Delhi University has cancelled the final examinations from UG first and second-year students and PG first-year students. As a result of the countrywide lockdown due to the widespread of the COVID-19 pandemic, DU decided to cancel the examinations for more than 3 lakh first and second year UG students and more than 12,000 first-year PG students.
The official notice by DU published on June 4 stated, “The matter was intensively deliberated in the bodies...based on which it has been decided that as a one-time measure, alternative modes of grading for promotion/results shall be adopted as per composite format for calculating the same for the Intermediate semester/term/year students for academic session 2019-2020 so that students of the university can take their career forward.” With regards to the ongoing situation and maintaining the social distancing norms, it is “not feasible” to conduct pen-and-paper examinations for end semesters, as a substitute of which, an “alternative mode of grading” will be adopted, the notification added.
The students will not be appearing for any online or offline examinations, instead, they will be assessed on the basis of internal assignments and tests and marks obtained in previous semesters. The students will be graded for their final semester in a divided manner. 50 per cent of the obtained score will depend on assignment-based evaluations and the other half will depend on the marks scored in previously appeared semesters/terminal exams. Students who have not appeared in previous semester/term exams will be evaluated on the basis of 100 per cent assignment scores.
This system will only be applicable for UG first and second year and PG first-year students. Those who are due for their UG and PG final year exams will have to take an online open-book exam. Students enrolled in DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL) and Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) will be assessed and promoted to their next semesters under the same guidelines, as mentioned in the notification published on DU’s official website.
The guidelines mentioned on the notification published on their official website are stated below:
Students of intermediate semester/term /year, the grading of the students could be composite of 50 per cent marks based on the pattern of internal evaluation/assignment based evaluation adopted by the university/colleges/ faculty/centre wherever applicable and the remaining 50 per cent marks can be awarded based on performance in previous semester/term/year only.
For students of intermediate semester/term/year, having no previous performance i.e. having no marks in the previous semester/term /year shall be graded based on 100 per cent assignment based evaluation.