As all the educational institutions have been shut down as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus pandemic, the university has not taken academic exams of students yet. For obtaining the norms and protocols of social distancing, these educational institutions will be closed at least till July.
Therefore, it is most affecting the academic session of students. In order to continue everything with ease, the University is asking students about the mode of examinations. They are planning to conduct exams online. Our of all universities, Jawaharlal Nehru University has implemented this idea. They have started conducting online exams for students.
SES BEGAN THEIR ONLINE EXAMS:
The idea of online mode of examination was not successfully implemented by the University. Students of Jawaharlal Nehru University’s School of Environmental Science began their last semester examinations through online mode. When the mode of exams was decided in April, the School of Environmental Science was among the five who opted for online mode of examinations.
The University decided to conduct exams through online mode (email) and have suggested that those students who could not be able to appear for exams may appear later. The faculty is able to transfer their knowledge via mail and most of the courses are going online. There are many students who missed the exam due to their personal reasons. Those students who missed the exams may appear later when the new date will come. The new date for the remaining students is yet to be announced.
FRAMEWORK OF 24 HOURS:
While giving question paper, students were asked to write their answers and submit the answer sheets to their respective teachers by email within 24hours. There are some places that do not have access to proper internet connection. So this framework of 24 hours is made upon for those students online who live in areas of poor internet connectivity.
Raj Maurya is a PhD scholar and a student counselor at SES. He stated as per his opinion, “there are students in Kashmir who don’t have the internet. We have students from other remote areas as well. The other students are not opposed to the move since they are getting 24 hours to complete the paper. This will enable them to secure passing marks more easily and ease their anxieties about the future. But online exams like these will reduce the quality of education and knowledge that we will be passing out with.”
STATEMENT OF A Ph.D. SCHOLAR:
Alaska Patra, a first-year Ph.D. scholar from Odisha is among the students facing issues in online exams. She has written to the dean of SES and said that she was visiting home only for a week when the lockdown was announced. She doesn’t have access to the internet and any other study material. Due to cyclone Amphan, things have only worsened. Patra said that the Internet connection is so poor that she has to send emails and study materials while walking around the terrace for the network.
She said, “ I haven’t been able to look for reading material to write my paper due to an irregular network, and electricity has also been intermittent. To write papers in such a situation is extremely challenging.”
EXAMS WERE CONDUCTED SMOOTHLY:
On the other hand, SES Dean Umesh Chandra Kulshestha was against these statements and said that the exams have been conducted smoothly so far. He said that if any student has been unable to appear for their exam, they will look at the reason behind it and discuss it at the faculty meeting and the vice-chancellor. If they would be some genuine issues, they will help that student and retest would be taken.