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BTech students a worried lot: ‘I hope my career doesn’ t suffer’

Du 480 ABVP activists at DU on Monday.
Written by Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Posted: June 24, 2014 10:27 am

With the University Grants Commission (UGC) directing Delhi University (DU) to scrap FYUP, BTech students enrolled in various colleges of the university are a worried lot. On Monday, BTech students from various DU colleges assembled at the Arts Faculty to protest against the scrapping of the four-year BTech programme.

“ I could have enrolled in IP University, but I enrolled in Delhi University because of its reputation. Now, if the university doesn’ t give me a BTech degree, I will be deprived of my enginereering qualification. In this tussle between the UGC and DU, I hope my career does not suffer,”  Shivam, a BTech student from Maharaja Agrasen College, said.

Parents, whose children took admission to the university’ s four-year undergraduate programme, were also nervous, with many already thinking of exit options from DU in case the university scraps its BTech degree.

“ In case of DU scrapping the programme, I would have to look at other options for my daughter. But that would effectively mean loss of one academic year. She is a good student, but her merit will be of no consequence if the degree is scrapped altogether. If I knew all this would happen, I would have never enrolled her in DU,” Ankit Wadhwa, a parent, said.

The university has BTech courses in computer science and electronics.

Teachers, opposing the programme, had earlier come up with a suggestion under which those students who have taken admission in BTech courses can be given an option to exit after three years with a BSc (honours) degree while those who want to continue for a year will be given a BTech degree.

The 10-member Standing Committee, which met on Monday to decide on how to migrate to the three-year programme, has recommended that the BTech degree be retained. “For BTech students, the fourth year should be retained and they should be eligible for a BTech degree as per the terms and conditions at the time of taking admission,” Nandita Narain, Standing Committee member, said.

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