The Delhi University affiliated Rajdhani college made a landmark decision to start a campaign. It will speed post the notes to its students. It will benefit the students who are suffering due to the gaping digital divide. The campaign is named the ‘Utthan’ initiative. Under the Delhi University, college initiative couriers have been sent to students living mostly in Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and Bihar. Till now, 380 couriers via speed post the notes.
Students in India are facing tremendous issues due to a lack of internet connectivity. There is a dearth of uniformity in technology access for all. Added to the problem is the COVID 19 pandemic. This digital disparity is of huge concern these days. The students are struggling to keep up with the courses and online classes. They tend to share smartphones with siblings and the added pressure to own a laptop. Due to this pressure, students tend to skip the classes.
The members of the ‘Yuva’ group visited the professors of the college to tell them about their experience in the pandemic. This group was started 3 years ago. The students of the college shared their issues via a google form. Then after 2 months of hardship, the group speed posts the notes to the students.
380 students responded through the Google form in total. The recipients are majorly from 3 states i.e. Bihar, UP, and Rajasthan with numbers 45, 45, and 52 respectively.
The teacher convenor of ‘Yuva’, Anand Prakash is a Chemistry teacher in Rajdhani college. He told that in almost 40% of cases students were unable to access the online classes due to lack of connectivity or smartphones at home. The teachers were then set to identify these students. The group speed post the notes to the students out of the funds left unutilized.
In a survey conducted by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association, 85 % of students voted against the conduct of OBE exams.
The survey stated that among the outstation students more than 50 % had a difficulty in accessing the resources. Moreover, 38% said that they were not able to access the material even if it’s made available to them. Out of the ones who gave the survey, half of them reported not receiving the resources. It was reported that only 18 % of students had a digital device apart from a phone. Plus, only 28% of the students were able to access more than 50 % of the online classes.
The organization now look forwards to get a fee waiver and to adjust the examination fee. The highlight is that the Principal of Rajdhani College, Dr. Rajesh Giri showed his support.
The social media head of the Yuva Welfare Society, Ayush Gupta is a computer science student in the Rajdhani College of Delhi University.
He said that 2 -3 months went into the preparation of this campaign. While some other colleges are working on giving monetary benefit or data packs, the group went with the speed post of notes.