Examinations must be a test to evaluate the understanding of the students about the course, and not a test of “economic and cultural privilege” is the major concern raised by many on the administrations stance of holding examinations through online mediums.
With the recent rage on social media platforms and oppositions pooling in from other platforms, groups are being stimulated to address to the grievances presented by teachers and students. The online campaign, which had over 48,000 tweets till Friday evening, has already garnered around 65,000 signatures of students against the OBE.
University has formed a 15-member Working Group on Examinations through its notification on May 6, 2020, the group will study all matters related to examinations, review the preparedness to conduct the examinations of 2019-20 session and take appropriate steps in this regard. However many pointed out that to their dismay, there is no student representation in the Working Group, which raises the concern that their plight will not be heard.
Meanwhile, the varsity’s Covid-19 task force constituted to look into academic matters during the pandemic, on Friday, wrote to all principals asking them to compile e-resources to help students. “There are many students who don’t have their books. So we have asked principals to identify and share e-resources which can be compiled by us and sent to students who can use them,” Payal Mago, a member of the task force, said.
Besides, the Delhi University Student Union (DUSU), the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has also submitted a memorandum to the vice-chancellor opposing the idea of online examination. The petition was started by students’ union NSUI and Left-backed AISA. Within a few hours, the hashtag became the top trending on Twitter. The hashtag had over 48,000 tweets till Friday
Students behind all this only feel that the University of Delhi – being one of the most reputed universities in the country will set the trends for other universities to follow. This will also increase the reputation of the university as an academically dynamic university which is determined to help students achieve their aspirations and should, therefore, be more considerate while taking end decisions which will have a great impact on all.