Academics increase considerations over Delhi College’s open e book exams

Written by Aranya Shankar
| New Delhi |

Up to date: Could 21, 2020 8:20:32 pm

DU’s Dean Examinations had issued a discover saying the exams can be held within the various format because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Representational picture/

Round 170 academics of Economics from totally different schools of Delhi College (DU) have written to the Head of Division (HoD) expressing “considerations and reservations” towards DU’s on-line open e book examinations scheduled to be held in July this yr. DU’s Dean Examinations had issued a discover saying the exams can be held within the various format because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A complete of 171 academics, together with these from prestigious schools like St Stephen’s Faculty, Hindu Faculty and Miranda Home amongst others, wrote to HoD Sudhir Shah arguing that “based mostly on sturdy pupil suggestions and our personal expertise of the unsatisfactory and restricted scope and protection of on-line lessons”, they felt that there are “very severe hindrances to time-bound on-line open e book examinations within the sample advised by the college” and this it was not a possible transfer in any respect.

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“On condition that many college students are again at residence, they might not have common or sure entry to the web. It’s potential that the server could also be down or the web velocity too gradual on the time of the exams. Many people skilled this acutely whereas making an attempt to take on-line lessons. The scenario could also be worse for college students who’re in containment zones,” the academics wrote.

“Many college students went again residence in the course of the midterm break with out correct examine materials. They have been caught unaware when the college closed after which the sudden lockdown occurred in a short time. Lots of them have their books and class-notes in Delhi. Though we’ve got uploaded some studying materials, not all materials (typically with strict copyright and circulation guidelines) may be formally uploaded…It’s for sure that economically and socially deprived college students will face these issues disproportionately. Additional, college students who’re in another way abled will face immense issues and the proposed time period might be grossly insufficient for them,” they added.

In addition they pointed “severe considerations concerning the sample of the query paper”.

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“Given the scenario that no programs could possibly be accomplished when the college closed down and that on-line educating has been extraordinarily uneven and inaccessible to many college students, the vary of alternative given to the scholars needs to be far more than standard. Satirically, the instruction is that college students must reply four out of 6 questions, which is far lower than the present norm in lots of programs. The necessity is to develop decisions considerably, not cut back them,” the academics wrote.

“Given the intense difficulties each in logistical points and the very sanctity of the method, we doubt if any significant technique of on-line examinations may be carried on in any respect. Additional, since each regular and on-line examinations are confronted with severe constraints, the college ought to have a multipronged strategy to examinations and evaluations,” they added.

They gave two ideas. Both, college students be handed based mostly on the inner assessments for this semester and “not assign any grades for this semester’s papers in any respect”, or “represent grades for this semester based mostly on their total present GPA of the earlier semesters together with a element of inner evaluation this semester”.

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The academics have requested that their ideas and considerations be communicated to Dean Examinations Vinay Gupta. When requested if any additional motion had been taken on the letter, Economics HoD Sudhir Shah stated, “I’ve replied to the letter and that’s it”.

In his reply, Shah wrote, “I consider everyone seems to be alive to the technological, infrastructural and tutorial challenges. Everybody should additionally concentrate on an HRD/UGC directive/recommendation/suggestion/advice to carry exams of some kind in July for the ultimate yr and no exams for the remainder. Let’s hope some readability emerges on the scope, applicability, and present standing, holding iv view the evolving epidemiological proof.”

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