School of Open Learning plans to have new centres after several students complaint about distance and accommodation facilities.

University of Delhi’s School of Open Learning (SOL) has decided to open a new building in Tahirpur, East Delhi. The tentative structure would be a seven storey long building on a 2,100 square metre land at Dilshad Garden. The varsity is also planning to open two other centres in Rohini and Uttam Nagar, to cater students from North West and West Delhi. Around 20,000 students from the area adjoining  Loni in Tahirpur, Rohini and Uttam Nagar are  enrolled for different courses at SOL.

A new examination branch will also be built to avoid delays in conduction of exams and declaration of results. This decision came after first year students protested against the implementation of Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in SOL after it got approval from Executive Council. The students complained that the current Centre in North Campus did not have enough space to accommodate students who came for the Personal Contact Programme, which endeavoured to equip students with the required infrastructure.

Ramesh Bharadwaj, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), informed the Times of India that SOL will streamline the system. The college has available land in Tahirpur area and it will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Central Public Works departments (CPWD) to erect a seven storey building. He advocated for the implementation of CBCS in SOL as the institute was not recognized by Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Open and Distance Learning for it used to follow the Three Year Undergraduate Programme system that has been revoked from almost all the colleges of Delhi University.

Moreover, he added, “More than 90% study materials have been published and we are inviting students daily in batches of 3,000 to collect it. We have already provided soft copies since 25th August, a week before classes started on 1st September.”

The University Grant Commission launched the CBCS system in 2016 for Delhi University but SOL adhered to the old Three Year Undergraduate Programme till August 2018 when it along with NCWEB switched to CBCS to pace up with other colleges of varsity.

Prior to this, SOL had only 20 classes in a year but now the institute can easily hold 17-20 classes, per semester at 42 centers.


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The students from School of Open Learning have started an indefinite hunger strike against the University of Delhi regarding the decision of introducing the Choice Based Credit System from this year onwards.

On Monday, 19th August, 2019, students of School of Open Learning (SOL) along with activists from Krantikari Yuva Sangathan held a protest at Arts Faculty, University of Delhi. They have also launched an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday, 20th August 2019.

The University of Delhi (DU) recently decided to implement the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in the School of Open Learning and Non-Collegiate Woman Education Board (NCWEB), removing the existing annual mode. The University has decided to change the syllabus of these institutions after 12 years. The decision was taken during an emergency meeting of the University’s Executive Council (EC) on Saturday, 17th August 2019, but four members recorded their dissent to the idea.

In 2015, DU had decided to drop annual examinations and paved way for the semester examinations for all its regular colleges under CBCS. SOL and NCWEB were exempted since there were no regular classes for these students. The latest decision will bring the two institutions at par with regular colleges. However, the decision has faced backlash by people even before it was implemented.  Members of Academic Council questioned the implementation of the programme. Questions relating to the semester system and examinations were also raised.Around 1.5 lakh students are enrolled in SOL and NCWEB has more than 2000 students in the institution, making it a dire issue affecting the future of many.

This decision is being highly criticised because of the following reasons:

  1. The decision has been implemented in haste. “This is a very welcome step but the way DU is planning to implement the scheme in a hurry will harm the students. This will also face legal issues as the varsity has invited applications and conducting admissions as per the previous method i.e., annual pattern,” said Pankaj Garg former member of the Academic Council.


  1. The material of the annual mode of exam has already been distributed. What is more shocking is that until a few days ago, students of SOL and NCWEB were studying the same annual mode syllabus. “Study material of annual mode and old syllabus has also been distributed. If we change the system now, there is going to be increased expenditure” said Rajesh Jha, EC member. “The university will distribute online material but half of the students enrolled in SOL are coming from economically weaker sections and many do not have computers at home,” Jha added.


  1. The students who preferred choosing the annual mode over CBCS weren’t given a choice to express their consent. Janmejoy Khuntia, SOL Staff Council Secretary, said, “While the CBCS system is welcome, students have paid fees in annual mode so it may be unfair to ask them to switch. The university must look at the implementation and avoid haste.” Khuntia further added that as per the University Act, it is the Academic Council which should decide upon the conduct of examination.


  1. A major change like this will also affect staff requirement as well staff training. Lack of preparation there could hamper the education of these students.“Since the workload would increase, the staff should also be increased. We are exploring possibilities to develop a third examination branch in the lines of south Delhi campus examination branch under the Campus of Open Learning (COL) to undertake these responsibilities,” a senior DU official said requesting anonymity.


