Internal Assessment: Modes, Frequencies and Grievance Addressal
Internal assessment has been introduced to ensure continuous evaluation of learning and to provide immediate feedback to the learners, teachers and other stakeholders as the (written) examination performed at the end of the academic session or year fail to do so. The active participation of all learners in the learning process and the general academic activities were the focus of the argument for the introduction of internal assessment at the higher education level. Mankar College, affiliated to the University of Burdwan, follows the guidelines of internal assessment notified by the university. The University has suggested certain modes for internal assessment e.g - Class test, assignment and seminar presentation. Internal Assessment of each course consists of three components- C1, C2 and C3. The first component (C1) of the assessment shall be arranged during the first two months of each semester. The second component (C2) of assessment shall be arranged within the next two months of first component for each semester. Component three (C3) will consist of students’ attendance.
The college has an Internal Assessment Committee that oversees the whole procedure of internal assessment. The committee frames the schedule of assessment subject-wise and paper-wise after discussion with the principal and all HoDs. Thereafter, the students are informed about the modalities of assessment in advance. This process is done twice for each semester. Along with this, individual departments initiate various reforms to evaluate the performance of students. Apart from the usual class tests, several departments have introduced some innovative modes not just to assess the performance of the students but to involve them in a participatory teaching-learning atmosphere. Some of these modes include – surprise tests, Mini projects, Powerpoint presentations, poster presentations, home projects, viva, online mock tests, online quizzes through Google form etc. In the last five years (2017- 2021) almost all the departments have taken the internal assessment mainly through the MCQ and viva mode. The percentage ranges between 60-80. These two modes are preferred over the others as they prepare the students for different competitive exams. These modes also help in enhancing the aptitude, logical thinking and communicative skill of the students. The language departments also arrange letter-writing and report-writing sessions to evaluate the language proficiency of the students.
InMankar College maintains a fair impartial and transparent Internal Assessment system. It is looked after by the Internal Assessment Committee. Although the students have a very limited grievance against the internal assessment system still the committee along with the concerned teachers of the college evaluate the mechanism of internal examination several times to effectively deal with the difficulties and limitations of the existing practice. The Internal Assessment Committee of the college has an existing mechanism dealing with the grievance of the students if there is any. The procedure is as follows:1987the
- Students can lodge their complaints to the Principal. On receiving the complaint/s the Principal will arrange a meeting with the members of the Internal Assessment Committee and the respective HODs.
- The members will ascertain the relevance of the grievance and if it is found justified, the concerned department will initiate needful steps. They will review the scripts and if needed will arrange a re-examination for the concerned papers within seven days of the receipt of the complaint.
- However, if it is found that the complaint has no justification then the concerned departmental Head will formally meet the complainant/s along with the mentor/s of the student/s and explain to the student/s the inappropriateness of the complaint, rectify the mistakes and the matter will thus be settled ensuring benefit to the student/s.