The students of Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) protested outside the office of University Grants Commission (UGC) in opposition to a UGC directive which deems specification of the ‘mode of learning’ on the degrees awarded by it.
The students demanded a roll back of this directive calling it to be a ‘devaluation’ of their degrees. UGC had issued guidelines to make mentioning of “Mode of Delivery” compulsory on documents issued to correspondence students, including their degrees.
According to the UGC, this move has been taken “in order to erase ambiguities between conventional mode degrees and ODL mode degrees.”
Harish Gautam, member of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, which is an association of SOL students said, “Those pursuing correspondence courses in different open universities across the country come from disadvantaged and marginalised sections of society.” Further, arguing that such a decision would decrease their already dismal chances of getting good jobs or admissions in regular post-graduate courses of different universities, since mentioning mode of delivery would mean that their degrees will be treated inferior to those pursued through regular mode.
The students have also submitted a memorandum to the UGC demanding the annulment of the UGC guideline.
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