<![CDATA[Last month’s headlines of Delhi University scrapping FYUP and switching back to the old TYUP has had its after-effects till today. The effects not just on the FYUP batch and the to-be-admitted-freshers, but even on the final year students of class of 2012.For as the FYUP batch and the TYUP batches went for their annual vacations, their return to college seemed forever doubtful. With the confusion about semester commencement, numerous problems arose especially for the outstation students. As the holiday season ends, ticket bookings of any large-scale public mode of transport become an impossible task. As everybody is about to travel, it is difficult to find a seat for yourself on a train or a flight. And, with early off-season bookings is an advantage of cheaper tickets. Since the students didn't know when they were supposed to come back, how does the University expect them to return on time! Moreover, the PG and hostel inmates have been in a serious dilemma too. The students had now been expecting not to land early in Delhi, leaving their home-comfort behind. Everyone was up for a delayed semester beginning, thanks to the late admissions courtesy the Delhi University - FYUP controversy. Many people were believing the e-mails and media reports of colleges reopening from August 11th, 2014 and had accordingly planned short courses, summer schools and vacations to fill in the extended gap. Think about the students who already had booked their tickets, and got them cancelled. Rescheduling does not always come cheap. Alekhya Jaykar, an outstation student of IPCW says, “It is thoroughly annoying that DU has kept quiet on this matter for so long. We're basically standing on a very thin thread here. I myself didn't know till like, yesterday whether this is my last week at home or not. And our tickets are already booked, but not everyone has got the arrangements ready. Is DU going to compensate people for the last minute transportation arrangement that they’ll have to make? No,right. They should have figured out these small details well in advance too.” That was about the existing DU students. What about the much-awaited freshers’ crowd? While transportation is a problem for them too, they specifically needed a date to be prepared to come and adjust in Delhi. Looking for accommodation in and around the college is not a moment’s decision, after all. You have to know the area and adjust to it too, but, mostly you have to pay for it. Nobody would prefer giving the rent for an extra week or instead, joining college later by a day or two.Hence, everyone was most likely, waiting for DU to clear its stand. Adding fuel to the fire around this pandemonium, Nandita Narain, DUTA President says, “We didn't know anything about the commencement of session either. The Academic Council had not met since two weeks, and thus, there was no single story to tell.” it isn't only the students suffering after all. The FYUP batch of 2013-14 has faced a major syllabus transformation. DU hasn't yet cleared its stand on that either. Consequently, there aren't any books for the second year students in the market as the authors don't know the prescribed syllabus. The publishing houses fear printing books for DU due to the instability witnessed this year. The book vendors have incurred significant losses as their stocks have outdated, and FYUP books and ten years were already in preparation stage, when FYUP got scrapped. As far as University of Delhi is concerned, despite being numero uno nationwide, it is sure about nothing and unsure about everything. While students have begun to lose faith in DU, their patience is on a test here too. The University needs to buckle up and become a student friendly zone, else the goodwill and brand of DU shall further dilute. The University has now reassured students that the colleges reopen on July 21st itself, and that the syllabus for all disciplines has been decided. To read more about this, click here. Ayesha Sareen [email protected]]]>
Journalism has been called the “first rough draft of history”. D.U.B may be termed as the first rough draft of DU history. Freedom to Express.
Comments are closed.