ASSESSMENT: Valuing What Matters

Thursday, 7 September 2023, 5 PM IST


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Pallavan Learning Systems’ webinar series this year is aptly termed, ‘On a Quest to Learn: A series on the evolving nature of one’s learning journey’. The second episode in the series is slated for 7 September 2023 on the theme Assessment – Valuing What Matters.

The focus of the second webinar, Assessment – Valuing What Matters, will be to look at the evolving nature of assessment and gauge its effectiveness in helping people develop into persons of substance. The webinar will delve into various modes of assessment and discuss their purpose and utility. More importantly, the webinar will examine if we are assessing what we consider valuable, and analyse whether the process of assigning values needs to be reevaluated. The specific questions that the webinar seeks to answer are, how could assessment systems be made more comprehensive and not limited to certain areas or disciplines? What are the criteria that need to be included? How can we ensure that assessment becomes a lifelong endeavour to help us become persons of substance?

The first episode in the series was a discussion on the impact that technology and Artificial Intelligence continue to have on education and society. The panellists discussed the latest and emerging technologies and how they could be utilised by educational institutions to augment human intelligence and develop learners into productive and responsible citizens.

At the core of the webinar series is the philosophy of learning practised at Pallavan, which espouses that as learners journey along their individual path, their experiences help them to develop capabilities or Skills while discovering or strengthening Processes that help them acquire these Skills. As they travel this path and acquire Skills and understand Processes, learners also cultivate qualities of character that we refer to as Watermarks. This process of learning, we believe, helps individuals become better versions of themselves and evolve into persons of substance. In keeping with this philosophy, our webinar series invites you to explore various fields in learning to enrich your understanding of not just the topics at hand but also view them from the lens of developing certain Skills, Processes, or Watermarks.


Moderator: Tshering Nidup

Teacher, Programme Lead

Druk Gyalpo’s Institute, Bhutan

Tshering works at Druk Gyalpo’s Institute as the Programme Lead for Transitioning Programme of the Bhutan Baccalaureate and looks after DGI’s engagements with the Ministry of Education & Skills Development. He was the Cerebral Coordinator of The Royal Academy from 2017 to 2021. He is also a Life Science Teacher at The Royal Academy.

Panelist: Poonam Batra

Professor of Education

Formaly with the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, India

Poonam Batra is Professor of Education, formerly with the Central Institute of Education, University of Delhi, India. Her work spans multiple areas of knowledge: public policy in education; curriculum and pedagogy; social psychology of education, teacher education and gender studies. Professor Batra was a Nehru Memorial Fellow, member of the Indian Supreme Court’s Commission on Teacher Education and co-author of key education policy documents. Her recent research examines the politics of school and teacher education reform; comparative education imperatives; and decolonisation of teacher professional development. She is Co-I and India lead on the GCRF funded Transforming Education for Sustainable Futures (TESF) southern-led research network.

Panelist: Jigme Tenzin Nidup

Student, St Stephen’s College, New Delhi, India

Alumni of The Royal Academy, Bhutan

Jigme Tenzin Nidup studied at The Royal Academy for six years before he went to study Physics at St. Stephen’s College.He is interested in the intricacies of learning something new everyday. He believes that lessons can be learnt in all instances in life and that experiences are meant to be cherished. I likes to read, write and watch content that he learns from. These are  lessons that he likes to share with others. He often engages in heartfelt conversations about a multitude of topics, ranging from culture to technology and its implications. In his spare time, he explores different genres of music and literature, fostering his global perspective. His long-term goal is to imbibe the knowledge he acquires and utilises it to make meaningful contributions to society.

Panelist: Sanjukta Mukherjee

Deputy Head, Senior Years

Shiv Nadar School, Noida, India

Over the past 22 years, Sanjukta Mukherjee had the opportunity to work very closely with children in Sanskriti School, Shiv Nadar School (Senior Years) and R N Podar School (Years 1 to 5). It gave her an opportunity to be a part of the learning journey of students from different age groups. Her tenure as the Asstistant Headmistress at R N Podar school allowed her to plan and run their Heuristic Learning Curriculum (HLC), a programme designed and curated to provide a world-class education that aimed at transforming the youngest members of our population (Grades 1 to 5) into global citizens. At present, she working with Shiv Nadar School, Noida, as the Deputy Head, Senior Years and as teaching faculty, Senior Years (Economics, Business Studies & Entrepreneurship).

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