Monday, 7 May 2018

Open book exam part of reforms

AICTE says that open book exams for engineering courses, if approved, will only be used to test few competencies

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) last week submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Human Resources (MHRD) to include open book examinations as a part of its Exam Reform Policy for various engineering courses.
The proposal, if approved, will only be used to test some competencies of the engineering students. “This is an evolving process and will be a part of the exam reform policy of the model curriculum. We have just introduced the idea and will take time to implement it,” says Rajive Kumar, Advisor –I(P&- AP), AICTE. He adds the AICTE has, other than the open book exam, introduced Bloom’s taxonomy framework to set question papers. Bloom’s taxonomy is a set of three hierarchical models used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity and specificity. The three lists cover the learning objectives in cognitive, affective and sensory domains.


An open book examination is an assessment method designed in a way that allows students to refer to either notes or summaries, textbooks, or other approved material while answering the questions. An open book exam can also mean that students are provided with exam questions prior to sitting the formal exam

Kumar says, “A need was felt to revise the curriculum as students were studying the syllabus that had not been revised for 10-15 years. Irrelevant courses have been removed and new technologies have been introduced.”