FYUP haunts DU, as colleges brace up for new session


3 departments forced to accept FYUP syllabus

With only a few days left for Delhi University colleges to begin classes, allegations have started to surface that the administration, which lost face with the scrapping of the four-year undergraduate programme, is still trying to retain some of the key elements of the FYUP. At least three departments have been forced to accept the syllabus under the FYUP instead of the syllabus that was recommended by the Committee of Courses formed of teachers from the subject departments.

A letter from some teachers from the History Department has been circulating around the university. The letter states that instead of the syllabus formed by the Committee of Courses, their department head Prof. Takran has sent to the University for approval a rearrangement of the FYUP, which in all probability will be placed before the Academic Council on Saturday.

The letter also mentions that the teachers have heard about this “illegality” and that this was a blatant misrepresentation and impropriety for which they intend to approach “other” authorities. The Committee had recommended a reversal to the structure existing in 2012 with some additions. This was the resolution accepted and passed in their meeting on July 11.

“We have heard of three departments, History, Philosophy and the Germanic and Romance Studies whose department heads have been sending for approval a syllabus that is just a rearrangement of the FYUP courses. The Germanic and Romance Studies Committee of Courses sent their syllabus and it was sent back twice stating it must be a rearrangement of the FYUP. The department heads have no locus standi to take such decisions. It is a blatant violation of university regulations 14(B),” said Delhi University Teachers’ Association president Nandita Narain, adding that even the English department had been told to send two syllabus, one a rearrangement of the FYUP and another their actual suggestions. “The FYUP rearrangement was finally accepted by the university,” she said.

Meanwhile, college teachers from other departments too are nervous, since they are still being excluded from the decision making. “College teachers are ultimately the ones who actually teach the syllabus and have to be involved, however, nothing is told to us. We do not know what we will have to teach on Monday when colleges reopen although there are several conjectures being made,” said Political Science teacher Tanvir Aeijaz.

He added that the main reason that they were against the FYUP was because of the sub-standard nature of the syllabus. “If the Vice-Chancellor’s team continues to indulge in pushing through the FYUP in this manner, then the whole purpose of the roll-back is defeated,” he said.

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