DU Faculty Demands Scrapping Open Book Exams; UGC, MHRD to give final verdict

Meghdeepa Mondal Meghdeepa Mondal
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The executive and academic councils of Delhi University have written to the Vice-Chancellor of the varsity on Thursday demanding scrapping online open-book exams (OBE).

This letter to VC Yogesh Tyagi comes after Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union HRD Minister asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to review all the guidelines pertaining to the current academic calendar and intermediate and final semester exams.

Such decisions by MHRD have given good grounds to DU students to be hopeful of ditching OBE. However, officials from the varsity affirmed that further steps will be taken based on UGC’s words. 

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Students have been staging protests against Delhi University OBE since its official announcement. Earlier the OBE was scheduled for July 1.

In a first after receiving a strong objection from the National Federation of Blind, High Court asked Delhi University to assist visually impaired students during OBE.

Twenty-five members of the councils have written a letter stating, “It has also been reported that the UGC Expert Committee has recommended the cancellation of examinations for terminal semester/year students. 

It appears that both the HRD minister and the UGC Committee have appreciated the objections raised by teachers and students against the university’s decision to conduct online open-book exams.”

Meanwhile, students of DU affiliated colleges said uploading answer sheets for OBE is a real challenge

Delhi University School of Open Learning (DUSOL) students, alleged that University’s website crashes once they are about to download question papers. 

The students repeatedly complained saying if such mismanagement continues and solutions are not brought forth, students will definitely fail. 

However, after all the flak received from different sectors, Delhi High Courts refused to interfere with DU’s decision to hold OBEs.