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Student tab on ISM mentors

Call it role reversal, but ISM students now get a chance to assess teachers, thanks to a feedback system designed to raise academic standards at the premier technical institute in Dhanbad.

While highlighting recent developments on the academic front during the 87th Foundation Day celebrations of the mining school on Sunday, ISM director Durga Charan Panigrahi said they had introduced a feedback model this year to get insights into sundry problems faced by students.

An exit feedback form is provided to students at the end of each semester when they seek no-dues certificate from the institute so that they can express their views about the teaching procedures, Panigrahi said in his welcome address at the Golden Jubilee Lecture Theatre.

“Similarly, semester, paper and teacher-wise feedback is also received from students, which will help ISM to make improvements in different areas,” he said, adding, “This is the first time in the country that teachers are being evaluated by students.”

Secretary in the Union ministry of tribal affairs Vibha Puri Das, who was the chief guest, gave away certificates of appreciation to assistant professor, computer science and engineering, Chiranjeevi Kumar, and Bulla Anudeep, a final-year student of the department, for developing the feedback model.

Kumar said every students was given a set of 20 questions, at the end of every semester, on teachers and problems relating to papers while keeping the names of respondents secret.

Panigrahi also dwelt on steps taken by ISM to bring down the number of vacant seats in various courses following admissions.

He said ISM was left with only 23 vacant seats this academic session, a sharp fall from nearly 280 to 300 in previous years, adding the number was better than IIT-Kharagpur (44).

“We have popularised several courses. We have also introduced project work for BTech students from the third semester itself, instead of the seventh, so that they can make the best possible use of the library and laboratory,” he added.