From 6 to 11 September, Delhi University conducted DU entrance exam of many post-graduation, M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses. The National Testing Agency conducted the exam across 24 testing centers. Students appearing for the exam unsuccessfully protested against the exam on Social Media. They cited the reason for COVID-19 and lockdown.
Delhi University without any observation of their pleas conducted the exams. Subsequently, many students had to either miss their entrance exam or struggle to reach the examination center.
STUDENTS FACED TRAVELING ISSUES TO APPEAR FOR DU ENTRANCE EXAM
Keerti Shukla is a resident of Shahdol District in Madhya Pradesh. She wanted to appear for the post-graduation entrance exam in Political Science. Her allotted examination center was in Delhi. The district in which Keerti lives do not have its own railway junction. Her family traveled 200 km by taxi to another railway station. She said that traveling was expensive but she did not have any other choice. The train was running late. Keerti and her family waited for four hours at the overcrowded junction in such a pandemic situation. She said that going through the exam was a financially, physically, and mentally experience. She and her brother have COVID-19 symptoms a few days later. Nine members are there in her family and that scares her the most.
In the same way, Jagriti Jain resides in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur. She traveled in a train for 14 hours and then took a bus to appear for her entrance exam in Delhi. She said that Delhi University should have reconsidered conducting entrance exams in such short notice. According to her, conducting exams in such a pandemic situation is not the right decision. Traveling and the possibility of catching coronavirus made her anxious. There were some technical glitches in the computer system and inadequate sanitization arrangement at the examination center. Students reported about all of them.
THERE WAS ONLY ONE SANITIZER AT DU ENTRANCE EXAM CENTER
Arushi Aishwarya appeared M.A. Sociology entrance exam. She said that there was only one sanitizer at the entrance of the examination center and everybody touched it. Students were supposed to maintain social distancing but ended up crowding.
Priya Chauhan appeared for her LLB entrance exam. She said that the authority did not even sanitize the computer systems or desks. Everything had a coating of dust. Many students faced issues with their computer system and multiple power cuts were there.
MANY STUDENTS FACED COMPUTER GLITCHES WHILE APPEARING FOR DU ENTRANCE EXAM
Anish Singh had to appear for two entrance exams on the same day. His first exam was at 6 am and was 20 km away from the examination center. He said that he had to switch the computer system at least twice. Sanitizer dispensers were not working at the center. Moreover, he pointed out the dirt on the computer system and they were not sanitized. Computer issues were the main glitches faced by every student.
Saurya Mishra appeared for the M.A. Political Science entrance exam. He said that the computer system lost internet connection multiple times during the examination. The invigilators were not able to deal with it. He had to log in several times and had to restart the test. He was unable to submit the answer script at the end of the test. Also, the examination center he was allotted was 42 km away from his place.
STUDENTS HAD TO SIT IN OVERCROWDED PLACE FOR DU ENTRANCE EXAM
Delhi University issued some guidelines for the entrance exam in which the varsity states that it would provide a new mask to each and every candidate. They had to discard their personal marks after reaching the center.
Moksh Kalra appeared for the History exam. He said the problem was that these masks did not have a protective packaging. The person who handed these masks himself was not wearing the mask. Students raised the problem of overcrowding in the examination hall. Shaifali Sharma sat for her M.A. History exam and her center was in Rohini, Delhi. She said that she traveled for 50 km just to sit in the overcrowded place. She was not worried about her exam not going well, but about the contact of the virus.
INVIGILATORS DID NOT FOLLOW NORMS FOR DU ENTRANCE EXAMS
Pradipta Singh who sat for her History exam complained about the same issue of the overcrowded place. Her examination center was in Dwarka. Pradipta said that her exam was supposed to conduct in the evening and it clashed with the ending of the undergraduate entrance exam. It caused overcrowding. She further said that there were no sanitizers at the examination center and the invigilators were themselves not following any safety norms. These students managed to reach the examination centers while others had to skip the exams altogether.
Rushnae Kabir sat for his M.Phil. entrance exam. She said that her mother is an asthma patient and her grandmother has many health issues. Her home is not big enough to manage a separate room if anything happens. She was worried about catching the virus and her mother and grandmother contact to the same. So, she made up her mind not to appear for the entrance exam. Rushnae further said that she don’t know about the entrance exam. Delhi University authorities should have thought before conducting the entrance exams and it even affected the economic lives of many students. She had to pick between to chances of dying and her career.
STUDENT TRAVELED FROM SRINAGAR TO APPEAR FOR DU ENTRANCE EXAM
Abrar Nani is from Srinagar. He planned to appear for the M.A. History exam. He was not able to fill in the application form due to network connectivity issues in Kashmir. So, he asked his friend to fill his form. But, he was shocked to see his center in Delhi. As it is not possible for him to travel more than 1,000 km just for an entrance exam, he did not come to Delhi.
But, Rashid Lone was also from Srinagar and traveled to Delhi to appear for his entrance exam. He said that he thought COVID-19 cases could decrease or the National Testing Agency would allow him to change his center to Srinagar. But nothing happened and he had no choice but to travel from Srinagar to Delhi.
DU EXAMINATION DEAN DID NOT RESPOND TO THIS SITUATION
Delhi University’s decision to conduct an entrance exam forced students to make difficult decision. Arundhati Chowdhary is a resident of Guwahati. Some days prior to her M.A. Geography entrance exam she turned out positive for COVID-19. Some days later she tested negative and sat for her entrance test. She mentioned it in the form. However, there was no arrangement of masks and sanitizers. The dean of examination of Delhi University, Vinay Gupta did not respond to this situation.
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