“This is how you’re concerned about the career and future of the final year students?”, asked Delhi High Court.
The Delhi High Court questioned the Delhi University on its lack of readiness and facilities for students with disabilities to enable them to appear in the Open Book Examinations (OBE) for final year undergraduate courses.
The High Court inquired as to how many students in the PWD category have applied to take exams through Common Service (CSE) Centers, which have been set up to provide services to students who do not have the infrastructure to give OBE.
But the university was unable to respond to the query and asked time to get the details for the same.
“This is how you’re concerned about the career and future of the final year students? The UGC’s own guidelines which make it mandatory to conduct examinations for final year students. We are aware that the challenge to UGC guidelines is before the Supreme Court. But we will surely ask questions about your preparedness for the exams” said a division bench of the high court presided by Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad while hearing petitions concerning the OBE conducted by DU.
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The bench also condemned Delhi University for not filing an affidavit even after the court had directed it to do so. “We are also concerned by the fact that neither the Delhi University’s counsel nor the Central government standing counsel is in a position to inform as to the number of students who have opted for a scribe to give the OBE,” it said.
The bench stated that it is important to know that the students who have asked for a scribe will be able to interact with them two days before the exams. Also, it was contended that most of the Common Service (CSE) Centers were not accessible to students living in remote areas.
“I am sure DU is cognisant of the fact that the career of students is at stake, how can you be so slow,” Justice Kohli asked the university.
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