Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court denied interfering in Delhi University’s decision to hold open book exams for final year DU students.

Although High Court denied to intervene and interfere but also urged the university, UGC, and the center to work out a solution to also enable students to take the examinations.

The court said that as the varsity has also decided to hold offline physical exams, but only once the present COVID-19 situation improves. It will be for those students who could not participate in the examinations commencing from July 1, hence the court would not intervene.

The varsity, University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Centre have been given time till June 11 by a bench of Justices Rajiv Sahai Endlaw and Asha Menon to find out a solution after meeting representatives of concerned students with various disabilities,  which included visual impairment, and listed the matter for hearing on June 12.

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It has also recommended that meanwhile, all the students should keep preparing for the open book examinations which are scheduled to commence from July 1 and they should not assume that it would be delayed because of these proceedings.

The court passed an order on June 9 saying that they were looking for solutions to rule out problems faced by persons with disabilities in participating in the exams and it also claimed that their difficulties would be addressed by the time the examinations will commence.

The bench of judges also recommended the Centre, UGC, and DU to have another set of question papers prepared for holding exams immediately after the open book examinations for those who could not sit for it.

This order came on a plea which was moved by the National Federation of the Blind challenging the DU’s decision to hold open book examinations on the basis that it overlooks rights of students with visual impairments and other disabilities.

The National Federation of the Blind wanted that the performance of the disabled students of the final year should be assessed by DU on the basis of their performance in the previous semester and internal assessment.

They also suggested to conduct offline exams for such students after colleges reopen as an alternative.

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