With a strong fo­cus on reach­ing out to stu­dents on­line, Delhi Univer­sity’s School of Open Learn­ing is a pop­u­lar choice for those opt­ing for a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the dis­tance mode

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Gauri Kohli

If you are a Delhi Univer­sity as­pi­rant but have not made the cut in any of the reg­u­lar col­leges, don’t fret. The School of Open Learn­ing (SOL) of­fers un­der­grad­u­ate post­grad­u­ate de­gree cour­ses in arts and com­merce.

Ear­lier called the Direc­torate of Cor­re­spon­dence Cour­ses, SOL was es­tab­lished un­der the Univer­sity of Delhi in 1962. It is one of the ma­jor in­sti­tu­tions in In­dia of­fer­ing dis­tance ed­u­ca­tion in dual mode, class­room-based as well as dis­tance pro­grammes.

The school en­rolled more than 3.5 lakh stu­dents in the 2012-13 aca­demic year. SOL stu­dents have been top­pers in a range of dis­ci­plines.

The ad­mis­sion process for var­i­ous cour­ses in the school and ex­am­i­na­tions are gov­erned by the Univer­sity of Delhi (DU) norms and its stu­dents get de­grees from DU.

In an ef­fort to cater to the needs of a grow­ing num­ber of stu­dents, the school es­tab­lished the south study cen­tre at Moti Bagh from the aca­demic ses­sion 1990-91. The un­der­grad­u­ate cour­ses at the school in­clude BA pro­gramme, BA (hons) English, BA (hons) po­lit­i­cal science, BCom and BCom (hons).

SOL has not im­ple­mented the four-year un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme. Stu­dents at SOL get help through printed study ma­te­rial which is given to stu­dents at the time of ad­mis­sion and is also avail­able on­line. The school of­fersper­sonal con­tact pro­grammes at Its two main study cen­tres — School of Open Learn­ing, north cam­pus and south cam­pus, Moti Bagh as well as in about 22 Delhi Univer­sity col­leges for the con­ve­nience of stu­dents liv­ing in dif­fer­ent parts of Delhi, and an op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with fac­ulty mem­bers from the univer­sity.

This year, the school has made a sin­cere ef­fort to use in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy (ICT) as a gov­er­nance tool. “Ad­mis­sions are be­ing con­ducted on­line. If we im­prove our ed­u­ca­tional gov­er­nance, it means 80% qual­ity as­sur­ance. Man­ag­ing 1500 stu­dents who wish to ap­ply at SOL daily is a big chal­lenge but we are do­ing our best to help them. We are the best ICT-man­aged in­sti­tu­tion within the univer­sity,” says Pro­fes­sor Har­ish Chan­dra Pokhriyal, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, SOL. An­other fa­cil­ity in­tro­duced for ap­pli­cants this year is the Pull SMS. Stu­dents can gather any in­for­ma­tion like their re­sult de­tails, ex­am­i­na­tion roll no, and ex­am­i­na­tion cen­tre name etc through Pull SMS.

“E-learn­ing with­out a stu­dent sup­port sys­tem has no mean­ing. This is a great way to get any in­for­ma­tion re­lated to date sheet, ex­ams, re­sults, con­tact classes etc,” adds Pokhriyal. SOL also pro­vides fa­cil­i­ties such as an au­dio-vis­ual cen­tre (to be started soon), li­brary, book bank, coun­selling, and com­mu­nity ra­dio.

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