New Delhi, August 25
A piece of scholars and academics of varied universities within the nationwide capital on Tuesday voiced their concern over holding on-line lessons, price hike and lack of infrastructural help within the varsities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Delhi University is conducting on-line open guide exams for remaining semester college students of postgraduate and undergraduate programs.
The transfer was opposed by college students and academics who had been demanding that the exams be scrapped. The varsity has additionally commenced on-line lessons for third and fifth semester college students from August 10.
During a web-based briefing, Abha Dev Habib, a Delhi University professor, mentioned academics and college students have been unnoticed from the decision-making course of to carry on-line lessons.
“The choice of on-line open guide exams was taken with out fascinated about college students. What will occur to college students in Kashmir and people caught in floods. The college students should not have devices for on-line lessons.
“The decision was taken without consulting the statutory bodies — the Academic and Executive Council,” she alleged.
Unni Maya, a scholar of Lady Shri Ram College in Delhi University, mentioned the varsity has gone forward with the choice to carry on-line lessons with out fascinated about the psychological well being and well-being of scholars.
Taking on-line lessons implies that college students must spend a excessive display screen time in entrance of their mobiles or laptops which impacts their well being.
She demanded that the varsity ought to take into consideration funding and offering devices to college students and it also needs to launch department-wise knowledge on what number of college students have availed on-line lessons.
Students and academics of different universities additionally raised related points.
Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union president Aishe Ghosh mentioned the varsity administration shouldn’t be involved about teaching-learning course of or about college students in Kashmir who nonetheless should not have entry to a correct web connectivity, or about flood-affected college students or those that contracted COVID-19.
“Students are being pressurised to register for the next semester at a time when the UGC has also said that the varsities must finish the current semester by September 30. There is no meaning of registration. The varsity administration is continuously creating issues,” she mentioned.
She additionally alleged that the scholars of MBA and Engineering are being charged lakhs of rupees regardless of not gaining access to labs and having part-time college.
“I would call it daylight robbery. Even the representatives from these departments have been pressurised to not raise their voice,” she mentioned.
She additionally urged the varsity to make sure phased return of scholars to the campus by following correct medical protocols and establishing quarantine centres contained in the premises.
Voices had been additionally raised from Delhi government-run Ambedkar University in opposition to on-line lessons and the way the administration and even the state authorities has not heard their pleas.
Shubhojeet Dey of Ambedkar University mentioned that they had carried out a survey amongst college students and located that 48 per cent of scholars had entry to smartphones whereas two per cent didn’t have entry to any gadget for accessing on-line lessons.
Only 50 per cent of the scholars have entry to laptops, he mentioned, including that 62 per cent out of those should not have laptops for greater than three hours for the reason that laptop computer can be utilized by their siblings, who’re both learning or are working.
“It was found that 73 per cent of students does not have stable internet connection and 98 per cent of the female students were also supposed to contribute to household chores. We have even approached the authorities and even the Delhi government with our problems but there has been no resolution,” he added.
The college students had boycotted the orientation class which was held to introduce the scholars to programs.
Listing out the calls for of the scholars, Dey mentioned they need that the lessons ought to be postponed by a month and laptops ought to be procured for college kids from deprived sections and knowledge packs ought to be given to all the scholars. PTI