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With a strong focus on reaching out to students online, Delhi University’s School of Open Learning is a popular choice for those opting for a qualification in the distance mode.
Hindustan Times | By Gauri Kohli, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 30, 2013 12:46 PM IST

If you are a Delhi University aspirant but have not made the cut in any of the regular colleges, don’t fret. The School of Open Learning (SOL) offers undergraduate postgraduate degree courses in arts and commerce.

Earlier called the Directorate of Correspondence Courses, SOL was established under the University of Delhi in 1962. It is one of the major institutions in India offering distance education in dual mode, classroom-based as well as distance programmes.

The school enrolled more than 3.5 lakh students in the 2012-13 academic year. SOL students have been toppers in a range of disciplines.

The admission process for various courses in the school and examinations are governed by the University of Delhi (DU) norms and its students get degrees from DU.

In an effort to cater to the needs of a growing number of students, the school established the south study centre at Moti Bagh from the academic session 1990-91. The undergraduate courses at the school include BA programme, BA (hons) English, BA (hons) political science, BCom and BCom (hons).

SOL has not implemented the four-year undergraduate programme. Students at SOL get help through printed study material which is given to students at the time of admission and is also available online.

The school offerspersonal contact programmes at Its two main study centres — School of Open Learning, north campus and south campus, Moti Bagh as well as in about 22 Delhi University colleges for the convenience of students living in different parts of Delhi, and an opportunity to interact with faculty members from the university.

This year, the school has made a sincere effort to use information and communication technology (ICT) as a governance tool. “Admissions are being conducted online. If we improve our educational governance, it means 80% quality assurance. Managing 1500 students who wish to apply at SOL daily is a big challenge but we are doing our best to help them. We are the best ICT-managed institution within the university,” says Professor Harish Chandra Pokhriyal, executive director, SOL. Another facility introduced for applicants this year is the Pull SMS. Students can gather any information like their result details, examination roll no, and examination centre name etc through Pull SMS.

“E-learning without a student support system has no meaning. This is a great way to get any information related to date sheet, exams, results, contact classes etc,” adds Pokhriyal. SOL also provides facilities such as an audio-visual centre (to be started soon), library, book bank, counselling, and community radio.

Information at a glance

Who is eligible for admission?
Aspirants who have passed the senior secondary school certificate examination of the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi or an examination recognised as equivalent can apply for the various undergraduate courses offered by SOL. They must have at least 40% marks in the qualifying exam to get into BA or BCom programme; 55% marks for BCom (hons); 50% for BA political science and 60% for BA (hons) English. For more details, contact SOL

Admission to UG courses
The students can buy the prospectus and submit the application for admission on all working days ie Monday to Friday between 9am to 5pm at the following centres:
* School of Open Learning, north campus, University of Delhi
* South Study Centre of the School of Open Learning at South Moti Bagh, New Delhi

Personal contact programmes
The student support services include personal contact programmes. These include classroom lectures and discussions at various PCP centres for a specified period ranging from 20 to 30 days in a year. Students are given library membership on the same day. They can borrow books from the library in the SOL campus. The school also provides links to the open educational resources like MIT. Local students may be provided DTC destination bus pass facility only during PCP classes from their residence to the school or the south study centre and back.

Aboutthe institution: The School of Open Learning, part of the Campus of Open Learning formerly known as The School of Correspondence Courses and Continuing Education, was established under the University of Delhi in 1962
Fees range: Rs. 2500 to Rs. 11,000 approximately

Undergraduate courses
* BA programme; BA (hons) English; BA (hons) political science; BCom; BCom (hons)

Postgraduate courses
* MA Hindi semester mode
* MA history semester mode
* MA political science semester mode
* MA Sanskrit semester mode
* MA commerce semester mode

Support system/facilities: A pull SMS service helps students gather any information like their result details, examination roll no, and examination centre name etc
Study material: It is available online
Approval from DEC: Yes
Placement cell: SOL students can take help from the university’s Central Placement Cell
Phone number/helpline: 011-27667600, 011-27667166, 011-27667645; South Study Centre: 011-26882897, 011-26879462
Address: School of Open Learning, 5, Cavalry Lane, University of Delhi

Student profile: Abhinav Bansal
* Course being pursued: BCom (hons)
* Current occupation: Student
* Age: 19

‘Managing studies with other responsibilities wasn’t too hard’

I chose ODL because I wanted to pursue CA and it becomes very hectic to attend regular college as well as CA classes. My experience with SOL has been quite impressive. They have a really simplified the admission and examination process.

Their website keeps you updated with the latest announcements and various schedules. The study material could have been much better but with the amount SOL charges, it would be unfair to expect a lot from them.

As far as self-study is concerned, I didn’t face many challenges. At times, students attending classes also end up learning nothing and in the end have to study on their own. Also, if you have any doubts you can refer so many books.

Teachers are also easily available to clear doubts. Managing studies with other responsibilities wasn’t too hard because being a CA student, I have already covered most of the syllabus of BCom (hons) in CA so, in a way, I prepare for both simultaneously.

The knowledge I get through the course helps me enormously. I can actually apply that to company law, taxation, finance etc. SOL provides some great facilities and student support services but I hope there the authorities give us a little spacious desks and chairs at the examination centres.

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