HC upholds DU choice to conduct on-line OBE for ultimate yr programs with instructions

New Delhi, August 7

The Delhi High Court on Friday gave its nod to the Delhi University for conducting on-line Open Book Examination (OBE) for ultimate yr undergraduate programs from August 10 with a slew of instructions.

Justice Prathiba M Singh stated the questions papers can be despatched to the scholars’ electronic mail ID and be uploaded on the varsity’s portal and they are going to be given an additional hour to add the reply sheets.

The varsity is directed to ship an auto generated electronic mail informing the scholars that their reply sheets have been obtained, the excessive courtroom, which was announcing the judgement via video conferencing, stated.

“I wish the students and Delhi University all the best for the exams,” Justice Singh stated.

The courtroom handed the decision on a plea difficult the varsity’s choice to carry on-line OBE, as per the UGC tips, for ultimate yr undergraduate programs which can be in lengthy kind exams.

The DU is scheduled to carry ultimate yr undergraduate on-line OBE from August 10-31 and the scholars who can be neglected of on-line exams can be given a chance to look in bodily examinations, to be held someday in September.

The excessive courtroom, whereas delivering the judgement, additionally directed that particulars of nodal officer and central electronic mail ID be printed on the DU web site and requested the Common Service Centres (CSC), which have been set as much as present providers to college students who do not need infrastructure to present OBE, to inform all its centres by the tip of the day.

“There shall be a grievance officer to address the issues raised by students, including problems in downloading question paper and uploading answer sheets. In case of non-redressal, the complaint to be forwarded to the Grievance Committee,” it stated.

The courtroom reconstituted the Grievance Committee beneath the aegis of retired Justice Prathiba Rani and stated that the panel will operate until OBE continues and the scholars’ complaints must be addressed inside 5 days.

The courtroom stated OBE outcomes should be introduced in a brief interval and the reply sheets be concurrently despatched for analysis.

It requested the DU and the committee to file their respective experiences after the exams are over.

The college had earlier knowledgeable the courtroom that the concept behind holding on-line OBE was to stop college students from assembling in a single corridor the place it might be troublesome to take care of social distancing within the occasions of COVID-19 pandemic.

The DU’s counsel had submitted {that a} scholar doesn’t want very excessive expertise to take a seat for on-line OBE as having an electronic mail can be enough and that connectivity points can be much more in different modes.

He had contended that the University Grants Commission tips, which mandates conducting exams for ultimate yr college students, have foreclosed what’s being sought by petitioners they usually should be subjected to examination.

The UGC had submitted that for ultimate yr, majority of evaluation can’t be inside based mostly and as far as ultimate yr examinations are involved, it must be timed and will be on-line, offline or blended mode however they can’t be presentation based mostly. PTI


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