An open letter has been written by the Students’ Union of the Campus Law Centre, Delhi to the Administrators and Judges in request to cancel the (OBE) Open Book Examination suggested being conducted by the Delhi University for the final year students.
The online Open Book Examination is discriminatory, said the Union, assessing the online infrastructure government university/colleges and its students are prepared with.
They express that this thought overlooks the presence of an enormous hole in riches circulation in the nation and continues on the “idealistic fiction” of accessibility of secure, steady and quick web association and access to savvy gadgets with everybody.
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The Delhi University on 28 June 2020, released a Guide of step by step use of the Delhi University portal for OBE Open Book Examination which specifies a three-hour window for composing the assessment (from one’s home) and presenting a checked duplicate of the appropriate response sheets on the Delhi University. Students who can’t show up for the online assessments will be permitted to sit for the offline exams on a later date.
Earlier, the exams for the final years were planned to conduct on 10 July but now they have been postponed by the Delhi University till 15 August.
According to the Students’ Association, the three-hour window specified by the Delhi University is absolutely “deficient, harsh and inconsiderate” of issues in the lead of OBE on the web.
The Union wrote, So far as the Mock Tests executed by the University to train the students with the DU portal are concerned. Undertaking exams on the dysfunctional online platform provided by DU is impossible for some students’ and onerous for others.
As per the letter, the mock tests were “riddled” with blatant errors.
the letter states that Some students were incapable to access the portal (due to vital credentials not being supplied). Uploading the answer scripts substantiated to be another insurmountable challenge, with unresponsive servers crashing abruptly. Uploading a massive number of sheets in a short span of the moment further proved to be a herculean task and was fraught with opportunities of inducing a terrible error.
Additionally, the relief of offline exams for students who are incapable to conform to the provisions of the online examination is totally ill-founded.
Evaluating the uncertain circumstances occurring in pandemic it is not possible to provide a definite timeline for the conduct of offline exams. Also, most of the outstation students in DU live in rented accommodation around campus and due to COVID 19, many have evacuated their accommodations to lighten up the burden of rent. Comprehending that DU conducts offline exams for students in September which are obviously not moving to be a one-day exam like a competition exam, the students will be encountered with the problem of finding temporary concession to appear for exams, they wrote.
They have subsequently mentioned the organization to choose a “substitute” method of assessment whereby understudies are promoted based on the presentation in the past semesters, by taking the total score for five semesters and extrapolating them to figure the imprints for the last semester.
Those understudies who are unsatisfied with this game plan can sit for physical tests later.
The Union recommended Those students who are not satisfied with this arrangement can sit for physical exams later. The letter continues to examine the situation where the University proceeds with the tests and recommends,
Issue-based question paper arrangement can be embraced if all else fails whereby questions are uploaded on the morning of test day and answer sheets are put together before sun-down(evening) by means of the portal and a substitute email on the off chance that gateway doesn’t work so that there is adequate time for understudies to advance any request and adapt up to network or power issues.
Fundamentally, the issue is as of now viable before a Division Bench of the Delhi High Court contained Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad.
On July 6, the Court had desired that the University present a statement expressing regarding whether the students who may confront issues with the Open Book Examination (OBE) will be allowed one more opportunity to show up for normal examinations later.
On the resulting hearing, the Court pulled up the University for documenting a vague affidavit with respect to the assessment plan. This was after the University informed the court, through a very late email, that assessments were postponed till August 15.
The responsibilities of thousands of understudies are in question. UGC and MHRD won’t miniaturize scale agreement with the Universities, you have to formulate your own test plan. You should be clear and authentic to the students, the seat had remarked.
In the current letter, the Students’ Union has highlighted that the holdups on behalf of the University have staved off students from becoming part of the workforce or augmenting their proficiency by going for higher examinations.
After the decision of the court hearing today, the University has been authorized to expedite the conduct of the examinations.
The Court recorded the recommendations of the University that it is agreeable to commence the exam plan for final year students on July 27 and to begin the Open Book Exams from August 10 and complete it by August 31. It will later fulfill an affidavit stating a fresh date for declaration of results and performing physical exams.
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