The fate of Delhi University’s four year undergraduate programme (FYUP) has been hanging in the balance. And the fresh bunch of students applying to the varsity for admissions this year is a confused lot.
“The ministry and the university can keep debating the issue till the time they want to. But we are the ones who have to take admission this year. Don’t we deserve to know what we are getting into?” asked Sakshi Pathak, an applicant who has come to the city from Lucknow to apply at Delhi University.
There are hundreds of others, who like Pathak , have no idea what is going on.
“I don’t want to be in a university where the teachers dislike the course they are teaching and there are no guarantees of when the course may be scrapped. But what are our other options? Delhi University is the best university in the country. A number of my friends who can afford to study abroad are choosing to do so. They had no such plans till last year and their parents took the decision of sending them abroad only after the uncertainty over FYUP started,” said Ritika Khanna, who scored 96.5% in her class 12 board exams and wants to study psychology at the university.
Various theories have been floating since the last two weeks over the fate of FYUP that replaced the traditional three-year honours degree programme last year. While some stated that the Central government has decided to scrap the programme, the university maintained that it is an autonomous body that did everything according to the rules when the programme was passed and thus could or should not be pressured to roll back the course.
The four-year programme too witnessed a lot of opposition from teachers when it was implemented. It was, however, passed in the academic and executive council with only a few dissents.
The ongoing debate now, however, has not done much to calm the anxiety of the aspirants and their parents
“The university is not certain about the fate of FYUP and is playing with the lives of thousands of children. A set of students are already studying under the new programme, while another batch is about to be admitted. What will happen to the first batch and where will the new ones go (if the course is scrapped). The university needs to answer these questions before admissions take place,” said Malini Pandey, whose son is applying to Delhi University this year.
Protests against FYUP
It was a day of protests against FYUP at the university as All India Student’s Organization and National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) demonstrated against the programme at the Arts Faculty in North Campus on Monday.
In a perfect U-turn , NSUI members, too, who had earlier been pledging full support for the four year programme, have been on a hunger strike for four days to demand a roll back.