ONLINE EXAMS/PEN & PAPER EXAMS/PROMOTION BASED ON LAST SEMESTER’S RESULTS? : DU CONFRONTING THE PROBLEM OF CHOICE ARISING WITH THE SCARCITY OF RESOURCES
Delhi University’s even semester examination for the year 2019-20 has become a matter of great concern for students, teachers, as well as for the University. The University had in March dropped examinations till further notification taking into account the across the country lockdown, forced to control the spread of the infection.
COVID-19 pandemic has put a question mark on commencement of University’s examinations.
Understudies of DU are confronting outrageous uneasiness because of the defenselessness with respect to end-semester and practical assessments. This uneasiness has emphasized because of the bits of gossip that the college is thinking to consider the web-based examinations as the primary option.
Solutions for the commencement of examination varies at a different level. Delhi University chairpersons are examining the scenarios at a different level to present the most effective and convenient solution for all. Professors and students are giving their inputs by suggesting the possibilities through emails.
What University says?
The University has formed a 15-member Working Group on Examinations through its notification on May 6, 2020. Delhi University vise chancellor Yogesh Tyagi has formulated a 15-member advisory committee to make an outline for conducting examinations and assessments. In any case, this arrangement has been hit by the professors and educators of different colleges associated with Delhi University. The Working Group will study all matters related to examinations, review the preparedness to conduct the examinations of the 2019-20 session, and take appropriate steps in this regard.
Furthermore, Delhi University on 20th April 2020, released the online examination form for the coming semester assessment. Thus clarifying that the gossips about the revocation of the examination are bogus.
What do Delhi University’s Students say?
According to the understudies, the member group formed by the University heads does not constitute any member from the student council. There is no student representation to the Working Group, and therefore raises the concern that the plight of students will be neglected.
Recently, 23 students from 17 colleges of Delhi University, including Student Union representatives, jointly submitted a petition to the vice-chancellor of DU. Through the petition, they strive to drive the attention of the University heads to the concerns of the students with the hope that the impossibility of having online examinations as the sole solution to such a large and diverse student community is aptly underlined.
Through the petition, the students have put forward three alternatives and have proposed that the students should be asked to opt for their choice of option.
The three options presented in the petition are:
To sit for a pen-and-paper examination 6 months from now. This will allow the students who do not have proper access to the internet and online resources to prepare well for the examinations. It will be crucial that the possibility of remedial classes for such students may be arranged in the next semester by the colleges.
To sit for online examinations, as per the date given the university. The university should decide on these dates keeping in mind an ample amount of time for self-study. The university must be mindful of the fact that this cannot be availed by many, and must not be the primary option available to the students.
Alternately, the students can avail the option of receiving a grade for this semester by carrying over the CPGA accumulated in the previous semesters. This is particularly crucial for terminal students who would need provisional degrees. The formula for them can be the CPGA of the previous 5 semesters in the case of UG, and the previous 3 semesters in the case of PG. The same formula can be offered to non-terminal year students as well. Be that as it may, the alternative of conducting a pen and paper exam later on, i.e., in the upcoming even semester must be accessible to students who avail this option.
What do Delhi University’s Teachers say?
Web-based education may be the only solution this pandemic season, however, professors from Delhi University who have been attempting to go virtual since the lockdown is set up, say that it is not a feasible mechanism of instructing in India yet. Indeed, even as the college has asked its computer experts to think of a stage for online tests — the DU Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has kept in touch with the VC saying going on the web isn’t suitable for DU with its substantial understudy population, and must not be thought of.
Delhi University Exams: The Delhi University professors kept in touch with the University organization, contradicting the ongoing assessment proposition by UGC. In a letter to Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi, restricting the development of another 15 member council for leading the assessment.
The professors said that several understudies have applied in foreign Universities in their last year whose semesters commence around September consequently administering external exams during July isn’t great for these understudies. The lecturers likewise said that the outcomes for conclusive year understudies ought to be pronounced based on the past semester GPA with the purpose that the results are not postponed further.
Open Book Assessment
Recently, Delhi University is considering administering an online ‘Open Book’ assessment for the last semester’s understudies. The semester assessments according to the UGC schedule would be led in July. The recently built working advisory group is thinking about the proposal for the ‘open book’ assessment in the conference hung on Friday I.e., 8 May 2020.
The proposition, in any case, was opposed by various staffers and understudies.
According to sources, DU Indian National Teachers Congress, INTEC furthermore has not appreciated the proposition and has sent a notice to Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi contradicting the proposition.
Delhi University has not yet published any official decision pertaining to the commencement of even semester examination.
Now, the University itself can break the suspense and further clarify whether exams will be conducted or not?
If yes, then what is going to be the mode of examination?
Till then let’s continue presuming all the possible alternatives.
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