University of Delhi insists Open Book Exams are ‘Not Online’ and ‘Minimal Internet’ required

The University of Delhi issued a list of guidelines for the teachers pertaining to setting questions for the open book exams late Monday evening. The University’s administration said that the exams are “not online mode” and that “minimal internet” will be required for conducting it.

University of Delhi insists Open Book Exams

The varsity added that exams will only require “minimal internet” just for “downloading and uploading purposes”. As the country went into a lockdown amid the rising coronavirus disease cases, all educational institutions were shut down and had to resort to alternative modes and patterns of conducting lectures and examinations.

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

The university further added that “concerns related with technical aspects” will be taken care of by the varsity’s examination branch and that a “mechanism” will be in place to protect the “interest of students”.

Regarding the examination guidelines, the University of Delhi has settled for a two-hour exam for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in which students will have to attempt four questions from a total of six. The question paper will be of 75 marks for all candidates except those studying in the School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board (NCWEB).

The university has also instructed the faculties and departments to give “special care” while preparing question papers for persons with disability (PWD) students.

Earlier, many students’ and teachers’ bodies had written to the university’s administration questioning the feasibility of online exams. The major issue pointed out by them was the lack of or poor internet connectivity.

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