To curb absenteeism and improve the quality of education in colleges across the state, the higher and technical education department has suggested that universities introduce a monthly evaluation system. Dr Ambedkar Marathwada University in Aurangabad has planned to introduce such a system from the current academic year.
After the school education department implemented a statewide inspection in primary schools and found thousands of ‘enrolled’ students to be fake, the higher and technical education department has also taken absenteeism in colleges seriously.
Higher and technical education minister Rajesh Tope said that though there is no possibility of such fake enrolments in colleges, attendance of enrolled students is still a major concern for his department.
“We have found many colleges where less than 25% of students are attending classes,” Tope told DNA, “This has affected not only the quality of education but even resulted in teachers being paid without conducting classes in many cases. This needs to be stopped with immediate effect.”
Adopting the system prevalent in developed countries, the universities have been directed to conduct monthly evaluation tests in colleges. Tope said the final results in the system will be based on the aggregate marks of the tests.
According to an officer from the department, a few colleges in the state give out a guarantee of passing students without their having to attend classes. The official said that the monthly evaluation will help curb such types of malpractice.
Tope added that although there would not be changes made in state laws, it is being recommended that universities amend their statutes.