Same courses for SOL and regular varsities from next year

September 27, 2014

Delhi University is likely to bring parity between courses offered at the School of Open Learning (SOL) with that of regular undergraduate syllabi from the next academic session. The SOL governing body has already set up two committees, which are working on a proposal in this regard. It may also propose introduction of a continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE) system at SOL. However, unlike regular programmes, the SOL will not have a semester system.

Making SOL courses equivalent to that of the regular ones has been a long-standing demand of the students with the issue snowballing into major protests recently. According to SOL officials, the reforms are being initiated based on suggestions made by the Distance Education Bureau (DEB) of the University Grants Commission. In fact, the SOL's 2014-15 admission schedule had to be postponed as the DEB raised objections that a university cannot run two different types of degree courses (four-year undergraduate and three-year degree programmes).

According to C S Dubey, chairman, Campus of Open Learning, the governing body discussed the issues and suggestions made by the DEB. "Thereafter two committees were formed-one to look into the syllabi and explore options of making SOL degrees on a par with that of regular undergraduate ones. The second committee is looking at introducing a CCE system, as the colleges follow an internal assessment system."

However, the SOL courses will continue to be in annual mode as according to officials, introducing a semester system will require a lot of work and time. Also, the number of students in SOL in a year is three times than that of all the DU colleges combined.

It was in 2006 when SOL's syllabi were reviewed last. According to SOL authorities, if the committees' reports are approved, students will be able to migrate to other DU colleges as well. Once the committees submit their reports, the proposals will be discussed by the governing body as well as the staff council. These will then be placed before the academic and executive councils of DU for approval.

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