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Delhi University appeals against order for final year DU students online open book assessment

Online open book examination for Delhi University final year students began yesterday, August 10.

The University of Delhi has filed an appeal before the Delhi High Court , requiring online open book review for Delhi University final year students, against the order passed by a Single Judge Bench.

A Single Judge Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh passed the order in a petition favouring students against OBE online.

The appeal, which is to be placed before a High Court Division Bench, is directed against certain directions issued by the Single Judge with regard to the creation of a Committee under the aegis of a former High Court judge, continued supervision of OBE, etc.

Although staying away from opposing the UGC guidance that made it mandatory for educational institutions to administer a "time-bound" exam for final-year candidates, student counsel strongly argued that OBE was in breach of their promised freedoms under Articles 14, 16 and 21 of the Indian Constitution.

Nevertheless, bearing in mind the immense arrangements that students had undergone to send the OBE online, the Court found it necessary to concentrate exclusively on how to streamline OBE online.

Therefore, it gave a slew of guidance in the letter, and instructed Delhi University to obey.

Such directives included setting up a complaints committee under the aegis of Justice (retd) Pratibha Rani, simultaneous assessment of response sheets, the the time limit for the normal and PWD students to write the test, etc.

The appeal is expected to come before a Delhi High Court Division Bench next week.





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