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High cut-offs push students to take up distance learning

The extraordinarily high cut-offs set by most colleges in Delhi University has pushed applicants to the wall.

Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi |
July 1, 2013 2:34:50 am

The extraordinarily high cut-offs set by most colleges in Delhi University has pushed applicants to the wall. Many who don’t see themselves meeting the cut-off requirements for the regular courses,are now seriously considering DU’s School of Open Learning (SOL) as a viable option to gain entry into the university.

“There is no difference between the degree awarded by any of the regular colleges and one that’s awarded by this school. I will get the same degree I would have got if I had pursued a course from a Hindu or a Hansraj,” says Aditya Pratap Singh,who secured 81 per cent in Commerce in Class XII.

Ever since the first cut-off list was announced on June 26,SOL’s premises have been swamped with students,who are enrolling themselves in the school’s BA,BCom and BCom (Honours) courses.

The school,which still follows the three-year undergraduate format,has admitted 2,700 students till Saturday.

About 3,000 have already enrolled for the school’s BCom and BCom (H) programme since it opened its door for admissions on June 2.

“We have sold around 1 lakh prospectuses and admitted 11,000 students so far. We are expecting 1.5 lakh students to take admission this year,” says H C Pokhriyal,the executive director of SOL.

But what is the reason for the surge in numbers?

“We do not have any additional eligibility criteria,unlike regular colleges. If one clears the minimum eligibility criteria set by the university,they can get admission. So students who do not fall in the 90 per cent bracket can still study at the university,and I guess that is drawing them to this place,” Pokhriyal says.

Pushanshu Tiwari,who scored 78 per cent in Class XII does not want to compromise on his choice of subject because of his marks. “I know I will not get the course of my choice — BCom (H) — at any DU good college. My plan is to do graduation through correspondence from SOL and prepare for entrance tests to get into a professional course,” Pushanshu says.

Rehan Ahmed,who got 79 per cent in Class XII,has a similar plan. “I am going to pursue BCom (H) from SOL and prepare for my chartered accountancy exam simultaneously,” he says.

SOL offers courses such as BA programme,BCom,BCom (H),BA (H) English and BA (H) Political Science.

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