Teachers And Student’s Bodies Against DU Open Book Exam

Delhi University to conduct webinars on admission process from next week

Delhi University’s decision to hold ‘open-book’ mode online exams for post-graduate and under-graduate exams, if the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t standardize, has drawn criticism from student bodies as well as teachers.

Eminently, students would be permitted to allude to their notes, and other study materials to answer the questions after they download question papers for their respective course from the web-based interface sitting at home, and transfer the answers in two hours.

Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) named the system to lead examinations “discriminatory” and “uncalled for”.

“It is not reasonable for a huge university like DU, with its diverse student populace, and, shockingly, the institute has received it as the main structure. We request that the pen-paper alternative be given to all students,” DUTA said.

DUTA has also composed a letter to the University’s Vice-Chancellor to scrap the ‘open-book’ system of assessment. It also suggested that provisional degrees should be distributed based on their Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of five semesters.

Delhi University’s Executive Council members have also kept in touch with the VC in regards to the issue.

They contended that this system of assessment ‘will push higher education towards privatization by depreciating its degrees and weakening their meticulousness’, including that ‘instructional method of DU and its assessment system’ are not suited for open book examinations. It supposedly held a survey in which 74% of students were against holding of exams on the web.

“In a period of a wellbeing crisis, the DU administration must consider the students originating from the peripheral sections of the society. Students have refered to various reasons such as network, resources, absence of material, and online classes for dismissing on the web exams. The voice of students must be listened to,” PTI cited the association as saying.

On May 15, the student association will hold a social media battle #DuAgainstOnlineExams.

Congress-supported National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) stated that first and second-year students should be advanced based on their presentation in the previous semester while the last year students should be assessed on their past scores and be given 10% additional marks since students will in general score more in their last year.

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