DU Students demand cancellation of online exams, Reopening Varsity

In a recent notification, Delhi University announced that it will conduct open book exams (OBE) in online mode for students in the odd semesters, i.e. third, fifth, and seventh semesters. Students at the institution have gone to social media to urge that the examinations be canceled and that colleges be reopened instead, claiming that online lessons and exams are nothing like offline exams and classes.

With the hashtags #DUExam2021 and #ReopenDU, DU students have flocked to Twitter to express their dissatisfaction with the officials. Students claim that online tests are just performed for the sake of conducting them, demonstrating a serious lack of concern and accountability on the part of the university, demanding that physical classrooms be reopened.

After months of student demonstrations, the vice-chancellor indicated that the campus will be open to all the students after Diwali, but this notification of online examinations is a big setback for students’ hopes and aspirations.

According to the most recent announcement, DU will conduct open book examinations (OBE) in two sessions every day, including Sundays. The tests will last three hours each and students will be able to take them from their homes or any other convenient location. Post Deepawali, the final date sheet is scheduled to be released.