Delhi University began the most awaited Open Book Exams for its final year UG and PG students on Monday (August 10, 2020).
The day-1 observed issues piling up from technical glitches, delays due to power-cuts, to Delhi University students receiving double question papers or unable to upload answer sheets.
Some of the students were surprised by the fact as the DU portal showed ‘No exams scheduled for August 10’. “The paper just isn't showing up on the portal so it's so pointless even having a portal if you're just going to have to mail everything. I didn't expect much but this is still shocking to see,” a student wrote on Twitter.
Students wrote emails complaining about the problems faced which ranged from requesting for question papers, unable to finish papers within stipulated time or screens went blank while uploading papers.
Even though some could complete their papers but did not receive a confirmation mail. Delhi University took to conducting the OBE despite the popular rejection from DU students.
It is believed amid a pandemic, Delhi University’s consistent discrepancy in holding exams have added to the exacerbation of mental health and stress. A student wrote on Twitter, “Mental health has always been an underrated topic.
(I) just finished my OBE paper and struggled with internet issues and power cuts. In a pandemic where anxiety is already high, it went haywire thanks to this exam and had a panic attack. Thanks, DU. Will never forget.”
The exams began in the midst of a dreadful pandemic only after receiving Delhi HC approved of the decision to conduct OBE.
Even though the official guidelines mentioned of a three hours’ exam, when students logged in, exams mentioned a duration of two hours.
For now, students who could not appear for OBE can appear in the second phase to be held remotely, two weeks from the date of conclusion of the first phase.