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Extra time in offline exams to act as cushion for DU students

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The University of Delhi (DU) has decided to give the comfort of 30 minutes of extra time along with the additional choice in the question papers to help students bounce back with ease to the traditional exam pattern. The university has taken this decision as a one-time measure to allow the students to come to terms with the offline examination system as they would appear in this mode after a gap of two years due to pandemic. Speaking to Education Times, DS Rawat, dean (exams), DU, says, “Students had raised their concerns to us that pandemic forced them to take online exams which had reduced their writing speed.” In addition to this, DU has decided to give an additional choice in the exams to ease the process for the students. This step has been taken to remove the inertia among students as they will appear for the offline exams after a gap of two years. “The decision to conduct offline exams was made in February when the university opened. The final year master’s students who were admitted in 2020, haven’t written a single exam in offline mode. If students do not write offline exams, their degrees would also lose its value.” After the college, students would have to write the competitive exams which would be conducted only in the offline mode, adds Rawat. Swati Pal, principal, Janki Devi Memorial College (JDMC), DU, says, “Allotting additional 30 minutes to the students for completing the exams as a one-time measure probably aims to re-orient the students and give them time to get used to the earlier offline exam system that was the norm in the pre-pandemic era.”

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