In second round of open book exams, most Delhi University students opt for online over offline mode
With Delhi University set to start its second round of Open Book Examination (OBE) on December 12, tweaks within the examination tips have been made to make the method smoother.
This time, the college might be conducting the examination for third- and fifth-semester undergraduate students and third-semester postgraduate students in a “blended mode” — which implies students can both opt to jot down the examination from their houses or their respective faculties, the place ICT services might be supplied.
According to information shared by college officers of examination kinds submitted thus far, solely 5,700 have opted for the bodily mode, whereas 1,49,345 students have opted for the online mode.
In August, DU had performed the OBE for final-year undergraduate and post-graduate students fully online, which noticed technical glitches, and a second section of the examination was held in a “blended mode” in September for those that had missed their papers. When outcomes have been launched, many students discovered they have been marked absent for papers which they’d written.
This time, the college’s examination tips state that students can solely add and submit their scanned reply sheets by the OBE examination portal. Last time, students may both submit by the portal or ship by e-mail, and plenty of students had made a number of submissions of the identical paper by each channels.
“We made this decision based on the fact that 92% of the submissions last time had been made on the OBE portal. Through the course of the exams, we had received 5.5 lakh emails which had to be streamlined, segregated and uploaded to the portal on our end for evaluation; this was a time-consuming process, for which we had to hire 40 additional people. The confusion over students being marked absent was also because of this,” stated Dean, examination, D S Rawat.
Like final time, students might be given three hours to jot down their exams and one hour for IT-related actions corresponding to downloading the query paper and scanning and importing reply sheets. This time, there’s a further window of an hour for submissions in case of technical points.
Some lecturers are additionally giving students tips about writing the examination to keep away from errors of final time. “Our teachers told us to prepare our answer sheets before the exam by writing our roll numbers on every sheet to prevent confusion. They have also advised us to have someone else with us to scan and convert each completed page into a PDF, while we are still writing the rest of the paper, to save time,” stated a scholar of Kalindi College.
Said a trainer in Hindu College, “Till today, we are dealing with errors of last time. This time, there will be two batches of undergraduate students writing the exam instead of one, so the load will be even greater.”
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