Delhi University’s Campus of Open Learning has launched six new “job-oriented” courses, which will be open for admissions to the incoming batch of students and will be taught from the upcoming academic session.
The six new courses are: MBA, BBA (Financial Investment Analysis), BMS, BA (Honours) Economics, Bachelor in Library and Information Science, and Master in Library and Information Science. Apart from the MBA degree, all the other courses have unlimited seats but admission is subject to meeting minimum eligibility criteria. The MBA programme will have a total of 20,000 seats and the University will bring out admission lists for it.
According to DU Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Singh, the university’s open learning school has not introduced any new programmes of study in the last 28 years. “We are currently in the open learning school’s 60th year, and no new courses have been introduced in 28 years… From last year, we have been thinking we should plan some new courses which are attractive for students, which will be useful for them and which they can like… We are introducing these courses after taking due approvals from the Distance Education Bureau and All India Council for Technical Education,” said Singh.
“Every year, 5.5 lakh students join and enrol themselves in the Campus of Open Learning and we have been continuing with some traditional courses for a very long time. But after V-C Yogesh Singh joined, the first guidance from him was job-oriented courses should be launched in the open learning school. These are six very important courses for DU,” said Campus of Open Learning Director Payal Mago. She said admission forms for the open learning courses are likely to be open within this week.
While admissions to DU’s regular programmes are being conducted through CUET scores, admissions to the open learning programmes will continue to take place based on class XII scores. However, like regular programmes, the four-year Under-graduate Curriculum Framework is being introduced in the open learning programmes as well.
The Campus of Open Learning currently offers BA (Hons) programmes in English and Political Science, BCom, BCom (Hons) and BA programmes. It also offers
MA programmes in Hindi, History, Political Science, Sanskrit and M.Com.