The year 2013 witnessed the introduction of the (infamous) Four Year Undergraduate Programme in the University of Delhi. The polemical curriculum brought thousands of new faces with a streak of hope shining on each one of those. A set of those students took admission in the newly introduced Bachelors of Technology courses. These students enrolled themselves with the aim of coming out of college as engineers; little did they expect what awaited them!
From an inadequate course structure to lack of infrastructure facilities, this course had plenitude of defects. The students had to struggle since the very beginning. They fought to save their course from being scraped. They fought to seek the AlCTE approval for their course. They fought to convince the University to enhance the quality of what they were being taught. All of which should have been already provided by one of the finest institutions of the country.
Even after innumerable and massive revolts, there are still some questions which demand answers. Did the University think it was justified to teach engineering students about what prime numbers are? Was it not the responsibility of the University to take care of the laboratories, which in many colleges are in a reprehensible condition, before introducing such rigorous courses? What made them think that lack of proper faculty would not affect the studies of these students?
The students took admission into the University because they had trust in the institution. But as the term of this course comes to its final stages, the University seems more and more adamant towards not accepting their blatant mistakes. Where in other engineering colleges, students pursuing B. Tech courses are luckily placed in the third year of their college, here are Delhi University students of the same course who aren’t even allowed to attend pre-placement talks. Besides, the brochure of the Central Placement Cell doesn’t even show the B. Tech courses in its list of courses. While the University should have been seen making extra efforts for illuminating the future of these students, it looks to be going the other way.
The University surely cannot go around enshrouding their wrong deeds. It will have to answer to the raising voices of the students who ask for their legitimate rights. We just hope for it to come up with either a suitable solution or an exceptional excuse!
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