It’s been almost four months since India’s national lockdown sent student lives into limbo. At universities across India, students are battling varying guidelines, changing exam dates and the whims of authorities as they prepare for their final year exams. All at a time when colleges have struggled to conduct classes online, share study material and, well, teach.
In Delhi, the High Court is hearing a petition against Delhi University’s decision to hold its final semester exams online. The exams, due to begin on August 10, have been postponed at least twice.
In Maharashtra, medical students are threatening to go on strike if their exams are not cancelled. The students say their final exams are being held at institutions that are active covid centres.
In Kerala, the state government is facing enormous backlash for holding the Kerala Engineering Architecture Medical entrance exam last week. At least five students who wrote the exam subsequently tested positive for COVID-19. The Kerala police registered a case against about 600 parents of students for flouting social distancing norms.
On Thursday, a group of 31 students from states including Karnataka, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Meghalaya moved the Supreme Court against the University Grants Commission (UGC) which has directed universities to conduct final year exams by September-end. The matter will be heard on July 27.
We asked students across the country how they have been preparing for exams amidst this turmoil. Dozens responded, some asked for their names to be published, some asked for their names to be withheld. Here’s what they told us:
We’re not scared of giving exams, but we aren’t ready because we weren’t taught this semester. We were sent home after the college declared 15 days holiday at the start of the pandemic in India. All our class notes, laptops and materials are in the hostel.
The University tried to conduct online classes, but only 50% of my classmates could attend. Most of my...