Delhi University: Delhi HC Grants Permission for the Conduct of OBE Exams
Delhi University has been granted permission by the Delhi High Court to conduct the open book exams for final year students.
A number of directions have been passed by the Delhi High Court which DU has to take into consideration while holding open book exams, apart from the fact that finally, Open Book Exams for UG and PG courses will commence from August 10, 2020 (Monday).
Moreover, Delhi HC has also asked DU to compile the directions and file a report on them after the conclusion of tests.
Regarding the conduct of the OBE exams, Justice Prathiba M Singh has asked the university to make questions paper available to students through email and the varsity's portal and give extra time to upload the answer sheets.
“The varsity is directed to send an auto-generated email informing the students that their answer sheets have been received, “ said the Delhi HC during judgement through video conferencing.
DU is scheduled to hold final year undergraduate and a postgraduate online OBE from August 10-31. For students who will be left out of online exams will be given an opportunity to appear in physical examinations which will be held at a later date in the month of September.
The High Court passed the verdict on a plea challenging the varsity's decision to hold online OBE, as per the UGC guidelines, for final year undergraduate courses which will be in long-form exams.
Also, the court directed DU to set up a grievance committee to look into issues concerning students during the exams. The committee should address their complaints’ within a maximum of 5 days.
Earlier, DU was informed by Common Service Centres (CSCs) regarding the preparation it needs for conducting both mock tests and open book exams for the final year student.
The University of Delhi has engaged the CSCs under the aegis of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to facilitate the students with either limited or no network and hardware facility to appear for the open book exams without payment of any fee.