Why not encourage open book examinations?What if we allowed students to refer to textbooks and write their examinations? We seem to be only encouraging rote learning through our traditional examinations.
What they learn is hardly enough to take them anywhere. The students are not able to pass even the first stage technical tests conducted by leading IT companies.
So, why not test their skills by encouraging them to be more creative? Let up to the third year examinations of an engineering degree be open book examinations.
Let the knowledge acquisition be the main aim of learning. Let them understand the concepts and indulge in exploring new horizons of knowledge. If there are open book examinations, they will be motivated to do something different. May be, even cutting edge research in engineering will be encouraged in this fashion.
Can we try to implement this proposition?