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FYUP jinx latest to hit India's 'guinea pig' batch
Neha Pushkarna, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 07, 2014
First Published: 00:37 IST(7/7/2014)
Last Updated: 07:51 IST(7/7/2014)

They’ve seen it all. Their gardening skills have been graded, so have the social skills. Marks made way for grades and Class 10 board exams got dropped by the wayside.

But most of all, these students — enrolled under the now-scrapped four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) of the Delhi University — have been virtual guinea pigs for all the changes that school and college systems have undergone over the last five years.

To begin with, being first was fun. They were the first Class 10, in 2010, who didn’t have to sit board examinations. A year earlier, they were the first Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) batch to be introduced to the ground-breaking continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE).

And, it is comprehensive. Students are marked all-year round — through class tests. Co-curricular activities, environment awareness and social skills also count and can make or break the grade.

“I think we are quite an unlucky batch,” said Nikhil Rai. “CCE, though it fell in place, had things we had never heard of. They graded us for gardening. We had to be good to our friends if we wanted CGPA 10. And now FYUP.” A student of BCom (honours) at SGTB Khalsa till recently, the 19-year-old has quit DU and is now training to be a chartered accountant.  “I don’t know how my friends are going to cope after the FYUP rollback,” Rai said.

CGPA is cumulative grade point average, or the grading system, introduced by the CBSE for Class 10 in 2010.

A majority of DU applicants are CBSE students.

In 2013, when FYUP was introduced, more than 86,000 of them applied online. Numbers are not available for applications submitted physically.

“We wasted one full year doing foundation courses in DU. They were of no use,” said Mahima Malik, a student of economics (honours) at Daulat Ram College.

Prime numbers, English grammar and solar system were among the subjects taught as part of the 11 foundation courses. The FYUP rollback will require three-year course to be crammed into two. “I’m quite nervous. We have a lot of subjects which will now be taught in two years. It’s going to be stressful,” said Ekta Chaudhary who studies economics (honours) at Gargi College.

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