Delhi University set to conduct OBE for final year PG students

Even though the survey conducted by DUTA revealed that 85% students opposed open book: online examinations, the University on thursday asked various stakeholders to propose a datesheet for final semester/year students of all Postgraduate programs.

The University in its notification released on May 14 notified the provision to adopt an open book: online examinations for final semester/year students, if the threats of COVID-19 pandemic prevails.

The notification released by DU reads,” all concerned are hereby requested to propose Date Sheet of all the Post Graduate Programmes of your Faculty/Department/Centre keeping in view the guidelines as per Notification Ref No. Dean (Exams)/02/2019-20 dated 14.05.2020 regarding conduct of examinations for final semester/term/year for the Academic Session 2019-20 in view of COVID-19”

The varsity has asked the Deans and heads of various faculty, departments and centres send the datesheet to Examination Branch latest by June 4.

While the survey cum referendum conducted by Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), which was participated by over 51,000 students revealed that 85% of them opposed to the University’s move to conduct OBE.

DUTA said that the decision of OBE discriminates against those without the access to books, notes and online resources, encourages malpractices and penalises honest students. The decision is discriminatory to the physically- challenged students.

DUTA has asked the University to explore different alternatives, though the varsity said that OBE requires “minimal internet” for downloading and uploading purposes.

“This may please be noted that mode adopted is not an online mode, only for downloading and uploading purposes, there will be a requirement of minimal internet and any latest phone will serve the purpose.” said the varsity, in the guidelines issued to all heads of department.

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