Sociology dept suggests DU evaluation on basis of previous semester and internal marks

NEW DELHI: Amid protests by many students and teachers over online open book examination (OBE) at Delhi University, one of the varsity’s departments has suggested an alternative assessment/evaluation scheme. As per its suggestions, students should be evaluated on the basis of internal assessment and average marks of the previous semesters.

DU has planned to conduct online open book examinations for the final year undergraduate and postgraduate students of regular colleges/departments and also of the open school.

On Sunday, a letter was sent to the administration by the department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics.

“Based on the experiences of online teaching and making available digital course materials as well as the feedback from students regarding the same, the faculty has already sent its reservations on holding online examinations due to various impediments that students face. Students have not only expressed to us their extreme reservation to the holding of online examinations for the award of their degree, but also holding of any exam without some face-to-face interaction with their teachers,” the head of the department, Rajni Palriwala, wrote in the letter.

In order not to put more stress on the students, the department has suggested that “in lieu of the end semester examination marks for the Semester-IV, each candidate will be awarded an estimate mark which will be the simple average of end semester examination marks obtained by that candidate in semesters I, II and III.”

“Students who wish to improve on their performance in the courses of semesters I and III may do so when the III semester examinations are held, as is the current practice. The span period for this graduating batch and all batches who were to take examinations in summer 2020 may be increased by one year,” added the letter.

As per the department, this proposal outlined will eliminate the need for holding examinations while providing a fair and logistically viable alternative for preventing delay in awarding of degrees.

“Most importantly, it will address the legitimate doubts and extreme anxiety expressed by students regarding connectivity and infrastructure problems and issues with the university portal,” added the letter.

Earlier, the final year postgraduate students of the department had petitioned the department and the university, highlighting the problems of affordability of laptops and internet to take the examination and about syllabus not being completed as online teaching was not accessible to all.

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