The Delhi High Court Monday sought response of the Centre and AAP government on a PIL by several law students of the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU) seeking postponement or cancellation of the physical exams to be held from November 2 in colleges under the varsity.
The students have contended in their petition that they have already given multiple exams under various notifications issued by respective colleges and now are being directed to again sit for examinations for the same course via offline mode. which is next to impossible.
The changing nature of notifications and the short time span between exams has made it burdensome for the students to manage studies, online classes, distanced learning, internal exams of the previous semester followed by internal exams of the current semester clashing with current semester classes followed by physical examinations within a week.
It has put a lot of stress on students, to manage everything in this ongoing pandemic. Studying for everything is seriously impossible and seeing how vast law is, Universities seriously expect students to be robots; To manage everything and keep up with the good score.
The PIL has contended that “a blanket notification forcing all students to give exams through physical mode causes immense duress to the mental health of the students and is violative of their Right to Life. Further, the extreme schedule of overlapping teaching of two semesters squeezed into one goes against their Right to Quality Education”.
During the hearing, the counsel for the students told the court that on Sunday, November 1, the BCI came out with a resolution allowing universities and colleges to conduct physical exams after getting no-objection certificates from the state governments and state disaster management authorities.
They said that according to the resolution the universities/colleges have to inform the students about the holding of physical exams and give them the option of taking them now or after the pandemic situation normalizes.
In their plea, they have sought to set aside the September 30 notification of GGSIPU with regard to holding minor tests via physical mode from November 2 for assessment purposes.
IP University is playing with the mental health of the students, Conducting exams at such time is not healthy. or they should at least give the students some time to prepare. their decision is not fair for the students. Maybe they are right on their perspective but it is not favoring students and students’ health should be their first priority.