AISA gave a call to reject the postponement decision of the University and alleged the decision to be purely symbolic and a pacifying tool. AISA claimed that no real relief is being provided to the students and demanded the cancellation of exams.
On 3rd May 2021, the All-India Students Association of the Delhi University, gave a call to the students of the Varsity to reject the 15 Day Postponement Decision of the Delhi University. AISA alleges the University’s Decision as symbolic and a mere tool of pacification, demanding the due cancellation of exams given the current COVID-19 crisis.
AISA stated that the experts suggest that the COVID-19 peak is expected in Mid-May; which would be very lethal and worse as compared to the contemporary situation. Amidst this AISA claims that it is inhumane on the part of the University to hold exams from 1st June, without considering the practicality of the COVID-19 surge. The AISA also alleges that the students are forced to take practical while they suffer in such a tumultuous environment.
Previously, the University of Delhi, on 2nd May, clarified and stated to postpone the Final year examinations to 1st June. Finally, on 3rd May, the University released a circular, postponing the final semester/annual examinations of May/June 2021 by two weeks. (15th may to 1st June)
Abhigyan, a student activist of AISA spoke to DU Beat regarding the same,
AISA called for this protest knowing that the decision of postponement also came about after student and teacher mobilization. This postponement, however, means no relief whatsoever to the students who need an examination to be cancelled immediately. Does VC think that all families will be well set to take exams by June 1? People would still be suffering, recovering or mourning as Mid may, COVID-19 is expected to peak.
“Along with the cancellation of all exams including practicals, we also demand suspension of classes for the semester and students should be promoted. This obsession with elitist, casteist and sexist OBEs will lead to great suffering for students and teachers,” added Abhigyan.
Abhigyan previously in a conversation with DU Beat pointed to a similar trend. During that interview, he said, “Even if you schedule the exams for let’s say June, certain things need to be considered here, several students would still be suffering at that time being referred to as collateral damage. Plus, the responsibility of the University needs to be questioned here, they haven’t provided any kind of reading material or anything to the students, without considering the online class divide but expecting them to know everything and appear for examinations.”
Lastly, AISA appealed to the student community to join their Twitter Protest against the apathy of DU Vice-Chancellor, as claimed by AISA, by replying to DU’s tweet with a hashtag; #CancelAllExams. AISA also demanded the Delhi University to mark and pass the students based on the internals.
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