On Monday, the Delhi High Court said that the student of the final year in DU (Delhi University) cannot be treated like “guinea-pigs”. The High Court also said that there are serious glitches in the University’s online open-book examination. The Online open-book examination is supposed to begin from July 10.
Several students had filed a plea seeking cancellation of the exams. Justice Pratibha Singh said that the mental state of the students should be kept in mind along with the technical aspects. The students are at home since February, have not been attending classes and they do not have the online material available to study.
The Judge expressed displeasure as the University was conducting the examination “without any basis”. DU has been asked by the Judge to provide a state-wise data of the final year students who will be appearing for the exams.
Through the Vera Cause Legal, a law firm, a plea was filed by six students. The plea sought the cancellation of the open book exams. It was said by them that the students were facing many problems in taking the online exams.
Advocate Shivankar Sharma was the counsel for DU’s five students. One of the five was from Faridabad, two are from Delhi, one from Rajasthan and another from Nagaland. On Monday, their advocate told the court that many students will be required to go to the nearest community centers to appear in the examination.
This will endanger their lives in a situation when the number of COVID-19 cases is increasing rapidly.
Students have been suggested by DU to use the common service centers of their locality if they do not have an internet facility at home.
Students live in remote areas where there might not be any electricity or internet connections, said Sharma.
It has been complained by several students that the community service centers were unaware of the mock examinations.
Senior advocate Sachin Datta and advocate J S Rupal were appearing for DU. They said that DU was the only University in the whole country that was attempting at conducting online exams. Both the advocates said that huge risks are being taken by the University to conduct the online examinations. Those students who will not be able to appear for the exams now will be able to take them later, in September.
The Court then told the defense counsel that the students cannot be made guinea pigs like this. The decision to conduct online exams has been taken without any basis.
The Judge said that the careers of the students are being put in jeopardy by conducting the exams. This is because when the results are announced by the end of August, almost all foreign universities and higher education institutions will have already begun with their academic session.
The court also said that the future of many students has been jeopardized due to the postponement of exams which were earlier scheduled to begin from July 1.
The matter will now be heard on Tuesday.