DTU releases Datesheet for Intermediate Semester Exams amid rising COVID-19 cases. The Delhi Technological University (DTU) has released the date-sheet for the upcoming examinations of 1st-3rd year students. As per the date-sheet, the DTU exams will begin from July 27, 2020. This notification comes amid the massive online protests with #canceldtuexams of students against the exams.
Several students told indiatvnews.com that the notification is “not following” the UGC guidelines that had asked the colleges to directly promote the intermediate students if the COVID-19 situation worsens.
“For intermediate semester/year students, the universities may conduct examinations, after making a comprehensive assessment of their level of preparedness, residential status of the students, status of COVID-19 pandemic spread in different region/state and other factors. In case the situation does not appear to be normal in view of COVID-19, in order to maintain “social distancing”, safety and health of the students, grading of the students could be composite of 50% marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation adopted by the universities and the remaining 50% marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in previous semester only (if available).”
Reasons why students are demanding cancellation of DTU exams:
The implementation demands uninterrupted internet access for 2 continuous hours which is not possible for many, especially those from a weaker economic background or those living in remote areas.
University students with presence across the nation have no access to books, laptops, internet, and webcam (all essential for examination) as they left for their native places as soon as the nationwide lockdown was imposed, expecting it to be brief.
In addition, for the students who are currently Interning, it will become difficult to leave internships in between and prepare for the Online Examinations.
The University proclaims that those who are unable to appear for online exams should wait and give them offline at the university itself. This is highly unfeasible due to the uncertainty surrounding the current scenario.
It is unlikely that the university will open before October, which will lead to a gap of at least 5 months since the online classes were held.
In addition, it will impact the placements of the incoming final year students, as well as disrupt the curriculum of the upcoming semesters.
“Since most of the Universities have canceled the current semester exams, DTU should also consider the cancellation of End Term Examination for Semesters II, IV, and VI. Rather, the University should grade students on the basis of Projects/Assignments/CWS, Grade Point of the Previous Term and Mid Term Exams held in March 2020,” said Rohit*, a 3rd-year DTU student.
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