HC Allows Open Book Exams for Final-Year DU Students from 10 Aug 

Delhi High Court allows Delhi University to conduct online open-book exams for final-year students as per schedule.

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The Delhi High Court on Friday, 7 August, allowed the University of Delhi to conduct its much-debated open book examinations (OBEs) for final-year students, which will now be held from 10 August.

From where can the question papers be downloaded?

Students can either download question papers from the DU portal or receive them on the e-mail ID mentioned by them in the examination form.

This means that even if the portal is inaccessible, students will be able to access the question papers in the inbox of their registered e-mail address.

Can answer scrips be sent through e-mail as well?

Yes, students can either upload pictures of their answer scripts or email them to obescript@exam.du.ac.in or to the e-mail IDs of their respective college, department or faculty. Apart from three hours for writing the exam, students will receive an extra hour for uploading the answer sheet.

With an additional hour given for downloading question paper, completing answers and uploading the answer sheets, PwD students now have a total of six hours to write OBEs.

In what format will I have to upload or mail answer scrips have to be uploaded?

Answer scripts can be scanned either page by page or question-wise and be uploaded to DU’s portal. However, the file size should not exceed 7 MB.

Students may also convert their answer scripts into PDFs and mail them to the above-mentioned email id.

How do I know if pictures of my answer scripts have been received?

Students who upload their answer sheets on the DU portal will get an acknowledgement upon submitting it.

The court has also asked DU to send auto-generated e-mails to students after they submit answer scripts.

What if I face issues in downloading or uploading question papers?

Students who face problems during OBEs may send an e-mail to grievanceexam2020@gmail.com and grievance@exam.du.ac.in.

The email accounts will be monitored by Dr Sanjeev Singh, Joint Director DUCC, who shall assign the same to Grievance Officers. These officers must address the issue within 48 hours of having received the said communication from the student.

Grievances that are not addressed within 48 hours will be automatically referred to the Grievance Redressal Committee. A Former Judge of Delhi HC will chair the said Grievance Committee and DU will have to submit a report before it after OBEs have been completed.

Who are the members of the Grievance Redressal Committee?

  • Justice Pratibha Rani (Retd Judge, Delhi High Court) - Chairperson
  • Professor K S Rao, Department of Botany - Deputy Chairperson WP(C) 3946/2020 Page 43 of 45
  • Professor Kavita Sharma, Department of Commerce - Member
  • Mr B B Gupta, Senior Advocate (M: 9811348989) - Member
  • Mr Kamal Gupta, Advocate (M: 9810988094) - Member

What are the powers & functions of the committee?

Complaints about downloading of question papers, uploading of answer sheets, technical glitches, delays in uploading and any other issues faced by students during the conduct of the OBE examinations shall be dealt with by the committee.

The committee will decide on grievances received by it within a period of five days, following which the complainant would be informed.

The Grievance Officers shall send a chart of grievances received and grievances redressed, every two days, to the Chairperson of the Committee.

Can students avail of CSC Academies?

Common Service Centre Academy has to send emails to all its centres to ensure that they are prepared for exams.

When will results be announced?

The court has asked DU to forward answer sheets to the teachers simultaneously to ensure that results are declared as soon as possible.

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