Delhi University, a worldwide recognized educational institute that has some of the best colleges in the country like Shri Ram College Of Commerce, has been struggling to understand the large array of problems students would eventually face if online exams take place.
The varsity has continuously undermined the various suggestions put forward by the DUTA ( Delhi University Teachers Association) and student bodies like ABVP, NSUI, etc. Instead of taking cognizance of the matter, the University released a notification on the 14th of May stating that the semester exams for third-year students will take place in the month of July.
The procedure of open textbook examination mentioned by them is not viable for the students who come from diverse sections of society. The University has not even included departmental teachers in the working group on examinations who are much more aware of the ground reality and the problems that students will face if exams take place. There are some major reasons why online exams should be quashed. Let’s have a look at them one by one;
- The most affected and vulnerable would be differently-abled students who represent a large part of the student community. It would be a really difficult task to arrange writers for them. With almost no classes taking place this semester due to riots and succeeding pandemic, they would not be able to prepare for their examinations because online classes are difficult for them to cope up with.
- The number of students in the first year is the largest and the Delhi University official website has been unable to take such a huge load as seen in the past weeks when it released its examination forms. With such sluggish website it is almost impossible for the University to conduct examinations in a fair manner.
- As far as the e-learning is concerned, about 54% of students have not been able to attend online classes according to a survey conducted by DU express. 76% students don’t have a laptop to sit for exams and 64% don’t have stable internet connection. Students who went back to their home towns during the mid-semester breaks also face the problem of not having their study material with them.
- Another section of students who will face problem will be international students who went back to their countries like Afghanistan where the internet connectivity is very poor. Students who come from the backward districts of the country where internet connection is very poor have been unable to even fill the examination form.
- These students from backward districts also face infrastructure problems like no availability of scanners, printers, personal laptops, and in some cases even smartphones. The University should take cognizance of the matter and come out with a solution that is fair for each and every student involved.
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