Panel calls for critical thinking rewards in college exams

An expert panel under India’s National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has proposed that college-level examination papers be redesigned so that at least 10% of marks are based on the evaluation of ‘higher order cognition’ among students, to encourage the development of critical thinking, writes Sourav Roy Barman for The Indian Express.

The proposal is part of a white paper, published on Wednesday 1 June, on revising the assessment and accreditation process of higher education institutions in the country. It is co-authored by the chair of the NAAC executive committee, Bhushan Patwardhan, and KP Mohanan, a former Indian Institute of Science Education and Research professor.

According to the paper, which has been reviewed and endorsed by the NAAC academic advisory committee and the executive committee, the weightage to such questions may be scaled up in phases to 20% and 40% in the future if the rollout is successful.
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