice chancellor will personally look after the cases whose ratings will be low,” he said.
He also added that the process of feedback was carried manually before. The students were given forms and asked to make assessment of teachers. However, the process is now carried out online and has been made confidential and sophisticated.
“The process is highly confidential. Students names will not be revealed till they leave the university,” Showkat Shafi said.
“We don’t have to hesitate or keep our mouths shut now as we have been assured that the process is highly confidential,” a student of English department said.