Hundreds of students and parents flocked to the Delhi University’s conference centre on Monday morning as the university began its first Open Day session of the admission season. Close to 1500 students and parents attended the sessions, a huge increase from last year’s 300 attendees the previous year.
With the university all set to introduce the new Four Years Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) from the upcoming session, students had various queries regarding what they should expect as a student of Delhi University.
Questions related to submission of admission forms, entrance examinations and interviews were the most frequently asked questions. The University officials were quick to address all questions and kept assuring the students of an easy and hassle-free admission procedure.
As regards the new FYUP, the most common queries among students and parents were regarding the kind of degrees made available to students after the multiple exit point system, the scope to get admission at Masters level in case they leave before completion of four years and also what to expect in the foundation courses.
Several students were unaware of the fact that the B.A. Programme course has been discontinued in DU and were re-thinking their subject choice.
Most students and parents left the convention centre feeling satisfied with the sessions. Majority of the students appeared happy with the change in the pattern of undergraduate programme. The removal of entrance examinations like the CATE for English also came as a relief to most students.
“The exit point system is a good option as you get a choice to finish college earlier and leave with a bachelor’s degree,” said Tanya Sharma from Noida.
“Value for our degrees at an international level will improve with the introduction of the FYUP. The three years undergraduate degree did not have much value abroad,” added Urvika Jain, who had come from Jalandhar specially to attend the Open Day. Students who were aiming at honours courses also were a hoppy lot when informed that the number of seats in the honours programmes was going to increase.
Members of the All India Students’ Association, a student outfit opposing the FYUP along with a section of teachers, stood outside the venue and distributed pamphlets to those leaving the venue after the sessions. The pamphlet criticized the alleged dilution of courses, increased cost of education and multiple exit points..
The second session will be held at the North Campus Conference Centre from 10 am.