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Revamping Exam Standards In India

Improving Evolution and Assessments for higher Education and Professionals


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India -ATP 4th Annual Conference was held in November 2018 in Delhi. This one day conference was attended by 200 professionals from the assessment community and the HR profession.

The key agenda items, speakers and presentation extracts are given here for your information. We look forward to the India- ATP 2019 Annual conference.

SCHEDULE – INDIA ATP 2018

Welcome note by William G. Harris, Ph.D., CEO, ATP

  • Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande (Ex-Director IIT Kanpur)
  • Divyalok Sharma, Chair IATP & Senior Director, Pearson VUE
  • Address by the Chief Guest

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC)

Guest Speaker

  • If You Are Waiting for AI to Mature, You Are 20 Years Late” - Paul Edelblut, Vice President, Vantage Labs
  • Test Scoring Algorithms of Multiple Choice Tests - Dr V Natarajan, Emeritus Professor, Merittrac
  • The advent of English proficiency certification in India - The need for improved assessments: Prof Rama Matthew, Professor (Retired), Department of Education, Delhi University.
  • Content Development: Creating effective content now and in the future – Neil Wilkinson, Content Development Manager, Pearson VUE
  • Holistic framework for improving Evaluation and Assessments: Pawan Adhikari, Regional Business Development Director (Asia), ACT
  • Improving Quality of Higher Education by Adopting Criterion Referenced Assessments Dr. Vijay Krishna, Senior Director, Credentialing Accreditation Programs, American National Standards Institute, Washington DC
  • “Test Matters – Quality of tests is what matters the most” Sanjiv Kumar, Director, Test Development Solutions, Prometric India

2018 Keynote speaker

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Dr. Bhushan Patwardhan – Vice Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC) Dr. Patwardhan is a biomedical scientist who is Fellow of National Academy Sciences (India) and National Academy of Medical Sciences (India). He was Director, Interdisciplinary School of Health Sciences, at Savitribai Phule Pune University. He has been member of important national committees of the University Grants Commission, All India Council for Technical Education, Council for Scientific & Industrial Research, Science and Engineering Research Board, Department of Science & Technology, Department of Biotechnology, and Indian Council of Medical Research. He has worked on several policy making bodies including Taskforces of National Knowledge Commission, Planning Commission and consultant to the World Health Organization Geneva. He is Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine published by Elsevier and is on Editorial Boards of many reputed Journals. He is recipient of many orations and awards including Sir Ram Nath Chopra Oration, Waldemar Haffkine Oration, Dr C. Dwarkanath Oration, Dr P.K. Devi Oration, KLE University Oration, and V K Joag Best Teacher Award. His recent scholarly books ‘Integrative Approaches for Health’ and ‘Innovative Approaches to Drug Discovery’ both published by Academic Press Elsevier have received excellent reviews. He has received several research grants and has guided 19 PhD students, 8 Indian Patents, 2 US Patents, over 120 research publications and 7200 citations.

Prof. Sanjay Govind Dhande, Ex-Director, IIT Kanpur is a biomedical Professor Sanjay Govind Dhande, former Director of IIT Kanpur, is an innovative technologist, an acclaimed academician, an eminent researcher, a visionary institution builder and an able administrator, whose contributions are acknowledged not only in India but also in many other countries. Under his captainship, IIT Kanpur has been recognized as a technical institution of excellence for providing an international level education and research in Science & technology. Born on February 14, 1948, Professor Dhande received his B. E. degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Pune and his Doctoral degree from Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur with an outstanding academic record. After completing his academic work in USA, he returned to India for building a new vision of computer based engineering. Dr.Dhande is recognized as a founder of the technology of Computer Aided Design in India with contributions in both academia and industry. He led the initiatives of introducing several other computer based technologies like Rapid Prototyping, 3D Printing, Rapid Tooling and Reverse Engineering. AUTOLAY, an innovative CAD technology, developed for Aeronautical Development Agency by him is being used extensively by the leading aircraft manufacturers of the world. Professor Dhande has developed indigenous CAD technologies for automotive and saddler industry in India, he also led the efforts for developing several technologies for Indian Railways primarily for improvement of safety in operations including the train location technology SIMRAN. Professor Dhande also led the pioneering effort of development of a nano-satellite JUGNU by students and faculty of IIT Kanpur.research grants and has guided 19 PhD students, 8 Indian Patents, 2 US Patents, over 120 research publications and 7200 citations.

