The Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the Indian Railways to provide necessary assistance to students in PwD and Visually Handicapped (VH) categories who are willing to travel to Delhi from remote areas in order to take the physical DU exams organised by the Delhi University.
The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has asked the Indian Railways to ensure that such students face no difficulty in reserving their seats in the concerned trains in order to reach Delhi in time to prepare for their exams.
the Indian Railways informed the court that it already provides concession in ticket rates for persons in PwD category and the procedure for availing the same has been specified on its website.
Indian Railways further assured the court that all steps will be taken to ensure that students who have booked their tickets but are languishing in the waiting list are given reserved berths in time.
On the issue of online open book exams (OBE), the Delhi University DU informed the court that most of the students who were willing to take their DU exams through the said mode have successfully done so.
The University further informed the court that the leftover students have an option of either coming to Delhi and appear for physical DU exams or take the same from their respective hometowns.
The court was also informed that in compliance with the court’s last order, an email ID has been operationalised for students wishing to pursue their graduate studies in Universities abroad. Concerned students can now send their requests seeking postponement to the said ID and the same will then be processed by the University.
The Delhi University also assured the court that the mark sheets for fifth semester will be made available online within 2 days after DU exams . Moreover, a system has been put in place to ensure that the digital degree certificates are issued to both past and present students.
In light of these submissions, the court directed the Delhi University DU to submit an affidavit stating the exact date for declaration of results for the first phase of examinations.