On Wednesday Delhi University informed Delhi HC that the University will not be able to release the DU OBE results of final year UG students by 12th October, as strived by the High Court on 23rd September, as a few of Delhi University officials in the south campus have tested positive for coronavirus, following which DU had to close its examination branch till 1st October.
In an affidavit submitted before the two-tier bench of justice Subramonium Prasad and justice Hima Kohli, the Delhi University said after considering the situation, it will be able to release the results only by 20th October for BSc (Hons) courses. DU OBE results of vocational programmes may be declared by 29th October, while the results if B.A. (Prog) courses may get delayed due to the large combination and volume of papers involved.
The Delhi High Court is hearing the petition filed by the DU law student Prateek Sharma and the National Federation of the Blind who demanded better facilities for disabled students during DU OBE exams.
Delhi University commenced its first phase of DU OBE for final year students from 1st August to 31st August in the online mode and later conducted the second phase of OBE in blended mode (online and physical exams) from 14th September.
On 23rd September, Delhi HC had expressed its despair on the delayed schedule of Delhi University declaring DU OBE results. It instructed Delhi University to expedite the process for the release of DU OBE results as many students are waiting for results to seek admission in India and abroad.
The court had also sought DU to inform if the results could be declared by 12th October. In response, Delhi University said that after analyzing the situation, it is informed that the Delhi University reiterates the tentative schedule for evaluation of results submitted before the court on 23rd September.
Advocate MS Rupal, Delhi University counsel further informed the court that the University has hired 10 additional data entry operators, in addition to the already hired 40 operators from the National Information Centre, to expedite the process of declaration of results. He added that the University has undertaken several efforts to process the early release of results while following the social distancing norms.
The University counsel further told the Delhi HC that the tentative schedule for OBE results can be followed only once all the answer scripts are mailed to the examiners. The affidavit submitted by DU asserted that the evaluation of DU OBE results is a time-consuming process. A fair and adequate assessment of DU OBE answer scripts requires that no undue pressure is exhibited on examiners.
Following the submissions, Delhi HC adjourned the matter to 12th October and asked DU to furnish the latest report on the same day.
A member of the Delhi University examination branch said that the University has started releasing final year DU OBE results while the results of some of the courses have already been declared. The University will require some more weeks to evaluate the remaining results.