<![CDATA[Amidst the on going protests, debates and political game plays happening around the rolling back of FYUP and re-implementation of the three year undergraduate programme, Delhi University's Teacher's Association (DUTA) has come up with an alternate three year structure for the FYUP batch of 2013-14, even before the matter was referred to HRD ministry. [caption id="attachment_24121" align="aligncenter" width="245"] Alternate structure proposed by DUTA.[/caption] Now that 57 out of 64 Delhi University colleges have opted in favour of the three year undergraduate programme, it is likely that the model proposed by DUTA will come under light and be scrutinized on numerous grounds. For thousands of students who were enrolled under FYUP last year, this structure (if brought into action) will decide their future. So hereby we make an effort to make it clear how the proposed model builds the course and compensates the loss of an entire year faced by the students. According to the model, the students will not study any Foundation Courses from the coming third semester. The second year will solely comprise of 3′ Discipline One’ courses and 1 ‘Discipline Two’course in the third and fourth semester each. For the third year, the students will only study four ‘Discipline One’ courses along with one research program in the fifth and sixth semester each. In total, this makes the total number of seven Foundation courses with one Language in first year, 18 Discipline One courses with two Research program, two ‘Discipline Two’ courses and two IMBH courses from first year. In comparison to FYUP, students will study four less ‘Discipline Two’ courses and no applied courses at all. Now if we look at the new model, though it tries to condense the course in two years, the current FYUP batch will still be studying lesser number of DC 2 course subjects and giving lesser papers of DC 2 which can be seen as a drawback. As per the guidelines issued to students of the FYUP batch while choosing their DC 2 subjects, to get the minor degree in the chosen minor subject, the student will have to give six papers of the taken subject. This contradicts the proposed model according to which DC 2 will have only two papers. If removing Foundation Courses and adding another course of lesser or no academic relevance to the curriculum in the name of DC 2 is what the new structure promises, then why not just do away with the idea of DC 2 course? Or add academic relevance and importance to it? The number of Discipline Courses in regular three year program is relatively more than the revised model. Basically, it looks like that in order to fit the remaining three year course in two years, the students will have to undergo the pressure of increased DC examinations. Reducing the burden of Foundation Courses to zero in the second and third year will surely give the students time and advantage to focus on the main course study and over all the point still remains the same – If the Foundation Courses, Application Courses and Applied courses are not there and the Discipline One courses remain the same as in FYUP, then why not compensate the reduction in DC 2 course papers? Questions have been raised throughout the past year regarding the relevance and level of the Foundation Courses being taught in FYUP. Now removing them in second and third year is a positive step considering they were of no greater use to students doing their bachelor’s degrees. In order to maintain the number of papers that students previously used to give in three year program, the officials have apparently reduced the DC 2 papers. Now while the officials go through various plans and course structure to accommodate the FYUP batch into the three year program, the future of thousands of students lies at stake. Following the DUTA model, this batch will thus become the only batch to have given lesser DC 1 papers in comparison to the Three Year Undergraduate Program which can crop up as a problem after pursuing further careers.]]>
A first year student of English in Miranda House, Himanshi can be best described as someone who loves to read, write and sing. She worships Pink Floyd and Kurt Cobain. When not writing quirky lyrics and articles, she can be found singing on the top of her lungs. She wants to spend her life exploring her fixation with country music and Chevy trucks while travelling and writing about it, listening to any Beatles song in the background.
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