The controversy and confusion around Delhi University's four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) has left many students who have already completed a year in the course confused and anxious about their future.
Members of AISA staging a demonstration demanding roll back of FYUP in front of Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI Photo)
Mayank Ahuja, 19, a second-year student of Delhi University's Deshbandhu College, always dreaded the date when college was to resume but this time it is a different tale altogether.
"I call the college every day to find out if there is any clarity on what will happen to students like me who have already spent a year under FYUP, but no one knows anything," said a worried Ahuja.
Though the long wait to outdo the FYUP is finally over for many teachers and students of the university, thousands of students are stuck in the middle without any intimation of how their degree will proceed now.
Not just students but officials from the university and University Grants Commission (UGC) have issued contradictory statements on the kind of changes which will be executed for the next session.
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SK Garg, president of principal's association, said that based on the suggestions put forth by the standing commission formulated by UGC, a decision will be taken on the fate of students who have studied under FYUP.
However, Nandita Narain, president of Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) who is also a member of the standing committee had a different version to narrate.
"The standing committee will present its recommendation before the academic council who will finally decide how the new course would be formulated," said Narain.
"A centralised university like DU is playing with the careers of so many students which is unfair. We have a lot of questions about the syllabus, the term of course and the degree that will be given to us but no answers are provided," said Aayushi Arora, a student of Chemistry (Hons) from Daulat Ram College.
Many students feel that this autocratic attitude of the university has led to the mess. "Neither was there a debate while introducing this programme nor was there a debate or discussion before scrapping it," said Manjula Krishnan, mother of a student.
The students are left wondering what course they will follow when their colleges re-open in July.
B.Tech, BMS students wary
DU may have finally backed down but no one knows what is going to happen to the 6,500 students enrolled in BTech courses across its 35 colleges.
The same confusion holds for the 1,500 students who had enrolled for the Bachelor in Management course.
There are six BTech courses, including computer science, electronics, food and technology, Instrumentation and Psychological Science.
A large number of these students protested outside the UGC office on Friday, demanding an official statement on their status.
"We have handed over a written memorandum to the UGC officials but they are not saying anything. If the DU has ordered a rollback of FYUP, what do we construe of our course? The UGC has to specify clearly what our status is," said Ansh Goyal, student of BTech computer science at Maharaja Agrasen College.
Amid protests, however, a UGC official came out and without disclosing her name and designation said: "We assure you that your future will not be jeopardised. We are in the process of preparing a roadmap and hopefully we will chart out something by Tuesday next week."
According to sources in the UGC, the directive for a rollback was for the general bachelors courses and would in no way affect the BTech courses.