Delhi University is adamant on its decision to conduct Open Book Exams (OBE) for last year students, despite facing opposition by the stakeholders.
Students alleged that without any proper facilities and knowledge, DU is going to conduct OBE. There are numerous instances where DU showed its inadequacy of information needed for OBE.
DU OBE is just one week away and now the administrative department is asking for blind students’ status in the university.
A letter has been written to the deans, principals, and heads of college asking them, the details of visually impaired students enrolled currently in their respective colleges. These students will be assisted with study materials and necessary equipment.
Although Delhi High Court has ordered the relief to the students on 17th June, the varsity wrote the letter on 3rd July. This verifies the ignorance of Delhi University’s authority towards the students.
DUTA President Rajib Ray states that the varsity has begun the process on 3rd July. Even they knew that Mock Tests would start on 4th July. He also added that final year exams are about to start from the 10th of this month. And due to the irrational approach, there is no way the visually impaired students would receive this help.
As a consequence of the letter proposed by the National Federation of Blind, Delhi University announced to spend two lakhs towards reimbursement of the cost of procurement of study equipment, reference books, and texts in an accessible format, by visually impaired pupils, appearing for OBE exams, scheduled from 10th July, said the letter signed by Delhi University Equal Opportunity Cell’s OSD Anil Aneja.
The letter written by the varsity asked for the visually impaired students’ name, contact number, registered course, and their applicable semester ( sixth for UG and fourth for PG), address, the materials required, and the cost of all necessary equipment. For this task, college authorities are given the deadline of 5th July.
The Head of Equal Opportunity Cell told the media that his team has circulated the message to DU administration, two hours after the verdict of the court. The cause of delay by the varsity is still unknown to them.
Earlier the Federation has challenged DU’s decision to hold the OBE. Because of its unfair routine, the rights of specially-abled students were violated.
The first mock test turned into a mockery. As the students reported a series of errors. Students informed about the technical errors, unavailability of current semester paper, the wrong set of paper, etc. which reflected the true side of OBE. However, DU VC said that initially there were some glitches but they were solved and the mock test conducted smoothly.