The Delhi University has postponed Open Book Examinations (OBE) for the final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of all streams, including SOL and NCWEB scheduled to start from July 10. A notice regarding this decision has been uploaded on the official website.
A fresh notification for the examination and the revised date sheet and other information will be provided on the university’s official website in due course of time.
The Delhi University has already informed the Delhi High Court that it will postpone its Open Book Examinations (OBE) for final-year undergraduate courses scheduled to begin on July 10. The counsel appearing for Delhi University told a single-judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh that he had received a verbal communication that DU will postpone its OBE examination, and written instructions are expected by today.
Meanwhile, many students and teachers will be relieved at the varsity’s decision over growing fears regarding the coronavirus pandemic in the national capital.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal had also raised voice against the conduct of university exams amidst the pandemic crisis and said that online tests are being “discriminatory” for the students who come from the lower financial strata or challenging situations at home.
Many professors, staff members and students of the Delhi University had also strongly opposed the idea of an open book exam instead of regular final year exams due to several challenges like technological difficulties like proper internet connection, economic hardships, dislocation of students from their families, or challenging household environment in many cases.
At least eight students and several teachers have been detained for protesting against DU’s decision to conduct OBEs in place of regular exams.