The University of Delhi is considering to resume four-year undergraduate programmes once again in accordance with the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) enactment strategy. Delhi University had integrated the four-year undergraduate programmes (FYUP) in the year 2014 but had to terminate it due to teachers’ and students’ protests.
Delhi University’s Central Institute of Education (CIE) Professor Pankaj Arora, who is a member of the Delhi University’s special committee responsible for the execution of NEP 2020, said that the University is ready to bring back the FYUP from the following academic session.
Arora added that several hierarchies are being examined. The emphasis is to make undergraduate courses a conventional degree, where students can jump from being a youthful undergrad to a responsible citizen. Previously, the FYUP possessed no policy level strength, but this time it will possess academic and legal validation. The FYUP will also comprise a mandatory component of internship training along with lessons on the constitution, life skills, and commercial mathematics.
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UG Language Courses to be put to an end under FYUP
If the proposed notion is enforced then students will not receive an honours degree in the span of three years, furthermore, the smaller departments and language courses which does not offer honours courses will close down. Moreover, if any understudies wishes to exit from the UG course after the first or second year, they will receive a certificate or diploma, respectively.
English Literature Professor Sachin N at DU’s Dyal Singh College states NEP as a touted policy and FYUP program as a method to seize public-funded academics.
Professor Sachin added that multiple exit points in between the course are not constructive as they will only generate qualified professionals who will not be able to fulfill the demands of the corporate world. Furthermore introducing an additional year will only lead to an increase in the overall cost of education. Heretofore, public-funded institutes are highly preferred by the students and the introduction of the FYUP move will create elevated education crises.
The four-year undergraduate courses will also familiarise students with research papers on methodology, research papers, and a field-based project will further be introduced.
The principal of the College of Vocational Studies (CVS) Indrajeet Dagar said that the FYUP was not successful earlier as it was launched only in Delhi University but now the concept becomes a part of NEP 2020. He further added that devoting a year of their UG program to research will not only enable students to arrive in the industry early but also enhance the University’s international rankings, as most top rankings contribute high weightage to research work.