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Chandigarh, December 26, 2005: First time after Punjab Engineering College (PEC) became a deemed university, 8,400 students gave their feedback on its faculty and changes in curriculum introduced this session.

Of 130, the students have rated 10 of the faculty members as ‘‘exceptional performers’’, who have been able to meet the expected level of classroom teaching.

Assessed on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 point awarded to the lowest-performing teacher), the entire faculty’s average score was 3.67. The star performers have the ratings of 4.5 or more.

As many as 10 separate parameters were employed to judge the teachers’ performance. These included teachers’ level of preparedness, punctuality, usage of teaching aids, approachability, encouraging classroom discussion and sympathetic attitude towards the students.

While the teachers have been rated high on punctuality (average score: 4.11) students found a lot wanting when it came to relating the theoretical concepts with their practical applications (average score: 3.34).

‘‘Our desired level of the teachers’ performance was assigned 5 points,’’ said PEC Director Prof Vijay Gupta.

The names of these teachers — seven in the undergraduate course and three in post-graduate courses — along with the results of the semester exams just concluded a few weeks ago were presented before the Senate meeting held last week.

Contrary to what authorities had expected, the students have coped with the tougher syllabi, more lectures, increased homework assignments and no holidays in between exams.

They have given 3.38 points to the level of difficulty of questions asked in the examination, 3.14 to the adequacy of homework and 3.19 to the level at which the course was taught.

When questioned about the repeated complaints of the students about backbreaking assignments, the Director said, ‘‘I have explained the reasons to students who asked me why no holidays are given in between exams. Overall, the feedback suggests that the stress levels have increased from the earlier ‘no stress’ situation.’’


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