Volume 15, Issue 03

OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development
Open-access peer-reviewed journal 

Are the Internal Selection Examinations Justified? Rethinking The Prediction of Students’ Academic Performance Using Ordinary-Level Credit Passes

Bernadette Egede 1, Odirin Omiegbe 2
1, 2 Department of Educational Foundations,
Faculty of Education, University of Delta, Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria.

Volume 15, Issue 03, Pg. 11-22, 2022.

Abstract: Obtaining high grades in ordinary (‘O’) level school subjects is assumed to guarantee success and higher academic performance in post-secondary schooling. However, in the circumstance of prevalent examination malpractices that are bedeviling the external assessment systems, the expected positive correlation between the ‘O’ level school certificate grades and academic performance in post-secondary institutions become questionable. Hence, internal selection examinations are suggested as additional options to be used. Using a descriptive survey design and correlation analysis, we studied the academic performances of 140 students at the College of Education, Agbor, Nigeria. We found a significant positive relationship between their year one academic performance and their results in the internally conducted selection examinations. Contrarywise, we found a significant negative relationship between their results in the external ‘O’ level certificate examinations and their year one results. These findings indicate that students’ academic performance could be predicted by their results in the internal selection examinations as expected, unlike their results in the external certificate examinations. We argue that for the selection of candidates for admission into the Colleges of Education, internal selection/elimination tests should be strictly employed and not as an option until the menace of examination malpractice is curbed to an insignificant minimum.

Keywords: Academic performance, College of Education, Correlation, Examination malpractice, External and internal selection examinations.

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Analysing viable renewable procurement options of renewable power: An integral decarbonisation tool for C&I consumers in India

Neha Makol 1, Puja Gupta 2, Meenakshi Mital 3, Matt Syal 4
1,2,3 Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, Delhi, India.
4 School of Planning, Design & Construction, Michigan State University, USA.

Volume 15, Issue 03, Pg. 23-32, 2022.

Abstract: C&I consumers account for more than 50% share of total power consumption in India. Studies show that corporate renewable procurement will play a critical role in supporting the country achieve its renewable and emission reduction targets. This has resulted in a sharp increase in corporate renewable power demand. Renewable power is touted as one of the most commercially and technologically viable option with carbon abatement potential. Multiple avenues of renewable purchase are available for companies which include rooftop solar, open access, renewable energy certificates (RECs), green tariffs and buying renewable power on exchange. Several factors including flexibility, simplicity, reliability, cost affordability, market maturity and policy, construction, operation and maintenance risk associated with procurement route should be considered while curating the renewable procurement options mix. This paper gives a deep dive analysis of these procurement routes on these parameters which can help companies draw their own procurement strategy. While solar rooftop and open access PPAs have a more profound role owing to their higher market maturity and ability to procure large quantum of power at affordable costs, other routes including power exchange, green tariffs and RECs are better suited for a short-term role in procurement mix. Government incentives are critical to realise maximum potential in corporate renewable market and support country goals of meeting higher renewable penetration targets.

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Solar Energy Policies for Commercial Buildings Sector: Experiences from India

Meenal Jain 1,, Meenakshi Mital 2, Matt Syal 3
1 Assistant Professor, Department of Resource Management and Design Application, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, Sikandra Road, New Delhi, India.
2 Professor, Department of Resource Management and Design Application, Lady Irwin College, University of Delhi, Sikandra Road, New Delhi, India.
3 Professor, Construction Management, School of Planning, Design & Construction, Michigan State University, USA.

Volume 15, Issue 03, Pg. 33-38, 2022.

Abstract: In an effort to meet the demands of a developing nation, the Indian energy sector has witnessed a rapid growth. However, the country lacks sufficient domestic energy resources, and must import much of its growing requirements. Given this scenario, it is of paramount importance that the country develops all possible domestic energy sources. At the same time, India is still heavily dependent on fossil fuels which is set to lead to multiple challenges like depletion of fossil fuel reserves, global warming and other environmental concerns. Renewable energy, particularly solar is the solution to the growing energy challenges as they are abundant, inexhaustible and environmentally friendly. Given the vast potential of solar energy in India, all it needs is comprehensive policies. It has been seen that there are many initiatives taken by the Indian government, both at the National and the State level for promoting solar energy, but its use and production in the commercial buildings sector is still limited. On studying some of the initiatives of the central and selected state governments, it was found that there were a number of policy related impediments associated with implementation of these initiatives. Thus, there is an urgent need to take steps to minimize these impediments and generate awareness among the stakeholders regarding the government initiatives, so that solar energy can be tapped to its best possible extent.

Keywords: Commercial Buildings, Government Policies, Impediments, India, Solar Energy

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