New Delhi: The DU Teachers Association (DUTA) has asked the UGC (University Grants Commission) to take a quick decision regarding the university examinations of the third year. This decision has to be taken considering the mental and physical health of students.
The end-semester Open Book Examinations of Delhi University were postponed for ten days. This decision was taken by the University regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic situation. On July 3, the new date sheet is expected to be announced.
DU teachers say that this announcement has created a wave of panic among all the students of the University. The students had made travel plans according to the schedule. The mental and physical well-being of the students is being affected by mindless experimentation of open-book examinations.
In the letter addressed to the UGC chairperson, DUTA has said that it has become clear that the University is unprepared to conduct the exams. The online OBE project was marred with failure right from the beginning. The date sheets for the Mock Examinations are released on June 29, which has glaring errors.
The DU teachers have pointed out that the various errors in the paper numbers and titles indicate the unpreparedness of the University to conduct exams. The teachers have also alleged that the University has chosen to ignore the revision of guidelines by fixing the date sheet for the examination before the UGC meeting’s outcome is made public.
The DUTA also said in its statement that many students have said that the Common Service Centers which have been roped in to conduct the open book exams are not functional at many places. The Association said that the University is putting the lives of many students in danger by asking them to travel to open book exam centers during a pandemic.
The UGC was ordered by the Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on June 24, to revisit its guidelines to conduct the exams. Reportedly the meeting of UGC to discuss this issue was to be held today.