Calling Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh’s attitude as ‘callous and unpardonable’ towards students admitted to the four-year undergraduate programme last year, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), on Monday, asked the university to promptly restructure courses for these students.
“Following the official declaration that FYUP was rolled back, it was the duty of the V-C to immediately start the process of restructuring courses for students enrolled in 2013. The V-C ought to have started the process… in order to ensure that it is completed before the commencement of the academic session on July 21. After waiting for a week, hoping that the V-C will wake up to the enormous responsibility towards students, 12 members from the Academic Council have submitted a request for a meeting of the council,” a statement released by DUTA reads.
“Even in the case of BTech and BMS courses, where clear guidelines from the University Grants Commission (UGC) were issued on June 29 and 30 respectively, DU has made no move to safeguard the careers of these students,” the statement adds.
Urging the V-C to immediately hold meetings to re-structure the course, the body has sought the President’s intervention to get the ball rolling.
In its meeting held on July 5, the body had recommended certain parameters the university could adopt. It suggested that DU keep at least 14 papers from the main discipline/Honours course over the next two years, so that students would study a minimum of 18 papers from the main discipline in three years. Departments could use the Honours papers prepared for DC-I (pre-FYUP Honours papers) to prepare the course for the 2013 FYUP batch. It also recommended doing away with Research Methodology papers, Foundation and Applied papers in the second and third year.