Students at SOL protest against delay in admit card

New Delhi, November 24: Students of Delhi University’s (DU) School of Open Learning (SOL) protested at the Arts Faculty in north campus on Friday against administration’s continued apathy. The students have been distressed over a number of reasons, the latest one being a delay by the administration in issuing of admit cards for the MA Political Science examination, which is scheduled for November 26.

“Not the first time”

Even though the admit cards were issued later in the day, students are also complaining over the fact that the datesheet for MA Political Science exam was barely released three days prior to the exam while the admit cards were still pending. Led by the Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), students at SOL argued that it is not the first time that SOL administration has done this. “Last year, SOL’s PG students had been given the datesheet of their exams just three days before they began. In 2016, undergraduate students had received their admit cards three days before their exams,” said Harish Gautam from KYS.

However, an official from SOL denied the charges, stating that the admit cards were uploaded on the Learning Management System (LMS) on time. The official claimed the students were unofficially informed that exams would be commencing from November 26.

“SOL students pursuing MA Political Science have been left deeply stunned over administration’s apathy towards their examinations,” the students’ body said in a statement.

Absence of study material and regular classes

A fortnight ago, students at SOL had also registered their protest regarding the absence of study material and constant disruption in regular classes. The Executive Director of SOL, HC Pokhriyal, had then stated in an interview to a leading national daily, “We have been able to complete our admissions only by 20th October, which is why classes have not started yet, but they will start soon”.

Mr. Pokhriyal further explained that the admission process usually begins by June and extends till August. However, this year, the process began in August, as a result of which there was a delay. Usually, the classes commence in September. According to Staff Council Secretary of SOL, J Khuntia, the study material is usually given immediately after the admission process is over.

The admission process for SOL is similar to that of other colleges associated with the varsity. The examinations are also conducted by Delhi University. The course structure is also alike, for the school as well as other constituent colleges. The annual examinations take place in April.

At present, more than four and a half lakh students are enrolled at the SOL at the UG and PG level. Almost all of the processes are handled by the online Students Information and Management System. The official website is carrying study materials only for the second semester and beyond, thereby creating more confusion.