Delhi University Open-Book Exams and New UGC Guidelines

This is the first time DU would be conducting online open-book exams due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Delhi University Open Book Exams conducted from July 10, 2020. Delhi University has also released the schedule for the online open-book examinations ‘Mock Test’ series, to accommodate students the process. Recently UGC has issued revised guidelines regarding the conduct of semesters, final year exams by all educational institutes over India. 

 UGC  Revised Guidelines on Examination and Academic Calendar for the Universities in view of COVID-19 Pandemic. It also approved by the Commission in its emergent meeting held on 6th July 2020. ”The five most important things a student must know in regard to online exams and UGC  guidelines issued.

UGC Guidelines

  • DU Open-Book Exams conducted from July 10, 2020. The latest development is that those who cannot attend the Online Open-book Exams can attend the exams physically in September. DU informed the High Court on July 6 that it would be let the students appear for the exams. Even if they have not filed an application for that.
  • NSUI Delhi’s President Akshay Lakra along with Arun Hooda -former president DUSU. Today filed a police complaint against the vice-chancellor of the varsity over the breaching of privacy of students.  They have also filed 16 petitions in Delhi High court against DU to cancel the examination and promote the students.
  •  The mock tests conducted and the last test held on July 8, 2020. These tests help the candidates know about the DU exams and provide them with the ease to attend them. The varsity is not canceling or calling off the exams. 
  • The final year exams compulsorily conducted as per the new UGC guidelines on exams and Academic Calendars for the universities. As per the standard operating procedure approved by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Answering the High Courts question on how those skipping the final year exams provided admission to PG courses based on merit. DU said that the students provisionally admitted after which once their exams conducted they tested for their eligibility once again and admitted if they have passed. 
  • The University Grants Commission (UGC) also released guidelines for those who have backlogs. It said that such students should compulsorily be evaluated by offline or online examinations. Depending on the feasibility and suitability of the varsity. DU has not released any details yet on the reconduct of physical exams for backlog holders after these guidelines released.

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