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The Executive Council of the University of Delhi (DU) has approved the semester system for the School of Open Learning (SOL) and  Non-Collegiate Women Education Board (NCWEB) starting from the current academic session.

The Executive Council of DU was called on Saturday to discuss the introduction of semester system in the SOL and NCWEB, and it has decided to introduce the semester system from this academic session.

The SOL and NCWEB are currently following the aannual system in which the exams are conducted in the month of May. 

It was decided in an earlier meeting that the Choice Based Semester System (CBCS) would be introduced in these two institutions from the academic session of 2019-2020.

The semester system would enable these two verticals to be identical to regular colleges.

Some officials expressed dissent, as they felt that this move has been taken in a hurry and would affect the students who have enrolled on an annual basis as classes have begun and the study material has also been handed over.

Akansha, who is a B.Com. student in SOL, seemed disappointed and had this to say-  ”There are mainly three reasons for choosing correspondence, those who choose it for convenience and do not have time for regular classes would be pissed as this defeats the purpose and who cannot afford regular education or do not have enough marks to get onto a regular college. I am pissed.”

SOL enables the students to enrol themselves in various courses and programs without being physically present to attend classes unlike other colleges in DU.

This means that students enrolled in undergraduate honours courses will have their examinations under the Central Examination Centre, since SOL offers very few honours courses. Notifications for the schedule of examinations and filing of forms for the students of NCWEB shall be along with regular semester students. Whereas  semester exams for non-honours students would be undertaken by SOL.

The annual system only has one examination whereas the semester system has two examinations during the months of December and May.

The fee structure also varies as semester system requires fee payment to be done in two instalments unlike the annual system with single payment.

The SOL, which was founded in 1962, is one of the largest distance education institute in the country with over five lakh students in its fold, and around one and a half lakh students enrolled annually.

NCWEB, which is exclusive to women, provides weekend to females residing in the national capital.

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Several issues are being faced by the applicants while filling up the registration form despite various attempts by the University to conduct a problem free online admission registration process.

The University of Delhi’s (DU) online registration portal went live on 30th May 2019 but the applicants have complained about issues like delay in getting the One Time Password (OTP) which is required to confirm registration and hence, complete the admission registration procedure.

Shreya, an applicant who faced hassle during the registration process said, “Most of my friends faced an issue with OTP.  We got the OTP at around 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. and by then, the 15 minute window had already expired. This led to a delay in the registration process. I was also troubled because of the issues regarding payment via card at the last stage. The portal shifted back to the payment page and it took me three days to complete the whole registration process.”

The University has enabled the edit option for editing the submitted forms once by paying an extra amount of INR 100 but the students and parents who tried editing the forms came up with the complaint that the link is non- functional.

However, some students have also successfully made use of the edit option. Nandini, another aspiring student told DU Beat, “I uploaded all my documents without signing on them and also paid the registration fee. But later when the edit option was made accessible then I could edit my form and upload the signed photocopies of the documents by paying a fee of INR 100.”

Several aspirants have complained that the integration with the Central Board of Secondary Education for conducting the admission process is troublesome as four subjects were randomly picked by the automated feed.

Many applicants also had problems with the issue of an inbuilt calculator for calculating the marks for the best four subjects. However, the DU website stated, “The registration portal neither calculates any marks for the best four subjects nor for any other purpose. Only the marks on a pro-rata basis are being displayed. However, the eligibility check tools will implement at the time of admission”.

Ritwik, a DU aspirant from Assam said, “I did not face any problems while filling up the registration form but I had a fear that what if something goes wrong while filling in the details and I had a few doubts about the form but they were easily cleared.”

Adrika Tamuly, another student told DU Beat, “The process was smooth and I did not face any glitches in the online portal while filling up the registration form and neither did any of my friends found any issues with the website.”

The online registration portal will remain active till 14th  June and the first cut off will be released on 20th June .

Priya Chauhan

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