The Delhi University (DU) has postponed its open-book examinations (OBE) by 10 days. The university has decided so keeping the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in mind. Initially the exams were scheduled on July 1. Now the schedule has been updated to July 10.
This has been come into picture as DU teachers Association (DUTA) wrote to HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. They requested to revisit the guidelines of assessment for both end-semester exam and the intermediate exam.
The Dean Examinations Vinay Gupta notified on Sunday that “All concerned are hereby informed that examinations scheduled for all final semester /term /year and ex-students as per date sheet in OBE mode examinations as an alternative mode of examinations in view of COVID-19 pandemic adopted as one-time measure for academic session 2019-20 for all streams of UG and PG including SOL and NCWEB stands postponed for ten days in view of the prevailing situation of COVID19 pandemic.”
The new date sheet for the exam will be uploaded on July 3 in the university’s official website.
Mr. Gupta also added that “The mock test to facilitate students appearing for examinations for awareness about the procedures of OBE mode, to be conducted remotely, shall start from July 4. A separate notification shall be issued by the examination branch regarding all the details of the mock test before the commencement of the test.”
He mentioned that the facilities of ICT infrastructure are available at Common Service Centre (CSC). The same shall continue as per the new dates given by the examination branch. The details of CSC shall be changed.
He further said in a notification that “All the facilities extended through various notifications to students in the PWD category in general and visually impaired students, in particular, shall continue to be applicable for the rescheduled examinations in OBE mode as one-time measure adopted by the university for the academic session 2019-20.”
Most of the DU teachers and students have opposed and expressed their distress over the OBE and mentioned it as “discriminatory”.