Delhi University has declared to conduct the online open book exams for the academic session 2019-20 final year university students. Date sheet has already been released and the exams will be conducted from the 1st of July. DU has set five hours of duration for exams comprising three hours for writing questions paper and two more hours for downloading questions paper and uploading the answers sheet.
Despite protests, the varsity made its decision clear about holding the online open book exams in the view of covid-19 pandemic. This is the first time Delhi University is conducting Open Book Exam. Students are allowed to write the exams from the comfort of their homes.
Social distancing norms
BA, Bsc, and Bcom undergraduate final year students’ exams will be conducted from 1st of July, while the date sheet of other programs will be released on July 14 on the official website of DU. University has made proper arrangements for the people belonging to PWD (Person With Disabilities) who need access to ICT infrastructure facilities for downloading and uploading the required papers.
Upload and Download will be done taking care of the social distancing norms. In case if the students will take common service centers (CSC) they can bring scribes as per their wishes.
Opportunity to apply for improvement exams
OBE doesn’t entirely require the online platform and strong Internet connection. It requires only limited access to the internet to download the paper and upload the answer sheet. The question paper will be provided via email 45 min before the exams. The students will write the answers on a clean sheet paper (A4 size) and then upload it.
DU has provided an opportunity for students who will appear in OBE exams to apply for improvement exam. If they don’t feel happy with their marks and wish to upgrade their grades they can sit for improvement exams in January.
Skills required for Open Book Exam
OBE allows students to use texts, resources, notes, books, study aids during the exam’s hour. The OBE exam test is conducted on the testability of a student to find and apply information and knowledge. It requires a genuine understanding of the material and the ability to present in an organized manner. Test-taking strategies skills are required to interpret the right answer.
The intermediate semester will not be conducted
Earlier, DU has announced not to conduct the intermediate semester exams of first and second-year students for all UG and PG programs. The students will be promoted on the basis of the grading system without writing exams. The grading composition includes 50% of previous semester performance records and 50% on the basis of internal assessment marks.
85% of students are not ready for Open Book Exam
Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) conducted a survey with participation of 51,000 students which says around 85% of students are against open book exam. According to the survey 33.7% of students respondent that they were not able to attend the online classes via an application. Another 38% of students respond that they have attended half of the total number of online classes while 11.9% of students said they have not received any study material to prepare for exams.