Delhi Universitys School of Open Learning (SOL) will start online admissions this session,Director Dr H C Pokhriyal said on Sunday.
The school,which admits more than a lakh students every year,is in the final stages of operationalising an online system. The system,said Dr Pokhriyal,will enable students to register for admissions and pay their fees online.
We hope to launch online admissions by June this year. We are in talks with State Bank of India for online payment of fees. The operational modalities are being finalised now , Dr Pokhriyal said.
The move is expected to be a welcome relief for students,hundreds of whom camp for days at SOL offices in North and South campus every year during admissions period.
We expect to admit about 1,25,000 students this year. It is an arduous and expensive process for students to travel to SOL office to submit applications. This move is to save time and money for SOL students,most of whom are those who were unable to make it to the so-called elite colleges but are looking for quality education. This is a step to make the teaching-learning process better for them, Dr Pokhriyal said.
The school has also launched a new pull SMS service to answer the queries of its students. The service,launched last week,enables students to gather information including their results,examination roll numbers,date sheets and names of examination centres by sending an SMS from their phones to specific numbers in a given format.
All the details for of the SMS service are advertised on our website. Students have a unique ID. All they need to do is send an SMS with their details and answers will be generated from our updated database and sent to their phones, Dr Pokhriyal said.