DU Announces Special Guidelines for PWD Students

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DU Announces Special Guidelines for PWD Students

The University of Delhi has released separate guidelines on holding open book examinations (OBE) for differently-abled students. The guidelines came on the heels of the decision of the university to cancel all semester examinations for the first-year and second-year students of all undergraduate courses. The OBE will be held only for the final-year and final-semester students of all undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Delhi University has taken this step as it is impossible to hold the examinations the traditional way. Along with this, the University has also issued separate guidelines for differently-abled students.

A notice issued on 4 June reads, “The colleges, departments, faculties or institutes of the university have been provided specific guidelines to ensure that students belonging to the PWD category who wish to avail the ICT (information and communication technology) infrastructure facilities for downloading question papers and uploading answer sheets should be allowed the same following the guidelines of social distancing, safety and health of all concerned.”

For students under the PWD category, the total duration of the OBE will be five hours. This will include two hours for writing the test, one hour to download the question paper and upload the scanned images of the answer sheets, extra time of 20 minutes per hour, that is, one-third of the prescribed duration of the OBE (as per the rules prescribed by the University) and an additional hour as a special provision as a one-time measure.

The institutes will also have to provide scribes to PWD students “on such 2 requirement by the students.” The student will have to send their request related to the scribe to the head of the institute.

Those who want to use the ICT infrastructure facilities for free can visit the website of Delhi University to know the address of the nearest Common Service Centre engaged by the University during the examinations.

To clear any doubts, students can send their queries to the Dean (Examinations) at dean_exam@du.ac.in.

To read the full notice issued by Delhi University, click here.