DELHI UNIVERSITY TO CONDUCT OPEN BOOK EXAM

OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION OR NOT ? DELHI UNIVERSITY RELEASES GUIDELINES AMIDST WIDESPREAD PROTEST BY STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

Ministry for Human Resource Development has backed Delhi University’s plan for holding the OPEN BOOK EXAMINATIONS (OBE). There have been concerns among various students belonging to undeserved areas with poor broadband connectivity and those belonging to economically weaker sections. Addressing these concerns , the Ministry has announced a string of measures so that no student is left behind owing to these concerns.
Ministry for Human Resource Development has asked Delhi University to tie up with Common Service Centres across the country for the conduct of the exams. According to the estimates, there are roughly 2.2 lakh final year students and tie-up with the CSC would be helpful as there exists at least one Common Service Centre in every Panchayat or Block.

These exams will be conducted for the final semester for the third year students. The First and Second year students would be promoted in accordance with the guidelines of University Grants Commission. Also , the Ministry has proposed pen and paper based exam in September for students belonging to Jammu and Kashmir who would be unable to take the Open Book Exams.



PROCEDURE FOR THE CONDUCT OF THE OPEN BOOK EXAMS.

DELHI UNIVERSITY has recently issued guidelines for the conduct of Open Book Examination for the final semester students in July.The guidelines have also been issued regarding the preparation of question papers for the Open Book Exam.

The guidelines are as follows:

  • Activities of downloading the question paper and uploading the answer sheets would require minimum internet availability.
  • Students would have to download the question paper, refer to the study materials and send back the answer sheets via Email.
  • The question paper would be based on the Choice Based Credit System. It would be prepared with due consideration and care for the disabled students for their ease and comfort.
  • There would be a two hour long exam for both UG and PG courses. The students would have to answer four questions from a total of six questions.
  • The question paper will have 75 marks for all students except for those in School Of Open Learning(SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board ( NCWEB ). June 3, 2020 is the deadline given to the departments to upload the question papers.
  • While the exam is going on , the students can access their study material such as class notes , books etc which are approved by the UGC.

These guidelines come in the backdrop of the announcement DU made on May 14. The announcement said that DU would conduct semester exams for all courses from July 1 , but would resort to OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION if the COVID-19 situation does not improve. Delhi University has also earlier instructed the stakeholders to conduct revision session via online mode for three days to help the students to clear their queries .



HOW WOULD THE ANSWER SHEETS BE ASSESSED?

The students would have to send back their answer sheets via email. The assessment would be done as per the departments’ discretion in digital mode.

Since the announcement of the conduct of the Open Book Examinations, there have been widespread protests by the students and teachers. Students have termed the two hour long Open Book Exam “laughable”. Common argument for all the protests has been the inaccessibility to internet and computer for the students who come from remote parts of India. Students took to social media in huge numbers to voice their disagreements and as a result #DUAgainstOnlineExam was trending on Twitter.

The circular mentioned that students will have to download the question paper from the portal, scan their answer sheets and upload it within 3 hours of the exam. How will students who have gone back to homes in areas with no internet connectivity be able to do it?

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— Damni Kain (@DamniKain) May 15, 2020

#DUAgainstOnlineExams
The decision taken by Delhi University of open book online exam is without any base or a torture for the students who r not in a good internet condition.
Concern on it @UniversityofDelhi pic.twitter.com/zeI3XG0hjf

— Abhishek (@Abhishe08696164) May 15, 2020

A University whose website hangs when the online admission process starts.
Now, it aims to conduct Online Exams.#DUAgainstOnlineExams pic.twitter.com/ZaVeoO9Qwb

— Ankit ? (@bittwobit) May 15, 2020



Students from the School Of Open Learning , Delhi University have also been protesting against the University’s decision to conduct the Open Book Exams. According to a student organization , Krantikari Yuva Sangathan , the university has failed to provide “quality study material” to the students and their decision to conduct online exam is “Arbitrary.”

“For SOL students, majority of whom are from working-class families, where meagre income doesn’t allow owning a smartphone, let alone a fast & stable internet connection or a laptop, the decision to hold online exams is a huge blow in the face of precarity,” Krantikari Yuva Sangathan(KYS), a students organisation with many members from SOL, said on social media.

DATE-SHEET FOR DELHI UNIVERSITY EXAMS:

The University has released the tentative date-sheet on its official website. Students can check their official datesheet for their subjects by following these steps:
Step 1: Visit www.du.ac.in
Step 2: Click on ‘tentative date sheet’ link
Step 3: Select the subject you wish to appear for
Step 4: Date sheet will open, download

In a recent survey conducted by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) ,it was found that 85% respondents do not feel that they are in a position to appear for online Open Book Examination. A plea has recently been filed by three students who have contended that such Open Book Examinations are only beneficial for those who are well-off and not for those who belong to economically weaker sections , like them.

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