Delhi University (DU) through a notification released on its official website dated 22nd June 2020, explained the procedure to be followed by final-year undergraduate students from regular colleges of the university for downloading admit cards required for giving the Open Book Examinations which are set to be conducted by the University from 1st July 2020 onwards.
“The Open Book Examinations (OBE) for the final year students of all undergraduate courses are scheduled to be held from 1st July, 2020 onwards as per the datesheet uploaded on the university website. Accordingly the candidates of regular colleges who are appearing for the undergraduate examinations are hereby advised to note the following procedure for downloading the admit card for their respective examinations,”DU Notification
The university expounded in the notification that it’s Examination Wing will send a URL Link to the colleges, and the colleges should prominently upload the URL link on their respective websites. Individual gateway codes will be sent by the colleges to the respective candidates either on their e-mail address or phone number (as available in the college records) to enable them to access the URL link for downloading the admit cards.
According to the notification, the candidates can download their admit cards by following the underneath procedure-
1) Click on the URL Link uploaded on the website of your college.
2) Enter the gateway code as provided by your college along with your previous semester examination roll number.
On completion of this procedure, the admit card will appear on the screen, and can be downloaded.
Candidates are allowed to take the help of books and other study material without any restrictions under the Open Book Exam format. The candidates are required to download the examination papers from the University’s exam portal and upload the corresponding answers within a specified time period. The exam can be given from any location.
This decision of the university which it has described on multiple occasions as a “one-time measure” has faced great amount of criticism and opposition by both the teachers and students of the university who have raised several concerns like uneven teaching, lack of required infrastructure for conduct of exams among many other.
Teachers and students have unanimously demanded the scrapping of the OBE format of examination and suggested alternative ways of grading, like the one adopted by the university for first-year and second-year undergraduate students under which grading would be done based on 50% internal marks and 50% previous semester marks.
As per new developments the Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ has asked the University Grants Commission to revisit its guidelines on university semester exams and academic calendar, to ensure safety and health of students and teachers. However DU has not released any notification yet.
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