Non-implementing of semester system hindering DUs open learning

November 11, 2014

It has been four years since Delhi University implemented the semester system for various courses. The distance education wing of Delhi University still has not implemented the semester system which is hindering the process for the students who have gained position in the merit list by the end of first year and are seeking migration to regular colleges. "The semester system was implemented despite objection from students and teachers, and once the authorities have implemented it, why are meritorious students being made to suffer due to its non-implementation in the School of Open Learning (SOL)?" asked Nandita Narain, president of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA). "Either the system should be rolled back, or if it has to be in place, then SOL should also adopt it," she added. Earlier, the students who use to secure merit marks in the first year examination were allowed to migrate from honours courses in SOL to regular programmes in colleges. This practice was popular and beneficial for the students who could not score well in their Class XII Board Examinations but would work hard in the first year at SOL to get into DU colleges. But it was stopped after the implementation of the semester system due to the difference in the examination and evaluation patterns. "Despite the Delhi High Court orders directing all the constituent colleges of DU to follow the semester system including the School of Open Learning, it has not been implemented yet," J. Khuntia, spokesperson of SOL Teachers Association (SOLTA), said. "The UGC's Distance Education Council (DEC) had also directed SOL to bring its courses at par with the regular courses to avoid de-recognition of its degrees, but the authorities have been keeping mum over it," added Khuntia. However, the DU authorities claims that it is not practically feasible to implement the semester system in the distance education wing. "We check over 22 lakh copies every year, if we implement the semester system, the workload on the examination department will be uncontrollable. It is not practically feasible," SOL Director CS Dubey said.

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