NEW DELHI: Some of the 20 "institutions of eminence" will be asked to take a lead in rolling out the four-year degree programme announced in the National Education Policy this year itself while other IoEs can follow suit if they wish to adopt the programme in the 2020-21 academic session. The move to initiate the roll-out of the four-year degree is among some features of the NEP that will be implemented in this year itself. The first of its kind Academic Credit Bank (ACB) will also be ready by December 2020. The draft of Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill will be placed in the public domain for feedback in September 2020 before taking it to Parliament. The framework for
NEW DELHI: The Delhi University has said that it will begin the 2020-2021 academic session from August 10 with online classes for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The university had announced summer vacations till August 9. In a notification on Thursday, it said, "The Academic Session 2020-2021 of the university will commence from August 10 with start of online classes for the III, V and VII semester of UG courses and III semester of PG courses subject to the prevailing pandemic or any other exigency." The Delhi University will be holding online open book exams from August 10 for final year students, amid opposition from students and teachers. They have been demanding that exams be scrapped and students be promoted on
NEW DELHI: The first day of the Delhi University's mock exams was marred by technical glitches as final year students faced issues in downloading question papers and uploading answer sheets. This is the second instance of students complaining of glitches during mock exams. Earlier, when the exams were scheduled from July 10, the university had held mock exams and students complained of technical issues. It was the same situation on Monday as students took mock exams ahead of the scheduled online open book exams from August 10. Abha Dev Habib, treasurer of the Delhi University Teachers' Association, said they received mails throughout the day from students who faced difficulties. "It is unfortunate that instead of taking special measures to ease
By Zeeshan Siddique and Zaid Sufi Wahidi Today, the Supreme Court has a chance to put an end to the misery of millions of students. A petition filed by 31 students from across the country challenging the University Grants Commission's (UGC) guidelines on final year examinations is scheduled to be heard by the Supreme Court. Issued earlier this month, the UGC's guidelines instructed universities to conduct final year examinations by September end. The guidelines are problematic in more ways than one. For starters, they propose a "blended" online and offline method to conduct examinations. Conducting offline examinations can prove to be a catalyst for the spread of the virus. Picture this - a large number of people gathering in one place, sitting
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Thursday asked the Delhi University (DU) to submit before it the details of the varsity's mock tests, which are scheduled to begin from July 27. "On the next date, we would like to know how your (DU) mock tests went. Give us the entire data on the mock test, and how many students participated," said a division bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice S Prasad and deferred the matter for further hearing on July 28. The court also observed that the Supreme Court is hearing a petition challenging University Grants Commission's (UGC) decision related to guidelines for conducting the final term examinations. The Delhi High Court was hearing a batch of petitions
NEW DELHI: Conducting exams in universities in Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) format in view of Covid-19 pandemic is not a feasible alternative as it cannot test students' analytical skills and students pursuing subjects like literature will be at a disadvantage, academicians have pointed out. The concerns by academicians come against the backdrop of the Delhi High Court asking the University Grants Commission (UGC) to clarify if final year examinations of the universities be conducted based on MCQs, open choices, assignments and presentations, instead of long form exams. The UGC officials, however, maintained that over 6,000 universities in the country have already conducted exams for final year students or are planning to conduct them. Earlier this month, the UGC in its
NEW DELHI: Delhi University might revisit its decision to not have admissions under the Extra-Curricular Activities (ECA) category, according to officials. This year, the varsity is not holding ECA trials, barring those having NCC and NSS certificates in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Several artistes like Birju Maharaj, Geeta Chandran had petitioned the vice-president, the chancellor of the varsity, to reconsider the decision. Naidu had asked DU authorities to retain the procedure for admission under the Extra-Curricular Activities quota by earmarking seats for talented artists. A meeting of the Standing Committee on Admissions was held on Monday and a proposal was brought where it was said that the admissions should begin under the ECA category on the basis of certificates only by
