AKTU engineering students oppose online examinations – NN NEWS

AKTU engineering students oppose online examinations – NN NEWS

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LUCKNOW: A section of engineering students have opposed the government’s plan to conduct online examinations for students of technical institutes across the state.

The students said technical glitches marred online classes and they could understand only 40% of the concepts taught in online mode.

They said many students and teachers caught Covid-19 infection due to which much time was wasted.

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“Our odd semester examination continued till March. As the second wave of coronavirus pandemic spread, the government announced complete closure of academic institutions from May 1-15. We hardly had any online classes for even semesters. How can we be asked to appear for online examination without proper teaching,” said Ayush Gupta, a BTech student in a private engineering college affiliated to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University (AKTU).

“Due to technical glitches, online classes were not help properly. At times, teachers were not audible while sometimes students in villages and small towns could not attend classes due to poor internet connectivity,” said Abhinav Nagar, a BTech student at AKTU. He demanded that they should be promoted like other students.

“If examinations are held online, what will I do? Either I will have to come and live on rent in Lucknow or skip the exam. If students from rural India will be required to travel to the city for online examination, why not hold offline examination,” said Abhinav, who hails from a village in Sitapur.

Another student, Ajay Yadav, said: “Not a single practical class has been held in the even semester. Our college faculty was also relaxed and didn’t take classes seriously thinking that we will be promoted like last year. Now, there is no time left for preparation.”

Govt fixing problems, start studying for exams: Secy

Soon after the secretary, technical education and vocation, Alok Kumar, tweeted about the government finalizing the modalities to hold online examinations for students in technical institutes across the state, students commented on his handle requesting him to promote all of them.

“Please start studying. If your college is not serious then please share details of your college,” he replied, and made sure to answer queries raised by every student regarding the examination. When students asked how those from rural areas would appear for online examinations, he replied: “You won’t need very high connectivity. We are try to fix problems. One of the solution is that you can go to the nearest common service centre.” On a query related to incomplete syllabus, he said: “We will instruct the institutes to run remedial classes.”

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