Delhi University Has Started Preparing For Open- Book Examination Mode
On Monday, All the head of department (HOD) was supervised to prepare final year question papers for open book examination mode by the Delhi University.
At a meeting united by the Computer Science department, teachers were instructed to prepare two sets of papers for the third year exams. The University asked for two sets, one for online open-book examination and another for the pen-paper examination. Students who have internet and computer or laptop will seem in an online open examination in July and the remaining students who do not have any of the above will appear in the pen-paper exam for which time is not decided.
The Delhi University on May 14, declared that the University will hold examinations for its final year postgraduate and undergraduate students from July 1. The University further clarifies that if in case the situation arises due to the COVID-19 outbreak does not normalize, the University will acquire the open book mode to conduct the examination.
The University has decided to adopt the open book mode of examination and under this model, the students will be able to refer to books, notes, and other study materials to answer the questions.
As per the official notice from Delhi University, students will sit in their homes and will download question papers for their respective course from the DU portal. After completing the answers they will upload the answers in a duration of two hours.
However, the teachers and students are opposing the decision of the open-book online examination. They termed it ‘‘discriminatory’’ and explain it will harm the interest of students.
The outstation students had gone to their homes during semester break without taking along their books and notes. Also, students from northeastern India and Jammu and Kashmir do not have access to the Internet.
Vinay Gupta, Dean (Examination) issued a list of guidelines in which he explained that the examination branch has already initiated preparation for examinations for all streams and programs and particularly the conduct of final semester/term/year students. Vinay Gupta further explained that this may please be remarked that mode approved is not an online mode, only for downloading and uploading purposes, there will be a need for minimal internet and any latest phone will fulfill the purpose.
Rajesh Jha, Executive Council member said that the mode adopted by the varsity over this issue is being taken in a very opaque and non-transparent manner.