Students having as high as 100 percent marks are joining the School of Open Learning (SOL), initiated by the Delhi University. Despite going to any of the premiere colleges under Delhi University, these meritorious students are opting for open learning courses offered under the university. Thirteen aspirants so far, with scores more than 95 percent in their class 12, have registered themselves for distance learning this year. Students are roping themselves in from not only Delhi or NCR region but from the entire country, especially Uttar Pradesh.
Many believe that the students are eying for the future and are interested in UPSC or Chartered Accountancy. This is the reason they are not taking up full time regular degree courses and are instead using their time to prepare for the exams along with their undergraduate studies. The quality and facility provided at the SOL is another reason for the students to take up distance learning.
According to the Director of the Campus of Open Learning, CS Dubey, “While the students could have easily pursued a course in any colleges the reason they choose to do graduation through distance is the growing interest in careers such as Civil Services, Chartered Accountancy etc.”
The SOL learning provides interactive methods for teaching its students. They provide Audio-Video lectures to the students and provides free online reading material to them. The SOL even updates its syllabus from time to time, so that the students can compete with the other top universities in the country.
According to last year figures, SOL had 143000 students, out of which 55- 57 percent students had over 60 percent marks in their class 12 examinations. Over 12000 students had over 80 percent marks, who took to the distance learning. This year, four students having 100 percent marks have taken admission in B.Com (Hons) and BA programmes, while 9 students have taken admission, who have over 95 percent marks.
SOL is a blessing in disguise for students who could not meet up the high cut off standards set by DU. Most of the courses under DU demands cut off marks greater than 90 percent in most of the colleges. The students who have lesser marks, either branch off to other universities to take admission under SOL. The registrations for SOL are on currently, and the numbers are expected to go high this year as well. The school has no upper limit of student intake. It takes one a half lakh students in an average per year, with currently four lakh students pursuing degrees in various courses under SOL.