After the DU reopening news, students ask for clarification on the mode of exams now. Delhi University colleges are all set to reopen for the UG and PG students of final year from 15th September 2021. Also, the reopening will only take place for practical classes, academic consultations, and lab work. But, students and teachers are more concerned about the mode of exams and need clarification on it.
As per the varsity’s academic calendar, the final year UG exams for the 5th semester will begin on 30th November 2021. Also, the theory exams for the PG final year students will begin in mid-December.
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Statement of DU Dean on the mode of exams:
DS Rawat, the DU Dean, explains that both the options of online exams (OBE) and physical exams are available. But, he stresses the fact that it is too early to comment. Thus, as a part of this phased reopening, they are just taking small steps. For now, only students who have their practical classes are allowed to come back. So, even physical theory classes are not allowed. Thus, they need to focus on factors like when to restart theory classes. The decision on the two modes of exam will come later.
Vikas Gupta, the DU registrar highlighted that the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is only allowing physical classes with 50 percent occupancy. Thus, holding in-person exams will be difficult. But, if the DDMA guidelines are relaxed until then, physical exams might be possible. Otherwise, considering the pandemic situation, online OBE will continue.
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Students asserts that the mode of exams should be in-person from now on:
Teachers raise their concerns for this year’s final year batch. “We need to focus on them and prepare them for in-person exams”, they stressed. These students have gone through multiple modes of exams from in-person to Open Book exams, and even Assignment based exams. Recently, in the 4th semester, they were promoted based on assignments due to the 2nd wave of covid.
However, some students want the return of in-person physical exams. Thus, they want to give at least one exam with some normalcy.