New Delhi: In response to the decision of Delhi University to postpone the open book exams for the final year students, the AISA (All India Students’ Association) has said that 10 days are not enough to get away from the pandemic.
The Open Book Examinations (OBE) for the final year students were supposed to start from July 1. The new dates for the open book examinations will be announced on July 3. The DUTA (Delhi University Teacher’s Association) has been opposing the open book examinations since the beginning.
The Association said that this decision has contributed to the stress and anguish of the students. DUTA said in a statement that since the university has postponed the open book examinations, it seems as though the COVID-19 situation will improve all of a sudden. The association wonders whether this plot has been undertaken by the University as a cover-up for its unpreparedness to carry out the online examinations.
On the other hand, AISA has referred to the failure of the University to conduct mock examinations for its students.
The AISA in its statement has said that after the complete failure of the mock tests which were organized by the administration, the University has resorted to the postponement of examinations. The university has faced failure at an unprecedented level in organizing the mock tests and foreign language exams. The website of the University has also crashed many times since it announced an open season for admission.
The cancellation of open book examinations has been demanded by DUTA. DUTA says that they are demanding this since they can see that the lives and careers of four lakh students are at stake.
UNIVERSITY EXAMS AMIDST PANDEMIC
The Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank asked the UGC to revisit its guidelines on June 24. There was a lot of speculation over the conducting of the exams of the final year/semester students. The scrapping of final semester exams was recommended by a UGC panel, some reports suggested.
The Minister’s order had arrived amidst all this speculation. The said recommendation of the UGC Committee was welcomed by the DUTA and was declared as the victory of the teachers and students alike.
DUTA also said that the University has ignored the public statement of the HRD Minister. The statement of the Minister had advised the UGC to revisit the earlier guidelines.
A #ScrapOBE campaign has been started by the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) on social media. This campaign has been started to demand cancellation rather than a postponement of the exam.