DU exams: Barely every week to go, college students grapple with a number of challenges


New Delhi, August 4

“The situation is bad here due to floods. There is no electricity. How will I be able to take my exams?” says Rasuhan Kumar, a final-year pupil of Delhi University’s Satyawati College on the cellphone from his residence in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

“I could not even charge my phone for two-and-a-half days since there was no electricity. Even those with internet access say they will face issues in taking the exams,” he mentioned.

Kumar claimed many college students had been additionally not in a position to take on-line courses.

The on-line open-book exams (OBE) for closing yr undergraduate and postgraduate college students of Delhi University are scheduled to start from August 10 and like Kumar, many others are going through connectivity points or do not need the research materials with them.

They additionally alleged that their closing semester was riddled with issues just like the northeast Delhi communal violence, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) strike and the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

“The university is saying that it will provide another chance to students to take exams in offline mode. But it is still unclear when they will hold the exams,” one other pupil mentioned on situation of anonymity.

“Final year students also have to apply to other universities for their masters. How will we do it if we do not take online exams and wait for the offline exams? We will have to waste a year,” he mentioned.

Another pupil mentioned he had gone residence for the mid-semester break in March when the lockdown was introduced, and he didn’t have any research materials with him.

“I have been stuck in my home town in Uttar Pradesh. I did not bring my study material here. It is such a big university, and they did not even make efforts to make the study material available online or arrange something so that students could study,” he mentioned.

“Several claims are being made about the success of online classes but many students were unable to avail their benefits,” he added.

During mock OBEs performed by the college, too, college students had complained of issues like server crash and incapacity to add query papers. Many took to Twitter to lift the problems utilizing hashtags like #DuAgainstOnlineExam.

Pankaj Garg, a former Academic Council member, mentioned college students have flagged varied points. Many college students didn’t even take the mock exams as a result of they know the scenario is not conducive.

In one school, 23 out of 46 college students of a division flagged points they confronted throughout mock exams. In one other school, 38 out of 52 college students had been unable to take on-line courses, mentioned a professor who didn’t want to be named.

Earlier, the OBEs had been scheduled to start out from July 1. They had been later postponed to July 10 and subsequently to August.

Another pupil mentioned, “We are still not sure whether the exams will finally start on August 10. It (repeated postponement) has been causing stress for students.” Abha Dev Habib, a Miranda House professor, mentioned, “students are upset and their pleas are not being heard. Even the courts have not heard their pleas. They are facing a plight similar to what migrant labourers faced during lockdown.”

The DUTA has been demanding cancellation of OBEs and that college students be evaluated on the idea of their previous efficiency and inner evaluation. However, the college has not budged from its stand. PTI



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