On Monday, the University of Delhi, Executive council members proposed that the trials for DU admissions through ECA (extra-curricular activities) should be conducted with all the precautions of COVID-19 spread. The concern was raised at the EC emergency meeting which was held on 21st September.
The University had earlier decided that the admissions to the extra-curricular activities or ECA category will be conducted based on candidate’s certificates. Before this Delhi University agreed to not conduct the Extra-Curricular or ECA admissions, blocking those having NSS and NCC certificates in the times of the coronavirus pandemic.
But it was agreed in July that admissions under 12 ECA categories, including dance, music, yoga, divinity will be conducted for the academic year 2020-21 based on certificates.
Rajesh Jha the Executive Council member said that they have received several emails and letters from artists, experts, and gurus who indicated that the ECA quota trials for DU admissions 2020 can be conducted with the precautions and safeguards for coronavirus. Merely offering admission based on ECA certificates cannot be a rational basis of objective examination of the performance-based artistic skills. The University should conduct trails for all these disciplines. Rajesh Jha said to ensure physical distancing and avoid crowding colleges should be permitted to conduct ECA trails for DU admissions 2020 as the admissions are conducted statutory under the observation of college staff councils.
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Jha further said that the problem of online OBE (open book exams) being held by the academic council and executive council, bypassing the statutory bodies were also put forward.
He further added that there is a very severe deviation that the nowheresville of the OBE answer scripts has not been retained. The University of Delhi has in the past upheld the pious aspect of concerning the personality of the student on the OBE answer scripts.
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However, this year, the name of the candidate is coming up on the screen when the DU examiner checks the portal, which is a serious settlement with the hideaway and goes against the standards of justice and fairness.
Executive council member Jha said that the DU exams were exclusionary. Among regular Delhi University students, over 4% DU students did not sit for the first phase of Open Book Exams, which incremented to 13% in the case of SOL (School of Open Learning) while the percentage was 23.5% to 24% in the case of disabled students.
Many DU professors are reporting to having been received answer scripts that are not of their disciplines. The DU executive council members also proposed that the University should come up with a statute to assimilate ad hoc and temporary DU teachers.
Rajesh Jha further said that in the violence of its statutes, Delhi University has thousands of temporary and ad hoc teachers who have been working hard for many years without any leaves, increments, and an opportunity for faculty up-gradation. Moreover, these female ad hoc teachers are not even being offered statutory maternity leaves. The coronavirus pandemic situation has worsened their sufferings even more.