The School of Open Learning (SOL) at Delhi University will start selling admission forms for its under-graduate courses from June 1.

The last date for sale and receipt of common pre-admission forms for securing a seat in the conventional Delhi University colleges is June 15, while the SOL forms can be submitted till August 17. This date will be extended further to October 31 with late fee payment.

The SOL offers five under-graduate courses: Political Science (Honours), English (Hons), B.A. (Programme), B.Com. (Prog) and B.Com. (Hons).

“The SOL serves as a socially inclusive educational institution. We try to help those children who have big dreams but have been victims of percentage divide and haven’t scored very well. Apart from this, SOL is also a good option for those who are either working somewhere or wish to do multiple courses at the same time,” explains SOL Executive Director H. C. Pokhriyal.

The five courses have fixed minimum eligibility criteria and anyone above these prescribed standards is eligible for admission.

“The five courses that we are running at the under-graduate level are the most popular programmes of the university. There is no fixed number of seats. We are expecting more than one lakh students to be admitted this year,” Prof. Pokhriyal adds.

“A unique example of blended, cost-effective quality, higher education system”, SOL offers the same course syllabus as the regular Delhi University colleges. Its examination system also is similar to the conventional colleges.

Most important, the students passing out from SOL acquire the same degree of the University as their counterparts in other colleges.

University of Technology, Mauritius, is going to confer an honorary degree on University Grants Commission chairman Sukhadeo Thorat in recognition of “fruitful collaboration” between UGC and the Tertiary Education Commission.

The degree will be awarded at a special convocation to be held in Mauritius next month.

Prof. Thorat has authored several publications on agricultural development, rural poverty, institutional and economic growth, problems of marginalised groups and economics of caste system.

Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu has signed a memorandum of understanding with First India School of Business in Gurgaon for running BBA and MBA programmes from the coming academic year.

Dr. M. Rathinasabapathi, Registrar of Annamalai University, and Kamlesh Vyas, FISB Director, signed the agreement this past week.

FISB was founded by some of the best minds from the corporate and academic worlds, including alumni from the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management, and XLRI Jamshedpur.

The Indian Retail School at Naraina in Delhi has announced the admission schedule for its under-graduate and post-graduate programmes for educating students and honing the skills of professionals in the retail sector.

The prospectus and application forms are available at the institute. More details can be obtained from www.indianretailschool.com

The last date for submitting forms is June 26, while the written exam will be held on June 28.

Arena Animation launched its new centre on Bangla Saheb Road in New Delhi earlier this week.

The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories to train students in the latest animation and gaming techniques and special effects.

The new centre will offer a range of courses such as B.Sc. in multimedia and animation, the 2.5-year Arena Animation Academy specialist programme and other short-term courses.

The Jewellery Design and Technology Institute is offering short-term summer courses at its Noida centre.

These programmes will range from a duration of two weeks and a month in costume jewellery, diamond grading and jewellery design.

The courses, which will start from the first week of June, have been designed for working professionals, housewives, and students interested in making a career in jewellery designing.

Parul Sharma