A letter was addressed to the Vice Chancellor (VC) P.C. Joshi of the University of Delhi (DU) by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA). The latter demanded the suspension of online classes and cancellation of exams amidst the current scenario of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As per the report of NDTV, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) wrote to the Vice Chancellor (VC), P.C. Joshi of University of Delhi (DU), raising the demand for suspension of online classes along with the cancellation of the scheduled exams. The above has been demanded in view of the current COVID-19 situation in the country as many teachers and students are being affected by the same.
“The second wave of the pandemic has wreaked havoc in the lives of all sections of the university community. The loss of so many lives is tragic and is causing physical and psychological trauma to all.” said the official letter, as reported by NDTV.
The letter also delineated the hardships that the students, teachers, and the staff how they are unable to cope up with the current scenario. They asserted that it is incumbent on the University’s administration to be ‘sensitive’ to the situation and undertake the steps necessary to provide relief from stress that has been gulping down everyone.
“The fact that students are battling an illness of self and family members is evident from the fact that the attendance in classes has significantly dropped… Hence, the DUTA demands that classes be suspended as students and teachers are not mentally and physically in a state to continue with the teaching-learning process.” says DUTA, as reported by NDTV.
Letters have already been written to the Dean of Examinations by Heads of various departments to postpone the final year examinations.
“.. the University must take a sensitive view of the situation that students and teachers find themselves in – no one is in a position to write or conduct examinations at this moment. “Hence, we request you to consider cancelling examinations for all students and decide upon alternative means to evaluate students. Deadlines for submission of Internal Assessment must be extended.” says DUTA.
The varsity on Thursday had said it will assess the test plan, in the midst of requests for exams to be cancelled taking into account the spiking COVID-19 cases in the country.
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