Practical Examinations amidst the online classes are leaving the students perplexed. The 2nd and final year students are confused and worried as their “practicals” are not taken practically. However, the students are actually submitting written answers in the name of practical examinations.
Students are holding grievances that they are not able to perform the tests and experiments. Hence, this might affect their future. The external evaluation of these Practical Examinations are also undefined which further raises questions.
Science Practical Examinations amidst the online classes:
Science Practicals generally carry 50 marks. 25 are given internally and 25 externally. However, for the academic year 2020, practical examinations for only 25 marks will be taken. Hence, the rest 75 will be allowed to the open book examinations taking place in December.
Kritika Kalra, final year Botany (Hons) student from Gargi College says, “Practical sessions have become project-based.” Hence, the practicals have gone down the online route with mere question and answer projects. Therefore, as a Botany student, dissection of plants, parts identifications, etc have not been covered because of no practical sessions.
Status of Chemistry Practical Examinations :
Urvashi Chawla, a 2nd-year student from Deen Dayal College says, “Instead of a four-hour-long lab session, they are given concept lectures by the teacher. The experimentation is also carried on youtube by the teachers.” Hence, the students are left with no options but to mug up the formulas.
Students worry that they could not make through their M.As with such vague knowledge. Hence, all this can even hamper the job opportunities of the students as they will have limited practical knowledge. Pankaj Garg, mathematics teacher at Rajdhani College asserted this fact of student’s struggle.
Sanjay Batra, a chemistry teacher at Venkateswara College says, “Students could have been called in small groups to observe the experimentations and do hand-on practices.” Hence, DU could have come up with a way of providing the labs at least for practices and Practical Examinations.