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Delhi HC Allows Delhi University to Conduct Online Open Book Examination (OBE) For Final Year Students

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The Delhi High Court on Friday gave a nod to Delhi University for conducting Open Book Examination (OBE) for the final year students. This online open book examination is to commence from Monday i.e. August 10.

The order was pronounced by a Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh in the petition preferred by students of Delhi University.

The Court has directed Delhi University and UGC to comply with the directions passed in the order. The directions which were given to Delhi University include the following:

  • Regular students shall be given the complete three hours for answering the question papers. Students to be given extra hour for uploading the answer sheet.
  • Students under PWD category are given one more hour for downloading the question paper, completing their answers and uploading the answer sheets i.e., a total of six hours.
  • The various details regarding the Nodal officer and central e-mail ID has to be published.
  • The Common Service Centre to notify all its centers by the end of the day.
  • Auto generated email to be sent confirming receipt of the answer sheet.
  • Details of Nodal officer, Central Email ID to be published.
  • The Grievance Committee shall be reconstituted under the aegis of Justice (retd) Pratibha Rani.
  • All the complaints shall be addressed within 5 days and the Grievance Committee will hold and function till OBE continues.
  • The results shall be announced within a short period after the examination.

The Delhi High Court said,

“This Court is mindful of the fact that enormous preparations have now been undertaken by students for giving the online OBE. Under such circumstances, the Court is concerned about the manner in which the processes in the online OBE can be further streamlined.”

The court had on Wednesday reserved orders on a batch of pleas that challenged the university decision to conduct online Open Book Examinations for final-year students.

At the end of the OBE examinations a comprehensive report of the conduct of examinations shall be submitted by Delhi University, within four weeks.

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