Delhi University planning to hold semester exams online

The government on Tuesday extended the COVID-19 lockdown period

A view of Delhi University [Representative image | PTI] A view of Delhi University (Representative image) | PTI]

With the Union government announcing an extension of the nationwide lockdown to contain the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Delhi University is planning to conduct online examinations for its students enrolled in various under-graduate and post-graduate courses

However, a final decision will be taken only after the committees formed by the HRD Ministry and the University Grants Commission (UGC) submitted their report on the current situation.

According to reports, the university has asked the Delhi University Computer Centre (DUCC) to come up with a platform for conducting the examinations online.

"We have received the instructions from top brass in administration and have started to explore options on this. We are seeing if we need to bring up a smartphone application for it or the website can work," a university official told IANS.

According to the news agency, the DU’s Examination Department has also confirmed that the university is planning to go ahead with the online examination.

In the meantime, PTI reported that a proposal by DU officials to hold online exams by directing students to record video clips in response to questions has met with opposition from deans of various departments.

The officers had suggested that eight questions will be sent to students and they will have to answer four of them by uploading a four-minute video clip in response.

However, a number of deans termed it "practically impossible" and "not feasible".

Last week, the university had postponed practical and written exams till further notice and said all the date sheets stand withdrawn.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced the extension of the lockdown period, which was scheduled to end on April 14, till May 3.