Deepak Gupta a differently abled student accused DU of not making scribes available for them at the common service centres.
The University of Delhi’s online open book exams (OBE), starting Monday, have reportedly inconvenienced several differently abled students. As a result of that, DU has been accused of being “exclusionary” and “discriminatory” for sticking to the decision of holding OBE’s despite 50 percent of students unable to attempt. The university has also given a list of solutions to a list of questions asked by teachers and students such as what if there arise issues with downloading and uploading question answers as in the recently held mock-test session.
The OBE, a four hours exam for students, will have three hours to complete the test and one hour to download the question paper or scan and upload the answer script. For the same process, differently abled students will get six hours in total for the same. The High Court has also instructed DU to provide them with writers at the common service centers (CSCs).
A DU teacher said, “Students who are in villages, where even electricity is a problem, may not be able to take the exams. We have written to the university multiple times, but there has been no resolution. Students have gone back to their villages and some do not even have study material and internet connectivity. It seems difficult that they will be able to take the exams starting from Monday.”
Deepak Gupta a differently abled student accused DU as they have yet not made scribes available, and there’s no differently abled-friendly website, due to which they are being unable to access information through a TalkBack reader application. He further mentioned, “We do not have scribes or notes, so how will we take the exams? There are many students like me, who will not be able to write their final exams. The DU is being exclusionary and discriminatory and even the high court has disappointed us. We have written several mails to the DU authorities, but there has been no redressal till now.”
Earlier, DU postponed OBE several times and the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has been continuously requesting the university not to hold OBE, and to evaluate students based on their previous marks and an internal assessment.
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