Delhi University FYUP Row
The FYUP Row is part of several ongoing protests against the
implementation of certain controversial reforms at the University of Delhi. The
protests intensified between 2013 and 2014, when a new four year undergraduate
programme was started by the administrative authorities at the university.
In June 2014, the University Grants Commission (UGC) sent a
legal notice to the management, directing the university to immediately scrap
the four year programme and revert back to the earlier three year undergraduate
degree, as it found the four year programme to be in violation with the National
Policy of Education in India.
The programme was structured such that it would be
inter-disciplinary, which was not the case in the traditional honours programme.
The syllabus of the four year undergraduate programme consisted of eleven
compulsory foundation courses, which included the following:
- Language, Literature and Creativity I
- Information Technology
- Business, Entrepreneurship and Management
- Science and Life OR History of Science (for Visually Impaired Students)
- Indian History and Culture
- Building Mathematical Ability OR Mathematical Awareness (for Visually
- Governance and Citizenship
- Philosophy, Psychology, Communication and Life Skills
- Geographic and Socio-Economic Diversity
- Environment and Public Health
A few pointers on benefits with FYUP programme:
Practical Knowledge: In the final year, students shall be expected to pursue two
Research based papers/ Innovation projects, something which does not exist under
the current framework for majority of the courses. Hence, the FYUP might
encourage the assimilation of knowledge, and not just learning for an upcoming
Integration of Sports and ECA to the curriculum:
Students who often contemplate about leaving passion in these fields due to
academics can actually stay on and pursue them and gain credits from the same.
Heads up for encouraging extra-curricular activities!
Better opportunities for higher education: People who
want pursue education at these places, opt to spend a year in other interim
courses to bridge the requirement. With the FYUP in place, you would be eligible
for applying fresh out of college.
Multiple degree options: While most people have been debating that the
multiple degree option in the FYUP is meant to create disparity, the fact that
the course gives a ‘choice’ is one to be appreciated.
A step towards an International model: Adopting the credit
system leaves room for studying a certain course at your pace. We can also
assume that soon like the international system, community work and internships
will also contribute to your credit score. It’s about giving the student a
choice of how they wish to approach their under graduation.
These are a few things that strike right about Delhi
University’s four year programme. By stating these we don’t wish to contemplate
that everything about the FYUP is great, but rather stress on the fact that
apart from the negative debates, there exists positivity on the subject as well.