Novel test to guide Telangana students walk the right path

‘My Choice My Future’, an assessment tool developed by btechguru.com, will assess personal traits of students.

By Author  |  Published: 18th Aug 2019  12:02 am
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Hyderabad: In a move to do away with suicidal tendencies and help students choose the right career path, a psychometric analysis test will be conducted on students of Class X in government-run schools.

‘My Choice My Future’, an assessment tool developed by btechguru.com, a company incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras, will assess personal traits of students, including communication, compassion, creativity, analytical, extrovert, adaptability, adventurous, reliability, focus, discipline and independence and also whether they are under stress.

Students will have to take a computer-based online test and have to respond to all questions which might take 20 minutes to 40 minutes. On the basis of the responses, a detailed self-analysis report will be generated and it will be sent to the class teacher concerned or principal of the respective school.

Taking the personalised report into consideration, the students and their parents will be counselled by experts on various career options and steps that were to be taken to prevent suicides, in case they were under stress.

This psychometric analysis test will be conducted by the School Education Department in association with the IIT-Madras incubated company in 192 Model Schools in the State on a pilot project basis.

“The test will have 72 multiple choice questions with five options to choose from. The questions will be in reverse code or indirect manner which will assess the personality of students and their interests. The test will be conducted online through specialized software and personalized reports will be generated based on the student’s response. The 16-page report will be suggestive but not prescriptive,” said Balaraju Kondaveeti, Co-founder and CEO, btechguru.com.

For effective implementation of the pilot project, each teacher in the 192 Model Schools will be trained as a resource person to conduct these tests. This apart, they will also advise students on various career options available after Class X.

“One of the objectives of the assessment is to ensure transition of students from schools to higher education and to curtail dropouts. Not just engineering and medicine programmes, there are several other areas which students can opt and get employment. This will be explained to students and parents during counseling,” Kondaveeti said.

“This will help students in choosing the right career path and also prevent suicides since we can get indications if the student is under stress. A workshop was conducted and implementation will begin soon,” a senior official said.

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