Published: 27th July 2020
Timer glitches to site crashes: DU's OBE mock test runs into trouble for the second time
The students are set to take their final year Open Book Exams from August 10. But the matter is still being heard by the Delhi HC
The Delhi University's indigenous exam portal ran into trouble a second time when's students tried to log in for their mock tests on Monday.
Students complained of glitches in the timer, frequent site crashes and being unable to upload their credentials to teachers and on social media. While some faced issues with even registering themselves, others had difficulties uploading the paper even though they claim to have a working 4G connection at home.
Shincy Sara John, a final year student of BCom at Jesus and Mary College, DU. "For today's mock paper I logged in to the site 30 minutes prior to the given slot and even then I was not able to download the paper as the site crashed within four minutes," said Shincy. "After incessantly trying to log in from my laptop and from my phone simultaneously for 40 minutes I was able to access the question paper. This gives me enough reasons to worry about the upcoming exams and am really worried — what if it happens again on the day of the exam," she added.
Urging the authorities to cancel the OBE, Saloni Singh, a third-year undergraduate student pursuing BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Delhi said that she had trouble with the countdown clock while uploading the answer sheets. "As instructed, I am taking the mock exam today. The timer is glitching and showing more time than the allotted time limit of three hours. I am being given over 3 hours to submit the paper. These glitches were prevalent in the last set of mock exams as well. I am afraid if the timer glitches on the day of the actual examination too, it will create widespread chaos amongst already anxious students," she said.
DU Teachers' Association (DUTA) received mails through the day from students who faced difficulties, said Treasurer Dr Abha Dev Habib. "It is unfortunate that instead of taking special measures to ease situations for students, getting degree has been made much harder for terminal semester students. How many mock drills these students will have to face?" she asked. "Also by insisting so much on exams despite uneven teaching, the UGC putting cart before the horse. We see that there is no preparation for the teaching session which is about to begin in few days, systems are unnecessarily made to spend energies on exams which are discrimatory and open to rigging," she added.
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