Comparative Questions Shot, Aspirants Left With Doubts
New Delhi: Delhi University’s ‘open house’ on Tuesday failed to clear many students’ doubts about implementation of the new four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). Questions comparing the structure of the new programme with the previous one were not taken up.
Deepak Tyagi, a student of Delhi Public School, decided not to ask a question about the advantages of the fourth year of study compared to the three-year BCom (H) when a similar question was shot down.
“My elder brother studied the three-year-programme and spoke very highly of it. While I understand that the new format will give me more options, I wanted to know why the extra year isn’t just a waste of time and wanted a comparative analysis of the two courses,” he said, adding, “I’ll ask the teachers in different colleges when I apply”.
Dean of Students’ Welfare, J M Khurana, answered an array of questions about the specifics of the new programme but refused to entertain any questions concerning the old course structure. “Don’t ask me about what was before. What was here before is no longer here.”
The assembled DU aspirants tried their best to clear doubts. “I have no control over the system, but I want to know as much as I can about it and make the best of it,” said Shivani Grover, an aspirant.
Most questions were about the differences between foundation and applied courses, whether it will be possible to switch to another course after completing the foundation programme, and whether students will be able to choose a minor subject from the undergraduate level for their post-graduation.
While most students seemed confused with the sheer change that the fouryear programme has brought about, some teachers said the process is advancing smoothly. “The admissions are coming along nicely. We are doing our level best to help the students in any way we can, and their queries and the response have been quite good,” said Pratibha Jolly, principal, Miranda House.
Source: Times of India