Following the judgment of the Supreme Court that universities and colleges must conduct final year examinations, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, or GGSIPU, Delhi, is all set with its plan to conduct the final year exams in the fourth week of September 2020. IP University, as it is popularly known, will be releasing the time table for the final year examination tomorrow, i.e., 11 September 2020.
As per the official notification released by the IP University, the examinations will be conducted in pen and paper or offline mode. This means that the final year students will have to appear at the campus and write the examination physically. It is quite a risky move because many prominent universities are conducting online or Open Book Examinations (OBE) for their students.
Reason for Debate
Earlier, the Delhi CM Mr. Arvind Kejriwal had announced that due to the ever-increasing cases of COVID-19 in the city, the final year examination would be cancelled. But the Supreme Court ruled otherwise. Hence, most of the universities and colleges are gearing up to conduct the examination.
IP University, however, has opted for an offline mode, which has sparked debate and raised concerns over health issues. One of the final year students of GGSIP university said: “Delhi is experiencing an extreme spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths have increased. In this scenario, our university’s decision to hold final year exams in September is inhumane.”
Although no significant protests have taken place against the decision, final year students seem quite taken aback by their university’s decision. Moreover, IP University has asked its students to gear up for the examinations and start with the preparation. The exams will most probably be conducted in the fourth week of September 2020.
Situation Across the Country
After the Supreme Court’s decree, many universities and colleges are considering their viable options for conducting the examinations. While most universities are opting for an online mode or Open Book Examination method, many are considering a blended mode for the students who don’t have adequate facilities. The universities must arrange for special measures for the specially-abled students so that no one is at a disadvantage. Of them, IP University is the first which has decided to conduct the exams in entirely offline mode and that too in the coming September.