New Delhi | Jagran Education Desk: Amid the alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Delhi University (DU) on Saturday announced that it has decided to postpone the online open book exams for final-year students by 10 days, which were scheduled to begin from July 1.

In a statement, the Delhi University said that the new datasheets for all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes will be notified by the examination branch on July 3, adding that the examination will commence from July 10.

"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 measure for academic session 2019-20 for all streams of UG and PG including SOL and NCWEB stands postponed for ten days in view of the prevailing situation of COVID-19 pandemic," the Delhi University said in a statement, as reported by news agency PTI.

The decision has been taken because of the prevailing conditions across the country, said the Delhi University while adding that students and other stakeholders "may find it difficult to attend their scheduled activities of examinations".

Delhi continues to the second worst-hit state in India by novel coronavirus. The deadly pathogen has affected more than 77,200 people and claimed the lives of nearly 2,500 people in the national capital so far. 

Meanwhile, the Delhi University has already cancelled the exams for the students who are currently in their intermediate semesters due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. It had said that the first and second year students will be graded on the basis of their internal assessment and their performance in the previous semester.  

However, students and teachers have opposed the idea of conducting the exams through 'open-book' mode, calling it "discriminatory and unfair". They have also cited issues like absence of study material for many students and lack of internet connectivity in various parts of the country, among others. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma