The Delhi University has declared that it will begin the new academic session from August 10 with online classes for the current undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The university had announced summer vacations till August 9.
In a notification on Thursday, it said, “The Academic Session 2020-2021 of the university will commence from August 10 with the start of online classes for the III, V and VII semester of UG courses and III semesters of PG courses subject to the prevailing pandemic or any other exigency.”
DU had earlier planned to start the new academic session from September 1, but since the calendar was changed by the UGC with admissions expected to go on till September-end, the varsity is expected to start classes for the new batch by mid-October. Delhi University will conduct online open-book examinations for final semester students from August 10.
The Delhi University is about to conduct online open-book exams from August 10 for final year students, amid opposition from students and teachers. They have been demanding that exams be scrapped and students are promoted based on past performance and internal assessment.
The university has graded first and second-year students based on their internal assessment and their performance in the previous semester.
DU’s decision to start the new session comes even as the new UGC guidelines are being challenged in the Supreme Court. 31 students from across the country had filed a plea in the Supreme Court asking it to repeal the UGC guidelines quoting safety concerns due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world. The Supreme Court hearing on the matter is ongoing.
Meanwhile, DU’s decision to conduct open book exams for final-year students are also being challenged in the High Court. The High Court, on Wednesday, had asked the university to file the affidavit on the mock test, the status of Common Service Centre (CSC), and scribes for visually impaired students.