Students against End Semester Exams
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Our College has announced Online Exams in the form of MCQs for our End Semester which will be held from 22nd June.
So, we would like to bring to your attention to the situation that we students are facing due to this unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak.
The students are very troubled at the moment due to this pandemic. We have tried our best to summarize a few problems that many of us are facing when fighting with this outbreak:
COVID-19: Sir, some of us, despite our best efforts, have contracted COVID-19. Their situation does not permit them to move from their beds let alone the task of preparing and giving an examination.
Electricity and Power issues: Sir, due to these storms and the weak relief measures provided by our respected governments, we find it difficult to get consistent electricity at our homes.
Lack of reference material: Sir, except a handful of resources that are digitally available, we have absolutely no access to books that were available in our plentiful library provided to us by our institute. Majority of students left for their home during mid-semester break and did not keep their notes, books, and study materials with them. Most of the academic books are too costly to order online. Also, the delivery of online ordered items in red and containment zone is another impossibility.
Damage to Infrastructure: Sir, these calamities have severely handicapped our resources to provide ourselves with solutions to the above mentioned problems. Tackling the weather is not a luxury that many of us can afford in these trying financial conditions. Significant fraction of students (100+ students) reside in areas which have been recently struck by Cyclones and Floods, such as West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. These places do not have proper network or power supply and thus, students are facing difficulty attending online classes.
No-access to a good network for Online Classes: The smooth conduct of online classes requires a good network. Due to high demand for data during the Lockdown Period, all the major internet service providers have reduced their speed. In addition to this, a major fraction of students of our college reside in village and remote areas where good network or high-speed data is not available. Even professors residing in the campus, having access to high speed internet connection provided by the institute, are facing issues with the data speed. Thus, at times their Video or Audio lags. More than 75% of the students (600+ students) do not have access to a good network for online classes. Also please find the article, which also states the dipping of network speed in India drastically. - https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/telecom/telecom-news/as-india-connects-to-stay-connected-net-loses-its-zip/articleshow/74878463.cms?from=mdr
Students belonging to the Containment Zone: Significant fraction of students (150+ students) reside in areas which have been recently struck by Cyclones and Floods, such as West Bengal, Orissa, Maharashtra, and Gujarat. These places do not have proper network or power supply and thus, students are facing difficulty attending online classes.
Psychological effects on students due to Covid-19: The unprecedented Covid-19 situation has taken a great toll on the mental health of the students. Some of the students are residing in containment zones and they find difficulty mentally to attend 6 hours of classes. We would be grateful, if you could inform us what the administration has decided regarding our examinations and ease our stress by clarifying our doubts.
Mobile not operable: Sir, due to lockdown, we are restricted in our access to the market. Because of this many of our devices are not operable. Some of us have been facing this issue before lockdown too as we were suddenly asked to vacate our hostels.
Laptops not available: Sir, many of us don’t have access to computers in our homes. This problem has many reasons. Some of us left our laptops at our hostels, while others were never able to buy one in the first place. Without a laptop or PC, it becomes extremely difficult for the students to attend lengthy online lectures and complete assignments on their Smartphones. More than 43% percent of the students (350+ students) do not have access to their Laptop or PC.
Incomplete syllabus: Due to lockdown, syllabus covered is not more than 50%.
List of Colleges which have already cancelled end-semester exams and declared promotion – IIT Bombay, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, IIT(ISM) Dhanbad, NIT Warangal, NIT Rourkela, NIT Kurukshetra, IIEST Shibpur, NIT Warangal
If such leading IITs and NITs are coming up with a solution like this, we can understand how difficult the situations are for students due to Covid-19.
Along with this, we believe that High Speed Internet and Good Access to Internet in India is a Privilege that is enjoyed by a Minority of the population. If amendments are not made in the current decision by the administration, it would be tantamount to inequality towards those not having the privilege of high-speed internet.
Hence, we believe, like always, our Institute administration will take our problems into consideration and issue a better policy to put an end on online classes and cancellation of end-semester examinations and start with the new semester in the upcoming months.
Currently it may seem that the problem is insurmountable. However, we believe that if we stand together as a family, any problem can be solved like always.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Students of NIT-Andhra
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