Universities should not conduct online tests: Asif
New Delhi. Universities should not conduct online tests in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic as it is “discriminatory” towards poor students, the All India Minority Front leader SM Asif said in a statement.
Mr Asif, who as the national president of the AIMF said, “Till such time there is a pandemic, holding online examinations will be “extremely discriminatory” because in a lot of places in India, in remote areas, there is no facility for online examinations and the poor will be discriminated against.” “Why should you hold these online exams in the midst of a pandemic. Many of the students have not got teaching materials including computer and internet connectivity,” he said.
Several educational institutions, including Charan Singh, Agra, Himachal and Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), have decided to conduct online open book exams.
In a letter to the governors of all states, Mr Asif advised them that what can be done is that final-year students could be given a provisional degree based on their past performance and they can sit for exams as and when they have the materials and the tenure of the teaching class has been completed as would have happened in a regular year.
“Some universities are doing that. I don’t know why that is not being done in Delhi University,” he said.