The varsity issued a notification on 26th October 2020 regarding Open Book Examinations (OBE) which will be conducted for 3rd, 5th, 7th-semester students along with essential repeaters of 1st, 3rd, 5th semesters and ex-students (the academic year 2020-21). Date sheet and other details to be released in the first week of November, keeping the pandemic in mind.
As the students scurry to finish assignments for their respective semesters, the notification regarding Open Book Examinations on DU’s website has stirred worry amongst many. On 26th October, the Dean of Examinations signed off the notice stating that OBE will be conducted for III, V, VII semester students along with Essential Repeaters of I, III, V semesters, and Ex-Students of the academic year (2020-21). This information shall be binding across all Undergraduate (UG) and Postgraduate (PG) programs including the students at School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board (NCEWB).
Despite the continued conjecture around infrastructural unavailability of the varsity and the conditions created by the pandemic, DU has still decided to advance with OBE and conduct the examinations from 12th December 2020. Just like the last time (in reference to the second phase of exams in September 2020), OBE will be carried out in a blended format, i.e., online and offline mode, respectively.
Students shall be allowed to attempt their examinations from their place of convenience or at the Faculty/Department/College in the offline mode, as per the option selected by them in the examination form and for the courses, as per the date sheet.Dean of Examinations, DU.
All Ex-students of Credit Based Choice System (CBCS) and students of erstwhile FYUP (B. Tech) as per specified span period shall also appear for OBE as per the guidelines and date sheet applicable for each said case. Accordingly, they will attempt the examination in OBE blended mode according to the syllabus applicable as per scheme of study at the time of admission.
The University has intimated that detailed guidelines along with the relevant date sheets for Undergraduate courses will be out in the first week of November on the official website. For all Postgraduate programs, the information will be available via their respective departments, centres and faculties. The examination branch will not be releasing any further information in this regard and has requested the students to look out for the authenticity of the information on social media (which can be confirmed from DU’s official website).
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