By Aranya Shankar
Student organisations of Delhi University (DU) launched signature campaigns on Sunday to take up the issues faced by students of School of Open Learning (SOL) in North Campus. Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) and Disha Students’ Organisation have both started their own initiatives to address the concerns of SOL students’.
“We want the disparity between SOL and regular colleges to end. There can be no dual education system. We launched our campaign yesterday and we aim to collect one lakh signatures. We will submit these to Manish Sisodia (Delhi Education Minister). So far, we’ve managed to get 50,000 signatures,” Shahnawaz, a KYS activist and an SOL student, said.
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According to Shahnawaz, SOL has 4.5 lakh students and not enough classrooms. Additionally, the absence rate of teachers is very high because of which only eight classes take place annually instead of the stipulated 20 days of classes. This invariably leads to teachers teaching half a book in a day, he said.
Disha Student’s Organisation also started a signature campaign, and they too plan to submit the signatures to Sisodia. “Besides the demand of classrooms and other facilities, we’re also demanding that evening shifts be started for SOL students in regular colleges. We will march to the Delhi Secretariat with SOL students on March 25 and submit the signatures,” Avinash, a Disha activist, said.
Several students have joined the campaign. “We pay Rs 3,000 annually. Yet the facilities given enough to us are not adequate. There are only 20,000 books in the library and sometimes we’re issued books which we don’t require. We’re also not allowed to sit in the lawn, and many times one subject is taught by a teacher of another course,” Pawan, an SOL student, said.
(The reporter is a student of EXIMS)