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The single shift is just not enough for DU’s SOL (School of Open learning)

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The School of Open Learning, University of Delhi (DU) has been limelight for the last three weeks but all the wrong reasons. The Institution has been grabbing headlines for creating a mess after the adoption of the semester system in its current academic session.

The inadequacy of classrooms, the unplanned schedule of classes, the cancellation of classes, the protest of the students, all these events are associated with the SOL since its start.


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Now, with the inclusion of a double shift instead of one the Varsity is hoping to conduct all its classes on Saturday with maximum student participation. According to the officer on Special duty SOL, Ramesh Bhardwaj,

“we have only been able to carry out merely 60% classes till date”. He further added that in contrast to the last year when merely 10-20% of students turned up for classes this year almost 30-40% of students were in attendance, this is one of the major causes of mismanagement by the Varsity.

The SOL offers a correspondence course for the students thus the attendance is not mandatory for such classes. While the regular courses of DU have around 1.5 lakh students the SOL has, even more, said Mr Bhardwaj.

The actual reason behind the conundrum is the shift from the annual mode to the CBCS system of examination. This latest change pushed the commencement of the session to a bit more earlier than usual. Thus the rush of students was observed in the Varsity.

To be tantamount to the Regular curriculum this shift of mode of examination was done by the Varsity. The move is however not fully accepted by the students many have grievances regarding the move. Thus various protests were organized by many students and the KYS on the Campus.


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