The sale of forms for the School of Open Learning (SOL), Delhi University, was first postponed from June 1 to June 4. But when students reached to collect their forms on June 4, they were told it has been further postponed to June 8. “The delay was due to some problem in printing of forms. They had not reached us on time,” said Dinesh Gupta, deputy director of SOL.
But students who reached the campus on June 5 to enquire about the forms were pleasantly surprised to find that the forms were available. Around 900 forms were sold on June 5 and 3,500 on Monday. Asked about this unannounced sale of forms, Gupta said, “The forms had reached us by then, we did not want the students to return without the forms so we started selling before June 8.”
Apart from the confusion about the sale of forms, the SOL is also facing criticism for fixing a minimum eligibility criteria. Delhi University, for the first time this year, has decided that students aspiring to pursue the BA and BCom programme from SOL will need to have a minimum cut-off of 40 per cent marks.
Some teachers have opposed this move saying this will prevent students from studying in the varsity. “Where will those students who do not fulfil this criteria go? The whole idea of SOL is to accommodate those students who cannot take admissions due to minimum eligibility criteria,” said J Khuntia, member of the Academic Council, Delhi University.
Earlier, the students just needed a pass certificate to take admission. SOL is very popular with students who cannot secure admission in college due to minimum cut-off. Around one lakh such students enroll in SOL every year.
HC Pokhriyal, executive director, SOL, said, “The university has taken this decision to ensure that there is improvement in the teaching-learning process.”