On Friday 7th August, Delhi High Court ultimately allowed Delhi University to conduct its online OBE for final year students. The online open-book exams for final year students will be conducted as per the scheduled dates from August 10.
The Delhi HC has declined the petition filed by the students to revolt online OBE. However, the court has issued directions to the Delhi University in accordance with the issues raised by students. The University and Common Service Centre have been asked to comply with the directions of the court for conducting online exams.
The following directions have been issued by the single bench of Justice Pratibha M Singh:
- The question papers for online OBE exams will be made available on the online portal as well as on email IDs of students.
- An extra hour shall be provided to students to upload their answer scripts.
- Students must be informed and confirmation must be sent by an auto-generated email notifying that their answer scripts have been accepted.
- Delhi university must ensure that its centralized email addresses hold enough capacity to accept the responses from all the students.
- The University must publish the email IDs of all the respective nodal officers, concerned officers, and partaking colleges on its a website by August 8. The grievance officer appointed by the university to address the emails of the students shall be obliged to respond to the mails within 48 hours. If the officer fails to do so, the matter will be taken to the grievance redressal committee.
- Justice Pratibha, a former judge of Delhi high court will lead the grievance committee.
- Common Service Centre (CIC) to ensure the preparedness to conduct exams will have to send emails to all its centers.
- The grievance committee comprising of justice Pratibha will deal with the grievances related to the process of online exams.
- Delhi University will have to submit a report to the grievance committee after the conduct of exams.
- Delhi University will simultaneously forward the answer scripts to the DU professors to ensure speedy declaration of results.
- The University of Delhi is required to file the compliance report within four weeks. Also, the grievance redressal committee will further submit a report after the DU online OBE is over.
Justice Pratibha Singh after announcing the order wished Delhi University and final year students all the best for Online OBE.
The petition filed by the DU students challenged online OBE and called it as discriminatory as most students do not possess speedy Internet connection or study material.
Even after various concerns raised by the students, the Delhi University maintained a consistent standpoint that the University has to conduct exams as per UGC guidelines before September 30.
The University has submitted a statement that even after conducting OBE exams which is the best alternative available, the students will have an option for appearing for offline exams once the situation gets stable.
CIC to Ensure Internet Access to All
The University has made an agreement with the CIC (Common Service Centre) to ensure the proper internet access to all. The CIC academy will provide digital services to students who live in remote areas. Also, to the other students who will be needing the facility or IT infrastructure for online OBE. Furthermore, the dean of exams, Professor Vinay Gupta have appreciated the court’s order. He further includes that the file size for submitting the answer scripts has been increased to 7MB.