A new proposal to delink undergraduate colleges from Delhi University and put them under the National Knowledge Commission has students quaking in their shoes.
Should the plan be passed, they will still get degrees, but not DU degrees. But the students feel it is the DU name on the certificate that matters, and it will be sorely missed while seeking jobs or scholarships.
This shaky situation is the result of a plan to let universities focus on post-graduation courses and research, relieving them of the task of running undergrad colleges.
The Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) has rejected the proposal saying that DU colleges attract the best students of the country and act as a “feeder” to university departments for Master’s courses and PhDs.
Udita Anand, a journalism student from Maharaja Agrasen College, is worried. “Earlier, the only thing in our favour was the DU thappa. Now students from colleges like IIMC will get preference rather than people from less reputable colleges,” she says. Sudhanshu Tiwari, who starts college this year, says: “As it is, there are hardly 60 seats for Bachelor of Business Studies and 35,000 students apply for it. Most will have to settle for other courses or unknown colleges now.” Indu Dhawan from Maharaja Agrasen, agrees: “Foreign universities have heard of DU, not some individual college. If you take that away, where do we go?”
Rohan Bhalla, who did his MBA from ISB after graduating from Bhagat Singh College, has a pragmatic take: “Even within the DU, a St Stephen’s has an impact far greater than a Bhagat Singh. Your ability as an individual and your scores matter a lot more than the ‘brand’ of your college.”