85% Delhi University students not in favor to appear for online openbook exam:DUTA Survey

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Anupama Mehra
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Updated on May 26, 2020 17:09 IST

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) has conducted a survey according to which about 85 percent of respondents do not feel that they are in a position to appear for online OBE.

The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) has conducted a survey of over 50,000 Delhi University students to know their opinion on varsity proposal to conduct online Open Book Examinations (OBE). As per the survey, about 85 percent of respondents do not feel that they are in a position to appear for online OBE.

Since mid-March, due to coronavirus outbreak in the country, the schools, universities, and educational institutions around the country have been shut. Earlier this month, Delhi University administration announced its proposal to conduct OBEs for its final year undergraduate and postgraduate students in July. This was immediately met with resistance from teachers and students alike, who have argued that this is not a feasible or inclusive decision for the diverse student body – a greater number of whom are from SC, ST, OBC and economically weaker backgrounds, and are from different parts from the country.

DUTA conducted a survey on the preparedness for such examinations, to which 51,453 students had responded, of which around 92 percent were undergraduate students. Approximately 50 percent of the respondents were also those who are outstation students.

The survey also found that 33.7 percent students of students were not able to attend online classes conducted by the varsity during the lockdown period. While some students fail to attend the classes,  38.5 percent have attended less than 50 percent classes.

Even the dissemination of study material seems to be uneven, with 11.9 percent respondents saying that they have not received study material during the lockdown, and 38.1 percent saying that they are not being able to access the study material being sent by their teachers.

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