With rising concerns over the Delhi University (DU) open-book test (OBE) for 2020 and students’ difficulties in accessing the mock tests of the university, the Delhi High Court has directed DU to provide details of the mock tests after they are over. The mock tests are set to conclude on 27 July.
The directives were given by a bench consisting of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, who also added that a senior official from DU would have to be present at the next hearing that is due to be held via video conference on 28 July.
Earlier, students had protested against the holding of OBEs by DU
On the 24 July hearing of the case, the High Court directed DU to provide all details of the first round of mock tests at the next hearing. Furthermore, the university will have to submit data pertaining to PWD students; in particular, how many PWD students took the mock tests and uploaded the answer sheets.
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Many students and parents had petitioned against the decision of Delhi University to give the final-year semester examinations to students in the form of OBE. Among the petitioners was the National Federation of Blind, which stressed the difficulties that students with disabilities were facing while taking the examination.
The university has faced severe criticism for its OBE decision. One of the reasons is the Internet connectivity issue that is being faced by many students, especially those from rural areas, which is making taking examinations difficult.