The first open day at Delhi University's South Campus on Thursday saw many agitated parents and students questioning the new four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
The open day, held at the relatively small auditorium of SP Jain Centre at South Campus, was filled to the brim with hundreds of students and parents while volunteers from the All India Students' Association (AISA) and a few teachers who are against the new programme, stood outside interacting with students before they entered the venue.
Questions related to the admission procedure took a backseat as students and parents were interested in questioning the authorities about the newly introduced four-year programme. Many parents felt that the authorities simply avoided answering their valid questions while students were left confused about the programme.
"We know that a reputed institution like Delhi University cannot take such a big step without it being beneficial to students. But, somehow it hasn't been clearly stated what those advantages are and even today's session did not help clarify that," said Samarth Mehta, a student of DPS Faridabad.
While parents and students repeatedly asked university officials to explain the rationale behind the FYUP and its perceived benefits for employability of students, officials clarified that since the session was meant only for discussion and information about admission, its sanctity not be destroyed. The university reiterated that it was open to answering any questions about the FYUP if parents and students visited them separately at either North or South campus.
Students were also disappointed by the entrance exam for English Journalism being scrapped. "The entrance exam for journalism is a must. It is important to test if the students have media aptitude or not," said Shubhangana Vishwanathan, a student.
A few students still confused about the programme said they would visit one of the open days again, this time at north campus. The next open day session will be at South Campus on Friday from 10 am to 1 pm.