Delhi University (DU) has rescheduled the exam for its School of Open Learning (SOL) from November 2019 to May 2020 after the Delhi High Court’s direction. The Court, while hearing the petition filed by SOL students against the implementation of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS), asked the university to conduct the exam annually for the first year students instead of the proposed biannual mode. The first-semester exams were earlier scheduled to begin on November 27.
In August, the university had asked SOL to change the exam pattern from annual to semester system, in order to ensure parity with the regular DU colleges. Choice-based credit system was introduced under the new system.
The distance learnings students who enrolled at SOL have been protesting against the new exam pattern introduced hastily. The protesting students are also demanding rollback of CBCS as the system needs preliminary preparation.
On November 11, the aggrieved students, under the banner of Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, also protested outside the office of the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) to seek its intervention.
“We are not against CBCS, but its implementation was a last-minute decision. The notification was issued towards the deadline of the admission process and several students had no idea about the new biannual exam pattern. We are happy with the decision to reschedule the exam for first-year students this year,” says Aadarsh Kumar, a BA first-year student, SOL.
From next year, the exams for SOL students will be held twice a year.
The Court has also directed the authorities to look into complaints about the lack of study material and get proper infrastructure in place by the upcoming exam session and properly implement the CBCS.