The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has called for an alternate evaluation method of assessment for students in the terminal semester amid the second wave of COVID-19 transition from DU administration. As per the media reports, in a letter addressed to Acting Vice-Chancellor PC Joshi, DUTA said that because of the damage caused by the 2nd wave of the epidemic, the university should review its decision regarding the examinations.
In its letter, the DUTA stated that due to the kind of losses families have suffered, we feel that the university should revisit the decision regarding examinations for terminal semester/year students. The alternate evaluation method for continuing students can also be approved for terminal semester students.
Earlier this month, DU announced the postponement of final year/final semester examinations for 15 days. The exam was supposed to be held from May 15, but will now start on June 1. The exam will be conducted in an open book online mode. At the same time, the teacher body has said that the university should use its energy in declaring the results of the pending fifth semester so that the students can get the degree on time.
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The letter further added that the university should share the matter with the UGC and the Ministry of Education. The teacher body said that the students of the colleges were not in a position to submit internal assessments due to their mental stress and family situations, and sought further relaxation in this deadline.
It is to be noted that in the year 2020, the University of Delhi evaluated the first and second-year students based on their internal assessment and performance in the previous semester. Despite opposition from students and teachers, the university opted for an online open-book examination for postgraduate and undergraduate final year students.