Studentsí feedback system discussed at PUTA meet

The issue of students'-teachers' feedback, which was already approved in the recently held Senate meeting of the Panjab University (PU), witnessed intense debate in the General House meet of the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA) held here at the campus on Tuesday. Some of the faculty members were against it while some of them held that it will improve the quality of education being delivered.

It was argued that the PU Administration can make counter use of the feedback to harass certain teachers and for the sake of getting good feedback, some of the students and teachers will enter into an agreement.

Certain teachers will give attendance to all the students who will have a shortage of lectures just to get their positive feedback.

However, Dr Karamjeet Singh of University Business School (UBS) said that in UBS this system exists. It is a deliberate effort and interested teachers can ask their students for their feedback.

"I have learnt a lot through this system. This can even improve teaching skills and the relationship among students and teachers," Dr Singh asserted.

Adding to this, PUTA president Mohamand Khalid said that it would be purely between a student and a teacher and nowhere will the Administration be allowed in it.

Raising a strong voice against the formation of a monitoring committee for the Harvansh Singh Judge Institute of Dental Science and Hospital of PU, the teachers held that no committee containing members outside the varsity will be allowed to monitor the functioning of any department.

Keshav Malhotra of Evening Studies said that when all the departments have technical and academic committees in accordance with the PU calender, and thus there is no need for a third committee.

The next issue that saw a long discussion was that of the functioning of the administrative block. Teachers asserted that overhauling of the block is required and the employees should be asked to use technology, whether they have to credit increments or medical bills or other things.

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