THIS YEAR,STUDENTS NEED A HIGHER SCORE TO GET INTO THE SCHOOL OF OPEN LEARNING (SOL).
School of Open Learning (SOL) is setting higher standards for its students this year. While admissions for its undergraduate courses are all set to start from June 1, it has decided to increase the eligibility criterion for a number of courses.
For students applying for a BA (Eng Hons), the minimum percentage for admission has been increased to 60%. For students applying for a BCom or a BA (PolSc Hons) programme, the minimum percentage of marks has been increased from 40% to 55%. For BA and BCom programmes, however, the eligibility criterion remains unchanged at 40%.
Explains HC Pokhriyal, executive director, SOL, “Since there is no seat limit at SOL and 40% is not a difficult score, a lot of students tend to opt for tougher courses but are not able to clear them later on. We do not want students to suffer and, therefore, this decision has been taken.”
Though the eligibility criterion for admissions have been changed, it is designed to help students avoid wasting precious time.
“It has been observed that students who opt for courses like BCom Honours with a low score in their class XII exams, for example, try to switch over to a different course after a year. This way, they lose one full year,” Pokhriyal points out.
NEED FOR CHANGE
It was necessary to increase the eligibility criterion in the current year because from 2012, SOL will be going in for another change — from the annual mode to the semester pattern.
Pokhriyal says, “The policies that are implemented in Delhi University for its colleges, is adopted by SOL a year later. Since from the next year we will have to change all undergraduate courses to the semester mode, this is the right time to change the eligibility criterion. This way, students won’t have to deal with too many changes at one go.”
Currently, SOL offers undergraduate courses in annual mode and postgraduate courses in semester mode. Around 1.5 lakh students enrol themselves at SOL each year. SOL, however, has no separate placement cell. Students register themselves online at the main university’s placement cell. Pokhriyal explains, “We don’t have any placement programmes as the university takes care of it. Hence, students are required to register at the university.”
The last date for admissions at SOL is August 1. August 31 is the last date for admission with a late fee of Rs 100, and September 30 is the last date for admission with a late fee of Rs 200.