Jammu and Kashmir: Students struggle with 2G internet during DU Open Book Exam

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Delhi University has begun the Open Book Exam from August 10 which is scheduled to continue till August 31, 2020.

However, Delhi University students from areas which have unstable internet connectivity are suffering the most. Students are approaching relatives or government authorities for internet facilities to appear in exams.

In this while, Jammu and Kashmir students in light of Article 370 abrogation have been facing internet suspension.

In J&K, high-speed internet has been suspended since August 5, 2019. Nusrat Choudhary who belongs to Khanetar village of Jammu and Kashmir is a BA Zoology (Hons) students of Miranda House.

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None in her village has a WiFi connection. She had to reach her relative’s house to take Animal Biotech test on August 13.

As she began attending papers, WiFi suddenly stopped working. As a fact, her brother took her to another colleague’s house 20 km apart. This all happened when there was just an hour left.

Mifta Hafiz, a BA student at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, lives near Sher-e-Kashmir in the Poonch district. She made a temporary abode to relative’s house. For the last few months, she could not attend one online class due to 2G speed of internet.

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As per recent statement by Delhi University, 2,64,277 students appeared in OBE in the first four days. Out of them, 191, 342 students submitted answers. 

Besides these challenges, Mufti and Nusrat were able to submit their answer sheets except the 72,885 students who failed to submit, only wondering the following steps of DU.