Plea opposes DU's Open Book Exams: Delhi High Court seeks response
The Delhi High Court has sought response from Delhi University on a plea challenging its decision to conduct open book exams (OBE) for final year UG and PG students.
Three students of DU, belonging to economically weaker sections of the society have made a plea that this form of examination is beneficial for those who belong to well off backgrounds. Justice Jayant Nath has issued a notice to the Delhi University asking for a response to the plea.
The petitioner, Abhishek, Sharanjeet Kumar and Deepak have contended that the well-off students have multiple resources to access, they also have support of intelligent parents, friends gadgets and search engines while the exam is being conducted. Whereas the poor students don't have access to these resources.
Advocate JP Sengh and advocate Ayushi Chugh, who represented the petitioners, also claimed that there was no way to find out who was cheating in the Open Book Exams.
The three students have requested the university to either withdraw its May 14, 2020 notification or conduct the exams in offline mode following the social distancing norms as a precautionary measure of COVID-19 outbreak.
The petition filed also claims that the lack of proper internet connectivity and electricity would also affect the performance of poor students.
The petitioners have also suggested the university to promote the final year students on the basis of internal assessments and average marks of previous years.
As of now, the Delhi High Court has listed the matter for further hearing on June 18, 2020.