Though teachers opposed to Delhi University’s (DU) four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) have welcomed University’s Grant Commission’s (UGC) decision to review the course, the announcement has created confusion among parents and students over the future of the programme.
“The officials can keep debating and everyone can keep protesting, but the students are the ones who are going to be taking admission this year. We deserve to know what we are getting into so that we can make the right decision,” Manisha Lamba, a science aspirant, said.
“Maybe the programme will be scrapped, maybe it will stay. But as parents, we should be informed about what the university plans to do. Neither the university nor MHRD should play with the lives of children in this manner,” Ramesh Rana, whose daughter has applied for admission to DU, said.
With the buzz that FYUP will be rolled back getting stronger, students already enrolled in the four-year course are also apprehensive.
“If FYUP is rolled back, will I get my degree after three years or four years ? Will I then graduate with the batch that will join the university this year? Right now, I don’t even know if I should concentrate on Discipline 2 subjects, because in all likelihood, I may not be studying them at all,” Rachit Mehra, a DU student, said.
BTech and BMS students are also apprehensive about the fate of their degrees. “FYUP suits the scheme of things for BTech just fine. It is a well-designed course, one we are happy studying. The university should think twice before scrapping it,” Anisha Wadhwa, who enrolled for BTech in computer science last year, said.
Meanwhile, students organisations such as the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) are planning to hold a protest outside HRD ministry demanding “immediate annulment of FYUP”. The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) is planning to hold a “VC buddhi shuddhi yagya” outside North Campus’s Art Faculty.
Even Congress’ National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), which joined the clamour for rollback of FYUP some days ago, has decided “to keep protesting till the university rolls back the programme”.