As the stand-off between Delhi University and the University Grants Commission (UGC) on the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) continued, the possibility of a rollback of the course sent colleges into a tizzy.
While the UGC claimed that 57 colleges had submitted a compliance report following its directive to return to the three-year format, a section of colleges felt that the rollback would be an uphill task. Meanwhile, several college principals felt that the application process had to be started afresh.
Secretary of the Principals’ Association of Delhi University and the principal of Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences, S Lakshmi Devi, said, “The prospectus was for FYUP and students have applied for that. The whole exercise fails in the case of a rollback.”
Pointing to the enormity of changes required for a rollback, Ramjas College principal Rajendra Prasad said, “Seats have to be redistributed. Under the four-year course, the seats of Programme or Pass courses such as BSc Life Sciences, BA Programme, BCom (Pass) and others were distributed among the Honours courses. If we go back to the three-year format, these seats will have to go back to the Programme courses.” He added that fresh time-tables would also have to be drawn.
Others pointed to how the allotment of workload for the courses would also have be to revised. Some colleges said appointment of teachers made on the basis of workload for the FYUP would have to reviewed.
“Workload of teachers as well as students will have to be assessed and re-assigned. This will take sometime,” Devi said.
“The entire admission process was set. But with the recent developments, there is no clarity on what we are expected to do. Seats will have to be re-allocated, teachers’ workloads re-worked and time tables re-determined. We are already working on Plan B. But the UGC or university statutory bodies should at least give us directions,” Miranda House principal Pratibha Jolly said.
For P C Jain, principal of Shri Ram College of Commerce , the resumption of the admission process was of primary concern. “It is pointless to think about what needs to be done when there is no clarity on what is going to happen. Right now, UGC and DU authorities need to sort this mess out so that admission can resume,” he said.
Some other colleges, however, seemed to lean towards returning to the three-year format. According to principal of Hindu College, Pradyuman Kumar, the rollback is not going to be “complicated”. “For students already enrolled in first year, it is just a matter of adjusting seats,” he said.