Delhi University on Thursday said the first and second year students will be graded on the basis of their internal assessment and their performance in the previous semester. The varsity is opting for online open book examination for final year postgraduate and undergraduate students despite opposition from students and teachers, it said. However, the first year students of postgraduate courses and first and second year students of undergraduate courses will not have to take open book exams, the university said.
"In view of the prevailing situation of Covid-19 Pandemic, it is notified hereby to all concerned that the Intermediate semester/term/year students shall be graded with adopting alternative mode for the same as conducting examinations for Intermediate semester/term/year students in the conventional mode i.e. pen and paper is not feasible as per the existing government norms of maintaining social distancing and safety and health of the students," the varsity said. The matter was intensively deliberated in the bodies constituted by the university, it said.
For students of intermediate semester/term/year, the grading could be composite of 50 per cent marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation or assignment based evaluation wherever applicable and the remaining 50 per cent marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in previous semester/term/year only, the varsity said. For students of intermediate semester/term/year, having no marks in previous semester/term /year, there will be 100 per cent assignment-based evaluation, it added.
5-hr duration for online open book exam for differently abled students
Delhi University said the total duration of the online open book examination exam for the differently abled students will be five hours. The varsity has decided to go for open book exams (OBE) in view of the situation due to coronavirus pandemic, despite opposition from students and teachers. The colleges and departments have been provided specific guidelines to ensure that students belonging to the PWD category who wish to avail the ICT infrastructure facilities for downloading question papers and uploading answer sheets should be allowed the same following the guidelines of social distancing, the varsity said.
The students can request for scribes from their respective colleges and departments, it said. In case the students are taking exams at Common Service Centres (CSC), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, they can bring scribes of their choice, the varsity said.