Kriti Sachdeva got 92 per cent in class XII, but she is not eligible to apply for a BCom (honours) in Delhi University's colleges. To do that one must consider at least two non-vocational subjects for computing the 'best of four' while Sachdeva has studied two vocational subjects like hundreds of other students in the Capital.
She is left with only three options - one to apply for a BCom programme from any good college, second to do BCom (honours) from School of Open Learning (SOP) and the last option is to think beyond Delhi University (DU).
However, she rues the fact that she took vocational subjects in school. "I not only worked hard but put in more effort than other students with non-vocational subjects. We were made to clear three online exams of NCFM to be eligible for the Board exams. It's unfair to bar us to apply for honours programmes," says Sachdeva.
Delhi University authorities suggest that such students should pursue a BCom programme if one's career objective is to do a Master's after graduation. "Studying in college must be a top priority as one gets to learn a lot there unlike in a distance learning programme. The overall development of student calls for regular college education," says Dr Seema M Parihar, Deputy Dean, Students' Welfare, Delhi University.
So, the experts who always insist that one should choose a course over college advocate "college" over course when it's a choice between School of Open Learning (SOL) and a regular programme.