Ramesh Pokhriyal, Human Resource, and Development minister and Bhushan Patwardhan, UGC vice chairman stated that they are against the crossing out of definite semester examination, amidst the increasing pandemic is focused on the need of examinations for granting a degree. In an ongoing meeting to Outlook, the UGC bad pattern executive contends that the degrees conceded to understudies without an assessment will lose their worth. These “corona degrees” will be known as such for the remainder of their lives and won’t convey a lot of weight for prospective job interviews.
Such recognition, in any case, is absolutely wrong on a few tallies. Above all else, a sense is being made that the aspirants are being let off with no exams. It ought to be strongly underlined here that the aspirants have been constantly taking examination after the finish of every semester and that there is no larger last examination in our college framework. All the semesters are particular and self-governing of one another; an understudy is inspected on the courses canvassed distinctly in that semester and not on courses secured generally speaking for all the long periods of the program together. Thus, in the current semester-based undergrad (or postgraduate) training framework there is no “antim pariksha” or last examination (to cite the HRD serve). It is weird that the clergyman or the instruction specialists appear to be ignorant of this basic certainty.
Second, the degrees are not being allowed without exams; a long way from it. The Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) that the UGC actualized in the nation has a uniform measured structure. Therefore, Delhi University likewise follows the normalized credit framework for its diverse undergrad programs. For instance, any BA (honours) program has by and large 26 courses adding up to 148 credits. Of these, in the course of the last five semesters, the examination has been held for 22 courses adding up to 124 credits. Thus, effectively around 84 percent of the program has been finished and aspirants have composed 22 arrangements of tests in the course of the last more than two years to cover these. Of the rest 24 credits (around 16 percent weight of the aggregate), which should have been canvassed in the current semester, 25 percent of the evaluation depends on interior appraisal, which has likewise been finished. That implies just 12 percent of the general appraisal (last degree) is inadequate, and we have been proposing surveying this 12 percent part just on some premise of averaging interior assessment and past assessment execution. For what reason should a whole degree be harshly called “corona degrees” for averaging just such a little part of the aggregate, that excessively dependent on past examinations only?
The UGC has just proposed a procedure of averaging (without current semester examinations) for every moderate semester. Along these lines, those students will likewise eventually have a degree with a segment of their assessments not being held. Truth be told, in the subsequent year, the semester credits (28) are higher than that in the third year (24). So if examination, can be excluded for courses containing 28 credits for the middle of the road semester students, for what reason wouldn’t they be able to be absolved for courses involving 24 credits for the last semester students?
The complaint that averaging may hurt a student since she could have higher evaluations in a genuine exam is additionally not supportable in light of the fact that in any case, all understudies ought to be allowed to improve their evaluations when a manual offline examination, will be practical.
At long last, the most significant highlight be underscored is that we are restricting the examinations (online or offline) at this point dependent on genuine grounds of value, access, security, and wellbeing in the current unforeseen circumstance. Exams, at any rate, are not really any trial of an understudy’s capacity and appreciation in a circumstance where typical homeroom instructing has not occurred and the vast majority of them, trapped in an abrupt lockdown circumstance (regularly back home), do not have the basic investigation material. Especially, understudies from financially more vulnerable and socially denied areas will endure the most as they frequently need individual foundation like PCs and continuous fast web required to plan for and compose the online exams.
Further, the very holiness of the online exams process is seriously undermined on the grounds that it is extremely unlikely to forestall out of line implies, remembering the utilization of cash for this circumstance. Someone can be paid to compose the tests for an understudy’s sake when all you need is the simple access to a secret word to compose the online test. This isn’t only an issue of individual morals and debasement; it is, most importantly, additionally a value issue. The individuals who will utilize cash control and be degenerate will show signs of improvement marks contrasted with the legitimate understudies. Along these lines, the online examination framework favors the degenerate and places the fair persevering understudies in an impeded position. This is the exact opposite thing an examination framework ought to do. Further, won’t a degree dependent on such a ridiculous assessment process not be a debased one?
Till now the MHRD, UGC, and Delhi University have shown extreme insensitivity to the students and also a baffling lack of understanding about the detailed examination process. It is high time that they recognize the concrete realities of the current contingency and act rationally for the benefit of lakhs of students and reverse their position on conducting examinations for the final semester.
At long last, what is likewise stunning is the manner in which the focal specialists of advanced education are playing with the mentality and fate of the understudies. Understudies have occupations and admissions (to lofty outside colleges) in question; they can’t endlessly hang tight as the UGC’s proposal for broadening the test cutoff times recommends. Delhi University delayed the tests twice, each time only days before the booked tests, and is intending to hold them a month later at this point. The psychological injury this creates in such rehashed delay can destabilize any understudy and it will be amazingly out of line to cause them to experience this strained procedure by and by. Understudies in numerous states who were informed that their tests have been offset are of any test planning outlook. To out of nowhere disclose to them since they need to return to a test mode is pitiless, without a doubt.
Till now the MHRD, UGC, and Delhi University have indicated extraordinary obtuseness toward the understudies and furthermore an astounding absence of comprehension about the point by point examinations process. Ample opportunity has already past that they perceive the solid real factors of the current possibility and act reasonably to serve lakhs of understudies and opposite their situation on directing examinations for the last semester.