In the first-of-its-kind initiative, 80 teachers of Alamuri Ratnamala Institute of Engineering (ARMIET), Thane district last week appeared for an examination in their respective subjects. The college started this initiative to test the quality of education being provided to the students. It also plans to create a bank of best answer sheets written by the teachers to be shown to the students as a reference. “As teachers, we are fluent in teaching our students but we have not been tested on our knowledge for a long time. The idea was to help the teachers prepare for their subjects in a better manner. We had to complete our papers in the format set by University of Mumbai,” said Israni, who also appeared for the examination in his subject-electricity and electronics.
This college stated that teachers who are unable to score a minimum of 80% will be given side postings and assigned to teaching only after they clear the papers in subsequent attempts. “I do not want any student to come up and say that the teacher doesn’t know something or cannot clear a particular doubt,” said Dinesh Israni, Dean of the college. “I have been teaching electronics for the last 25 years. But, as teachers I feel we need to update ourselves and taking an examination as per the recent syllabus and format is the best way, ” said Sanjay Hundiwale, an associate professor, at the department of electronics and telecommunications. Teachers who teach more than one subject has to appear for their second paper next month. “I teach IT and computer science. I thought that am fully aware of the subject’s contents but when it came to writing an examination, I found it difficult to finish the exam on time. It was indeed a learning experience for us,” said Sushant Gandhi, Assistant professor of IT and computer science. – Courtesy