The teachers and students of DU have been bravely raising their voice against the decision of the University to conduct online open-book examinations for the final year students, despite the pandemic and the existing social distancing norms. The teachers and students wrote to the authorities, conducted twitter storms, and even moved the court.
On Friday, these teachers and students were keenly waiting for the Delhi High Court to pronounce its judgement on the issue.
The students were surprisingly disappointed when the court ruled against them, giving a nod to the University. Astha, a student, says that this is an outright violation of the right to equality. The sanctity of the examinations has not been addressed yet. But once the MHA intervened, they thought that the HC will not go against it. The faith which students had in the judiciary is completely shattered.
A student who instrumental in forming a committee to exclusively fight the OBE, Pallavi Raj, said that this is very disheartening to hear that the university is reluctant to consider the plea of students who fought on behalf of the majority of students. The conducting of the exams will not reduce the existing problems in any way and those who will not be able to appear now can appear later for exams in September. She said that this is a gross abrogation of the right to livelihood.
The DUSU which is ABVP-dominated kept mum on the issue and the judgement. The secretary Ashish Lamba, who is the only NSUI representative said that the NSUI has always objected the OBE. The mock exams were unsuccessful. How can the university be expected to conduct the final exams properly?
The DUTA also said that the judgement was rather sad. The students had previously reported that the website frequently crashed during the mock tests.