On Thursday, A letter has been written to Delhi University’s Vice-Chancellor by the academic and executive council members. The main reason behind this application was, to persuade the higher authority to scrap online OBE.
Union Human Resource Minister, Ramesh Kumar Pokhriyal advised University Grants Commission to reexamine guidelines issued previously about all semesters including intermediate and terminal semester examination and the annual academic calendar.
After this step by HRD minister, the executive council members wrote to Vice-Chancellor.
Twenty-five academic and executive council members in the letter said that the Union Minister of HRD is learned to have advised the UGC to revisit its earlier guidelines regarding the conduct of examinations and academic calendar.
A group of 25 executive council members wrote the Union Minister of HRD is learned to have advised the UGC to reconsider its older guidelines regarding the execution of semester examinations.
It is also stated that UGC expert committee members have recommended terminating the online open book examination method for all final semester students. Certainly, the HRD minister and UGC have considered the pleas of parents, teachers, and students, who are concerned about this unusual method of examination.
The students of School of Open Learning (SOL), Meanwhile, reported that the site crashed when they tried to download the assignment papers. The mismanagement is a major problem in the part of SOL and in these unfavorable conditions, students are bound to fail.
Around 85 percent of pupils in the University of Delhi (DU) is against the newly schemed open book examination (OBE) for final year students, indicates a survey of 51,000 university students performed by the Delhi University Teachers Association.
According to the DUTA, under the OBE layout, students of the final year will be sent a set of four to six questions through an online forum. They will then have to upload handwritten scripts to these problems within three hours, during which they can refer to books and other study materials.
However, multiple revelations in the survey suggest that conducting OBE may not a feasible move, as has been repeatedly pointed out by DUTA.
DU recently also unlocked their admission registration portal to all courses and obtained over 25,000 applications in the first six hours. The majority of the applications – 19,523 – were for the undergraduate classes, followed by 5,889 postgraduate applications and 457 Ph.D. registrations.
The admission procedure for 2020 will be totally online for all courses at the university. Applicants will only be expected to come to the university for confirmation documents at the end of the procedure if stipulated by the university or college.
SOL administrator on special duty (OSD) U S Pandey explained there was some “technical issue” for some moment in the morning but it was overhauled. Asked if technical glitches could influence online OBE, he cited that you cannot generalize like that. We possess the best IT technology. We have performed 1000 lectures online. Some technical problems may come but we are quite prepared to tackle the issues.
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