DU OBE is a great burden. As open book examination 2020 is approaching, students are facing challenges while preparing for the examination. The arrangements needed for online exams are a matter of concern.
Delhi University is all set to conduct the online Open Book Examination 2020. Less than a week is remaining for it. All last year’s students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses have to appear for the exams.
The OBE is going to start from 10th August. As the exams are knocking the door, students experience a sense of insecurity and skepticism. Not only studying for exams, but the students also have to prepare for the online exams’ arrangements.
Due to the pandemic, the students are currently residing in their native places. As all the educational institutions are closed, the authority devised an online exam strategy. DU is also one of them. However, students are facing a lot of issues. Some students don’t have proper internet facility, while don’t have the required study material with them.
The situation is bad here due to floods. There is no electricity. How will I be able to take my exams?, said Rasuhan Kumar, a final-year student at Delhi University’s Satyawati College on the phone from his residence in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.
He also said that he was not able to charge his phone for two days and students who had access to the internet faced several connectivity issues as well. Also, he claimed that students were not able to attend the online classes performed by DU.
Final semester disturbed due to DUTA strike and lockdown
This academic year was not at all easy for the students. They asserted that already the semester was hard hit by the northeast Delhi riots and constant DUTA strikes. Adding fuel to the fire, the pandemic prevailed that forced all colleges to shut.
A student also conveyed his concern about the fact that the university has offered the students the opportunity to appear for the exams in offline mode when colleges are open, but they have not yet ascertained the conduction of these examinations.
Students who went back to their hometowns in the initial days of the lockdown are facing problems accessing the study material instructed for the exams, which they had left in their hostels in a hurry.
The students also said that though assertions are being made about the success of the OBE exams, many students are still facing a lot of difficulties.
DU Mock Tests: server crashed during the conduction.
Though the University has conducted many mock tests, students are not at all satisfied. Many complained that the server crashed due to excessive traffic. Also, some couldn’t get access to question papers for a delayed period. Students have been very vocal about this unhealthy act and started a trend on Twitter – #DUagainstonlineexams
Even two rounds of mock tests took place, many students did not appear for it. The situation was not good enough for them to give a mock test.
A student further said that due to repeated postponements, the students are not completely sure whether the exams will happen on 10 August or not.
A professor from Miranda House asserted that students are upset. Also, authorities do not listen to their pleas. Even the courts are not heading them. Students are in similar condition, as migrant workers had during the lockdown.