With the University Grants Commission ordering Delhi University to scrap the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), the fate of students who had already enrolled in the course is uncertain.
The university may have stuck to its guns for now, but students are a worried lot.
“If the university has to scrap the programme, I am not very sure where we stand. We have studied mostly foundation courses in this one year. How will we make up in just two years now?” said Karan Yadav, who did not wish to reveal the name of his college.
According to the UGC order, the university will have to make arrangements for students to migrate to the three-year undergraduate programme structure so that they do not lose a year for obtaining an undergraduate degree. It has also said that the university has to make sure that the students acquire necessary academic and other competence during the remaining two years.Students, however, are a nervous wreck, especially those who took admission in B Tech courses.
“I do not know what will happen to us now. I took admission in DU since it offered a B Tech degree in computer science. That effectively made it an engineering degree in nomenclature. If we are not given that degree, it will amount to fraud. I did not take admission in a private engineering college because I was getting admission in B Tech here. What am I supposed to do now?” said a student at Hansraj College who did not want to be named.
The university has B Tech courses in computer science as well as electronics. Engineering colleges also have engineering courses for both subjects.
The university, for now, has said that it does not violate the National Education Policy.
Teachers opposing the programme had earlier come out with a suggestion under which those students who have taken admission under the B Tech courses can be given an option to exit after three years with a BSc (honours) degree while those who want to continue for a year will be given a B Tech degree.