DU students prefer online over offline mode of exams – Times of India


The University of Delhi (DU) has been conducting open book exams (OBE) for final year undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) students. A total of 2,53,677 final year undergraduate and postgraduate students were to appear in the OBE exams this year, of which, 2,12,256 have appeared in the first phase of OBE exams. However, of around 40,000 remaining students, only 12,000 have registered for the second phase, where around 10,000 have still opted for online mode and only 3000 will appear for offline exams.

Balaram Pani, dean of colleges, DU, says that a higher number of students opting for online exams shows that students’ have accepted the mode. “Initially, students wanted the exams to be rescheduled, but the current situation is familiar to everyone. Students have realised that the pandemic is not just for a few months. They do not want to waste a year or miss out on opportunities.”

In Ramjas College, only three of the 34 registered students will appear physically. Similarly, in Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College (ARSD) college only eight students will appear for offline exams.

However, there is no clarity regarding more than 25000 students who have not yet registered to appear for the exams. Pani says that a set number of students do not appear for exams each year. “Often, students of distance education do not appear for final year exams due to various reasons. This year, the number is slightly higher than the previous years. But, students not appearing for final exams is a yearly pattern,” he adds.

Former director of DU’s School of Open Learning, CS Dubey, says that lesser students are opting for offline exams because of the coronavirus scare.

“While students have gradually become comfortable with the online mode, which is fairly easy for them to attempt, the challenge lies with the evaluators. The teachers are not yet ready for the evaluation process of online exams. Lesser students are opting for offline exams as they are scared of coronavirus and are utilising the available options,” adds Dubey.

As per the university’s statement, a total of 5,42,643 papers were attempted by regular, Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) and School of Open Learning (SoL) students in the during the first week (August 10-17) of open-book exams of which 4,54,212 answer scripts were received.





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