The students of Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (SOL) on Sunday held a protest at North Campus demanding the classes be resumed. An effigy of the SOL administration was also burnt by agitated students, who said their classes ended today despite the course being incomplete.
They expressed concern that discontinuation of classes of first year Political Science (Hons) without completion of the syllabus may result in “mass failure and drop outs”.
A memorandum was submitted to the SOL authorities in this regard. They also demanded that the subjects whose classes have not been conducted till now, should be conducted regularly till the completion of the syllabus.
“The classes had started late in November when the semester exams of their regular counterparts were just about to begin. The students were not even given enough classes to complete the course, despite full fees being taken for the course by the SOL administration,” said Krantikari Yuva Sangathan—Delhi unit member Harish Gautam.
As per the protestors, the classes at SOL study centres are conducted in an ad hoc manner with over 200-250 students seen jostling for space in the classrooms, which makes it very difficult to follow what is being taught in class. “Now, the ending of classes with an incomplete course would only cause mass failure in the coming examinations, which in turn would also inevitably lead to a large number of students being forced to drop out. This amounts to a blatant discrimination against those students who already are facing marginalisation in society with skewed educational opportunitiesamong other issues,” Gautam added.