NEW DELHI: From going to friends' homes to keeping their fingers crossed that 2G internet connectivity does not deceive them, Delhi University's Kashmiri students have an additional set of worries regarding their online open book exams.
The Delhi University commenced its online open-book examinations from Monday, amid opposition from students and teachers who had been demanding that exams be scrapped and evaluation be done over past performance.
Abha Dev Habib, a professor at Miranda House said, "Kashmiri students from our college said they want education and not depression".
She said even if the students in Kashmir managed to get connected to the 2G network, they found it difficult to download heavy applications and the internet connection would not always be stable.
"Students have also said they have to rely on resources provided by others and miss out on one-on-one interaction which is the crux of the teaching and learning process.
They have also claimed that many teachers are inconsiderate to these situations before giving out links and readings in class and during assignments," she added.
Bushra, a student of BA (English) Hons at Zakir Husain College, said her district in Jammu and Kashmir was in a state of lockdown.
"I am from Rajouri district. We have 2G network here. I had planned to go to a friend's house for taking my exams but it is almost four hours away and it's not feasible during the pandemic.
Internet cafes are closed because of the lockdown in my area.
I am praying that my 2G network does not deceive me and I am able to take my exams which will begin from tomorrow," she said.
Samiya Aziz, another student of Zakir Husain College, said her nearest Common Service Centre (CSC) was 16 kilometres away and during the pandemic it was not feasible for her to travel for each exam.
She said she will go a friend's place where there is wi-fi connection to take her exams.
High-speed Internet service in J-K has been suspended since August last year when the Centre announced revocation of its special status and bifurcation of the state into two UTs -- Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.