Delhi University (DU) is preparing to launch computer-based online test (CBOT) for its various postgraduate courses from the academic year 2018-19.
However, this step towards digitalisation taken up by the university – which offers more than 50 PG courses in various streams – has raised a lot of concerns and doubts.
“Its plan of introducing CBOT without ‘due preparations’ may prove counterproductive to the interest of students from rural background who are not well-versed with the knowledge of the computers so as to appear in a computer-based test,” said a DU teacher who requested to remain anonymous.
DU had tried to introduce CBOT in 2017 as well, but due to staunch protest from the Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP)-run Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) resented and hence, the plan to digitalize PG entrances was dropped.
Commenting on the introduction of CBOT, ABVP’s national media convenor Saket Bahuguna said “The concern is that such major policy change should not be introduced without consulting students and without any prior preparation or arrangement for the students from deprived and rural background as many of them have very less knowledge of computers. They are again repeating the same mistake they have done last year”.
Unlike ABVP, the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) is in full support of bringing in digitalization to the entrance test process as it would result in the reduction of unfair means used during the test. Furthermore, the national media incharge of NSUI, Neeraj Mishra said “…the DU should have an in-house set-up for its implementation rather than tendering or outsourcing it to some private company”.
The Executive Council (EC) member Rajesh Kumar Jha, however, feels that the university is taking a major decision quite hastily.
“Cyber enthusiasm can be discriminatory to the students coming from SC, ST, OBC and poor background. Our testing should tap the talents of diverse backgrounds. The stake-holders must be consulted and students should be given ample time to adjust to new methods,” said Jha.
With only a few months left for the admission process to start, only time will tell whether DU’s step towards digitalization will serve as a bane or a boon to its future students…
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