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DU Allows Submission of Answer Sheets by E-mail for Open Book Exams

Students of the School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) will be given this option.

Students of the School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) will be given this option.

The Delhi University (DU) has released a notification stating that students of the School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) will be given the option of submitting their answer sheets through E-mail if they are unable to do so from the DU Exam Portal. It further clarified that in the situation where question papers cannot be downloaded, SOL students can access it through “their respective dashboard” and NCWEB students can access it through “email or Whatsapp upon request.” 

The Delhi University has decided to go ahead with the online examinations in an Open Book Examination (OBE) format despite being met with resistance from students and faculty alike. In its statement, Delhi University stated: “If for any reason, the candidates are not able to upload the scanned images (PDF format) for their answer sheets on the portal after the completion of the examination, the same can be sent in PDF format at the designated email address of SOL and NCWEB as the case may be.” These remarks were made to clarify the procedures for attempting the OBE  for first and second-year students of SOL and NCWEB. Despite all the questions being raised, the University seems intent on conducting the OBE and has tried to resolve the issues faced by the students in participating in these exams. 

Despite this alternative method being provided for students of the SOL and NCWEB, the University has also made it clear that the submission of answer sheets through E-mail and accessing the question papers through E-mail or WhatsApp are only in the case where there is some difficulty of any kind. Accessing of question paper and submission of answers sheets should be done through the appropriate exam portals as stated by the University. Only in an emergency or in the case of a technical difficulty will the question papers be shared on E-mail or WhatsApp and that too only 5 minutes before the commencement of the examinations. 

As per the date sheet uploaded on the official website of the University Of Delhi, the university will conduct the examinations for students in the Choice Based Credit System (2015-2017) from 1st July to 11th July. The decision sparked widespread protests in the student community with ‘#DUAgainstOnlineExams’ trending on twitter and thousands of e-mails sent by the university students to the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court asking them to take Suo-moto cognizance of the issue, however, the decision has stayed. 

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