NEW DELHI: Delhi University has extended its registration process twice this admission season. According to the latest circular issued by the varsity in this regard, the registration process has been extended till July 31 to accommodate candidates from states where Class XII board exam results are not yet out. Till Sunday, Delhi University had received the highest number of applications (1,27,714) for its UG courses from the national capital. The second highest number of registrations came from Uttar Pradesh, shows data shared by the varsity. Most of the applicants this year are from north Indian states, such as Haryana, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh. Kerala is the only south Indian state in the top ten of the registration list. It is
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the central government, University Grants Commission (UGC) and Delhi University on a petition against the decision to mandate conducting final term exams in colleges by September end. A bench of Justice Jayant Nath, after hearing the submissions of the petitioner, issued notice to the Centre (through Union HRD Ministry), UGC and Delhi University and slated the matter for further hearing on August 4. Solicitar General Tushar Mehta appeared for the UGC before the court today. The petition, filed by final year Delhi University student Kabir Sachdeva through advocates Dhruv Pande and Randeep Sachdeva, sought directions to promote the final year students on the basis of marks obtained in previous years and
CHANDIGARH: Keeping in view continuous increase in patients of Covid-19, The Punjab and Haryana High Court has put interim stay on final examinations in the month of July, 2020 for Panjab University. The HC has also issued notice to Union of India and Panjab University . The matter would come up for hearing on July 23. HC has given these directions on petition whereby petitioners were seeking quashing of order whereby direction was given to final year students to appear for their end semester exams.It was submitted that as per the notification dated 19.06.2020 Panjab University will conduct the final semester examinations in July, 2020. Advocate also referred to the judgment passed by Delhi High Court that guidelines issued by University
NEW DELHI: With an increase in the number of students scoring 95% and above in CBSE board exams, admission cutoffs at Delhi University are likely to either remain the same as last year or be higher. Colleges said that they would have to keep their first couple of cutoffs high. Compared with last year where 94,299 students had crossed 90%, this year the numbers have increased to 1,57,934. Students with marks above 95% have also more than doubled from 17,690 in ’19 to 38,686 this year. CBSE’s overall pass percentage improved marginally from 83.4% in 2019 to 88.8% this year. Anju Srivastava, principal of Hindu College, said, “The results are going to affect the cutoffs and they will be on the higher
NEW DELHI: The Delhi University counsel on Wednesday informed the Delhi High Court that the varsity will postpone its Open Book Examinations (OBE) for final- year undergraduate courses scheduled to begin on July 10 to August this year. The counsel appearing for Delhi University told a single-judge bench of Justice Prathiba Singh that he has received a verbal communication that DU will postpone its OBE examination and written instructions are expected by today. The decision of postponing the exam came after a meeting on July 7 between University officials, UGC and HRD Ministry. However, the court sought to know from the counsel the reason for the postponement as the university was looking prepared to conduct the exams as per schedule. Thereafter, the single-judge bench
NEW DELHI: Network problems, incorrect question papers and difficulty in logging in -- these were some of the issues that Delhi University students faced on the first day of a mock online exam. The Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) alleged that its members were inundated with panic mails from students. When many students tried accessing the site, they got messages like wrong email ID even though it was the same id used in the form they filled up and earlier received communication from the university, the DUTA said. Some other students didn't get the one-time password (OTP) to access the site, it added. Many students who managed to access the site found that of the 37 question papers slotted,
NEW DELHI: Delhi University on Thursday announced the revised schedule for online open book exams for final-year students. Earlier, the DU Open Book Exams, which were scheduled to begin from July 1, 2020. The exams were postponed "in view of the prevailing situation of Covid-19 pandemic". As per the revised datesheets for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, the exam will now begin from July 10, 2020. A notice posted on the official website reads: "It is hereby notified for information to all concerned that the Open Book Examination (OBE) for the students of the final semester/year/term of all UG and PG programmes are scheduled to be held from 10.07.2020 onwards. The date sheets for the Undergraduate programmes as upload on the
NEW DELHI: Delhi University has come under fire from the Delhi High Court, which has asked why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against it for trying to mislead the court by withholding information on deferment of online open-book exams. The exams, which were scheduled to start from July 1, have been deferred by another 10 days. A bench of justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad was furious that DU didn't inform it on June 26, while it was hearing a plea challenging the conduct of online exams, about the decision to defer the examinations. The court expressed annoyance that it got to know this from news reports.
