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School of Open Learning might scrap honours degree

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School of Open Learning ( SOL ), Delhi University’s institution which provides correspondence degrees and which is likely to find its name in the Limca Book of Records for adding maximum number of students in a day, might soon lose all the credit it has achieved till date, thanks to UGC’s guidelines which prohibit a university to give two different types of degrees.

This situation has arrived due to the inclusion of FYUP in the colleges run by the University of Delhi. Since, FYUP was not introduced in the correspondence courses, they’re still running on the old 3 year mode which in turn is conflicting with the UGC’s rules. The follow up would be that the university might discontinue the honours degree it is providing through the SOL Programme. Such a decision would mean, that the open learning institution will only be giving out degrees for certificate and vocational courses.

Not only this, according to sources, it is also being alleged that the University is thinking of diverting the funds, which will be appropriated from the admission fees of students who applied for SOL, to start regional study centres for different colleges of the university. Adhering to which, principals of different colleges would also be given an amount of 25000 a month to give out the desired land for the constitution of study centres.

Faculty of SOL seemed perplexed when we asked them about these developments. ‘We have received the information through media only, though we are totally against scrapping the honours degree from SOL’, said Dr. U.S. Pandey, senior faculty in the department of Commerce, SOL.

Delhi University Teacher’s Association ( DUTA ) staged a dharna today condemning the same.

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