Three students from the University of Delhi have moved Delhi High Court, challenging online open book examinations.
Three students from Delhi University have filed a petition in the Delhi High Court with respect to varsity’s decision to conduct online open-book examinations for third year students. The students are from the Chuna Batti slum area according to a report by The Indian Express.
The petition filed on behalf of Abhishek, Sharanjeet Kumar and Deepak — from Kirori Mal College, Aryabhatta College and School of Open Learning respectively — highlights the lacking equality with regards to opportunities in the proposed mode of examination. It points to how difference in circumstances, with regard to home environments, access to devices and internet connectivity for different students, could affect how they would appear for the exam.
It points out the differing and unfavourable home environments, internet facility and bandwidth issues, accessibility and availability of devices; leading to difficulty while appearing for the examinations.
On availability of tools to write a remote exam, it says “… smartphones, laptops, computers, printers and scanners and their quality will give unfair advantage to economically well-off students who have these facilities, as compared to students who are poorer and don’t have these gadgets…”
Students had earlier sent mails in enormous numbers, addressed to the varsity, citing similar reasons. “It bothers me how the university is adamant on taking exams and is so inconsiderate as it does not listen to our pleas. The authorities need to realise how the infrastructure is not adequate even if we don’t consider other essential factors like availability of reading material, mental health and lack of a peaceful environment. Personally, I have a good internet connection, but we face power cuts every Tuesday or Wednesday from 9 am to 3 pm. Though this is generally during summers, but with monsoon approaching, we usually have floods which will add to my current problem. Considering the history of DU website, I am scared of scoring badly in exams even when it won’t be even my fault.” says Devanshi Batra, a first year student from Lady Shri Ram College for Women
The petitioners asked that DU be directed to withdraw the exam notification. DU’s counsel sought time to file a reply. The matter will be on June 18.
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