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Delhi University postpones final year open-book exams further by a month

You were not fair with the court about your preparedness for holding the online examinations. See how you are playing the lives of children, the court said.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 8, 2020 4:53:53 pm
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The Delhi University Wednesday informs the Delhi High Court that it has decided to postpone the online Open Book Examinations that were scheduled to commence from July 10, after August 15. The varsity’s response came in the backdrop of the court’s query posed to it on Tuesday, seeking clarification on whether there would be a change in the schedule of the online exam.

The submission of the DU was made before Justice Prathiba M Singh, which took note of it and placed the petitions for tomorrow, before the division bench, which is seized with the issue concerning postponement of exams repeatedly.

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It noted that the division bench has already issued contempt notice to the university. The court recorded in its order that “….the sudden change of mind to postpone the exam after August 15, without any certain date, as per the decision of the High Powered Committee dated July 7, 2020, has been placed before this court today”.

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Yesterday queries were posed after the court was apprised that a high-level meeting was going on between the university officials, UGC and HRD Ministry. Thereafter, the matter was listed for hearing today.

The submissions were made during hearing of a plea filed by one Anupam and several students of the final year of the university seeking cancellation of the examinations in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The pleas have sought quashing and withdrawal of the notifications of May 14, May 30, June 27 in respect of undergraduate and postgraduate students, including students of the School of Open Learning and Non-Collegiate Women Education Board.

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