<![CDATA[The All India students association (AISA) held a meeting in front of the Faculty of Arts, University of Delhi, North Campus on June 10th, 2014 at 1130 hours. The objective of meeting was the scrapping of Four year undergraduate programme (FYUP) and proposing of an alternate structure to further develop the framework of the university. The panel of meeting included Dr. Nandita Narain (President, Delhi University Teacher's Association i.e.DUTA), Prof. Prabhu Mahapatra, Dept. of History, Delhi University, Dr. Sunalini, Dept. of Political Sciences, Lady Sri Ram College and Dr. Sachin Narayanan, Dept. of English, Dayal Singh College. Charul Negi, Joint Secretary of AISA’s Delhi unit, said, “AISA has not just been vocal about opposing FYUP, it have always given students an informed critique be it regarding undemocratic ways of implementation of FYUP or the quality of the programme. We are concerned about the batch already enrolled in FYUP and want them to honestly earn their degrees.” The Secretary candidate of AISA for DUSU 2013-14 went on to say that scrapping FYUP would in no way be undemocratic since its implementation was undemocratic. She emphasized that scrapping FYUP would be a metaphor for restoring democracy in the University.
Amid raised slogans seeking the newly elected BJP government to roll back FYUP as promised in their manifesto, an AISA member criticized FYUP saying, ” The time isn’t the real concern, but the subjects are. The teachers aren’t trained well to be able to teach these subjects. At places, Political science teachers are expected to be teaching Mathematics related courses.”
The representatives of AISA are of the view that the second time elected Padma Shri awardee Vice Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh has not been able to justify neither the introduction of FYUP nor as to why it is a better structure.
The AISA has been previously involved in making endeavors to facilitate the roll back of FYUP. It conducted a referendum dated August 22nd, 2013, wherein more than 90 percent of Delhi University students had voted against the motion of four year under graduation, foundation courses and the idea of multiple exits. ( See here.)
The new BJP government at centre has given everyone high hopes of promising change courtesy the Achche din aane waale hain slogans. It’ll be interesting to see if Delhi University students too, get their share of happiness from the supposed revolutionary government.
By Bharat Mohindru with inputs from Ishaan Gambhir]]>
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