The four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) of the Delhi University has created a furore in the last few days with no end to protests in sight. The Delhi University (DU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) have locked horns over the scrapping of the controversial FYUP for the upcoming academic year 2014-2015.
Here are few points about the controversy surrounding the course:
1. The FYUP was one of the pet projects of former Union Human Resource Development minister Kapil Sibal to push the agenda of higher studies in India to US-styled degree format.
2. The controversial FYUP was passed by Vice Chancellor of Delhi University Dinesh Trivedi, despite widespread protests by both students and teachers.
3. The FYUP was passed in a haphazard manner by the then Vice Chancellor and the move was criticized by students and teachers.
4. When the FYUP reform was passed, the teachers had alleged that they were not consulted about the new reform and were given very less time to restructure the curriculum.
5. Since the FYUP reform implementation, many student bodies like ABVP, NSUI, AIDSO along with the Delhi University Teachers association (DUTA) has asked for the scrapping the course and Vice Chancellors resignation.
6. In order to win votes, BJP and AAP had included scrapping of the dubious FYUP in election manifestos.
7. Currently there are over 60,000 students under the current FYUP programme.