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.
Victim told the judge that she was being forced to relive the incident as she was made to appear in court again.