Thursday, October 07, 2010

NAAC will grade teachers too

It's time teachers in all colleges and universities in the country pull up their socks and make the best use of the blackboard and chalk. Teachers, who have been assessing students, may soon be graded too. Until now, it was only the universities and colleges that were accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), but the body will soon start giving grades or accreditation to the teachers as well.

The idea was floated by the Vice-Chancellor of University of Rajasthan Prof. A.D. Sawant to NAAC. The idea has struck a chord with NAAC and it plans to discuss its implementation during a meeting in Bangalore on November 30. "I had made a presentation to NAAC on the need to start accreditation of teachers in higher education institutions. They liked the idea and will discuss ways to implement the same in colleges and universities," said Sawant.

If the idea gets implemented, teachers' performance will be assessed and they will be graded accordingly. "Just like universities are accredited by a committee instituted by NAAC, teachers too will be assessed. Committee members will take stock of the entire teaching career and contributions made to both university and society," said Sawant, who will be attending the Bangalore meeting.

Talking about the parameters that will be assessed, Sawant said that research, impact of the research, contribution in forming curriculum, conducting examination and attending international and national conferences will be looked into.
"The committee will take into account the overall results of the class, projects given to students, innovative experiments, the teacher's relationship with students as well as the extension of their services to the society," said Sawant. Highlighting the benefits of teachers accreditation, Sawant said that it will serve two purposes that of motivating teachers to perform and helping teachers get promotions based on their grades.

Source: The Times of India, October 7, 2010
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