School of Open Learning (SOL), DU
The School of Open Learning came into existence in 1962. It is the distance education arm of the Delhi University (DU). Every year the college receives close to 1,25,000 applications. We don’t have classes everyday like other colleges, but we conduct classes on Sundays where students can come and clarify their doubts. In a way it is for students who want to acquire a degree while earning. There is no limit to student intake and anyone who wants to study here can apply.
Admission process for undergraduate programmes:
Candidates should have scored a minimum of 40% marks in class XII. They can buy the prospectus, which has the admission and enrolment form, from the School of Open Learning in North Campus or from South Study centre at South Moti Bagh. The form is also available online and students can download it. However, they have to come to campus to submit it. The last date of form submission is October 29, 2010, along with a late fee.
There has been an uproar on increasing the eligibility criterion from 33% to 40%
We had expected such a situation, but the increase in percentage is to make sure that students take their studies seriously. Earlier, the plan was to apply this to only honours courses, but later we decided that in order to raise the standard of students, we need to push them a little harder.
Various courses at the undergraduate level:
We have five programmes — BA (honours) English, BA (honours) political science, BA programme, BCom and BCom (honours). The courses are meant for students who have other responsibilities from an early age. Some may have to work because of financial constraints, while others may have to look after a family.
The fee we charge is less when compared to other colleges in DU. For one year, we charge Rs 3,100, and this includes all the course and study material. There is also a library for reference work.
Value of the degree awarded:
The degree that we award is from the Delhi University and it is as relevant as any degree from the university. Exams are held every year under the aegis of the Delhi University and it is up to students to make the most of the opportunity. If they score well in the exam they can pursue higher education like other students or can get a job depending on their skill-set. It goes without saying that students studying here have to work harder than students elsewhere to earn recognition and jobs, but we have many examples of students who have been successful.