Apart from discrepancies in undergraduate results, the other problem that students at Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) allege is that of paper leaks in May-June this year during the SOL examinations. HT Education had reported the issue on August 5, 2015.
Students have also been questioning the delay in declaration of SOL results as compared to results of DU’s constituent colleges. “Earlier, SOL admissions were conducted along with DU admissions, but because SOL did not get the necessary approvals from the University Grants Commission to continue its programmes in the distance mode, the admissions were delayed. This is also due to the introduction of the semester, choice-based credit system and four-year undergraduate programme – even though SOL continues to function in the annual mode. This will collectively result in the overall devaluation of SOL students’ hard-earned degrees. We have also been demanding more classes, better facilities and exam and academic reforms but nothing has happened so far,” says Subhash, member of the Delhi University SOL Students’ Union. The group has submitted several letters and memoranda to the UGC, DU authorities and human resource development ministry highlighting these issues and even sought replies to some of the pertinent questions through RTIs.
SOL authorities admit that some of these challenges need to be addressed. “We do not get UGC grants and sustain ourselves with the lowest fees payments. We have not upgraded since many years and even last year we reduced our fees during admissions. We need funds for digital libraries, more regional offices and study centres and other infrastructure to suitably cater to over four lakh students,” adds Dubey.