Every year more than 1.5 lakh students join School of Open Learning, many of whom migrate from regular colleges. What drives students to take this decision?
One of the most common reasons is that as students get promoted to higher semesters, the pressure of college attendance takes a toll on their career aims. Unable to handle the tuitions along with regular classes, the School of Open Learning witnesses a lot of migrations. A number of professional courses like Charted Accountancy and Actuarial Sciences, to name a few, demand work experience or articleship before students can move to higher levels. This is impossible to continue with regular classes and so SOL or correspondence becomes the only option for students intent on completing the course with their degree.
Many students enroll themselves in Delhi University to experience the carefree and fun life that the colleges in DU seem to offer. Being a part of SOL takes that away- the fests, the societies, the friends, and everything else. But it does give students plenty of time to focus on life ahead and excel in their professional course of choice.
SOL and regular colleges give a student the same platform except that regular colleges give students a sense of satisfaction of studying under the aegis of Delhi University, while SOL doesn’t. The criteria to enter management institutes like the IIMs and ISBs are the same for both, School of Open Learning and regular DU colleges, thus motivating students even from “top” colleges like SRCC and Hans Raj to take the leap.
But the fact that a degree isn’t always sufficient to propel students to positions they are capable of, and that the environment of a college does do plenty to ready a student for life after college, the decision to shift to School of Open Learning must be backed with unrelenting motivation and hard work.
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