DU’s MEd students call Open Book Exam as Discriminatory and Flawed; Submit Survey Report to VC

Meghdeepa Mondal Meghdeepa Mondal
Content Curator

A batch of students pursuing Masters in Education from Delhi University has written to the Vice-Chancellor of the varsity opposing online open-book exams (OBE), scheduled to be held from July 1.

A letter addressed to VC Yogesh Tyagi states that the Department of Education, DU requests for his positive intervention into the matter. The students have also submitted a Google survey report that upholds all shortcomings in online OBE. 

Findings of the survey highlight issues pertaining to inaccessibility to reading materials and assistive devices for participating in online sessions or appearing for exams. There are scores of other students whose families are affected by the deadly virus.

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The letter also asks the university for alternative assessment methods for its students. Considering all the mental and health trauma that every student is left with at this juncture, DU is expected to cancel final exams. 

Earlier, Philosophy Professors appealed to the Dean of University to give a second thought about holding OBE. However, among all the turmoil, Delhi HC chose to remain tight-lipped and refused to interfere in this issue. 

As per Google Survey Report, the online OBE is discriminatory for physically challenged or visually impaired students.

Uneven economic strata of students leading to lack of assistive devices is another grave concern. Students hailing from rural areas have financial constraints distancing them from internet connectivity, smartphones or laptops. 

Additionally, to consider students or their families as unaffected amid the pandemic is utterly vague.

Even the online OBE system is pretty flawed as students from Delhi University affiliated colleges find it challenging to upload answers. 

The letter finally said, “At the time of a health crisis, we appeal to you to empathise with us and help us complete our educational programmes with a sense of fairness and inclusivity”. 

Meanwhile, DU’s faculty asked VC to scrap OBE, UGC will have a final word on it. 

This all came in the wake of Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal, on Wednesday, dated 24 June 2020, asking University Grants Commission (UGC) to review guidelines on semesters or final year exams along with the current academic calendar. 

Considering all safety and regulatory measures, UGC will soon release all the latest guidelines. Monday also found students protesting outside Arts faculty against OBE.