Officials recently stated that Delhi University has decided to postpone the final year examinations owing to the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city. Initially, the final year and final semester exams were scheduled to begin from May 15 but will now begin from June 1. These exams will be conducted online in an open book format.
Sources state that as per the recently held meeting between all the heads of departments and deans, it was decided that the exams will be postponed to June 1. D S Rawat, Dean of Examinations, DU, said that the decisions regarding the examinations for the intermediate semesters will be taken later.
He said that the examination branch officials have been battling Covid-19, and recently a section officer and a contractual staff have succumbed to the virus.
However, Mr. Rawat stated that it would be possible to push the exams beyond June 1.
The university has given the teachers a deadline till May 10 to submit the question papers. Teachers and students have been demanding the deferment and even cancellation of exams.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association had also approached the acting vice chancellor Professor PC Joshi to investigate the situation. `
The association is of the opinion that given the current, situation, no one is able to write or conduct examinations at the given moment. Accordingly, it requested the acting vice chancellor to consider cancelling examinations for all the students. The association further added that choosing an alternative means to evaluate the students can be the best solution, considering the current situation. It also requested for the extension of deadlines for the submission of internal assessment.