Amity University, which calls itself the “only university with UK and US accreditation” is going to hold the end semester exams soon. However, the faculty members and students have raised several questions on their credibility of the procedure.
While the multiple-choice questions outlet has already under construction, the larger theory format papers are scheduled from 1 July onwards. Like DU, Amity University has also planned the above-stated exams as Open Book Examination, in which students be will free to refer any book or study resources during the two hours long exam.
In addition to this, the students will also need to appear for three hours long offline papers, where they will be evaluated in terms of theory and practical knowledge. The authorities asserted, this unique system is designed to diminish the rote learning and boost the creative knowledge of the students.
However, the lecturers are not at all satisfied with the strategies to conduct exams. Also, they showed the frustration to the media reporters over this topic and asked the later not to disclose their name, scared by the Amity authorities.
The media reporters also tried to contact Savita Mehta, the communication head, Amity University. They asked about how the administration would tackle the exams’ related queries of students and are there any arrangements to cater to students’ interest?
The only response from Amity Communication head was, ‘I sent (the questions) to my seniors and hadn’t got any response.
Amity also formulated a mock test on the 27th of June to familiarize students with OBE pattern but it failed so miserably that the university underwent a second dry run on Monday evening.
Faculty members told that the glitches developed because they were not clearly instructed what they needed to do. For instance, invigilators showed up their channel (exam room) only at the end of two hours long exam. This is done due to randomly assigned invigilators to a different section of students, creating a mess and mix up.
Also, the lecturers received multiple phone calls from concerned students, who were unable to find an upload option from the menu. Many students didn’t receive a confirmation for the same. Students of amity also shared some screenshots of error displayed when they tried to upload the answer scripts.
“It was a mockery of mock”, an amity student described the blunder. Another student who appeared for OBE asserted, for studious pupils, it would be a great challenge to maintain 8-9 CGPA as they always scored.
Students informed the media that they have written to the Amity administration about how the OBE went. In the letter, they clearly stated various glitches like non-receipt or late receipt of the question papers, chaotic attendance system, which almost ate exam time, poor system of uploading the sheets, the insufficient time provided for more than normal length answers and many more.
But, the students left unanswered by the Amity management team.
One student told that however, the VC of Amity university asked the group of students, feedback, she did not assure them. She told if anyone is not interested to give online exams, they have to appear for offline exams scheduled in September -October, or maybe next year, depending upon the COVID 19 situation. VC also told that online exam results would be disclosed after 15 days.
The mock tests were criticized as they cannot truly replicate the final exams’ techniques and thus considered a drudge.
Earlier, the students of Amity University took the social media on the storm, tagging PM, HRD Ministry, and UP Chief Minister, to consider the pain of Amity Students as well, and cancel our exams. ” ‘Why isn’t UGC taking Amity University students into consideration? Aren’t we students? It is a frustrating situation’, said a senior student from Amity University.