  1. The students of SOL programme would have to face a more rigid and harsh schedule as while NCWEB students and SOL honours students will have their examination with regular students. Other than them, their tests will be conducted after regular classes end and before their examination begins and also during the interval following the completion of regular examinations.


Bringing a contrapositive opinion, another member of EC as well as officiating Director of NCWEB, Geeta Bhatt said, “Obviously the university is implementing the scheme with proper and articulated planning. Further, admissions are still going in the SOL, NCWEB and even in some regular colleges.”

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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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The Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB), established in 1943 through an amendment in the Delhi University Act, is a special provision of the university through which female candidates can take examinations of the University with coaching on the weekends, without the requirement of attending regular classes. Degrees are granted for undergraduate and postgraduate courses through this system.

NCWEB only accepts female applicants residing in Delhi NCR and offers lectures only during the weekends and academic breaks. The non collegiate students are not authorized to enroll themselves in other full time courses. The board began functioning in September 1944 with three students. Currently, the enrollment is more than 24,000 as the board is able to accommodate only 20% of the applicants. The admission is granted on the basis of merit through declaration of cut-offs.

The first cut-off list for the admissions this year will be released on June 30. Rakesh Batra, teacher in-charge of NCWEB admissions at Hansraj College said, “We offer a total of 288 seats in two courses, B.A. Programme and B.Com. Programme. The response has been really good till now and all our seats get filled. The classes in Hansraj are conducted on Saturdays or during the vacations.”

Hemchand Jain, Vice Principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyay College said, “NCWEB was introduced to our college last year. We offer a total of 495 seats for two courses- B.A. Programme and B.Com. Programme. The enrolled students are performing really well and doing wonders since we have seen great results in this past year.” Since there is no classroom teaching, no written material is given. The students have to maintain a minimum of 66% to appear for the university examinations. There are 50 teaching days in a year and at the Undergraduate level, classes are held between  9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m with 6 periods in a day.

Anju, a second year student of B.A. Programme at Deen Dayal Upadhyay College said, “We have around 60 classes during the year and we have classes every Saturday and throughout December. The classes have been very fruitful for me and I am doing a course on makeup along with this.”

Professors of the Delhi University and affiliated colleges are deputed as guest faculty to teach the non collegiate students. The pass percentage is similar to that of regular students. The programme accepts students at a low cost and utilises existing infrastructure of educational institutions. Financial aid is provided to needy and deserving students for the academic year.

NCWEB provides library facility to all undergraduate students in their respective teaching centres and the postgraduate students can access the library at Arts Faculty Building, North Campus.

NCWEB offers the following courses:

  • M.A./M.Sc.Mathematics

  • M.A. in English

  • M.A. Hindi

  • M.A. History

  • M.A. Philosophy

  • M.A. Political Science

  • M.A. Bengali

  • M.A. Sanskrit

  • M.A. Urdu

  • M.A. Punjabi

  • M.A. Arabic

  • M.A. Persian


The following are the NCWEB teaching centres for undergraduate programmes:

  • Aditi Mahavidyalaya

  • Aryabhatta College

  • Bhagini Nivedita College

  • Bharti College

  • College Of Vocational Studies

  • Deen Dayal Upadhayay College

  • Dr. B.R. Ambedkar College

  • Hansraj College

  • J.D.M College

  • Jesus & Mary College

  • Kalindi College

  • Keshav Mahavidyalaya

  • Lakshmi Bai College

  • Maharaja Agrasen College

  • Maitreyi College

  • Mata Sundri College

  • Miranda House

  • Motilal Nehru College

  • P.G.D.A.V. College

  • Rajdhani College

  • Ramanujan College

  • Satyawati College

  • SGGSC of Commerce

  • SPM College

  • Sri Aurobindo College

  • Vivekananda College

Postgraduate classes are held at the Tutorial Building, Arts Faculty, University of Delhi, North Campus.

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The first NCWEB cut-off was released yesterday.

To download the cut-off click on –  NCWEB-1st cut-off

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The Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board’s (NCWEB) latest decision to open a new teaching centre at the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College has increased the number of available seats for students by a whopping 500. This is welcome news for female students from Delhi and NCR who wish to enrol into the various graduate and postgraduate courses which are on offer.  This also happens to be the 26th teaching centre of NCWEB to be launched, thus expanding the seats of this non-formal education body of the University of Delhi (DU) to over 12,000.

