The teachers of DU (Delhi University), JNU (Jawahar Lal Nehru University), and Mumbai University have written to the UGV (University Grants Commission) to cancel the exams of the final year students. Recently, the UGC has released guidelines to conduct the exams of the final year students across the country in September.
This decision has not been taken well by several educationists and students who demand the cancellation of the exams because of the health risk it poses. The teachers have asked the UGC to allow the evaluation of final year students based on their past performances.
The former University Grants Commission Chairman Sukhdeo Thorat and 27 teachers from other Universities have written a letter to the current UGC chairman. In the letter, the teachers seek the cancellation of the exams of the final year students and their evaluation based on past performances.
The letter was sent to Chairman D P Singh on July 9. This letter was signed by professors from DU, JNU, University of Hyderabad, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, University of Mumbai, and others.
The letter reads that the UGC’s latest advise on examinations is unfortunate. This is because it is driven backward rather than forward. The recommendation effectively extends the period for holding the examination until September.
This is a second postponement of the schedule of examination. The recommendation also creates room for fresh uncertainty for those states who had already canceled exams.
Concerns have been raised by the professors in the letter of not only a doubtful case of health emergency but something which can ruin the life of a student.
The letter further reads that in such a situation of emergency, canceling exams will have two advantages: one, it will avoid the uncertainty by the repeated postponements, and two, it will preserve the integrity of examinations by being impartial and providing close supervision to prevent cheating.
Concerns have also been raised by the teachers over the decision of conducting open book examinations since it plays with the entire examination system.