Delhi University completed DU OBE of final year students. It always kept an alternative for those students who did not attempt open book exams. So, Delhi University said that for those students who did not attempt DU OBE from August 10 to August 31, it would conduct the second phase of open-book exams.
The varsity will ask students to bring their own sheets of paper during their offline open book exams. The physical open book exams will begin on September 14. Undergraduate and Postgraduate students can bring their electronic gadgets like cell phones, laptops, and tablets in the examination hall.
SECOND PHASE OF DU OBE WILL BEGIN FROM SEPTEMBER 14
Delhi University filed an affidavit in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. It said to the HC that it would conduct physical DU OBE for students who did not appear in the first phase of online DU OBE in both online and offline mode. As there are many students who would not be able to reach the center due to COVID-19, DU has decided to conduct the second phase of exams from September 14. Students can either give exams in the center or online during the second phase.
STUDENTS WILL GET NO PHYSICAL ASSISTANCE DURING EXAM
There are some specific norms that everyone will follow during physical exams. In the affidavit, the University said that students for both the mode of exams i.e. physical or ICT (Information and Communication Technology) shall attempt the exams on plain or ruled A4 size paper. They shall use their own papers for writing answers. No physical assistance would be their during exams in the college and department. Students will themselves arrange the stationary used in exams.
Stationery, face masks, sanitizers, and electronic gadgets will be allowed in the examination hall. The affidavit reads that all electronic gadgets are allowed in the examination center. Students will get question papers via mail or WhatsApp. They will not receive printed papers. However, they can request to get physical question paper in the college as per the date sheet.
STUDENTS WHO DID NOT APPEAR IN THE FIRST PHASE WILL ATTEMPT DU OBE
Balaram Pani, DU dean of colleges said that students will bring their own answer sheets and maintain minimum contact. Students will bring their gadgets to get access to question papers and study material. Final year students of undergraduate and postgraduate courses of School of Open Learning(SOL), Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) who did not appear for exams during the first phase or failed to submit their answer sheets will appear for exams in the second phase. PWD category students who appeared in the first phase but wish to improve their marks during the second phase can appear for exams in September.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT HAVE ELECTRONIC GADGETS DID NOT APPEAR FOR EXAMS IN THE FIRST PHASE
Teachers said that if students will get an option, most of them would appear for exams remotely. An assistant professor of Rajdhani College, Pankaj Gupta said that many students did not appear for exams in the first phase because they do not have gadgets. Moreover, how they will manage to get everything to the examination center? They have to bring their laptops, iPad, and study material with them.
Students are still unsure about how physical exams will be held. Sangeeta is the final year student South Delhi and a resident of Jharkhand. She asked how she will travel to Delhi in this pandemic. Due to a lack of internet connection, she did not appear in the first phase of exams. Now, she doesn’t know which option she will opt.
VISUALLY IMPAIRED STUDENTS SHOULD GET A WRITER FOR DU OBE
It will be difficult for visually challenged students to access study material during exams. Deepak Gupta is a visually impaired postgraduate student of St Stephen’s College. He said that without assistive devices, gadgets are not useful for them. He said that they cannot read printed books. They use two devices. First, laptops or netbooks for screen reader software. Second, DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) players. It has recorded study material. He said that college authorities have to provide them this material along with a writer.
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