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DU Exams 2020 : Delhi University’s History Department Says No To Open Book Exams

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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.

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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.

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CoC has also mentioned that additional time should be provided to students who couldn’t submit their assignments on time.

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