DU Exams 2020: Ever since the proposal for Open Book Examination for DU was offered by the Dean of Examinations, DU students and teachers have been left in a tizzy. While the DU students have held online campaigns against the suggestion of Online exams, DUTA has even written a letter to oppose the same.
The Department of History, DU has decided to support the decision of saying no to this idea and written a letter to DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi. Previously, The Departments of Sociology and Economics have also refused to accept Open Book Exams. Certain suggestions and alternatives were given by these departments.
A meeting was held by the History Department’s Combined Committee of Courses (CoC) for PG, UG, and program cases on May 19, via Zoom. It was noted in the meeting that a lot of students were dealing with network-related problems which could become an issue while sitting for an online exam. Most students have expressed their concern over offline/online Open Book Examinations as they do not have the requisite reading material to prepare from.
An alternative method of grading was suggested by the CoC. For the sixth semester’s student the average marks of the 5 semesters could account for 75% of the marks of the sixth semester. The rest 25% would be the internal evaluation score for the final semester.
For PG students in the fourth semester, 75% of the marks could come from the average of the previous three semesters while 25% could be fourth semester’s internal evaluation based score.
CoC has also mentioned that additional time should be provided to students who couldn’t submit their assignments on time.