After four days of unending trauma for students due to Nagpur University’s ‘failed’ experiment with online examinations for final year students, the students’ organizations staged protests on Tuesday in front of its new campus near Amravati Road.
Delegations of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha (BJYM) later met vice chancellor Subhash Chaudhari and submitted a representation of demands to improve the system. The VC assured them that no students would be put to loss and NU would conduct re-examinations of all those who couldn’t appear due to technical snag or server problems.
The ABVP even threatened to gherao VC if NU administration failed to resolve the difficulties faced by examinees within three days. “Right from October 8, students have faced all kinds of problems in online exams, including difficulties in login and password. If somehow they manage to access papers, the app slows down and the screen becomes blank. Even after solving the full paper, the app still shows they solved zero questions. The biggest problem is with the helplines, which either remain engaged or no one picks up,” ABVP city secretary Amit Patle said.
The ABVP activists reiterated their demand to increase helplines numbers to avoid such problems and also to take action against those circulating a fake audio clip of NU employees, where students were advised to “drink tea and relax”. They further demanded that the VC should address students through Facebook live and clear their confusions regarding exams.
The BJYM, under newly appointed region secretary Kalyan Deshpande, demanded that NU should hold re-exam of all those who have suffered problems. They also insisted the company that developed ‘Pariksha App’ should improve it, so it doesn’t hang often. “If NU can’t resolve these issues immediately, it should postpone all examinations,” he said.
“The examinees are under tremendous mental stress due to all these debacles. Many of them were kept waiting till midnight for submission of their papers. The papers couldn’t synch with the server for hours. NU should immediately ask the software company to resolve all these issues and ensure smooth conduct of exams,” spokesperson Prasad Mujumdar said.
(With inputs from TimesOfIndia)