There has been yet another scope of change for the course structure for the FYUP batch of 2013-14. The Committee of Principals has proposed a structure to the Committee of Courses in an open letter sent on 10th of July. While the structure has only been put forward, the Committee of Courses will have to decide the number of subjects in each semester on its basis.
According to the structure for BA/ B.Sc./B.Com/BMS Honors courses, the students will have to study three main subjects’ papers and one allied course paper in the third and fourth semester each. However for the fifth and sixth semester there will be only four main course papers. The Committee of Courses is now required to organize the remaining fourteen papers for the main subject (DC1) excluding the two research methodology papers in proper sequence.
However, no clarity has been provided for the two Allied Courses (DC 2) papers. It is just asked in the letter that the papers should be picked from the existing DC 2 papers of other subject.
For the courses of B.Tech in Computer Sciences, Electronics, Polymer Sciences, Food Technology and Instrumentation, the third to sixth semester will have three Core Discipline Papers along with one paper of Basic/Allied Engineering Sciences. The seventh and eight semesters will have two projects with the same allied papers.
A closer look at this structure, and we can see that though it’s a fair attempt to divide the papers and assimilate the supposed three year course in the two years, the students will either way have to deal with the increased burden of main course papers and DC 2 courses. The future of these Allied Courses is yet to be decided.
Alokita Verma, an English Honors student of Miranda House says, “Whatever the new course structure turns out to be, this will leave the current batch with extra burden and doubts on the credibility of their degrees. The batch will have a rather strange academic background having done papers that any other batch has not done.” Regarding the DC 2 subjects, she says, “The structure at least gives the illusion of fulfilling the promises if FYUP by including DC 2 papers.”
Another FYUP student, Ishaan Gambhir from CVS, who has been closely analyzing the issue says, “It is wrongly being said and echoed that the FYUP batch is being migrated to DU’s three year course. The new structure clearly indicates that we will still be studying what we would have been under FYUP, just in lesser time. The 2013-14 batch would be the only one to have studied fewer number of discipline subjects than all other batches – 18 to be precise, whereas TYUP has 23 to 30 of them. It poses a great risk at our employability.”
According to Dr. Abha Dev Habib, assistant professor of Physics in Miranda House, the new course structure has some positive sides to look at.
“The number of DC 2 papers has been reduced from six to two. The restructuring will bring back the focus on the main discipline course.”
Opinions of students and teachers have been varying on this topic since the alternative structures first started getting proposed. Though the makers of the course structure believe that reducing DC 2 papers will lighten the burden on the students, most of the FYUP batch students still believe that it is yet another unanalyzed attempt to play with their future.
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