Thanks to the raging Covid-19 situation across India, the DU open book exam for final year students which was scheduled to behind from July 1 has been postponed by 10 days and the revised date sheet will be available on July 3.
Delhi University postponed the open book examination on Saturday “in view of the prevailing situation of Covid-19 pandemic”.
It said that the revised date sheets for both undergraduate and postgraduate students who will be appearing for the open book exams will be notified on July 3 or the coming Friday.
The open book exams will start from July 10 as per the new dates.
A Delhi University notification on the matter stated:
“…all concerned are hereby informed that examinations scheduled for all final semester/term/year and ex-students as per date sheet in OBE mode examinations as an alternative mode of examinations in view of Covid-19 pandemic adopted as a one-time measure for academic session 2019-20 for all streams of UG and PG, including SOL and NCWEB stands postponed for 10 days in view of the prevailing situation of COVID-19 pandemic,” a Delhi University notification stated.
Why were the DU open book exams postponed?
The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in India is now almost at 5 lakh and among cities, Delhi is the worst hit.
As per records on Friday, 77,240 people have been infected in Delhi while 2,492 have died due to Covid-19.
Appearing for exams would be a dangerous prospect for students, parents and teachers during such a situation and so, the DU open book exams were postponed.
Delhi University open book examination opposed by teachers and students
The Delhi University open book exams were strictly opposed by both students and teachers.
They noted problems that would arise such because people were dealing with several issues at this time.
These include infrastructural constraints, technological obstacles, economic hardships, dislocation of students and/or their families, and the challenging environments in many households.
Certain faculty members noted that many students didn’t have proper WiFi or 4G or even a smartphone, while a few students were stranded away from their notes and reading materials and the minimum stationary required for an open book exam.
Moreover, the main problem that was mentioned was that open book exams are strategically were different from regular exams and that the students hadn’t been prepared for such a mode.