After much contemplation, the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has decided to hold an online assessment for the final year students of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes due to an ongoing coronavirus outbreak that keeps students safe from getting infected with a deadly virus.
AMU students come up with their thought of opposing the Open Book Examination (OBE), considering the university authorities’ attitude towards students as “inhuman and undemocratic”. AMU students filed a petition for the cancellation of the online exams. The petition has been filed on change.org
The petition filed against AMU online exams by students reads, “It will save many students from the discrimination due to digital divide and digital uncertainty. Many students will lose out on the opportunity of fair assessment. It is an effort to give student a fair chance.”
Students also asked through the petition to promote students based on their performance in internal exams and assignment that are already submitted. It says, “Only internal assessment and assignment and project based evaluation should be done.”
When Newsd got in touch with one of the students and asked about the decision of holding exams via online mode made by the AMU exam committee, the student said “The arbitrary decision taken by the varsity is against the collective democratic consents of the students from the University. It’s disparaging to note that a university having been preaching the Ethos of cognitive virtues ignored the very fact that In India not all are Fortunate to High speed internet in the grass root level of India’s villages.”
A student also told us about the inappropriate knowledge of computers might influence and increase the difficulty for the students to take the online exams. “There is no proper training for computer literacy too. Talking about development without taking in confidence of real change in the life style of villages is the institutionalising of chaos in the nation.”
After the meeting held on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the controller of exams in university issued a notice to AMU deans and heads of department. The committee finally confirmed after a meeting that the alternate mode of exams shall be considered and mention that all the decision was taken in view of the coronavirus pandemic affecting various areas.
Likewise, Delhi University students oppose the decision of online exams, this protest pledges the reasons for having improper and a lack of adequate facilities for taking the exam.