As a latest development against the implementation of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in Delhi University, students and teachers who attempted to hold a candle-light procession at India Gate on Monday were detained by the police. Frustrated by the silence of the government, teachers, students, and activists even protested near the residence of the UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi earlier in the month of May. Ever since the Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh announced the FYUP, Delhi’s North Campus colleges have clad a protest drab.
While the Vice Chancellor and the other administrative officers try to influence public opinion through media appearances and by conducting open days to explain the programme, opposition appears to grow undeterred. With only a couple of days left to begin the sale of application forms, many things remain unclear about FYUP.
Questions especially relating the claims of employability, the extra year of study and the dilution of the honors programme were not answered to the satisfaction of the students and parents gathered at the ‘Open Day’. However, the highlight of the programme is the multiple exit point.