The University of Delhi announced that the online Open-Book Examination will be conducted only for the final-year and final-semester undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students of all programs. Separate Guidelines have been released by the University for differently-abled students. The open-book examination for the differently-abled students will be five hours long, as per the declaration made by the Delhi University on Thursday (June 4).
By keeping the current Coronation pandemic situation in view, the University has decided to opt for open book exams (OBE), despite the opposition from students and teachers. These guidelines have been provided by the University, in order to assure that students relating to the Persons With Disability (PWD) category who wish to avail the ICT (Information and Communication Technology) infrastructure facilities for downloading question papers and uploading answer sheets should be permitted the same obeying the social distancing guidelines, as said by the University.
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As per the university guidelines, differently-abled candidates will get five hours to complete their open-book examination. This will include two hours for attempting the examination as per the prescribed time for the OBE, one hour for the purpose of downloading the question paper and uploading the scanned images of the answer sheets, extra time of 20 minutes per hour i.e. one-third of the prescribed duration of the OBE (as per the rules and eligibility prescribed by the University) and further one hour above all as a special provision as a purely one-time measure.
The students in need of the penmen can request from their respective colleges, departments, faculties or institutes of the University. The students can bring penmen of their choice, in case they are taking exams at the Common Service Centres (CSC), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. According to the guidelines, Various facilities can be used by the students at the Common Service Centres (CSCs), free of cost.
Students can check for more details including the addresses of the nearest CSCs engaged by DU on its official website. CSCs have been instructed to take care of the students in fixing the problems associated with the ICT infrastructure facilities and any technical help required by the students during the examinations. In case any student still has doubts considering the conduct of the open-book examination they can send their representations or queries related to the OBE to the Dean (Examinations) through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and the same will be addressed by the concerned.
As Delhi University has canceled the examination for first-year and second-year students, the guidelines are applicable to final-year students only. Several students and teachers had opposed the University’s decision to conduct an open-book examination. Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic situation which has thrown the academic schedule across the whole country into a mess, the University has opted for the open-book examination as a one-time substitute.