A letter has been written addressing President Ram Nath Kovind opposing the university’s decision of conducting exams of the students who are in the final year/semester through an online mode in an open- book examination pattern.
Four senior professors of DU (Delhi university have written this letter to the president asking him to intervene and look into this “arbitrary decision”.
The professors mentioned their concerns and fear of students being put at a great disadvantage by this mode of examination. They have written in the letter that those who come from an economically weaker background or those belonging to the scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, other backward classes, and specifically those with disabilities will land on the wrong side of the digital divide.
They also mentioned their appeal of urgency in this matter informing about the university administration’s unilateral and hurried decision referring to the letter dates 13th May 2020. This letter issued by the university administration was addressed to all the heads of Departments to prepare three sets of question papers for the open book examination.
They also mentioned that this move of organizing open book examination will push high education more towards and into privatization.
The nature and requirements of open and close book examinations are entirely different from one another and the same is the difference in the type of question papers.
The professors claimed that this open book mode of examination will create and promote a huge discriminatory divide among students and while few will be benefited who have all the resources, many others will be a great loss.
The university had also flouted the provision of consulting matters with the academic and executive councils. They have urged the president to stop this social discriminatory examination method in the university.
ABVP – led Delhi university students’ union also organized a general body meeting including eight executive council members of DUSU and elected college union representatives from 41 colleges of DU.
The purpose of this meeting was to ponder and upon the current scenario pf academics and examinations.
The meeting was aimed at coming up with the best solutions centric approach and an intensive discussion was also held with the same aim keeping exams, academics, and students interest in view.
Many options were discussed like
⦁ carry forward scheme
⦁ in-house examination
⦁ provision of resource material for students
DUSU president Akshit Dahiya said, “We have to look for multiple options to conduct the examinations rather than emphasizing on only a single one so that the drawbacks of the single option are overcome by the alternative one,”.
He added that they want such a mode of examination in which not a single student is left out in the process.
A memorandum will soon be submitted by DUSU of compiled and integrated suggestions to the VC and other senior officials of DU.