If a degree from Delhi University is all you want despite having no hope of meeting any of the cut-offs required for any of the regular courses, then the School of Open Learning (SOL) is your best bet.
The School takes in 1, 50,000 students on an average and at the end of the course, there is no difference between the degree awarded to a student from any regular college and the SOL students.
“There is no difference between the degree that is awarded by any of the University’s 77 colleges and the one that is awarded by SOL,” said School director H.C. Pokhriyal, adding that SOL was a “window of hope,” for all those students who so badly wanted a degree from DU but just did not have the “marks in the 99.9 percentage range,” to make the cut to any of the University’s colleges.
“All 77 regular colleges together offer around 54,000 seats but SOL has about 1,50,000 student intake on an average every year.”
This past week which was the second consecutive week of mission admission for the University’s undergraduate courses in its regular courses, the SOL was by far the most crowded centre in the University’s north campus which itself has resembled a bee-hive of humanity since the beginning of admissions on June 5.
Last year, the School had set a record of sorts for admitting the most number of students in one day.
In fact, the School will be make it to the 2014 edition of the Limca Book of Records for admitting a record number of students in one day, 4,800 to be exact in the last admission season according to a communication that the Institution has received.
“We have regular contact classes, it is not a wholly correspondence course, and these classes are conducted at the SOL centre in the North Campus as well as colleges all over the city,” he added.
“We have already sold around 70,000 prospectuses and completed around 2,000 admissions so far. We have no additional eligibility criteria, if the student meets the minimum eligibility set by the University for applying, and then we have to admit him or her” said Dr. Pokhriyal, adding that for their post-graduate courses, they had an entrance test and such.
The SOL application forms started selling from May 27 and will be sold till August 14 without a late fee and then till September 2 with late fee. The SOL is currently offering courses like B.A programme, B.Com, B.Com (Honours), B.A. (Honours) English and B.A. (Honours) Political Science.