<![CDATA[The recently released manifestos of BJP and AAP promises a rollback on the Four Year Undergraduate Program if these parties come to power after elections. Both parties seem to be on the on the same side for criticising the FYUP as the AAP included it in its manifesto for Delhi Elections last year and BJP has supported the teachers’ movement against FYUP since the very beginning. Delhi BJP Chief Harsh Vardhan called it ‘wastage of a year’ and reiterated the need to focus on skill development and curb privatisation in our country. Nishtha Sood, a CYSS member and AAP worker said, “We are totally against FYUP which we mentioned in our manifesto in Delhi Vidhan Sabha elections also and we support the movement.” BJP’s youth wing, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad(ABVP) also promised the same that helped them in winning the DUSU elections 2013. They later worked with DUTA several times for various protests against FYUP. Another left-inclined student’s group All India Students Association (AISA) also managed a fine performance in DUSU 2013 elections due to their anti-FYUP campaign. “The myth propagated by the VC that there is only a small section at Delhi University that is against FYUP is busted with AAP and BJP coming forward to make amends. We only want to fight against privatisation of education and reforming the present system regardless of whomsoever comes to power”, said Nandita Narain, President of Delhi University’s Teacher’s Association (DUTA). However, the parties have promised to scrap FYUP for the next academic session due in July, there is a lot of scepticism prevailing around the current FYUP batch that would be completing one year this July. “I think if the plan gets implemented the new admissions will be studying the three year programme while there may be scrapping of foundation courses for the present batch from the next academic session. There could be an addition of compulsory internship as a part of a curriculum of Delhi University so that a year of students does not go waste”, said Narain. “I think it’s only a strategy by these political parties to get votes. Once they get the votes they would probably forget to stand by their tall promises. But it’s good that they are at least realising our demands for scrapping FYUP”, said Ben, a student of FYUP in Delhi University.]]>
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