New Delhi: The Delhi University, a few days ago, in a press release mentioned that it will not take the examinations of the 1st and 2nd-year students due to Covid-19. The students of 3rd year will face online examinations in the open-book format. Now, the ABVP (Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad) has come up with a suggestion for the university to conduct examinations for the Intermediate students.
In its press release, the ABVP has come up with a system of carry-forward. This method can be adopted for the students of the 1st and 2nd year when the students can be promoted to the next year with the option of taking their exams later. The burden can be decreased by taking exams of only limited courses.
The statement pointed out the many disadvantages of promoting students based on past results and internal assessment. This system adopted by the University has been named the Pappu pass scheme by the ABVP. It states that those students who have arrears and low results in the past will be pushed to a bad spot if they are not given the option of taking exams in the current scheme.
They emphasized the point that they do not demand a rollback of the current scheme, but the option of taking exams must be given to the students.
They tried explaining their stand with the help of two examples.
In the first example, Student A, a student of Dyal Singh College in the 4th semester has 2 arrears in the 2nd semester. His results in the 2nd semester were ruined because of him probably not giving the exam or maybe being absent. If the situation was normal, he could have easily taken his 4th-semester exams along with the arrears of the 2nd-semester exams. He could have easily utilized this opportunity to get ahead.
Now, when the university has applied this scheme, he is stuck in this loop. He will now have to clear his arrears for the 2nd semester and take his exams of the 6th semester. His results of the 4th semester will again be hampered because of his past performances. Then, he will have to opt for a paid improvement chance to improve the result of his 4th semester.
So, when the student is in the 6th semester, he will give 2(arrears)+ 2(improvement)+ 4-5(6th semester) = A total of 8-9 exams in one semester? Is it possible?
In the second example, Student B, a student of Laxmi Bai College has got 3 arrears of 5 in the 1st semester. She could not take 1 exam and failed on 2, borderline. She will get passed in this Pappu pass scheme based on her bad performance in the 1st semester.
Now, she will be forced to appear for 8 papers in her 3rd semester. She will give 3(arrears)+5(3rd semester). In the 4th semester, she will give 7-8 papers as 2-3(improvement)+5(4th semester). She will give around 15-16 papers in a year.
All these problems can be solved with the solution provided by the ‘carry forward method’ of ABVP:
• The students should be promoted to the next semester and conduct the examinations of the pending semester once the situation normalizes.
• These exams can be taken either during the mid-semester break or along with the future exams. Whatever the student decides.
• To decrease pressure, the exams of limited courses should take place.
• Before the students appear for the exams, they should be provided with remedial classes to clear doubts.
• If the student improves the past result by clearing arrears or scoring better in improvement, the result of this semester should be updated afterward.
They also added that they believe that students will receive learning from this educational process. It should be a priority to conduct examinations when possible. The ABVP has been clear and vocal in giving the students a choice so that no student feels left out. It is a need of the hour to take exams of the 1st and 2nd year later in the current scheme.
They hope that the university will understand and give more options to the students.