Uncertainty over DU 4-year course

New Delhi: Even as students stand in long queues for admission forms, the question on everyone’s mind is that whether the four year course in the Delhi University will be scrapped. The newly appointed Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani is in consultation with various stakeholders for reviewing the course.

However, the uncertainty over the fate of the course has generated mixed reactions. While some students are calling it a great move, the others are saying that it is unfair to change policies.

The National Democratic Teachers Front which held two meetings with the HRD minister, one on May 30 at the BJP state unit and the other at the HRD Ministry on June 2 over the same issue, claim that the minister is convinced with their arguments and plans to scrap the course.

“We had a meeting where all 7 MPs and Harsh Vardhan and Smriti Irani were also present. She seemed convinced that the Four Year Undergraduate programme must be scrapped. The university though, does not seem ready to give up yet,” Inder kapathy, NDTF member said.

The Teachers associations which had been protesting against the 4-year course and had recently given a memorandum to the minister, say that the HRD Ministry can scrap the course without challenging the autonomy of the university

“The step that their dialogue has started in the University shows that it is a step towards creating environment where autonomy has any meaning,” DUTA and executive Council at DU Abha Dev said.

According to officials in the university, “DU is unruffled by these reports. There is a system in place and the autonomy of the University is maintained by the executive and academic body. System are not governed by individuals whims and fancies.”

Meanwhile, there is no official confirmation on the same with the HRD minister refusing to comment on the issue. But if the course gets dropped, the future of many students like Ashok Chaudhary, who took admission in the university in the 2013 batch when FYUP was introduced, remains uncertain.

“It is not fair that only my batch does a 4 year course. What will happen to us,” Ashok said. “There should be a consitistency, scrapping of a course is not a joke,” another student added.

As per sources, consultation process with the stakeholders is underway on whether to scrap the course but considering that it was a poll promise of the BJP, it seems likely that the new government may go ahead with the decision.









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