Professors said, students not studying throughout the year or clearing their concepts may face problem in their future.
“Engineering subjects like civil, mechanical and electrical need proper lab knowledge. There are no proper labs during the pandemic, this would affect the understanding of students. They are not gaining real knowledge,” said a senior professor.
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Citing examples of PG courses, he said, “Students take admission in PG courses as they wish to teach in the future. I am afraid of what they will teach when they have learned nothing and were given a passing degree by appearing in an open book exam.” Another teaching faculty said, “A student who took admission in MBA and MCA has cleared his first year without any trouble. What did they learn when they were allowed to write answers through an open book?”
Professors say that proper online tests should have been conducted, but acknowleged the poor digital infrastructure in the state was an impediment to this. “There is no option for universities as well. For the final year they can conduct online exams as the strength of the students is less. However, the same was not possible if you have to organise exams for different semesters of all classes,” said a professor.
All students too do not have access to smartphones and laptops. “There are several challenges which force us to opt for an open book instead of online exams,” he said.
Rajiv Gandhi Proudhyogiki Vishwavidyalaya (RGPV) said that conducting open book was the only option when Covid was it its peak. “I was not the exam controller when open book exams were conducted. We are conducting online exams for final year and open book was for only other semester exams,” said RGPV exam controller Prabhat Patel.