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Welcoming you with open arms

Delhi University has 49,000 seats across 63 colleges. And it has received over 1.13 lakh forms this year, a jump of 20,000 from last year. Competition is tough and after the admission process is over, many students would not have managed a seat in their desired course or college. Jatin Anand reports.

delhi Updated: Jun 26, 2009 00:12 IST
Jatin Anand

Delhi University has 49,000 seats across 63 colleges. And it has received over 1.13 lakh forms this year, a jump of 20,000 from last year.

Competition is tough and after the admission process is over, many students would not have managed a seat in their desired course or college.

The university’s School of Open Learning (SOL) comes as an answer to all prayers and as a solution to the problems of those who desire a DU degree.

The school has steadily become popular over the years — the number of students opting for admission here is a proof.

“From a modest 900 admissions in its first year, the SOL now admits 1 lakh students each academic year,” said H.C Pokhriyal, Principal of SOL.

Easy procedure

Though it took the school four years to identify and fix loopholes in its admission procedure, this year on it has been made simpler than ever.

Effectively following the ‘one window, one form principle’, all a candidate has to do is submit a demand draft along with the application form at one of the 40 admission windows. The candidate can collect study material and identification card from the same window.

Learn while you earn

SOL offers a conventional degree in 10 of the most popular undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the varsity, including Economics, English and B.Com (Hons). Since students are required to attend weekend classes, they have the opportunity to pursue their career while they study.

Much more to it

Keeping in mind that SOL is the first preference of career-oriented students and those interested in pursuing additional courses, the school has introduced various certificate courses to help students hone their career-related skills.

The school has recently tied-up with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Genpact and MetLife Insurance to offer courses that teach students the basic skills required to improve their prospects in the rapidly expanding insurance, hospitality and corporate sectors.