In an attempt to prevent the rush of admission-seekers at its counters, Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) is likely to make the application process for undergraduate courses online, university officials said on Tuesday.
While the university administration is yet to announce SOL admission plans, university officials maintained that they were mulling over making the entire admission process online.
Some officials said it is likely that admissions to Honours courses will entirely be made online while students applying to Programme courses will be given the option of applying offline as well as online. “In order to encourage students to apply online, students will not have to pay any application fee,” C S Dubey, chairperson, SOL, said.
The institute receives nearly two lakh application forms every year, out of which it admits around 1,35,000 students, he added. Moreover, the university is also planning to tie up with the State Bank of India to sell application forms at 25 to 30 branches across the capital. “We are trying to decentralise the application process. It will be easier for people who come all the way and stand in queues for hours. We will also send counsellors to these branches to help students in applying to various courses,” Dubey said.
Every year, hundreds of students stand in long queues at the SOL offices during admission season. The move, officials said, is expected to come as a major relief to these admission seekers. “We want to make the process more student-friendly. Students need not come all the way to these centres to apply in June and July heat. They can either apply online or they can go to any SBI branches close to their residence,” Dubey said.
Apart from the admission process, SOL authorities are also in the process of making all study material online. “We have procured one hundred computers and laptops and we have set up interactive boards in 10 rooms in SOL. All lectures are going to be video-recorded and put on the website,” Dubey said.
The material uploaded on the website will not just be available to students enrolled at SOL but anyone who wishes to go through the content, he added.