NEW DELHI: Universities should not conduct examinations in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and even holding online tests is not right as it is "discriminatory" towards poor students, former human resource development minister Kapil Sibal said on Sunday. The senior Congress leader also said that with almost half the 2020-21 academic year of schools over without proper classes due to the COVID-19 spread, board examinations for Class 10 should not be held next year as it would burden the students unnecessarily. "What has happened is that half the year has been lost and we don't know how long this pandemic will continue. There is no need for Class 10 board exams for a while for these two years -- this year
NEW DELHI: Delhi University on Saturday postponed the online open book exams for final-year students, which were scheduled to begin from July 1, by 10 days "in view of the prevailing situation of COVID-19 pandemic". The revised datesheets for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will be notified on July 3, the university said. Teachers and students have been opposing the open book exams (OBE) citing issues like absence of study material for many students and lack of internet connectivity in various parts of the country, among others. "...all concerned are hereby informed that examinations scheduled for all final semester/term/year and ex-students as per date sheet in OBE mode examinations as an alternative mode of examinations in view of COVID-19 pandemic adopted as one-time
NEW DELHI: The Delhi University School of Open Learning (DU SOL) has recently released the DU SOL admit card 2020 on its official website - sol.du.ac.in. As examinations all over India are being cancelled every day, the SOL students were also worried about taking their examinations but with the release of Admit Card it is almost certain that the University will conduct the SOL examinations. The DU will conduct the exam in Open Book Mode examination and assignment based evaluation will be done. The exams of DU SOL July exams for UG and PG courses will begin from July 1, 2020. The DU SOL UG exams 2020 will be concluded on July 18 while PG exams
NEW DELHI: Following reports about University Grants Commission (UGC) recommending against holding the examination for final-year students, teachers and students of Delhi University are hopeful that the scheduled online open book examination won't be held. However, a university official said the decision would be taken only after receiving an official communication from UGC. The teachers and students protesting against OBE have made representations to the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). OBE for the final-y ar undergraduate and postgraduate students of regular and distance learning programmes are to begin on July 1. "We have just heard media reports about this. The university will only take a decision after receiving an official letter," the official said.
NEW DELHI: Over 1.44 lakh students have registered on the Delhi University's admission portal for under-graduate courses, according to official figures. The total number of registrations stands at 1,44,249, while 47,921 students have paid registration fees, according to data on the portal till 8.30 pm. Out of the total number of paid registrations, 34,524 students are from the general category, 6,269 from other backward classes, 5,430 from scheduled castes, 920 from scheduled tribes and 778 from economically weaker sections. The total number of aspirants who have applied for post-graduate courses stands at 48,041 while paid registrations are 17,713. The data said that out of the total number of paid registrations for post graduate courses, 10,552 students are from the general
NEW DELHI: Several colleges of Delhi University on Monday conducted online open book examination (OBE) for their students. Certificate/diploma exams were held for the students enrolled in different foreign language courses. While the response to the examinations was good, students faced problems in uploading their scanned answer sheets. Many did not know how to use the CamScanner app and found it difficult to convert answer sheets into PDFs. For the online tests, the foreign language department had sent the question papers to the respective colleges. Some colleges emailed the questions to the students, while others created a login process with passwords on their portals for the exam purpose. Jasleen Kaur, Spanish teacher at Sri Venkateswara College, said, "Except one, all students
NEW DELHI: Amid protests by many students and teachers over online open book examination (OBE) at Delhi University, one of the varsity’s departments has suggested an alternative assessment/evaluation scheme. As per its suggestions, students should be evaluated on the basis of internal assessment and average marks of the previous semesters. DU has planned to conduct online open book examinations for the final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of regular colleges/departments and also of the open school. On Sunday, a letter was sent to the administration by the department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. “Based on the experiences of online teaching and making available digital course materials as well as the feedback from students regarding the same, the faculty has already sent its
NEW DELHI: The Delhi University on Monday directed all heads of departments to prepare final year question papers for open book examination mode. At a meeting convened by the Computer Science department, teachers were told to prepare two sets of papers - one for online open book examination and another for the pen-paper examination. Those who have internet and computer or laptop will appear in online open examination in July and rest will appear in pen-paper exam for which time is not specified. On May 14, the university announced that it will hold examinations for its final year post graduate and under graduate students from July 1 and in case the situation arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak does not
NEW DELHI: Students of Delhi University started a collective campaign on Sunday, emailing their grievances against online examinations to the vice-chancellor. Not just DU students, but even students of Delhi Technological University have come out in protest against online examination. Delhi University, a central varsity, and DTU, a state engineering university, have made plans to conduct online exams for its final year students. Led by the All India Students Association, the college goers protested from their homes, holding placards and sharing photos on various social media platforms. Among the messages shared on social media included, "Ensure classroom teaching after the lockdown and conduct exam in offline mode."