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Don?t fret if you scored low

In case you are looking for something with a little more contemporary appeal, you could check out the distance education courses offered by IGNOU.

india Updated: May 26, 2006 03:06 IST

Scored less than 50% and wondering where life goes from here? You are not alone in your predicament. There are some 20,739 such students who have passed their Class 12 CBSE exams from Delhi alone but have not been able to cross the 50% barrier. But that’s no cause to lose heart, because even if you don’t get through a regular college there’s always the option of distance education. And what’s more, there’s no limit on the number of seats here.

Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) takes in close to 80,000 students for undergraduate courses from across the country every year. DU prescribes the same course for its regular and distance learning students. “You get to study the same syllabus. There’s no separate degree that is awarded to a student of a particular college. Everybody gets the same DU degree. And the advantage of distance learning is that you can pursue another course, or work while you earn your degree,” said SOL executive director HC Poukhriyal.

The icing on the cake is that the School now officially encourages its students to earn while they learn. The school recently signed an MoU with Genpact which enables bright youngsters enrolled in the BA Honours English and Bcom courses to directly join the MNC as part-time employees.

“The MNC will organise a written test and select 400 students. These students will work in the company for three days in a week. But those students who avail this opportunity have to compulsorily turn up for classes twice a week. The company will absorb those who prove their worth,” said SK Vij, director Campus of Open Learning.

The SOL offers courses like BA Pass and Bcom for which only 45% aggregate marks is required at the Class 12 level. For courses like BA(H) English and BA (H) Political Science the option for direct entry based on marks exists along with entrance test for those with still lower marks.

In case you are looking for something with a little more contemporary appeal, you could check out the distance education courses offered by the Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou). Bachelor of Computer Applications (BCA) and Bachelors in Tourism Studies are two of the most popular courses offered by the open university. It also offers courses like bachelors in social work and BSc. On an average, the university takes in 34,000 students at the entry level every year.

“There’s no limit on the number of seats here, and you just need to pass Class 12 to be eligible for admission. Even those who have dropped out for some reason can join a Bachelor’s course after clearing a six-month preparatory course,” said Shrikant Mahapatra, registrar (student registration and evaluation) Ignou. But Ignou is not as popular with Delhi students as SOL. “About 10% of our students are from Delhi,” said Mahapatra.

One thing everyone agrees on, however, is the need to strengthen distance learning networks. “Of the total 3 lakh-odd students enrolled at DU, 2 lakh study at SOL. If this cushion were not there, it would be chaos,” said Poukhriyal.

First Published: May 26, 2006 03:06 IST