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Dr. Vijay Krishna, Senior Director, Credentialing Accreditation Programs, American National Standards Institute, Washington DC Dr. Vijay Krishna is the senior director, personnel credentialing accreditation programs at the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). His position encompasses leadership of the ANSI ISO 17024 program for personnel certification bodies, the ANSI/ASTM 2659 program for training certificates, and the Conference for Food Protection (CFP) program for food safety certification. He currently chairs the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC) working group for personnel certification and International Accreditation Forum (IAF) task group on competence of accreditation body assessors. Dr. Krishna has taught graduate level courses in leadership, organizational change, and learning in adulthood at The George Washington University. He has also published in the Human Resource Development International, Advances in Human Resources, International Journal of Knowledge, Culture, and Change Management, Indian Management, and Economic Times. He has served as a reviewer for the Eastern Academy of Management Conference, Southern Management Association Conference, and Academy of Human Resource Conference and editorial board of the International Journal of Global Business Advancement in South Asia. Dr. Krishna’s academic qualifications include a doctorate in human and organizational learning/HRD from The George Washington University.

Paul Edelblut, Vice President Cognitive Computing, Vantage Labs Paul is the Vice President of Vantage Labs with a primary responsibility to oversee major account activity for all of Vantage’s cognitive computing technologies across 4 operating companies in the global market. Paul’s projects are active on 4 continents serving tens of millions of customers applying Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Neural Networks to improve the process and efficiency for all customers.

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Speaker Abstracts

Session title: Applying ACT Holistic Framework to Improving Evaluation and Assessments – Pawan Adhikari, Regional Business Development Director (Asia), ACT

Higher education in India faces unprecedented opportunity for transformation and challenge: the India middle class will grow from 50 million to 500 million in the next decade. However, current college graduates lack of employability skills. Many institutions suffer from outdated and rigid curricula and exams, and lack of employer engagement in course content and skills development. Pedagogies and assessment are still focused on input and rote learning: students have little opportunity to develop a wider range of transversal skills, including critical thinking, analytical reasoning, problem solving and collaborative team work. To improve evaluation and assessments for Higher Education in India, we need to determine what skills are important for students to learn and to measure in the new exams. For this purpose, we introduce ACT holistic framework for education and evaluation of the whole student. ACT, a thought leader in learning, navigation and measurement, has released a ground breaking comprehensive mapping of the knowledge and skills needed for education and work success adopting a holistic education and assessment model. In the report, Beyond Academics (Camara, O’Connor, Mattern & Hansen, 2015), ACT articulates the guiding principles and research underpinning the ACT Holistic Framework™. In this presentation, we introduce the key concepts of the ACT Holistic Framework crucial to curriculum and assessment improvement for the 21st century. ACT’s Holistic Framework provides international research foundation to develop competency based curriculum, build assessment for the new curriculum, and establish effective teacher professional development in understanding and promoting 21sti-century skills, social-emotional skills, integrating ITC skills in both teacher professional development but also in classroom instruction. We present the examples of applying ACT Holistic Framework to developing assessment standards, skills for measuring employability skills including critical thinking, behavior skills, career navigation skills and collaborative problem solving. *****

Session Title: Improving Quality of Higher Education by Adopting Criterion Referenced Assessments - Dr. Vijay Krishna, Senior Director, Credentialing Accreditation Programs, American National Standards Institute, Washington DC

There is a growing concern that the educational world is not preparing people for the ‘newer' jobs. Consequently, educational institutions are moving towards competency-based education, with focus on outcomes. Fair, valid, and reliable assessments are essential to support a competencybased educational system. Traditionally, educational institutions have relied on norm-referenced assessments to evaluate students. Under this approach, students are evaluated in comparison with other students. This system does not reveal whether a student has demonstrated required competence to practice. Under a criterion-referenced grading, students are evaluated based on objective standards of competence rather than comparison to other students. This session will explore the benefits of adopting a competency based education and associated criterion- referenced assessment for improving quality of higher education. Furthermore, this session will offer insights into global trends in competency-based education.

Session Title: Improving Quality of Higher Education by Adopting Criterion Referenced Assessments - Dr. Vijay Krishna, Senior Director, Credentialing Accreditation Programs, American National Standards Institute, Washington DC

There is a growing concern that the educational world is not preparing people for the ‘newer' jobs. Consequently, educational institutions are moving towards competency-based education, with focus on outcomes. Fair, valid, and reliable assessments are essential to support a competencybased educational system. Traditionally, educational institutions have relied on norm-referenced assessments to evaluate students. Under this approach, students are evaluated in comparison with other students. This system does not reveal whether a student has demonstrated required competence to practice.

Founder Members

• Pearson VUE – india.pearsonvue.com • Merittrac – www.merittrac.com • Prometric – www.prometric.com
• Eduquity – www.eduquity.com • Questionmark – www.questionmark.com