HC asks DU to Assist Visually Impaired Students in Open Book Exam

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HC asks DU to Assist Visually Impaired Students in Open Book Exam

On Wednesday, dated 17 June 2020, Delhi High Court instructed the University of Delhi (DU) to provide thorough assistance to visually impaired students appearing for Open Book Exam (OBE) 2020.

The court said, each of those students of Delhi University appearing for OBE, will be facilitated with books and assistive devices worth up to Rs. 2 lakhs. 

The High Court has also provided a choice to appear for the second round of OBE to be conducted in October 2020 if students are unable to attend July exams. 

In response to the petition filed by the National Federation of Blind, the court stated, “The visually impaired students of final semester/term/year/ of UG and PG programme of DU, if able to, even with difficulties, endeavour to participate in the open book examination announced by DU”.

Earlier, the Federation moved Delhi High Court rejecting OBE as it violated the right to equality. The petition demanded students be assessed based on performance in earlier semesters or internal assessment. 

Students to Choose between Physical Exam or OBE

Students are given the choice to appear for OBE or not. The court asserted, “Merely because the visually impaired student/s participate in the open book examination...would not disentitle them to the relief...of assessment on the basis of performance in the earlier semester and or on the basis of internal assessment.”

As per the Federation, many students have returned to their hometowns for semester break without carrying their reading materials.

To this, the court ordered Delhi University to reimburse reading material and assisting devices along with a scribe while approaching visually impaired students. 

If in case, such assistance is not provided, students have to approach the University's dean of examination, Vinay Gupta. Additionally, students who have appeared in the OBE scheduled for July 2020.