After a month of chaos and controversies, the Delhi University (DU) is reopening on Monday with the ambitious four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) now firmly out of the academic structure.
Starting today, all colleges under the university will start classes in the new academic year following the three-year structure.
One of the biggest challenges for colleges, however, will be to make sure students enrolled in FYUP last year go through a smooth transition to a three-year programme as they sit for their second year in college.
“We organised a huge orientation programme for the freshers on Sunday. It was attended by a record number of parents and the chaos over FYUP looked like a dead issue,” said a teacher at Shri Ram College of Commerce, where nearly 900 students have taken admission this year against 624 seats in two courses.
“But the students admitted last year, who will now come back in the second year, may have many questions. Teachers will help them once classes begin,” he added. Most colleges have put up their time-tables on the website by Sunday night.
Teachers hope that students studying in the three-year programme would be well aware of the issue and the revised course structure.
“We are planning to organise an orientation for them also. But until Sunday, our main concern was to get the time-tables ready and appoint ad hoc teachers,” said SK Garg, principal, Deen Dayal Upadhyay College.
“We worked overnight to make sure students got their time-tables before coming to the college. Also, the appointment of teachers will be done by Monday morning,” added Garg, who was also the convenor of the committee which recommended the course structure after the rollback of FYUP.
The university, on its part, has also geared up to start the new academic session amidst rumours that there might be some changes in the top administration.
A meeting of the proctorial board of the university was held last week with officials from Delhi Police and DTC to initiate anti-ragging measures.
From Monday, the university will press into action a Joint Control Room each at North and South Campus.
Students facing ragging or harassment can report the matter to these control rooms by dialing 27667221 (North Campus) and 24119832 (South Campus).
“After all the confusion, it feels great to be able to join college finally. Every student looks forward to the first day in college and for us it means a lot more. There were still speculations on whether the colleges can manage to open on the announced date,” said Vidhi Gupta, who has taken admission in BA (honours) History at Jesus & Mary College.