NEW DELHI: With the nationwide lockdown extended till May 3, the Delhi University, which is one among Asia's largest, is now preparing to conduct online examinations for its students enrolled in various under-graduate and post-graduate courses.
For this purpose, the university has told its computer centre (DUCC) to design a platform which will be used for conducting these examinations.
When reached out, a senior official in DUCC confirmed the initiative. "We have received the instructions from the highest brass in administration and have begun to explore options on this. We are seeing if we'd like to use a smartphone application for it or the website can work," the official, who was speaking on the condition of anonymity, said.
Meanwhile, DU's Examination Department also confirmed that the university is going to go ahead with the online examination. However, the ultimate decision is going to be taken only after committees formed by the UGC and therefore the HRD Ministry come out with their suggestions on the present scenario.
"We see online examinations as the only way to conduct examinations, especially in times when students shouldn't leave their houses. But the core decision can only be taken after committees report," Dean of DU's Examination centre, Dr Vinay Gupta said.
Gupta also refuted claims that Delhi University was aiming to promote first and second semester students without conducting any examinations. "These are mere rumours, the university has never even given a thought to this thing," he said.
Asked if the university was exploring an online examination module that JNU adopted last year during the university lockdown, Gupta said that this wasn't an option.
Last year, because of the long-standing face-off between a section of students and JNU administration, the varsity had to send questions to students through emails, and in return, students were told to submit answers by the due date. The module had received criticism from a large section as many believed this might have promoted unfair means.