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
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.