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DU says exams maybe conducted for absent students

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In an official proposal, the University of Delhi has suggested that it will conduct examinations for final year absent students who could not undertake the semester examinations due to the pandemic. The examination branch responsible for paper-related issues has written to the individual colleges of the university asking for data about the number of students who missed the exams.

Depending on the data received, the ‘leftover’ students would be accommodated and their examinations held, said senior DU officials. In his statement, D.S. Rawat, Dean of Examinations, said:

“The examinations will most likely be held sometime in August depending on the data that we receive from colleges. Once we get the data, we will be able to ascertain what are the papers that students want to take and then accordingly publish a date sheet.”

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The university had released an official notification on 16th July informing students that those who had missed the examinations due to the pandemic will be permitted to take them. The data needed to have been submitted by the college and departments to the examination branch by the 23rd of July.

Mr. Rawat also went on to say that: “There will not be any minimum number of students required for the examinations to take place. Even if there are two students or 200, it is all the same for us. We will accommodate everyone. What we proposed is that we will give students, who missed the examinations for various reasons, a chance to take it. Accordingly, colleges have been asked for relevant data.”

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Due to the prevailing conditions of the pandemic, the university had conducted open book examinations online for all the final year students across the courses. This was an initiative by the university to accommodate students based in different parts of the country for whom it wouldn’t have been possible to travel and give the examinations. With the second wave at its peak, open book examinations were the only recourse open.

The results of these final exams have started to be declared and according to officials, almost 70% of the undergraduate results have been released.

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This process was a concern of serious anxiety for many and the university’s efforts to resolve the issue is appreciable. The hope is for the process to be smooth-sailing so that students can graduate without any hindrance. Further updates are awaited.

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