Row erupts over can­cel­la­tion of SOL classes

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: For the third week in a row, prob­lems at Delhi Univer­sity’s School of Open Learn­ing (SOL) re­fused to die down. Classes for 90,000 BA (pro­gramme) stu­dents were can­celled by the SOL au­thor­i­ties on Sun­day with­out in­ti­ma­tion.

Close to 30,000 stu­dents trav­elled to their re­spec­tive class cen­tres, only to be asked to go back. Many stu­dents gheraoed the cen­tres. Those who were al­lot­ted the cen­tre at Gargi Col­lege blocked Siri Fort Road in protest be­fore po­lice came and asked them to dis­perse. The stu­dents alleged that the chaos at the per­sonal con­tact pro­gramme (PCP) classes was “due to ap­a­thy and mis­man­age­ment by the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

The SOL di­rec­tor, how­ever, said that no BA (pro­gramme) classes were sched­uled on Sun­day.

Kran­tikari Yuva San­gathan (KYS), a stu­dents’ group, claimed, “The classes were can­celled with­out the SOL ad­min­is­tra­tion even both­er­ing to in­form stu­dents. Thou­sands of first-year stu­dents reached their PCP cen­tres in the morn­ing, but were forced to re­turn after be­ing told that classes had been can­celled.”

KYS also alleged that the SOL ad­min­is­tra­tion had failed to im­ple­ment the CBCS cur­ricu­lum this year. “Nei­ther have the teach­ers been ap­pointed for the cur­rent ses­sion, nor has study ma­te­rial been made avail­able to the stu­dents,” the group added.

An­other se­nior mem­ber of the School Of Learn­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion said that stu­dents were told about the can­cel­la­tion of the classes. “We held classes for po­lit­i­cal science in two shifts to­day and couldn’t ac­com­mo­date BA(P) stu­dents. The stu­dents need to know that these are not reg­u­lar but coun­selling classes, so we can­not ac­com­mo­date them all,” the of­fi­cial said.

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