Vinay Gupta, the Examination head of Delhi University, on Thursday, wrote a letter to the Dean, asking him to prepare the date sheet for the final semester post-graduation students of the institute.
The University has decided, a new scheme of “open-book examination” for final year students, keeping the social distancing norm in mind, if at all the coronavirus outbreak remains the same.
The alternative mode of examination should contain relevant dates and time for specific subjects.
“ In this connection, all concerned are thereby requested to propose a Date sheet of all post-graduate programs of your faculty/ department/center keeping in view the guidelines as per COVID 19, dated 14/05/20 regarding the conduct of final semester examinations for session 2019-2020”, notified in the letter.
In the letter, it was also noted that all the preparations regarding the new schedule should be according to the guidelines provided on 1the 4th of May regarding the conduction of exams for academic session 2019- 2020.
The departments related to different courses are ordered to develop question papers based on “open-book examination mode” for final assessment, keeping in view COVID 19 crises, said by the head.
The question paper should be set in accordance with guidelines given on 1the 8th of May.
The last date for the submission of the date sheet pattern is scheduled for 4th June. Once the faculty members decide, they need to send it to Examination Center via email address firstname.lastname@example.org
In the open book examinations, the examinations will be conducted as per three rounds in a day, including Sundays, and have an interval of two hours. In case the situation isn’t normalized due to Covid-19 and maintaining social distancing, safety health of students become tough, the university will adopt an alternative mode of examination.
The students will be allowed to compare to their study books and other materials to answer the questions.
The answers sheet has to be scanned and delivered to the specific departments.
However, the idea of an open-book examination is completely dismissed by every concerned individual of Delhi University.
Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), Student Union Akhil Bharti Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) came together in the protest against this.
Even, the Student Federation of India started a Twitter storm #DUagainstonlinexams against open book exams.
According to a survey, more than 85% of total students are against it and only 15.3% of students have laptops available with them.