New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: The Delhi University (DU) on Thursday announced that it will not conduct the exams for the students who are currently in their intermediate semesters in wake of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in the country.

In an official notification, the Delhi University announced that first and second year students will be graded on the basis of their internal assessment and their performance in the previous semester.

"In view of the prevailing situation of Covid-19 Pandemic, it is notified hereby to all concerned that the Intermediate semester/term/year students shall be graded with adopting alternative mode for the same as conducting examinations for Intermediate semester/term/year students in the conventional mode i.e. pen and paper is not feasible as per the existing government norms of maintaining social distancing and safety and health of the students," the Delhi University said.

 

The annoucement comes amidst the continuous protests by the students and teachers over the university's decision to conduct online open book examination.

The universirty, however, added that it would conduct the exams for final year students by online open book format examination. The Delhi University further said that the matter was intensively deliberated in the bodies constituted by it.

 

"For students of intermediate semester/term/year, the grading could be composite of 50 per cent marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation or assignment based evaluation wherever applicable and the remaining 50 per cent marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in previous semester/term/year only," the DU said.

"For students of intermediate semester/term/year, having no marks in previous semester/term /year, there will be 100 per cent assignment-based evaluation," it added.

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The DU had earlier said that it would conduct exams through 'open-book' mode. However, students and teachers had criticised it and called it "discriminatory and unfair". "Despite opposition to Open Book Examination and survey of over 51,000 students, which shows that any form of examination at this juncture will be discriminatory, DU goes ahead to announce datesheet," Delhi University Teachers' Association representative Abha Dev Habib had said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma