Can final-year exams be based mostly on MCQ, assignments: HC asks UGC to make clear

New Delhi, July 22

The Delhi High Court Wednesday requested the UGC to make clear that may final-year examinations by the schools be carried out based mostly on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ), open decisions, assignments and displays, as a substitute of lengthy kind exams.

Justice Prathiba M Singh requested the University Grants Commission (UGC) to clarify the import of its tips issued in April, which talked about the kind of examinations that may be held by a university, for conducting final-year exams.

However, the rules issued by the UGC on July 6 point out solely in regards to the three modes of conducting examinations—on-line, offline and mix of each.

The excessive court docket, which noticed that in contrast to universities the world over, DU has not been serving to its college students, listed the matter for additional listening to on July 24.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the UGC, assured the excessive court docket that there was no divergence internally between HRD Ministry and UGC.

During the listening to, the UGC submitted that the rules don’t allow inside evaluation for evaluating last 12 months college students because it places credibility of the system at stake.

The excessive court docket was listening to a plea difficult Delhi University’s choice to carry Open Book Examination (OBE) for last 12 months undergraduate programs which will likely be in lengthy kind exams.

The Delhi University contended that they have been holding on-line exams because the UGC tips make it obligatory to carry last 12 months examinations.

Advocate Akash Sinha, showing for petitioner Anupam, mentioned he was difficult the style through which exams are being carried out and sought that there ought to be an alternate methodology of exams and OBE isn’t the one possibility with the DU as per the UGC tips.

Advocate Apoorv Kurup, additionally representing the UGC, mentioned there was no possibility of graduating last 12 months college students on the idea of previous efficiency they usually have to seem in a timed examination.

“When we say online, we mean timed examination. When people take assignments home, sanctity is not maintained,” he mentioned.

To this, Justice Singh mentioned on the finish of the day, the share of people that would cheat could be minimal. “People who would cheat, can do so even in hard exams.”

“You cannot presume that students will cheat. Three hours is not enough, from where will students cheat. OBE has so many problems,” the decide mentioned.

When the UGC counsel mentioned DU can undertake a blended type of examination, the decide shot again, “Look at the condition. ICMR says that COVID-19 is going to be at its peak in November. How do you expect them to conduct the offline exam by September?”

The petitioner’s counsel identified that many universities have opted for a inventive mode of examination, together with MCQs and assignment-based exams and the standard mode could be very time taking and OBE is prima facie troublesome.

He submitted that the marksheet of even final semester of Physics division has not been launched by the DU but and it’ll take a very long time to finish the ultimate 12 months exams course of.

The excessive court docket noticed that it failed to know why UGC was insisting on conducting the ultimate exams and added “imagine the number of writ petitions that are going to come here due to the number of reasons after OBE in August. DU will be struggling with it for years. I think the administration has collapsed and students are suffering. OBE is not going to work”.

“It is completely impractical to have timed examinations. We live in the heart of Delhi and there was no electricity or connectivity for hours due to the rain. You have to adopt the method for exams which is practical. There is a connectivity issue, the Internet goes, electricity goes in our country. So this proves my point,” the decide mentioned.

To this, senior advocate Sachin Dutta mentioned he’ll differ with the court docket and claimed that OBE will likely be higher than MCQ.

“You don’t need the Internet continuously. You just need it to download and upload. We are working day and night. There is no other way,” he mentioned.

He maintained that the Ministry of Human Resource Development requested DU to postpone the exams and he has additionally mentioned so in an affidavit filed earlier than a division bench of the excessive court docket.

When the court docket mentioned the web exams require a minimal of 4G Internet connectivity, Dutta refuted it and mentioned 3G pace will likely be superb.

“Your (DU) own FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on your website says 4G is recommended and 2G speed will not be sufficient,” the court docket identified.

On being requested by the court docket as to why did the HRD ministry gave a path to DU to postpone the exams, advocate Sunita Ojha replied that there was a gathering and solely an advisory was given to postpone in the event that they weren’t prepared and DU has to look at its personal preparedness.

The Delhi University is scheduled to carry last 12 months undergraduate on-line OBE from August 10-31 and the scholars who will likely be overlooked of on-line exams will likely be given a chance to seem in bodily examinations, to be held someday in September. — PTI

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