The University of DelhiAs nationwide lockdown has been extended till 3rd May, Delhi University has started preparing for Online Exams for enrolled students. DUCC has confirmed that University is considering to conduct Online exams for UG and PG students, though final decision would be taken after formation of Committee by the UGC & HRD Ministry. In addition it is also reported that DUCC is building Tech support and is under development for Online examinations.
Based on report Dean of Delhi University Examination Centre, Dr Vinay Gupta on Tuesday said that 'Now, we see Online Examination as the only way to conduct examinations, specially in times when students should not leave their houses, but the final decision can be taken after Committee's report'.
After the announcement on nationwide lockdown Delhi University is considering Online examinations for UG and PG courses. Dean of Examination Centre, Delhi University has clarified that after extension in lockdown till May 3, the option left for University is online examination as students can not leaver their houses amid it. However the final decision has not taken yet and all examinations of Delhi University are postponed till further notice, as per University notice
Keeping the lockdown guidelines, Delhi University has started now preparing to conduct online examinations for its students enrolled in under-graduate and post-graduate courses, Dean said. The examination notification would be published however at exam.du.ac.in
In the light of national lockdown being extended for two more weeks, Delhi University is considering conducting exams online. The university has asked its computer centre DDUC to come up with a platform where the same can happen. One of the senior of officials DDUC has confirmed about receiving such a request and has been asked to consider options such as whether a mobile application should be developed or a website would serve the purpose. According to Dean of DU's Examination centre, Dr. Vinay Gupta, the current circumstances of lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic leave no scope for universities to hold in person examination for all the students. During such times, online exams remain the only way out for universities.
The final decision is still in the hands of UGC and the HRD ministry. Students' views on the matter are contrasting claiming that there can be a problem of connectivity considering that everyone does not have proper access to internet facilities nor are they very much equipped with the technology.
Students are intimated about postponement of all University examinations so far, DU Semester/ Annual Exams of regular Colleges, Open Learning and Non-Collegiate Women's Education Board are stand postponed till further notice.
DUTA opposes Online Exams-
Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) on Thursday opposed online semester examination hinted by Delhi University. The University is considering the online mode of examination to conduct DU exams 2020 amid the coronavirus outbreak. DUTA has given a number of suggestions to the UGC before they come up with an academic schedule for Universities to ensure academia doesn’t get affected due to the spread of coronavirus. Currently, full-time academic activity at every institution is stopped with students and teachers left confused about the future course of action. DUTA has strongly pointed out that online classes can’t be treated as a substitute for regular classes and students shouldn’t be evaluated on the basis of online classes. The teaching body suggested that the University should shift to an annual mode of exams.
On other hand Delhi University’s Computer centre (DUCC) has come out with a platform that can be used for conducting online examinations, a senior official in DUCC confirmed the development. ‘We have received the instructions from top brass in administration and have started to explore options on this. We are seeing if we need to bring up a smartphone application for it or the website can work,. The official, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.
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Meanwhile, Delhi University Examination Department also confirmed that the final decision will be taken only after committees formed by the UGC and the HRD Ministry come out with their suggestions on the current situation amid lockdown.