DU Physical Exams in September: The University of Delhi (DU) has announced to conduct Physical examinations in September month, University officials said in Delhi High Court. DU on Monday informed the High Court that it is going to hold Open Book Examinations (OBE) for UG courses from July 10 and those students who are unable to take online OBE, will be allowed to appear for the Physical exams in September month. The announcement is made amid demands from several student unions to scrap the OBE exams. During the High Court’s hearing conducted through video conference, Delhi University is directed to file an affidavit clarifying its stand and listed for July 9, a plea challenging the conduct of online Open Book Exams.
University during hearing reiterated that online Open Book Exams (OBE) will be conducted as per schedule released. “Online OBE exams will start from July 10, 2020,” Delhi University official said on Tuesday.
Delhi University on Tuesday said that according to UGC guidelines, DU has also decided to conduct physical exams in September month. “DU is going to provide option for those who are unable to take Online exams, be it persons with disabilities or others”, official says to High Court bench. The decision is taken amid students are opposing the OBE exams and have started online campaign to cancel the Open Book examinations.
Earlier on Monday University Grant Commission (UGC) directed the universities to complete the examinations by the end of September, 2020 in offline (pen & paper)/ online/ blended (online + offline) mode.
According to Hindustan Times report, Delhi University official participated in hearing of a plea by Delhi High Court on Tuesday. “For purposes of clarity and to avoid any ambiguity, it is deemed appropriate to direct the DU to file an affidavit clarifying its stand as recorded above and on any other aspect stated before us so that appropriate orders can be passed on the next date,” the High Court’s bench said.
The court was hearing a plea by Prateek Sharma and Diksha Singh seeking directions to the Centre for setting up an effective mechanism for physically disabled candidates so that educational instructions can be facilitated to them properly and teaching material is provided to them through online mode of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.