We have not received any review letter from UGC on FYUP: DU Joint Dean Student Welfare
Bedasree Das, 30 Jan 2015, #DU

Though the registration process for Delhi University closed on June 16, the controversy surrounding the Four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) has refused to slack off. With recent reports suggesting that the UGC has decided to review the FYUP programme, the issue has created new grounds of confusion for students and parents alike.

In this interview with Careers360, Malay Neerav, Joint Dean, Student Welfare and Media Co-ordinator of Delhi University says that the University is yet to receive any communication from UGC on FYUP.  He explains why the FYUP should not be scrapped, which according to him is a non-restrictive, non- prohibitive and non- straight jacketed programme set to make a change in the education system in India.

 

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Dr. Neerav also says that the term FYUP itself is a misnomer, as there are multiple exit points for the students within the programme; adding that the flexibility offered by FYUP actually stands to rectify the discriminations practiced in the previous system.

Below are the edited excerpts:  

Careers360: Reports suggest the UGC has decided to review DU FYUP.  What is DU’s reaction to it?

Malay Neerav: We have not yet received any official letter from the University Grants Commission regarding the matter. The UGC has already put its seal of approval on the FYUP.

Careers360: But is it possible for them to ask for a review on the matter?

Malay Neerav: Yes, they can. But, they have not officially asked for a review yet.

Careers360: But this uncertainty over FYUP is making students confused!

Malay Neerav: There is no uncertainty. We have called for an acadmic council meeting on June 21 to introduce new courses for the program. Nearly 279,700 students have registered for DU this year, which is more than what we had last year. This reflects students are still confident about DU and FYUP.

 

Careers360: Why should a student invest another year in getting an honours degree?

Malay Neerav: Under FYUP you will be getting a graduate degree in three years, which will entitle you to sit for UPSC, pursue MBA, Law, whatever you wish to have after graduation. So, a student does not necessarily need to have an honours degree. Yes, if they want to they can still get an honours degree, but in the fourth year. The plus point is that you can complete your PG in 5 years.  Under this system, you do not have to pursue master’s for 2 years if have an honours degree in four years of studies. Besides, the previous system was discriminatory.

 

Careers360: How was the previous system discriminatory?

Malay Neerav: Under the previous system, there was discrimination at the entry level. There were limited number of seats. Not everyone was allowed to take honours. In fact, roughly 70% of the students were pursuing their degree without an honours. Only if you had a certain percentage of marks and you are grade 1 you are eligible for honours. Otherwise you are admitted to, say, a BA programme. Obviously, they were not considered good enough to pursue their PG.

Nearly 30% students drop out in their second year. FYUP stands to rectify these anomalies.

 

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Careers360: How does the FYUP rectify the previous system?

Malay Neerav: The new system is a four-year undergraduate programme. In two years you get a diploma and you can exit. Again, within ten years you have the option of coming back to complete your graduation and if you want to do honours you can complete two years for the same.

At three years you get a degree with major and in four years you get an honours. So, FYUP itself is a misnomer, as there are multiple exit points for the students within the programme.  In fact, in five years the one’s with an honours degree can get a master’s degree.

Since the total duration to complete your PG is five years, which is same as earlier a student is not investing an extra year in Delhi University.

Besides, the programme offers you flexibility, both in terms of duration and also choice of subjects. There are multiple exit points as explained. You need not necessarily have to complete four years. Also, you have the option of choosing your subjects beyond the limit of your course. You can pursue mathematics even if you are a commerce student. It is non-restrictive, non-prohibitive and non-straight jacketed.

Another good point is that it is interactive. Teachers have the freedom to design the course in consultation with the students.

 

Careers360: If they are getting there PD degrees in the fifth year, does that mean students can get a PG degree in 1 year ?

Malay Neerav: Yes, that is one year for PG. Because, they are doing one extra year here in getting honours. You see the fourth year is research based. Those who are interested in pursuing higher studies can pursue their research-based course in fourth year. If they have enough credits they can get a PG degree here in another year.

 

Careers360: But most of the students do not seem to be aware of FYUP enough. What is Delhi University doing to promote it?

Malay Neerav: All the information regarding FYUP is out in the public domain. Students are free to check it any time they want. We have not promoted the programme as such.

Careers360: Has DU conducted an open discussion with the students?

Malay Neerav: I have personally talked to many students across colleges. In their feedback 80% of the students said they were happy with the FYUP.

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