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The MAMC Survey

- The Editorial Board
from Spandan 1997

Concept, Design and Interpretation: Nikhil Goyal
Beta Testing: Animesh Damani, Deepak Pahuja, Premanshu Bhushan, Saurabh Sheel, Sonal Kansra, The Hellion.
Distribution and Collection: Arbinder Singhal, Amit Gupta, Nasreen Qureshi, Pooja Jain, Shina Menon

The Questionnaire

The survey questionnaire was given to students in every class at MAMC in March 1997. It consisted of a listing of 63 factors divided into 5 categories:

  • Academics
  • Students & Faculty
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Campus & Hostels
  • Miscellaneous

Instructions were given to rate each factor on a zero to ten scale (referred to as ‘rating’ in the following text), and indicate whether the factor should be increased / decreased / left alone / changed. Students were also directed to indicate howmuch they wanted each factor to change (referred to as ‘change requirement’ henceforth), using multiple arrows not exceeding five. For example, if the respondent felt that MAMC is very overcrowded, and this should be greatly decreased, he / she would write ‘8 ¯¯¯¯’in front of ‘Overcrowding.’

The Interpretation

For interpretation, personal details such as sex, class and hostel were considered separately to illustrate variations in ideologies. The average rating for each factor was calculated by a simple arithmetic mean. Average change requirement was calculated by giving each upward arrow a value of +1, each downward arrow -1, each ‘no change’ 0 and calculating the arithmetic mean. The responses saying simply ‘changed’ were considered separately.In cases where response to a factor was left blank, it was not considered towards the mean in that factor only. Standard deviation was calculated to assess the distribution. The values may not accurately represent the population when the number of respondents is low.

Reading the Results
  • Under every heading such as Overall, 4th year, 3rd year, etc. two columns are given for each aspect. The first column indicates the average rating on a 0-10 scale. The second column is the average change requirement on a -5 to +5 scale.
  • A high rating for a particular factor means that the condition of that factor is very good (or something similar according to the factor). Similarly a low rating indicates poor condition of the factor.
  • In the ‘change’ column, the results are quite obvious. Many upward arrows means that the factor must be increased / improved greatly and a lots of down arrows means that a large decrease is required. An ‘?’ means no change.
  • The column ‘% No Chg’ indicates the percentage of respondents who answered ‘0’ in the change field (i.e. did not want a change) - thus making up for the responses saying ‘c.’
  • Example: The ‘LT Condition’ Row:
    • The ‘Overall’ column reads 5 ­­. Thismeans that the LTs are in good enough condition, but a moderate increase in condition is required, as the overall opinion.
    • 9.8% of the respondents felt that LTs should be left unchanged.
    • Females (6 ­­) feel that the LTs are in a-little-better-than-OK condition (giving it 6 on 10), and they must be moderately improved (2 up arrows out of 5). The guys think that our LTs are just OK, but again give it ‘moderate improvement required’ (5 ­­).
    • From the ‘Blank’ column we see that 8 respondents did not rate this aspect, and 11 did not specify a change requirement

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Selected Results Explained: Summary
  • Response to the survey was unexpectedly poor, with the second years returning only 7 forms. A total of 600 forms got barely 100 replies. Most responses were turned into rough paper or flying machines. Never again will I assume that people at MAMC want their voice to be heard. They’d rather suffer in silence and curse the system.
  • The survey was apparently too complicated and time-consuming, for some people - number of blank fields goes up as we progress down the form.
  • Overall: Non-academic Books and Student Counseling got the lowest rating, but the demand for increase was greatest for the Non Academic Books, Audi, Toilets, Food/Water & Sports. The highest rating was given to Festival timing, Study pressure, Reservation, Red Tapism and Overcrowding, with Red Tapism getting the most down arrows (and Smoking, Study Pressure, Overcrowding and Reservation following close).
  • The Computer Lab got the lowest rating coming from the girls. And among their higher ratings featured the Reputation of MAMC, College timings and Distribution of subjects in profs.
  • The guys also rated extra-festival activities as their bottom dwellers.
  • Final year students also think computers are just too low in this college. Reservation stood out as the highest ranker. Student Unity and Transport facilities were most eligible for improvement, while alcohol was the candidate for elimination.
  • The fourth years find extra-festival activities to be the lowest, and make a fervent plea to increase the attractiveness of the girls.
  • The AMA has made quite a bad impression on the third year students, who include security, lecture quality and extra-festival activities in their lowest rankings.
  • The AMA dedication features again as the lowest ranking factor for the second years, alongwith extra-festival activities. Surprisingly, Relevance of Wards stands out as the highest rated factor - an amazing 9/10! Student unity is the target for improvement.
  • Terminal exams seem much more relevant to the girls than to the guys - who seem to like it the way it is.
  • Relevance of wards peaks in final and second years - with the fourth years calling for the least change.
  • As we move across the classes, from final to 2nd year, the rating for ragging increases, and demand decreases. Typical.
  • The second year students give an 8 to the faculty attitude to academics, far from the mean 6. They also give it 2 down arrows...
  • Alcoholism is rated lower than smoking, and gets one down arrow compared to smoking’s two.
  • The third years gave ‘college timings’ one of it’s lowest ratingsof 4 (compared to the mean 6) - and wanted the maximum decrease.
  • Reservation rates highest among the 2nd and final years. The second years want a major decrease, others are more tolerant.
  • While the girls and guys rated themselves equally (a modest 5),the guys want themselves to improve more.
  • The girls rated our guys at 3, with an increase of three. The guys felt differently about the girls, giving them four... and wanting the same increase.
  • Demand for improvement of toilets and audi was unanimous. 40.5% wanted the festival timing to change.
  • Other factors people were happy with included the daily time table and college timings.
  • In the ‘Other aspects’ field, response varied, but extracurricular activities (including movies and parties, etc.) had the maximum supporters, followed by suggestions to change the system of attendance. Suggestions about food, sports, inter-student interactions, all round development, decreased emphasis on study and hostel allotment followed closely. There were also ideas about decreasing writing work, improving the common rooms, shorter lectures, subject distribution in the profs, water problems in the OBH, cable TV and after-12 entry for the girls, cleaning the swimming pool, increasing relevance of academic section and better support from MAMC when representing it at another college.

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