Months after the scrapping of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), the Delhi University administration has issued guidelines to its constituent colleges to ensure the optimal utilisation of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure created around the time FYUP was implemented.
Under FYUP, the university had spent a huge sum to equip each first-year student with a laptop. With its emphasis on project work, the four-year course had required students to acquire basic computer skills in the first year. However, with the scrapping of the course in July, colleges were left clueless about the fate of these laptops.
The guidelines issued by the university stresses on the need for the ICT infrastructure. “ICT equipment are not integral to any particular programme, rather they are integral to the entire teaching-learning process,” the circular issued by Dean of Colleges Malashri Lal states.
“Laptop use is critical for students who take up undergraduate research projects like Innovation Projects or for those who participate in the Incubation Centres at the university. The ratio of computers to students in an institution is also an important parameter for NAAC rating,” the circular further states.
Voicing similar concerns, DU media co-ordinator Malay Neerav said, “The use of laptops is not limited to any four-year or three-year course. It is especially useful to students from disadvantaged sections who form a large part of the student community. The idea is to empower students with the information available on the internet.”
In the last few years, many DU colleges have created Wi-Fi facilities and have set up LCD projectors, screens, desktops and laptops. “The laptops… are most valuable resources for a technology-aided teaching and learning process,” the circular states.
Since the laptops were procured for first-year undergraduate students under FYUP, the university has asked colleges to take them back from students so that it could be issued to the new batch.
In case the number of students is more than the laptops available, the university has suggested that the batch of students can be divided into two groups so that laptops could be provided to them semester-wise.