Despite the FYUP rollback, another concern remains to be addressed within the Delhi University’s (DU’s) existing system: the disparity between the annual calendar of the School of Open Learning (SOL) and the semester format of the regular college.
As a result, the SOL students are finding it impossible to shift to the regular college’s pattern. Migration was much easier before the semester system was introduced in the latter. “There should be a common format for all students. Delhi University is giving the students a future where the economic status depends on the mode of degree” said Subhash, a member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS).
Some SOL aspirants fear these disparities but have no other option. “What choice do we have? I have no chance in regular college since my percentage is too low but even if I work hard, there is no scope for a transfer to regular college,” said Sachin Bhandari, a SOL aspirant.
Furthermore, the SOL’s examination results are always delayed unlike the regular college. “The result comes in mid September and by then deadlines for most of the important forms have passed. The students have to wait for a whole year or waste it to apply for the opportunities they have missed,” said Mohd Shahnawaz, another KYS member.