Delhi High court questions JNU on conducting online exams in absence of classes

The Jawaharlal University was questioned by the Delhi high court on Wednesday to explain the purpose of conducting online open book or take-home exams while classes have not been conducted.

The professors and students of the varsity represented by advocate Ritin Rao have filed a plea against the decision to conduct end semester exams of 2019 of monsoon semester through an alternate method of posting question papers on University website or mailing to students and receiving answers either by mail or through WhatsApp.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher while addressing the plea said that the purpose of conducting exams is to evaluate what students have learned but without class, what are they be evaluated on. The court also asked the Board of studies of various schools and special centres in JNU to give recommendations on conducting classes for the remaining days of the monsoon semester and on how exams can be conducted and asked the board of control to recommend it to JNU’s academic council.

Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand while appearing for JNU said that open book tests are not simple and they also test students. Petitions have also been filed by Advocates Samiksha Godiyal and Abhik Chimni, against the circular in JNU which directs to commence course for 2020 winter semester in which the Vice-chancellor has exercised his extraordinary powers under JNU act and the statutes of the university. The petitioners have alleged that these circulars have drastically changed the exam pattern and it is illegal in the absence of approval.