DU denies having any problems with OBE

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The Delhi University (DU) released a press statement on the evening of 13th August stating that the exams were being conducted properly and had been successful so far. This statement came 4 days after the Open Book Examination(OBE) began for the final year students of DU. The statement also affirms that many students attempted the OBE and did not face any issues submitting the answer sheets.

It is due to the pandemic that exams could not be conducted in the conventional method. As per the University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, it is mandatory for universities to organize examinations for the final year students. Thus, OBEs have been chosen as an option exclusive to this year only. This has been done for the undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB), School of Open Learning (SOL), and regular students, both pursuing undergraduate and post graduate degrees.

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The cumulative data shows that 110085 of regular and 154142 of NCWEB and SOL students have attempted the answer sheets, while the answer scripts were submitted by 82496 regular students 108846 students of the NCWEB and SOL on the portal.

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These statements were issued in the midst of many technical issues within the overall procedure of the OBEs. On the days of the exams, so far, there has been a lot of confusion, glitches, and issues the students faced on different steps of the process.The site had crashed previously for a brief span of time while students tried to upload the answer sheets.

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These reasons forced the students to voice out their ordeals via various social media pages. They even reached out to their professors regarding the same.

Some students also had issues apart from the technical aspect of the procedure, such as tough questions, lengthy question papers, power failure at home, poor connectivity that led to the page blanking out several times, and not receiving acknowledgment receipts from DU even after mailing the answer sheets.

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Apoorva Iyer
Apoorva Iyer is a student of B.A Political Science (Hons.) at Deshbandhu College, Delhi University.

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