Petition regarding relief from the final year exam guidelines
We the students of MIT ADT University, Pune wanted to share some major complaints/ issues about the guidelines provided by the University for the online examination to the final year students.
The below points are mentioned considering the criteria implied to us
1 The notice about the final year examination is provided just 10 days ie., 24th july 2020 before the commencement of examination ie., on 4th august 2020 and the guidelines were provided to us on 27th july 2020 which stated the requirements.
2. Internet issue may occur these days due to rain and even service provider may obviously take time to restore, also it was stated in guidelines that if we get disconnected for more than 3 mins our exam would get submitted automatically.
3. Server and browser issues has already been a problem in the past, and a mock test was conducted on 29th july 2020 which resulted in many issues stated by students. As some didn’t receive the OTP, some were getting logged out frequently and in the process to login the student has to shut the browser and state the login process again.
4. The scanned written answer paper files were unable to get uploaded coz the application we used for exam ie., Safe Browser couldn’t show any folders and we were asked to connect phone to laptop for uploading and what if a student was put under wrong allegation that he/she was trying to copy in doing so.
5. According to new guidelines if the student couldn’t appear for the online exam or technical difficulties then he/she may give the offline exam after covid 19 in university, and this an uncertainty situation that when will the situation be normal to travel to Pune for exam.
6. University needs to consider that the luxuries like fast internet, computer with good specs and a webcam including mic or a separate room or multiple washrooms where they can have a private space for exam according to the guidelines may not the available with every students also arranging a camera on the shorter notice is also impossible as students are in contaminated zone.
7. Students in rural areas are already facing power cut issues due to rain also they don’t have any faster Wi-Fi hence has to used mobile hotspot which would give unstable connection.
What if the students suddenly have a power cut or drop in internet? It will a total loss of the student and may affect someone’s state of mind since it’s the matter of final examination which plays an important role. Students may lose their score or even fail due to the conditions put on them. Any minor failure of their condition maybe a loss to students and no factors will be considered by the university.
They could consider some other mode of conducting exams such as open book or similar where constant connectivity to internet is not required and the scanned paper could be uploaded to a drive or mailed safely.
This would give some relief to the students as well as parents in this pandemic.