UGC releases guidelines for conduct of final exams amidst the pandemic. Additionally, the guidelines have been a disappointment for the Delhi University, especially.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) condemned the decision to organize final exams in the month of September for final year students.
Furthermore, the revised guidelines permits different universities to opt for any mode of exam. This can be online or pen and paper mode, or blended as per their will.
However, the DUTA is not happy with this decision. Additionally, it demands from UGC to cancel the exams. DU is looking to conduct Open Book Exams (OBE) for final year students. However, the same has faced a lot of criticism, jointly from students as well as the teachers.
DUTA sees OBE as discriminatory in nature. Furthermore, it adds, ” the OBE is discriminatory towards a large section of students and is clearly being pushed with no other motive than to promote big business in education.”
Additionally, this statement also points towards the failure of the university to hold mock exams for OBE properly.
It is important to know that several states have cancelled exams for universities. The latest states to make into this list are Punjab and Rajasthan. Both the states have called off the final exams. Additionally, several central universities have too taken the same decision. Prestigious institutes such as IIT Bombay have already decided to go away with exams this year.
Additionally, this decision has come when the cases of coronavirus are on a rise in the country. Furthermore, DUTA added that it is disheartening to see DU caring so little for its students. It further adds, ” students come with big dreams and aspirations to study in the university. And it is shocking to see the university care so little.”
For more information: https://www.ugc.ac.in/pdfnews/9037307_Press-Release-English.pdf