Amity University Madhya Pradesh organized a one day Workshop on 6 Jan 2015 on the topic ‘Conduct of Personal Interviews (PI) of Students for Amity Common Admission Test (AMCAT)’.
The Workshop began with the address of Hon’ble Vice Chancellor AUMP, Lt Gen V K Sharma, AVSM (Retd). Speaking on the occasion Gen Sharma said that it is essential to formalize and structure the PI process for greater efficiency and effectiveness. Further, he said that, not only would the Faculty members gain inputs on verbal and non verbal communication and method of evaluation but the Workshop would create synergy that would enable all faculty members to conduct the AMCAT PI in a professional manner.
The Workshop was spread over five sessions. The first session on the ‘Purpose of PIs’ was conducted by Dr Iti Roychowdhury, Dy Director ASCENT. The session involved a point wise debate on PI Questions- the what , how, which etc. The audience was divided into groups and were asked to come to a consensus over the points raised in the Questionnaire.
In the II session Ms Jeanne Wilfred Vaz, Dy Director Admissions, explained the duties of invigilators as also those of PI panelists and GD Evaluators during AMCAT. She also spoke on the documentation and assessment components of AMCAT.
Ms Sudha Mishra, Asstt Prof, ASCENT,conducted a session on Assessment of Communication Skills during the Workshop. Her session involved a role play that showcased the skills that are required for communication. She then stressed on the aspects of communication that ought to be assessed during the PI.
The post lunch session was that of Dr Deepa Pandey, HoD, AIBAS. Dr Pandey spoke on the Assessment of the candidate’s Attitude and Behaviour. She stressed on the importance of attitude assessment because an incorrect attitude troubles the students throughout his/her stay in the campus.
The last session of the day was conducted by Mr Amanpreet Randhawah, Asstt Prof ASCENT. His topic was Assessment of Value Added Qualities and Feedback. This session invited debate on counseling and feedback during the PI.
The Workshop was attended by all members of Faculty of AUMP and generated a lot of discussion – leading to a greater clarity about the AMCAT PIs in the minds of the prospective PI Panelists of AMCAT.