Know all about Open and Distance learning (ODL) from School of Open Learning (SOL), Delhi University.
The School of Open Learning (SOL), formerly known as the Directorate of Correspondence Courses, established under the University of Delhi in 1962, is a pioneer institution in the field of distance education in India. The country witnessed the beginning of an alternate mode of education when the school started with a modest admission of 900 students in 1962. The school enrolled more than 3.50 lakh students in the academic session 2011-2012. On many occasions students from this institution have been toppers in a range of disciplines.
The examination is also conducted by the University of Delhi. Degrees awarded to students have the DU stamp that other students of regular colleges get. In an effort to cater to the needs of a growing number of students, the school established the South Study Centre at Motibagh from the academic session 1990-1991, which has a number of students now.
This course complemented my needs: My father, an electrical contractor, had big dreams for me but was not sure about the funds to supplement his dream. But this challenge did not deter me from pursuing my graduation. And it was all possible because of the flexibility of timings which the School of Open Learning provided. I enrolled for my graduation in 2002 in the arts stream and simultaneously pursued computer courses and some part time jobs to defray my education expenses. And I must say that I never felt disadvantaged in any way in terms of not being in a full time college. The teachers were available round the clock to clear all doubts. They also helped in terms of selecting appropriate reference material. Even the administrative side of SOL is very forthcoming and helpful. There has never been an occasion when I had to run from pillar to post in search of details pertaining to fee payment, examination tickets etc. At SOL I shaped my future career goals and this was possible because of the encouragement and guidance that I received from teachers – Preeti Singh, working in an event management firm.
What’s on offer
The School of Open Learning includes regular classroom lectures and discussions at various Personal Contact Programme (PCP) centres for a specified period ranging from 20 to 30 days in a year. Local students may be provided DTC destination bus pass facility only during PCP classes from their residence to the school or the south study centre and back
The syllabus for each paper is divided into a number of lessons. Lessons are prepared by experienced teachers and cover the entire course prescribed by the University of Delhi. These lessons are sent to students at regular intervals. The school is soon launching its audio visual centre
Programmes offered by SOL
The school offers courses in arts/humanities and commerce streams of study at the undergraduate and postgraduate level. The undergraduate courses are of minimum three year duration while the postgraduate courses are of minimum two year duration. The undergraduate courses include the bachelor of arts programme, bachelor of arts (honours) programme English, bachelor of arts (honours) political science, bachelor of commerce and bachelor of commerce (honours) .
The examination is conducted by the University of Delhi. The university confers the degree to the students of School of Open Learning as it does in the case of other constituent colleges.
Students who have passed the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination of the Central Board of Education or any other examination recognised as an equivalent are eligible for admission. The admission process is governed by DU norms.
Fee concession is granted on merit-cum-means basis. There is also a provision of financial aid to the tune of Rs. 2500 for needy and poor students.
Prospects after SOL
The opportunities in terms of careers and higher studies are the same as those for students who pursue full time courses in various Delhi University colleges.
Straight from the head
The School of Open Learning is a pronounced step towards achieving inclusion in the education sector says Dinesh Singh, Vice Chancellor, DU.
Source: Rahat Bano, HT Education