Delhi University is about to conduct exams in the month of August for Final Year Students. They are planning to conduct open book exams for final year students.
The administration informed Delhi High Court regarding DU exams. Students from the Faculty of law urged a letter to the varsity and high court regarding the cancelation of exams. They said that the varsity should cancel DU exams they are planning to conduct in the COVID-19 pandemic. They said to rectify the anomalies and make a proper plan to conduct DU exams. The University’s dean of examinations conveyed a message regarding open book exams.
WHAT DID LAW STUDENTS REMARKED TO THE HIGH COURT
The union of Campus Law Centre remarked that tragically, their place of graduation has indicated meager regard for their welfare and possibilities later on. This is borne out by the powerlessness of its organization to make a legitimate arrangement for holding their exams in spite of the UGC admonishing university make arrangements path back on 29 April 2020. After Delhi High Court ordered to advance exam schedule, Delhi University finally consents to hold an Open Book examination from August 10 to 31. The students union has enlisted protest against the organization as they didn’t put forth any attempts to survey the attainability of leading tests by means of the online medium to date.
It is further mentioned in the letter that no endeavors have been made to check the psychological state of the students, to quantify the physical cost of a deadly dread and an unsteady future. Rather the students have been treated as a dead stone monument fit to be thrown in stone by artists who never held onto us as creatures who relax.
THE IDEA OF ONLINE OPEN BOOK EXAMS IS DISCRIMINATORY
According to the students, canceling exams for final year students is the most equitable and elegant solution. However, there are certain issues mentioned in the addressed letter regarding open book DU exams. It read that it would be discriminatory as all the students would not have access to laptops and proper internet connection. The procedure guide issued by Delhi University is nothing but a utopian fiction and India is currently not in that state. If the varsity opts for offline exams, then it is an ill-founded idea. Students have to suffer in such a pandemic situation and many students are staying out of the station. Students faced many issues when Delhi University conducted mock tests. That is why the online platform from the University for DU exams are dysfunctional.
IT IS LIKE JEOPARDISING THE LIVES OF FINAL YEAR STUDENTS
As the university has not yet conducted DU exams, it is taking a risk with the future of students who have been admitted into post-graduation courses abroad. Owing to the above conditions and difficulties faced, a request has been made to promote students on the basis of their average of previous five-semester scores and enable students to estimate their scores of the sixth semester.
Still, if the varsity decides to conduct online DU exams, there are certain conditions that have to be followed:
• The administration shall allow teachers to promote students on the basis of internal assessment.
• Question papers should be given in the morning of exam day and students should get the time till evening to submit their answer sheets via a portal.
• The student body has asked the high court to address the pending petitions on behalf of the most important stakeholders in conducting OBE, I.e. students.
As per the decision made by the administration, students can register for exams till July 25.