Students enrolled at Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) in Haryanas Rohtak have long emphasized the need for online exams amid the coronavirus pandemic. And not just because of COVID-19, students are also raising several other concerns to support their demand for online exams. This comes at a time when several universities and schools across the country have already decided not to take offline exams to prevent students from contracting the novel coronavirus.
India has already seen the peak of the second wave of coronavirus, with COVID-19 cases of up to 4 lakh daily and more than 6,000 victims. In the meantime, the government and experts are warning of an approaching third wave and have even asked the country’s population to be particularly careful.
On social media, several Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) students said they felt unsafe taking offline exams due to the risk of infection in crowded public places. Some students have indicated that they have tested or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the recent past. Some students aren’t even fully vaccinated.
In addition, some students have raised COVID-19 related patients / injuries in their families, which also puts other students / faculties at risk if they show up for offline exams.
“Cases are increasing and a third wave of the coronavirus is very likely. At times like this, I think it is not feasible on the part of the university to call students for exams, especially if our courses were also held online, ”said one student.
What MDU students say
Unlike the coronavirus, students at Maharshi Dayanand University claim the university has already issued a notice about the exams. According to the students, their exam ended on June 30th and the next day the notification of the upcoming semester exams was issued, stating that the practical exams will begin today (July 20th). Now students have claimed the curriculum wasn’t even 20 percent complete because few online courses were conducted.
“Online classes were barely done for two weeks and now the university wants us to show up for offline exams,” said one student, adding, “We study hard for at least six months before we show up for exams, and now it has such a situation has brought many challenges with it. ” us.”
Aside from the exam announcement date, several Delhi and Haryana students enrolled at the university have indicated that students residing elsewhere are allowed to appear for exams online. Only those who live in Delhi and Haryana are asked to come for offline exams, they said.
Students also complained that the university cited some technical reasons for wanting to take offline exams. Allegedly, the university has been running online courses for more than a year and thus has the necessary technical equipment.
However, the higher education authorities were not available to comment.
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