Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad ( ABVP ) releases a press on 23rd April 2020. ABVP substitutes a nine points memorandum which is purely based on the suggestions provided by the students.

Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad revealed about the submission of a nine points memorandum to the University Grants Commission ( UGC ). The suggestions were taken via Google Forms and this Google Form is circulated to the various institutions of higher education in Delhi. The Google Form requests the students to mark up their suggestion related exams in this pandemic.

The suggestions were taken from students belonging to various institutes of Delhi like Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi University, Ambedkar University, and the Delhi Technological University. The suggestions were related to various problems faced by the students in the COVID-19 lockdown. More than 3000 students participate and share their opinions about the connection of examination, internal assessment, etc.

ABVP collect and merge the suggestions of students into nine points memorandum and submit this suggestion to UGC. The nine points are as follows:

  1. The ABVP insisted upon rejection by the student community regarding the adaption of online examinations and insisted that all further decisions regarding the issue be taken after considering the stakeholders.
  2. Preference is given to the examinations for final year students. These exams should be held after the lockdown is over, and not online.
  3. The course content for final year students’ exams should be reduced. Only the course covered by in-class lectures should be examined.
  4. The exams should be conducted at a time decided after analyzing the lockdowns is all states, so that outstation students can safely and comfortably travel back to their campuses.
  5. Due to the fact that final year students would have to safeguard future options after the exams, preference should be given to them.
  6. In case of extension of the lockdown further, examinations for 1st and 2nd-year students of Undergraduate courses and 1st-year students of Postgraduate courses be shifted to future semesters, with the number of papers being evenly divided.
  7. Online submissions should not be made compulsory. Students should be given a choice for offline submissions.
  8. ABVP requests that institutes should relax the eligibility criteria as far as possible after deliberation with stakeholders to facilitate admissions for final year students and students joining after 12th boards.
  9. Teachers and students should also be appealed to go the extra mile to finish their academic programs.

The state secretary of ABVP, Delhi – Sidharth Yadav says that there is a tough time due arising COVID-19 pandemic and no such decision should be taken which is not in favor of a student. The opinions that we have submitted today to the University Grants Commission’s Expert Committee have been arrived upon after comprehensive deliberations and discussion with students. The suggestions offered by students have been linked with the memorandum. We have opposed the idea of online examinations and we hope that any decision taken by the government will take into account the welfare of students.

~Neha Dhingra

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