Students set to lose their MA seats over BA results delay

School of Open Learning takes too long to announce them

 The final year BA students of School of Open Learning at DU are having a tough time as the university is cancelling their provisional admissions to MA courses due to delay in their results. 

On August 27, SOL students protested against the decision as university is accountable for delay in results.

“Following the protest, the Deputy Dean of Students’ Welfare G Tuteja assured that the affected SOL students, who had cleared the MA entrance exam, will be given provisional admission even if their BA results are not declared by August 30. However,the university did not deliver on its promise,” said an SOL student.

“On Tuesday, a notification was put up which stated that students whose results have not come yet will not be given provisional admissions,” the student said.

Krantikari Yuva Sangathan (KYS), a DU students’ group which had organised a protest earlier, has reiterated its demands which include declaring SOL results along with the results of regular courses and providing provisional admission to all SOL students for the interim period who have cleared the postgraduate admission process.

It has also sought to ensure that in future no admission process in postgraduate courses in the university can be completed till SOL results are declared. “Students have submitted these demands to deputy dean’s office. The administration has to be held accountable for such a chaos.

Thousands of BA (Programme) students are left in the lurch. There is no defined policy or procedure for assuring admission to SOL students to MA courses,” said Maya John, a KYS member.

 “Their results are delayed every year for unexplained reasons. Waiting or wasting a year for admission to MA cannot be borne by many students who mostly come from underprivileged background,” she said.

KYS members said senior officials were unreachable for comments.

“G Tuteja has gone on the Gyanoday trip, the Dean of Students’ Welfare (DSW) was not in his office and the SOL director was also unreachable. Students have been running from one official to another without getting any response,” said Sujit Kumar, a member of KYS.

Due to the delay in results, SOL students are unable to apply in regular postgraduate courses as their admission process gets over by the time SOL releases its BA results, he said.

Such biased functioning of the university implies that SOL students should do PG through correspondence, he added.

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