The Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi University (DU) that when will they release the result of the Open Book Examination starting August 10. Justice Hima Kohli has asked the DU to provide a scribe and two books at the Common Service Center for blind students. The next hearing is on August 17.
MEANING OF MOCK TEST
Sachin Datta, counsel for DU, said during the hearing that the students will also be provided the option of mailing the answers in the form of an attachment apart from uploading the answer sheets on the portal. Then, the Court asked him if the students will be provided this facility during the mock tests. Datta answered no.
Then the court scolded him and asked him the meaning of mock tests when the students are not allowed to practice the facilities that will be available in the actual exams. Then DU said that the students have both the options. Either they can upload the answers on the portal of the university, or they can mail the answers in the form of an attachment. But the court was not satisfied with this argument of DU.
DU GOT SCOLDED FOR WASTING TIME
The High Court while scolding Delhi University said that they are wasting their precious time. Many universities are already done with their exams, but here the DU is stuck in logistics. The court said that they are in favor of students.
The Court asked DU about those students who will download the question papers but will not be able to upload the answer sheets on the portal. What about those students who will not be able to upload the answer sheets of a few subjects?
Then DU answered that such students will be allowed the provision of offline examinations. Senior advocate Kapil Sibbal said that those students who are appearing for online exams should also be allowed to appear in the offline exams. This is because the students are unknown to the new format of examinations. But the court did not agree to this, it said that it was unreasonable.
HIGH COURT GAVE THESE ORDERS
The High Court has asked the Delhi University to provide scribes to all the physically challenged students who have opted for it on the Common Service Centers. If any student is unable to upload the answer sheet, they should be allowed to sit in the offline exams. If any student has already submitted the answer sheet, they will not be allowed to sit for the examinations again.
But these students will be given to sit for the improvement papers if they want to improve their results. If any student appears for the open book examination and applies for post-graduation in Delhi University, they will be given temporary admission. After the open-book examinations, the University will think over providing online degrees to students with the help of digital signatures.
HOW MANY STUDENTS CHOSE THE OPTION OF CSCs?
On July 28, the court had asked the university about the number of students who had chosen to take the help of the Common Service Centers and how many of them were handicapped. The Court had also asked the number of CSCs not working. Then SG Chetan Sharma had said that 3,10,000 CSCs are currently working.
THE NEED OF PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED STUDENTS OVERLOOKED
Two law students Pratik Sharma and Diksha Singh had filed a petition. It has been said in the petition that all the schools and colleges have been conducting online classes. But the physically challenged students, especially the blind students have not particularly benefitted from these classes. This has completely affected the education process of such students.