The decision by Delhi University to rollback the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) has brought both cheer and confusion among the students. While most of the students aspiring to study at the university from this year, have a reason to rejoice, with the three-year course back in palace, those who enrolled in the FYUP last year are left clueless about their future.
As the focus has been on starting the admission process, there has been no clarity about fate of those students who are already admitted under the programme.
“I am extremely delighted that FYUP has been scrapped. We were not at all comfortable studying the syllabus under FYUP,” Aayush Gupta, B.Com. (Hons.) student of Ramjas College said. Gupta was happy with the development, but was also anxious about how their course will be designed now. “Under the FYUP, there were many foundation and applied courses. But now it will be reverting back to the old system. This means a lot of changes,” he added. He said because of the fight between Delhi University and the University Grants Commission (UGC), the students suffered. “It was introduced abruptly last time. And the same has happened this time too. There is no clarity for us. We want to know what will happen to us. No one is giving us the answer,” he further added.
Echoing similar feelings, Iqbal Naveed, Economics honours student of College of Vocational Studies, said that completing the four-year designed course in three-year will put an extra burden on students. “We are happy for the juniors who will be admitted under the three years, but for us there will be a lot of burden,” said Naveed.
Similarly, the B.Tech. students are a worried lot. After an assurance from the UGC, they ended their protest. But their situation is yet to be resolved.
“I joined DU because I was getting a B.Tech. degree. Now with the restoration of the three-year programme, there will be no B.Tech. course. We want to know about our course and our degree,” Ansh Goyal, student of B.Tech. computer science at Maharaja Agrasen College said. Goyal says he left Manipal Institute and joined DU as they were giving four-year degree.
It was for the first time last year that DU introduced B.Tech. in Computer Science, Food Technology, Instrumentation & Electronics, Polymer Science and Psychological Science.
At the moment, there are no clear answers from DU officials whether these courses will be retained. The UGC is understood to have assured the students of a decision soon.
There are about 2,500 students admitted under the B.Tech. programme.
“We want four-year B.Tech. course as studying three-year will mean taking a B.Sc. degree. If UGC does not retain our course, we will go to the Supreme Court. We have already approached the Delhi High Court,” Akshay Kachroo, Instrumentation and Electronic student of Maharaja Agresen college.
To ensure that they get their degrees, the B.Tech. students have planned a protest on Saturday outside the Prime Minister’s Office.
Similarly the Bachelors (Honours) in Management Studies (BMS) students are also questioning their future as the course was introduced under FYUP.
“I do not know what will happen with the BMS programme. We have finished one year. Now let’s see what DU decides for us. It is our future they are talking about. How, we get justice,” Simran Singh said.