DU Open Book Exams – HC asks Delhi University to provide mock test data. The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi University (DU) to place before it the data of final year students mock tests, which are scheduled to conclude on July 27. A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad said a senior official of the university be also present during the video conferencing hearing on July 28, for assistance.
“We would like to know how your mock tests went and also about how many students participated in the same. Give us the complete data by the next date of hearing,” said a division bench of the high court presided over by Justices Hima Kohli and Subromonium Prasad. The remarks came in while the court was hearing a batch of petitions against the conduct of the examination for the final year students of Delhi University. The batch included petitions filed by the National Federation of Blind, Prateek Sharma and Akshay Lakra.
The high court also asked the varsity to give data of how many students under the persons with disability category participated in the mock tests. The high court was hearing a batch of petitions challenging the final year examination of Delhi University, including one by the National Federation of Blind and Prateek Sharma.
The final year exams in DU are scheduled from August 10 to 31. The high court noted that the Supreme Court is also seized of various petitions challenging University Grants Commission’s (UGC) guidelines for conducting the final term examinations in central universities.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, the Supreme Court agreed to hear within the next two days a plea challenging a University Grants Commission (UGC) circular and seeking cancellation of final year examinations in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. A bench of Justice Nageswara Rao posted the matter for hearing before a bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan after Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted that a bench led by Justice Bhushan had already dismissed a similar plea on July 18.
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