On Monday, August 17, 2020, Delhi University (DU) informed that subjects teachers have to digitally check scanned copies of answer sheets submitted by students for online Open Book Exams.
Delhi University had written to all the principals of its affiliated colleges stating the same. University is currently conducting online OBE for final year students of undergraduate and postgraduate programs.
The OBE began on August 10 and is scheduled to end by August 31, 2020. Delhi University was granted permission by the Delhi High Court to conduct the open book exams for final year students.
Earlier, both teachers and students alike had raised their concerns against conducting DU OBE. Meanwhile, students alleged facing scores of issues while appearing in open book exams on Day-1, from technical glitches to receiving mock test papers and more.
Delhi University Instructions for Evaluating Answer Sheets Digitally
The letter written by DU to principals read, “For the purpose, the examiners shall be provided access to the portal individually.
The examiners after evaluation shall submit their response/award on the portal itself which shall be recorded for the purpose of result compilation.”
Vinay Gupta, Dean Examinations asserted, “The University is going to start the evaluation of scanned answer scripts for the OBE soon.
The scanned images or photos of answer sheets as uploaded by the students on the portal or submitted through e-mail shall be evaluated in electronic or digital mode by the respective subject teachers.”
Through the letter, DU even instructed colleges to make suitable IT infrastructure for maintaining sound communication with faculty assigned to evaluate the answer sheets.
As per Dr Pankaj Garg, a teacher of DU’s Rajdhani College, possibly papers will be swapped during scanning and uploading. Therefore, teachers have to be careful while connecting pages since some scanned pages will be blurred.
In such cases, if teachers cannot connect the following pages, there are high chances to lose continuity.
Number of Answer Sheets submitted over DU OBE Portal
As per a press release by Delhi University, so far 2,07,064 regular students and 3,35,382 NCWEB and SOL students have attempted exams through OBE Portal.
Additionally, the number of answers sheets submitted by regular students are 1,81,539 and by NCWEB and SOL, students are 2,72,673.
However, these figures probably do not include students of far-flung areas who have internet connectivity issues. These students submitted papers via an email to DU.