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DU open book exams: Many students find uploading of answers a huge hurdle – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Several colleges of Delhi University on Monday conducted online open book examination (OBE) for their students. Certificate/diploma exams were held for the students enrolled in different foreign language courses. While the response to the examinations was good, students faced problems in uploading their scanned answer sheets. Many did not know how to use the CamScanner app and found it difficult to convert answer sheets into PDFs.

For the online tests, the foreign language department had sent the question papers to the respective colleges. Some colleges emailed the questions to the students, while others created a login process with passwords on their portals for the exam purpose.

Jasleen Kaur, Spanish teacher at Sri Venkateswara College, said, “Except one, all students in my class of 42 appeared. The student had personal reasons for not appearing. We had emailed the question papers to the students and the answer sheets were received back on the same id. As we had conducted a mock test earlier, the process went smoothly for us.”

“Out of the 521 students enrolled in Spanish, French and German, 486 submitted the papers,” said Animesh Naskar, teacher at the Economics department in Hansraj College.

“We used a login id process to circulate the papers. We emailed questions to some students who were facing problems. The college had provided the students with the phone numbers of people they could get in touch for assistance. Several issues were redressed during a mock test held earlier,” added Naskar.

“The question paper was sent to us on the college’s portal, while our seniors were coordinating with us on a WhatsApp group. There was, however, some issue at the start. The papers didn’t appear before 10.40 am, while the exam was scheduled to start at 10.30 am. I had some difficulty in uploading the answer sheet due to the poor internet connectivity in my home,” said Jatin Batra, a student of Spanish at the college.

Jaswinder Singh, principal of Shri Guru Tegh Bahadur Khalsa College, said that the college had its OBE for the language certificate course on Monday where a majority of students enrolled with the programme participated. Though out of the 150 students here, 10 failed to upload the answer sheets.

“Some students’ answer sheets were either without roll number or page number. The college is confirming with them individually,” Singh clarified.

Monday’s exams were conducted by individual colleges, which ensured the process was smooth. But when the other exams begin on July 1, it will be a centralised process with the answers required to be downloaded and uploaded from the university portals dashboard. With the number of students also at a larger scale, it will be a challenge, say a group of teachers.

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