Introductory meeting sets the stage for a successful completion of the research scheme. It is merely an introduction of National Testing Service-India to the identified and established Regional Field Unit's representatives (the local coordinators, and deputy coordinators) across the country. The RFUs are serving as liaison agencies of NTS-India to implement this scheme. The Head, NTS is supposed to describe the origin and developments, activities, aims, objectives, and goals of NTS-India. Further the role of RFUs, responsibilities and duties of the coordinators and the method of identifying the institutions, teachers, etc. are discussed during the one/two day introductory meeting.
The Preliminary Orientation Programme of RFUs
As a part of the ongoing effort to familiarize the teaching community, a day long programme has been planned for dissemination of information to teachers associated with the RFU. It is organized for the faculty members of the institutions where the RFU is established. During these programmes the objectives of NTS-India, its structure, functions of the RFUs, and the details about the beneficiaries of this project/scheme are given by the Head, NTS-India. Concepts of testing & evaluation, and measurement are also discussed. The second part of the programme is to meet the press members/representatives of that region as a part of disseminating the objectives and activities of NTS through electronic and print media.
So far, more than 30 Preliminary Orientation Programmes have been conducted across the country and a total of about 500 teachers are benefitted from these programmes. Further it is planned to have the video conferencing facility.
Workshop cum Training Programme on Item Setting
Providing training to the school and college teachers in item preparation through the RFUs of NTS is one of the main objectives of NTS. In this connection, NTS conducted Workshop cum Training Programmes in two phases. One at CIIL, Mysore for the teachers of School & College levels of education. 20 Teachers of Namakkal, Erode, and Karur Regions of Tamil Nadu identified by the local RFU participated in the programme. For School level, 10 teachers representing Geethaanjali All India Secondary School, Erode; and for college level, 10 teachers representing Vivekananda College of Arts and Science for Women, Tiruchengodu participated in the programme. Second phase of the programme was conducted at National College, Tiruchirapalli, Tamil Nadu. About 40 participants (comprising of Professors, Assistant Professors of Colleges covering four districts) representing various disciplines like Botany, Chemistry, Commerce, Economics, English, Philosophy, Physics, Mathematics, Tamil, Yoga, and Zoology participated in the programme.