85% of DU Students Not Willing to Appear for Open Book Exams: DUTA survey

Delhi University Teachers’ Association [DUTA] has recently released a survey conducted for a total of 50000 students from Delhi University. As per the report from the survey, 85 percent of the students are unwilling to take part in the online open book examinations  [OBE]. The University has proposed to conduct this examination for the aspiring candidates. The maximum number of students’ votes is against the decision of the University regarding the OBE exams for the final semester year of the students.

DU Students Not Willing to Appear for Open Book Exams
DU Students Not Willing to Appear for Open Book Exams

Due to the ongoing lockdown amid the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University officials have shut the colleges since mid-March. Previously, the administration has come up with this new proposal to hold the  OBEs for the final year students of UG and PG courses in July. This proposal was immediately declined by the students and teachers saying that it’s not the right decision made by the Varsity.

DUTA has organized a survey on the readiness of the students for these examinations. During the survey, a total of 51453 students have given their response. Out of the total students 92 percent of them were UG students. Moreover, 50 percent of the students who responded to the survey were the non-residents of Delhi.

Due to the inconsistency among the teachers, various colleges and departments couldn’t conduct proper online classes for the students. Moreover, 33.7 percent of students couldn’t take part in the digital classes. On the other hand, 38.5 percent have participated in less than 50 percent online classes, says the survey.

There are copious reasons behind the diminished percent of students attending online classes. Some of them don’t have a 2G internet connection while some even don’t have an internet connection. The maximum number of students depend on their smartphones to take part in online classes. However, smartphones are not the best devices to study academic study material.

Through an official notice, the University has issued few instructions to the heads of different departments. The notice reads that a minimal internet service and a smartphone is essential to access the online content. The students require minimal internet to serve the downloading and uploading requirements of the students. Considering the survey report, the DU officials might rethink their proposal for conducting the OBE exam. Stay tuned to this website for more education-related news and exams.

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