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DU practical tests to be held in person ‘with precautions’

The Delhi University (DU) on Thursday announced that practical examinations, viva voce, and oral exams for students of undergraduate courses will be conducted in the physical mode with “strict adherence” to Covid-19 guidelines.

DU’s examination branch on Wednesday issued a notification entailing the procedure to be followed to conduct internal assessments, practicals, viva voce, projects, oral examinations, apprenticeships, internships and fieldwork.

“Based on the practical syllabus, the practical exams for undergraduate students shall be conducted in the physical mode by strictly adhering to Covid guidelines. Practical and viva voce, oral (moot courts) examinations (wherever applicable); all such examinations shall be conducted in the physical mode by strictly adhering to Covid guidelines,” the notification said.

The varsity also announced that all internships, and evaluations of dissertations, will be done in the physically-based mode.

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

According to the Delhi government’s health bulletin, 865 Covid cases were added to its total on Thursday. It had 1,109 cases on Wednesday, 628 and 874 single day infections on Monday and Tuesday, respectively.

Delhi has reported a few cases of BA.4 and BA.5 variants of Omicron, which are highly transmissible, but experts have said that there is no need to panic as they don’t cause severe infection.

After being closed for two years following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, DU reopened on February 17.

The university closed again after third-year students experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases. However, they had resumed in-person practical sessions.

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