A petition was filed in the Delhi High Court by three DU students from the Chuna Bhatti area, defying the varsity’s decision to conduct online open-book examinations (OBE) for its final-year students.
The petition was filed referring to the uneven opportunities in the recommended examination mode by Abhishek, Sharanjeet Kumar and Deepak from Kirori Mal College, Aryabhatta College, and School of Open Learning respectively. It showcases the disparity in situations, regarding the home environment, access to devices, and internet connectivity for varied students could influence their appearance in the examination.
In regard to the availability of tools to write a remote examination, it said that the laptops, computers, smartphones, printers and scanners and their quality will give an unfair benefit to the economically well-off students who have these facilities, as compared to the students who are economically weak and lack these gadgets.
The petitioners pleaded for the withdrawal of the exam notification posted by DU. The counsel of DU has asked for some time to file a reply in the matter which will be on June 18.
Recently, a survey of over 51,000 students studying at the Delhi University at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels was conducted by the Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA). It was found out that a staggering 85 percent of students of Delhi University have expressed their unwillingness to write the open book examination that the university is intending to conduct, as their conditions were not conducive for them to sit for such an exam. Whereas only 15 percent of students favored the idea of an online open exam as their family supported it.
Several students studying at the University have expressed their concerns and complained that at a time when the future student opportunities are skeptical, universities should be lenient and quick in their response to aid final year students.
Furthermore, professors from DUTA asserted that any kind of examination in this pandemic time will be unfair for the students. A DUTA representative said that even after the results of the survey which says over 51000 students opposed DU exams, Delhi University announced the date sheet. DU decides to conduct exams even after 90% of students voted against Open Book Exams.
The tentative date sheet for open book examinations for all the students was released by the Delhi University on its official website, on Friday. The date sheet for July 2020 exams has been released for the semester/annual mode. The released date sheet uploaded on the official website of the University stated that the students in the Choice Based Credit System (2015-2017) have exams from July 1 to July 11. Exams will be conducted from July 1 for final-semester BSc honors students of Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and others. Whereas, for BA Honours in English, Hindi, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and others, exams will be held from July 2.