In order to address the legal issue concerning the data privacy of students who appeared for the online Open Book Exams (OBE), the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi University to produce its policy on the retention of answer scripts both in physical and electronic forms.
The Single Bench of Justice Prathiba M Singh has further directed the University to place on record its contract with the cloud service provider, with whom the data, in relation to the entire examination process, including the answer papers etc., has been stored.
The said directions have been given in a petition filed by Mr Anupam challenging the procedure adopted by the Delhi University for conducted the online OBE for the final year undergraduate students.
Earlier, in the same matter, the court had given a green signal to the Delhi University to conduct online OBE by following the detailed directions of the court.
One of those directions referred to the constitution of a Grievance Redressal Committee, headed by the retired Delhi HC judge Justice Pratibha Rani, which would entertain the complaints raised by the students regarding the problems faced by them while taking the online OBE.
In an affidavit submitted by the Delhi University, it was stated that the various grievances which were redressed by the GRC, were communicated to the respective students on certain dates.
It was also informed to the court that the GRC has taken various kinds of action upon the grievances raised by the students.
In light of these developments, the court directed the Petitioner to file an affidavit in respect of the developments which have taken place after the conduct of Open Book Examinations 1 and 2.
The court will next take up this matter on November 18.
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