“Several claims are being made about the success of online classes but many students were unable to avail their benefits,” a scholar stated.
“The situation is bad here due to floods. There is no electricity. How will I be able to take my exams?” says Rasuhan Kumar, a final-year scholar of Delhi College’s Satyawati Faculty on the cellphone from his dwelling in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.
“I could not even charge my phone for two-and-a-half days since there was no electricity. Even those with internet access say they will face issues in taking the exams,” he stated.
The web open-book exams (OBE) for remaining 12 months undergraduate and postgraduate college students of Delhi College are scheduled to start from August 10 and like Mr Kumar, many others are going through connectivity points or do not need the research materials with them.
Additionally they alleged that their remaining semester was riddled with issues just like the northeast Delhi communal violence, the Delhi College Academics’ Affiliation (DUTA) strike and the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
“The university is saying that it will provide another chance to students to take exams in offline mode. But it is still unclear when they will hold the exams,” one other scholar stated on situation of anonymity.
“Final year students also have to apply to other universities for their masters. How will we do it if we do not take online exams and wait for the offline exams? We will have to waste a year,” he stated.
One other scholar stated he had gone dwelling for the mid-semester break in March when the lockdown was introduced and he didn’t have any research materials with him.
“I have been stuck in my hometown in Uttar Pradesh. I did not bring my study material here. It is such a big university and they did not even make efforts to make the study material available online or arrange something so that students could study,” he stated.
“Several claims are being made about the success of online classes but many students were unable to avail their benefits,” he added.
Throughout mock OBEs performed by the college, too, college students had complained of issues like server crash and incapability to add query papers. Many took to Twitter to lift the problems utilizing hashtags like #DuAgainstOnlineExam.
Pankaj Garg, a former Educational Council member, stated college students have flagged numerous points. Many college students didn’t even take the mock exams as a result of they know the state of affairs is not conducive.
In a single faculty, 23 out of 46 college students of a division flagged points they confronted throughout mock exams. In one other faculty, 38 out of 52 college students had been unable to take on-line courses, stated a professor who didn’t want to be named.
Earlier, the OBEs had been scheduled to start out from July 1. They had been later postponed to July 10 and subsequently to August.
One other scholar stated, “We are still not sure whether the exams will finally start on August 10. It (repeated postponement) has been causing stress for students.”
Abha Dev Habib, a Miranda Home professor, stated, “Students are upset and their pleas are not being heard. Even the courts have not heard their pleas. They are facing a plight similar to what migrant labourers faced during lockdown.”
The DUTA has been demanding cancellation of OBEs and that college students be evaluated on the idea of their previous efficiency and inner evaluation. Nevertheless, the college has not budged from its stand.