Delhi University’s decision for the commencement of Open Book Exams in Online mode for final year students is being opposed by the National Federation of Blind. The disagreement raised as the blind students who returned to their home towns in remote locations of the country will not be able to arrange scribes for them. Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, it will be difficult for the blind final year students to find scribes to write their exams for them. The National Federation of Blind is, however, another organization among hundreds of teachers and students who are protesting against online exams.
The University of Delhi recently released guidelines for disabled students which permits the disabled students to have a five-hour online exam. Regardless, the National Federation of Blind has filed a petition in Delhi High Court against Delhi University’s decision to conduct Open Book Exams.
Suit Against Delhi University’s Online Exams
The National Federation of Blind has filed a written petition in Delhi High Court against the Delhi University’s decision to conduct online exams. The federation has proposed the promotion of blind students on the basis of past records and internal assessments. Lately, the University of Delhi has declared that intermediary students will be promoted and no exams will be conducted for them.
The National Federation of Blind has recommended to the University, the ministry and the UGC to either conduct offline open book exams after a week when University reopens and consider 50% marks of offline paper and mark rest 50% on the basis of internal assessments or promote blind students on the basis on past semester records.
Online Exams and Admission 2020-21
The University will conduct the entrance test for most of the courses between July 25 to the first week of August and it is more likely that the blind and disabled students will not be able to appear for them. University’s open book exams are scheduled in July and maybe blind students will not be able to seek any course in the academic session 2020-21.
The blind and disabled students will not be able to appear for any of the entrance tests because they will not be able to sit for University’s Open Book Exams which will be held in July 2020.
According to the National Federation for Blind, the University’s decision to conduct open book exams in July and to began admissions in September mean compelling blind and various other disabled students of their primary rights of parity in the course of appearing for exams and seeking for forthcoming studies.
Delhi University’s Guidelines for Disabled Students
The University of Delhi on Monday released guidelines for differently able students. According to the University’s guidelines, the students will be given five hours for completing their exams. Which comprises of two hours for downloading the question paper and uploading their answer sheets and an extra one hour doing the exam. The University further stated that the students can avail the facility of scribes by requesting it and the University will make arrangements for it.