While there is strong opposition to FYUP, a section of students is happy with what is being offered.
“FYUP allows students from one discipline to learn about the other. For instance, a history student gets to understand some concepts in science and likewise, a commerce student can learn about arts. It exposes us to a broad set of subjects/ disciplines through the foundation courses and will also help students develop an interest in one of the subjects they study. This will help a student who wishes to pursue higher studies in that discipline,” says Saloni Jain, a history student at Gargi College.
The best part of FYUP, says Sankalp Choudhary of Khalsa College, is that one can get a diploma after spending two years in college, a bachelor’s degree after three years and a bachelor’s with honours after four years.
“With the curriculum becoming simple, we can pursue other extra-curricular activities as well,” says Choudhary.
Some principals are also optimistic that once the second semester ends, the availability of infrastructure and courses will improve.
“The University Grants Commission will have to give extra grants to make the additional subjects stronger in these colleges,” says PC Jain, principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce.
FYUP will also give students a chance to study abroad. “It is based on the US model of education and is interdisciplinary. It gives us a chance to explore more than what we could have in a three-year degree,” adds Choudhary.
Other advantages of FYUP, say students, is that a foundation year will have several interesting courses including information technology, business entrepreneurship and management, and environment and public health.
“All the foundation courses that are part of this programme are compulsory, irrespective of the discipline the student is pursuing. This will ensure holistic learning and will help students tackle real-life situations. The final year focuses on discipline-related courses and assignments, enabling students to specialise in a particular subject, says a senior faculty member.