The first day of the academic session at Delhi University on Monday saw ample confusion in most colleges as students inducted under the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) last year began classes restructured under the three-year format.
From no timetables to confusion over papers, second-year students were an anxious lot. “We are the ‘guinea pigs’ batch. The courses are still being changed,” a student of English (Honours) at Hindu College, said.
Acting on a directive by the University Grants Commission, Delhi University had rolled back FYUP last month. Consequently, several courses introduced last year had to be restructured to suit a different format. Further, colleges have had to make last minutes changes in seats as well as workload of teachers and students.
But, despite colleges working over time to remodel the system, a lot of loose ends remained.
“We have not been provided timetables. We were told that classes will begin at 9.30 am on Tuesday. The entire curriculum of the course has changed. In History, we are studying a paper on East Asia instead of one on the USSR. We have no clue about what will happen next year,” a student of History (H) at Hindu College, said.
Students also raised concerns about the change in the nomenclature of their degree.
At Lady Shri Ram, Sonali Sharma said, “When I took admission last year, the course was called Journalism and Mass Communication. There is talk that from this year the course will be called Journalism (H). It is a chaotic situation. We do not know our syllabus. We were supposed to study minor discipline papers this year, but we don’t know if we can do that any longer.”
Colleges said they had been working round the clock to ensure that the transition to the three-year programme was smooth.
“We got the letter from the Dean of Colleges on the restructuring of courses on Friday. Our college committee has been working round the clock to ensure timetables are ready. We held an orientation programme today and classes will begin tomorrow (Tuesday). Some departments have informed students about the schedule. Others will be informed tomorrow,” Pradyuman Kumar, Hindu College principal, said.
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