A five-day workshop on ‘Scrutiny of Conceptual Explanations of the aspects for assessing language and literature included in the General Frame of Reference (GFR)’ began at the National Testing Service-India (NTS-I) of Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL) on May 27.

This workshop is initiated to finalise the Tamil version. The same task will be carried out in other Indian languages soon.

In this workshop, the accuracy and appropriacy of the coinage of terms, language used in explanations, consistency in the usage of terminologies across levels and the overall readability of the explanations are verified. Besides, the experts will provide model question items for testing each of the terms explained. The General Frame of Reference comprises approximately about 700 terms in the areas of Language, Literature and Personality.

The explanations were prepared by the resource persons of Tamil of NTS-I. They are being checked by the subject experts for their conceptual clarity and language uniformity.

The experts lauded the initiation of the work as it is very relevant and necessary, which will in turn help many stakeholders of education and also opined that the material will help in the creation of technical manpower in the area of testing and evaluation, one of the crucial area of education.

The experts participating in this programme are Prof. P. Ratnasabapathy (Councillor, TIERA, Chennai); Prof. Anaban and Prof. R. Paneerselvam (both formerly of Karnatak University, Dharwad); Prof. T. Sethupandian (formerly of Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai); Prof. Sam Mohan Lal and Prof. N. Nadaraja Pillai (both formerly of CIIL, Mysore); and Prof. G. Balasubramanian (Dean of Academics, Dravidian University, Kuppam).

Dr. V. Ilangovan (SRP, NTS-I), R. Shakunthala, Dr. B. Vijaya Kumar and Dr. P.T. Kingston (JRPs-Academic, NTS-I) are assisting the experts under the supervision of Dr. M. Balakumar, Head, NTS-I. Prof. Awadesh Kumar Mishra, Director, CIIL is providing the overall guidance for the programme.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore