On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court observed that DU students are not thoroughly prepared to take the Open Book Examination (OBE). This observation was made by the court after comparing the data of the first and second phases of mock test data released by the University.
There is a clear indication that final year students who are supposed to take the OBE are not fully prepared to participate in the online exam, said a division bench of justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad.
The report adds that the University has been given 10 days to file an affidavit but court. They should file an affidavit clarifying the position and the schedule of results for students who will be sitting for the OBE examination. August 17 is the date for the next hearing.
The number of students who participated in different phases of the mock tests along with the number of students who logged in and the number of paper submissions received is revealed by the report.
A slight number of an increase in the number of students registering but a dip in the number of students who logged in and the number of students who have submitted their papers was seen in the second phase.
In the first phase of the mock test, a total number of 1.83 lakh students registered for the first phase, around 93.1 thousand students logged in, and 33.1 thousand paper submissions were seen. According to the report, there were 1.86 lakh students registering. There were 75.5 thousand logins and 23.6 thousand paper submitted.
It has also been observed by the Court that the data for the PWD category students have not got better since the last time. A plea filed by a physically disabled student was being heard by the Court. The plea highlighted the difficulties that physically disabled students are facing in taking the online exam.
A separate Bench of Justice Pratibha Singh was told by DU that OBE is the best option available for students to take the exam. Having an email is enough to take the exam and it does not even require the use of any technological devices.
DU said that conducting the exam in a hall would be difficult under the pandemic condition as maintaining physical distancing will be a challenge.
The OBE was scheduled to be conducted in the month of July. It was postponed and will now be conducted after August 15.