DU Exams 2020: According to the notice released by the University of Delhi on Thursday, dated May 14, 2020, it might conduct Open Book Examinations (OBE) for the terminal year students. If the Covid-19 situation persists, the conduct of the examinations would be online and would start from July 01. Protesting against the very decision of the University to conduct examinations online, students took to social media and #DUAgainstOnlineExams and #EducationWithoutInclusion trended on Twitter on Friday.
Students expressed their dissent regarding the statute and hoped that their efforts would change the University’s decision. The students defended their stance by pointing out the poor network connectivity in their towns, lack of e-resources and study materials and their inability to access the online classes.
The online campaign started by the All India Student Association against the provision of online examinations was gained popular support #DUAgainstOnline Exams and #EducationWithoutExclusion trended #1 on Twitter. Several other petitions and surveys also claim students’ sharp dissent over the conduct on online exams.
Some of the tweets regarding the issue have been compiled below:
Delhi University just casually assumed that every student has the privilege of a stable 4g internet connection, a scanner, printer, their books, enough room at home, & the mental and physical ability to peacefully study and take exams DURING A PANDEMIC. #DUAgainstOnlineExams
— Riya Chopra (@riachops)
Majority of the outstation students don’t have study material, nor the equipment on which this unwelcome design could find space, stop furthering exclusionary education and merit in the name of ‘conducting fair examinations’ #DUAgainstOnlineExams
— Mudita (@MuditaSK)
If Delhi University is of the opinion that the “online classes” were the medium of teaching, DU should bring out the exact list of online classes held for each subject for each college, and the number of students who could attend all the classes entirely.
— AISA – Delhi University (@aisa_du)
Heck, people don’t have internet access at places. It’s not an elite South Delhi High School where only the rich kids go to study. It’s a freaking central university with students coming from the remotest of places and having not so privileged backgrounds
— Naman Biyani (@naman_biyani)
The University has not yet stated a comprehensive procedure for the online examinations to be conducted, resulting in contention from the DUTA, various students’ organizations, and the students themselves including the differently-abled students, too.