Delhi University will conduct practical exams and defenses for undergraduate courses in offline mode

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New Delhi: The University of Delhi (DU) recently announced that practical exams, defenses and oral exams for undergraduate courses will be conducted in physical mode in “strict adherence” to Covid guidelines.

There has been an increase in the number of Covid cases in Delhi lately. The city has recorded 1,109 cases of COVID-19 with a 5.87% positivity rate and one death on Wednesday. Delhi had reported less than 1,000 infections in a single day on Monday and Tuesday.

DU’s Examinations Branch issued a notification on Wednesday detailing the procedure for conducting internal assessments, practicals, defenses, projects, oral exams, apprenticeships, internships and fieldwork.

The university said the internal assessment will have a weighting of 25% and the semester exam will have a weighting of 75%.

“The distribution of internal assessment marks will be as follows: attendance (lectures, including interactive periods and tutorials) (5%) written assignments/tutorials/project reports/seminars (10%) and test(s)/quiz (s) in class (10%),” the notification read.

The university also announced that all internships and dissertation assessments would be conducted in physical mode. “Based on the practical syllabus, practice for the undergraduate must be conducted in physical mode strictly adhering to Covid guidelines. Practical and viva voce, oral exams (moot courts) (if applicable); all such exams must be conducted in physical mode strictly adhering to Covid guidelines,” the notification reads.

Delhi reported a few cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 variants, which are highly transmissible, but experts said there was no need to panic as they do not cause serious infection.

The DU had reopened for in-person classes on February 17 after remaining closed for two years.

The university was closed in March 2020 after the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In-person practical sessions for third-year students had resumed last year, but the university was closed again due to the spike in the number of Covid cases in December.

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