The Delhi High Court directed Delhi University to file an affidavit setting out the schedule of final year undergraduate exams which have been postponed beyond August 15 or until further notice.
Further, it has also asked the varsity to enclose all the details in the affidavit on how it proposes to conduct exams: online, offline or both the modes along with the complete date sheet, providing clarity to students. Guidelines have also been issued on the basis of Standard Operating Procedure suggested by the Health Ministry.
The high court has granted some time upon the request of Senior advocate Sachin Dutta, as they need to sculpt a new plan to conduct examinations, observing the latest guidelines of UGC (University Grants Commission).
Delhi University had previously intimated the high court on its decision to postpone the OPE (Open book examination) for the final year students. The High Court had expressed their displeasure upon learning about the university’s decision through a video conference. It had further stated that the University was playing with the lives of the children and were not very honest about their preparedness to conduct the OPE.
The decision of conducting OPE had also received a lot of flak from the professors, staff members and students, considering constraints like Economic hardships, poor / no internet connection, etc. It is considered a very unfair method of evaluation which is why a petition was also filed by the students asking the court to order Delhi University to evaluate the final year students based on previous year’s or semester’s results.
Many of them were detained for protesting against the university’s decision as well.
Now, the court has now directed the varsity to file the affidavit by July 13 and listed the matter for further hearing on July 14.