Dr. Anju Gupta, NCWEB’s director, states that though the non collegiate students are not allowed to pursue a full-time course alongside the course they have opted for, they can still “opt for part-time courses and jobs, provided they meet the minimum attendance criteria.” Once the cut-off is cleared, the students must come to class only once a week. Though a slightly unconventional and disconnected form of teaching for some, this could be a boon for others wishing to pursue a part-time course, in addition to the one which they are enrolled in. The non collegiate programmes utilise the existing infrastructure of DU colleges during the weekends and academic breaks, therefore adopting a low-cost teaching programme.

Currently offering B.A. and B.Com. courses, M.Sc. (Mathematics) and M.A. in 13 subjects, the first cut-off list for NCWEB’s various programmes is expected to be released on July 1.


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Delhi University’s Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) is a forum through which female students in the National Capital Territory of Delhi can attain a DU degree in three-year B.A. (Programme) or B.Com. courses without attending regular classes in DU colleges. The NCWEB holds classes on college campuses on Saturdays, Sundays, and during academic breaks. There are 50 teaching days in a year, from 8am to 3:30pm. A minimum attendance of 66% is required for the student to be eligible for giving the DU exams. Admission is granted on the basis of merit through the declaration of cut-offs.

Applying to the NCWEB:

Applicants to the NCWEB must register through the common online undergraduate portal at http://ug.du.ac.in/. They must fill in their personal details and indicate the courses of their choice. Admission will be granted on the basis of marks obtained in the best four subjects (for a detailed explanation of how to calculate your best of four, read: Calculation of best of four). The NCWEB grants reservations as per the DU rules. There are a total of 284 seats in the B.A. (Programme) course and 184 seats in the B.Com. course.

The eligibility criteria for admission to the NCWEB are as follows:

  • Female student
  • Resident of NCT
  • Not pursuing any full-time course

Important Dates:

July 12 – First cut-off list (admissions on July 12, 13, 14)

July 15 – Second cut-off list (admissions on July 15, 16, 17)

July 18 – Third cut-off list (admissions on July 18, 19, 20)

July 21 – Fourth cut-off list (admissions on July 21, 22, 23)

July 25 – Fifth cut-off list (admissions on July 25, 26, 27)

NCWEB Teaching Centers:

  1. Bharati College
  2. Hansraj College
  3. Janki Devi Memorial College
  4. Jesus & Mary College
  5. Kalindi College
  6. Lakshmibai College
  7. Maharaja Agrasen College
  8. Maitreyi College
  9. Mata Sundri College
  10. PGDAV College
  11. SGGSC of Commerce
  12. SPM College
  13. Vivekananda College

For more details, refer to: http://ncweb.du.ac.in/

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The NCWEB is well established institution under Delhi University which seeks to provide education to women with special coaching but without attending regular classes. It was started in 1944 and due to its increasing popularity and logistical issues, it has established centers in colleges like Bharati College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Jesus & Mary College, Kalindi College, Lakshmi Bai College,Mata Sundri College, Maitreyi College, PGDAV College, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce, Hans Raj College, Maharaja Agrasen College and Vivekananda College. It only conducts weekend classes – on the remaining days of the week, students are free to pursue an occupation or another educational course.

Like SOL, NCWEB follows the annual examination system. It teaches the following two courses:

  • BA Programme (English, Hindi, Punjabi, History, Political Science, Sanskrit, Economics, Mathematics, OMSP-Office Management & Secretarial Practice)
  • B.Com.

The Non Collegiate Women’s Education Board (NCWEB) has declared its guidelines,  important information along with dates for admissions to undergraduate courses.

  • The forms will be sold from 8th June to 24th June at 4 centres, namely Kalindi College, Maharaja Agarsen College, PGDAV College and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College.
  • Admission to the NCWEB centers will be decided on the basis of cutoffs.
  • The percentage for B.A. Program will be decided on the basis of 10+2 board results by taking the best of four subjects which should have one language and three best subjects which can include maximum one vocational subject.
  • While for B.Com. the criteria is one language, Business Studies, Accountancy and one more best subject which could be a vocational subject as well. Students from streams other than Commerce will be considered with a deduction of 5% marks in best of four percentage.
  • The first cutoff list will be out on 8Th July and the last on 21st July.

