In a first DU awards digital degrees in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic
The pandemic and the associated lockdown almost brought the city and the university to a standstill in the middle of the semester, it said on Monday.
Traditional classrooms, where teaching and learning took place, have been completely replaced with online platforms, breaking down space barriers, the DU said.
“The university has made various online platforms accessible to students and teachers. Reading materials were made available to the students via online platforms. Several e-resources were made available to students via the university library, including access to e-texts and e-journals, ”added.
Due to the situation caused by the pandemic, the university carried out internal assessments and tests online for the first time.
According to the DU, 2.9 lakh students wrote the first Open Book Exam (OBE) in August 2020 and 1.7 lakh in December 2020.
“The new exam system presented challenges at times when it was introduced, but the university has learned along the way to address each of them and improve the system in the process. Students could write their exams from the comfort of their own homes and teachers could evaluate electronically, “the report said.
According to the report, student attendance at the OBE averaged over 95 percent in June 2021, which was about five percent higher compared to last year’s OBEs.
Graduates who graduated after taking the online exam were issued digital provisional certificates in order to be able to apply for university admission, including at universities abroad.
For the first time, students were also issued digital degrees so that they are not disadvantaged when studying or working, according to DU.
The university has issued over 21,000 digital degrees and 3,900 digital temporary certificates. Over 1.78 lakh of digital degrees were issued during the 97th annual convocation.
The DU provides online transcripts, migration certificates, preliminary grade sheets and digital degrees. It has also introduced a “Digilocker” database for students so that they can access all study materials and documents stored in it.
Confidential results will be made available to students who need them for higher education or employment before the results are officially announced, the university said.
In the 2020-21 academic session, the Central Placement Cell partnered with Internshala, expanding more than 6,000 home-based internships and 4,000 “Chalo India” internship opportunities to include university students.
The internships were with grants from ₹1,000 to ₹30,000 per month. Up to 7,500 students benefited from these opportunities, the DU said.
The promotions of many teachers were long overdue. Around 542 such doctorates were completed last year.
The university revived the initiative to provide research grants for teaching staff, which was discontinued after 2015-16.
According to the DU, 165 research grants of approx. ₹5 crore, under the Institute of Eminence (IoE) Scheme to promote research. Last year seven patent applications were filed and four were granted.
Seed grants have been made available to newly recruited faculties to help them initiate research before securing extramural research grants, the report said.
An online tool for plagiarism detection has been made easier for faculty members and the departments, which is currently being used intensively by 649 users and the number is increasing.
In the past year, 55,386 research papers or books were checked for plagiarism, the report said.
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