<![CDATA[FYUP introduction. FYUP rollback. Three year introduction. If all this wasn’t enough, the latest issue in the DU fiasco is the laptops issued to the batch of 2013 (in their first year). A brief throwback, DU under the VC’s brainchild, FYUP, distributed 62,600 laptops to all the students of the batch of 2013. It was an initiative under FYUP through which each and every student was targeted to get easy access to technology. The students were required to return these laptops at the end of their college term. There seems to be no clear stance on the topic of returning of laptops. While some colleges collected the laptops prior to the commencement of the second semester exams, others have decided to not take any action till they receive a notification from the DU authorities. Colleges like Indraprastha College for Women (IPCW), Sri Aurobindo (evening) , Shree Guru Teg Bahadur Khalsa College (SGTB), Hansraj, Kirori Mal College (KMC) and Sri Venkateswara College are a few colleges which took the laptops before the students sat for their semester exams. Some college like Sri Aurobindo (Evening) and KMC went to the extent of issuing admit cards only after the laptops were returned. Colleges like Motilal Nehru, Jesus and Mary College (JMC), Lady Shri Ram College for Women (LSR) belong to the lot of colleges which are waiting for an official notification from the officials. However, no college is sure as to what is going to be done with the new batch of 2014 with respect to the laptops. This issue has always been caught up in controversies. Previously, Students Union (DUSU) Joint Secretary Raju Rawat and DU teacher Amitav Chakraborty in March this year, had filed a case under the RTI, questioning the exact number of laptops purchased to be distributed to the FYUP students and the Budget Head fromwhich the funds for the laptops were taken. There was news regarding the OBC fund being used for financing the laptops. And now, there aren’t clear instructions regarding the same. The decision from the DU authorities is awaited. Ishita Sharma ([email protected])]]>
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