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Teachers and student bodies raise concerns over the Delhi University's decision to hold final year post-graduate and under-graduate exams in 'open-book' mode online if the COVID-19 situation doesn't normalise soon, terming it "discriminatory" which would put a large section of pupils in anxiety.

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) termed the system of holding online exams "discriminatory" and "unfair". It also shot off a letter to the university vice-chancellor expressing their disagreement with the move.

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Subhangi Kumari Singh
Updated:
May 15, 2020, 10:31 AM IST
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PTI

New Delhi: Teachers and student bodies have criticised the Delhi University's decision to hold final year post-graduate and under-graduate exams in 'open-book' mode online if the COVID-19 situation doesn't normalise soon, terming it "discriminatory" which would put a large section of pupils in anxiety.

The 'open-book' examination mode would allow students to refer to books, notes and other study materials to answer the questions. Students will download question papers for their respective course from the web portal sitting at home and upload the answers within two hours.

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) termed the system of holding online exams "discriminatory" and "unfair". It also shot off a letter to the university vice-chancellor expressing their disagreement with the move.

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"It is not viable for a large University like DU, with its diverse student population, and it is shocking that the institute has adopted it as the only form. We demand that the pen-paper option be given to all students," DUTA said.

It suggested that the university should consider the possibility of giving provisional degrees to students based on their Cumulative Grade Points Average (CGPA) of five semesters.

"The concept of an 'open-book' examination is very different from the kind of tests our students are used to. Springing this ugly surprise on them in such uncertain and anxious times will increase the anxiety of large sections of students, especially since the normal teaching-learning process has been disrupted due to the pandemic," the teachers' body said.
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