JNU administration has come up with an absurd way to hold examinations through WhatsApp and Email, after the students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University declared the boycott of end semester examinations in protest against the fee hike.Such a step has never been taken before and it is considered as ‘bizarre, absurd and ludicrous.”
The decision was taken in view of the situation on the campus.A letter which was sent to all Centre Chairpersons, Mohapatra said that the decision was made in the academic interest of JNU students. He wrote “There was a consensus in the meeting held on December 16 at 9:30 AM that an alternate mode of test in the end semester examination for MPhil/PhD and MA Programme be conducted.”
In accordance with the proposed method, the question papers will be sent to the students by their course teachers which they have to submit to the respective course teachers by 21 December 2019.If students fail to submit their answer sheets by December 21, an additional day may be given to them.
Mohapatra was quoted “Students may submit the answer scripts either through email or images of hand-written scripts through WhatsApp or personally to course teachers.”
However, there is no method or procedure to ensure transparency and that students do not cheat.
“In the given circumstances, there’s no other way. I am only concerned about the future of student,” Mohapatra wrote.
The JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) and JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) termed this move “absurd” and “ludicrous”.They added that the decision was “an unbelievably out-and-out mockery” of a serious academic process.
The JNUSU said, “These are ploys to divide students and pit one against the other which like always will not succeed however much the admin or the ABVP might try.”