New Delhi : Delhi High Court (HC) heard the pending matter against Delhi University Open book examination today. A single bench of Justice Pratibha singh heard the plea challenging OBE.
UGC have cleared its stand on final year exams, SG Tushar Mehta said that exams will be in time bound and cam be offline, online or blended mode. Tushar mehta also requested the court to deffer the case till August 10 as the matter will be addressed by Supreme court.
However, Court is well aware that Delhi University final year exams will commence in one week. Therefore court decided to hear the final arguments today itself. Advocate Akash sinha along with Advocate Shivankar sharma started presenting their final arguments.
Akash sinha clearly pointed out the delay in Examinations and further delay in declaring the results and also informed court that OBE is discriminatory in nature. Adv sinha referred articles 16,13 and 21. He also highlighted that many students don’t have internet and mobile phones and they cannot appear for OBE, they will suffer and it will not provide equal opportunity to all.
“Students who don’t have internet facilities have not been able to sit for mock. They would sit for the exam directly on Aug 10. There are students who have stable internet etc but some are stuck in quarantine zones, flooded areas,” Adv Sinha stated to the court.
Akash Sinha also stated that “The April 29 UGC Guidelines were advisory in nature and colleges had the liberty to frame their own procedure but now they have changed the nature of the guidelines. But I am not challenging these. As per the new Guidelines, colleges have to adopt a mode which is of 2 – 3 hours. We did crowd sourcing of data. NLU Delhi gave 72 hours to write exam. JNU gave 24 hours..”
Advocate sharma said in the court that OBE will not be a feasible mode of exams for maximum students as more than 50% DU students are not from delhi. He also said that MCQ or Assignment based evaluation will be helpful for lakhs of students.
Justice pratibha singh have asked Adv Dutta representing Delhi University to argue tomorrow for which he agreed. Justice have also asked Dutta to confirm the details related to :
- Downloading the question paper from email, uploading answer on email.
- Where is the email of colleges/helplines published
- What is the decisions on the grievances committee
- Can size of the copy be increased beyond 5 MB
- University to give the range of the marks for the course and examination shifts.
The hearing is adjourned till Tomorrow. The matter will be heard again at 2:30 PM Tomorrow and Adv Dutta will present its argument.
Adv Akash Sinha and Adv Sharma played a role as a saviour for millions of Delhi University Students. During this toughest time, These two advocates have shown empathy towards the students and restore the faith in humanity. Hundreds of students appreciated there efforts on twitter.