The OMR form needs to be filled with attention. Only black/blue point ink is to be used. No photocopies are to be attached with the form. After filling the form, its photocopy must be stamped and kept as an acknowledgement. Make sure that the boxes in the form are properly filled, otherwise you stand a chance of getting your form rejected.
For more information, check: http://ncweb.du.ac.in/ncweb/sites/default/files/UG%20Information%20Pamphlet%202015-16.pdf

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On the second Open Day conference, Dr. Anju Gupta, Director of NCWEB (Non Collegiate Women Education Board) addressed the Delhi University aspirants. The NCWEB offers BA and BCom courses to working women in Delhi. While degrees are not awarded to the students, diploma courses can be opted for. The classes are held on the weekend and no internal assessment is done.

Following that, Dr. Supriya and Dr. Shobha from the Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC) informed the DU aspirants about B. Tech Humanities and B. Tech Innovation with Mathematics and IT.

The information regarding both the courses is as follows:

  1. The CIC form needs to be filled between June 24 and July 24. The entrance test will be conducted on June 27. The admission process also includes an interview.
  2. The applicant will have to enroll himself/herself in any course and college in Delhi University to be eligible to apply for admission to these courses.
  3. For semester I, students will have to choose one core subject in the CIC center.
  4. For semester II, students will have to take two papers in any college where such courses are available.
  5. For B. Tech Innovation with Mathematics and IT, the applicant needs to have Mathematics in 12th standard.
  6. The merit list will be issued on the basis of an entrance test.
  7. The CIC form needs to be filled on June 24-July 24. The entrance test will be conducted on June 27. The admission process also includes an interview.


th March 2014. Mrs. Leela Nandan (IAS), resident commissioner of U.P. was the chief guest for the event and Prof. J.M. Khurana served as the guest of honour. In her keynote address, Mrs. Nandan discussed the importance of institutions such as NCWEB while Prof. Khurana highlighted the academic benchmarks achieved by NCWEB. 10149355_817627291598036_1093474953_nDuring the course of the event, NCWEB also acknowledged the academic excellence of students who brought laurels to the institution. The event also included a music and dance performance followed by a street play by the students. Other standout performances included a Bharatanatyam dance by a girl who survived polio during her childhood and Poetry recital by another student who was differently abled. Both the performances got a huge cheer from the crowd. Sincere efforts by Dr. Anju Gupta, Director, NCWEB and other staff members contributed in the success of the event.]]>

Delhi University has recently decided to offer more Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board centres to students from the upcoming year. The number of centres is to be increased from thirteen to sixteen, thereby increasing the number of seats by about thirty percent.

The Non-Collegiate Women’s Education Board at North Campus provides the students with the degree of correspondence but it is different from School of Open Learning in many respects. Only limited colleges offer classes for this course and only women students residing in the National capital Territory of Delhi can enroll themselves as students of the Board. On one hand where the cut off is about ninety percent in B.Com (H) in regular colleges, the students can get admission at seventy percent here.

The centres for NCWEB are the regular colleges itself, wherein classes are held during weekends and other holidays. Out of the thirteen centres at present, twelve are colleges and one is a school. Due to the lack of adequate number of centres, it was reported that the students had faced a lot of problem last year as the number of students who took admission was about ten times the total allotted seats. The authorities had to go through a tough time while organizing classes. Owing to the lack of coordination between Delhi University and the school authorities, the school could be wiped off as a centre from this tear onward with some college replacing it. Currently, B.A., B.Com and M.A. are the kind of courses offered in such an arrangement with 5,590 seats in total. Hans Raj College, Bharti College, Janki Devi Memorial College, Jesus and Mary College, Lakshmi Bai College, Maharaja Agrasen College, Maitreyi College, Mata Sundari College, PGDAV College, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce etc. are among the centres for NCWEB. Also, the students are free to opt for jobs while studying.

Around seventy percent of the students are working at present, which is also encouraged by the Board. Non-Collegiate Centres are the best option, apart from regular colleges, where one can get quality education and other services in the regular colleges. Apart from this, sports and other extra- curricular activities are given prime importance for the overall development of students. Seminars are organized, giving a platform to the students to gain knowledge outside the classroom.