Chaos and Confusion at School of Open Learning’s Day One

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The students of the University of Delhi witnessed a sudden chaos on Sunday when there were lack of space issues at the centres of School of Open Learning (SOL) on the first day of the personal contact programme (PCP).

The students filed also alleged that they haven’t received any of the study materials so far. Many of them also alleged that certain colleges even barred them from entering the place thereby making their journey futile. One of the students at the centre described the situation as one of “complete mismanagement”.

Shubham Tiwari, a student who travelled all the way from Loni, Ghaziabad quoted, “There was no proper planning and several students had to stand in the classroom. However, nothing was taught due to the delay and only orientation was conducted.”

Another student from first year, B.A. Political Science added, “The entire day was wasted. They shouldn’t have announced that classes would be conducted if they hadn’t planned properly.”

Acknowledging and addressing the problems faced by the students, the members of SOL’s Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS) said in a statement, “We condemn the mismanagement and complete lack of preparation.” It also alleged that colleges like Hansraj and Satyawati did not conduct classes citing that they hadn’t prepared the timetable.

One of the students of SOL said, “Thousands of students returned disappointed and angry as their travel expenses went waste. The hasty manner in which CBCS has been implemented will result in no study material for optional papers being made available to students, which would only result in mass failure in exams.”

In response to chaos that happened at the centres, Mr. C.S. Dubey, director of SOL quoted, “We are working towards improving the situation and have planned to add more classrooms at the 35 centres for PCP classes. The study material will be provided to students online by next week.”

Amrashree Mishra

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