By: Surbhi Gupta
As the controversy over the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) of the Delhi University rages on, fate of students enrolled under the four-year course last year remained uncertain. Caught in the DU vs University Grants Commission (UGC) crossfire, students who will step into the third semester of college are feeling the heat and trauma of transition into a different system.
Calling themselves a “guinea pig” batch, the students say they were being tested against all the education policy changes by the government in the past four years. From scrapping the class 10th Board examination, implementation of the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) policy, being the first batch of FYUP and now the likely transition into the 3-year-system, the students who passed their class 12th last year have seen it all.
“It’s harsh on us”, said Pakhi Sharma, a Bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communication (BJMC) student of DU. “Since BJMC was formulated under the FYUP only, authorities will now know how to squeeze it in 2 years, other courses can simply revert back but what about us,” she added.
Expressing distress over uncertainty of the actions being taken by the authorities, Parul Oberoi, a DU student said, “When we have finally settled down in the system, they are changing it, I really don’t understand what else the DU students would have to see in the coming days.”
On the other hand, there are students who are rejoicing and welcoming the rollback of the programme. Shraddha Mour, another DU student, called the four year programme a “waste of time” and is looking forward for the 3-year-system. Being an outstation student, she said that she will save time and money as she will have to stay in college for 2 more years now and then move forward for post graduation. “I will not have to waste my time studying the foundation courses”, she added.
But students who want to fly abroad for higher studies would be at loss too – a four year under graduation would make them do away with a linking course to study in a foreign university. Anugya Gupta, a DU student, said, “I don’t mind not getting a B.Tech degree in psychology as it is a liberal arts subject, but a 4-year under-graduation is important for me as I want to go to the US for my post graduation.”
(Surbhi Gupta is an intern with the indianexpress.com)