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DU final year students who can’t complete OBE will appear for offline exams later: HC

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The Delhi excessive court docket on Wednesday mentioned all final-year undergraduate students, together with these within the common class, who have registered for Delhi University’s (DU) open e-book examination (OBE) however can’t complete it, will have the choice to bodily appear for the exams later — even when they’ve downloaded the query paper however couldn’t add or e-mail the reply sheet for any motive.

A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad handed the order after DU counsel senior advocate Sachin Datta agreed to the court docket’s suggestion that contemplating the issues associated to OBE, the overall class must also be given an choice to appear for the bodily examination just like the PWD class students.

Around 240,000 students are set to take the take a look at by way of OBE on August 10.

The court docket, nonetheless, agreed with DU’s competition that if a scholar uploads or e-mails a solution sheet of any topic, then she or he will not be permitted to sit down for the bodily examination in that specific topic in a while.

DU’s counsel mentioned any scholar unable to take the OBE examination for every other motive will get an opportunity once more when the college holds the bodily take a look at at a later date.

The court docket was listening to petitions filed by regulation scholar Prateek Sharma and the National Federation of Blind (NFB), searching for efficient mechanisms for visually impaired and specifically abled students for the exams.

On Wednesday, DU filed an affidavit within the court docket, stating that within the second set of mock checks, 186,814 students had registered, of whom 23,693 have been in a position to complete the examination course of. In the primary section, 183,376 students had registered, of whom 33,162 students accomplished the method.

Seeing the result, the court docket famous that “data relating to the second phase of the mock test is more abysmal than the first phase”. It expressed displeasure on the dismal quantity showing for the second mock checks.

“Even for the PWD category students and VH students, the data of the second phase is no better than that of the first phase, if not worse. This is a clear indication that final-year students are not thoroughly prepared to participate in the OBE on-line mode of examination that the university of Delhi has proposed to conduct,” the court docket mentioned.

The bench directed the varsity to offer scribes, on request, to visually impaired students at widespread service centres (CSCs) for the web OBE for final-year undergraduate programs, if they’ve opted for one.

The court docket directed DU to finalise the outcomes date. It additionally requested the college to present specify dates to carry bodily examinations for these who couldn’t take the web take a look at.

The bench mentioned the college ought to present at the very least two studying materials or textual content books of every paper to visually handicapped students and granted every week’s time to students to make the request to DU. It mentioned DU will guarantee no such scholar is disadvantaged of a scribe if it has been knowledgeable prematurely.

A member of the college’s examination department, who wished to not be named, mentioned, “The university from the beginning is saying that another chance will be given to students who are not able to appear in OBE remotely. The exams in the normal pen and paper mode will be conducted only after the declaration of the results of OBE exams.”

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