The University of Delhi’s most important decision-making body, the “Executive Council”, at its meeting on Tuesday gave the green light for the four-year undergraduate course. However, some council members also voiced their protest during the meeting. The 4 year undergraduate course was majority approved.
The Executive Council approved a number of reforms under the National Education Policy (NEP), including a four-year undergraduate program (FYUP). The Ministry of Education said this course is different from the 4-year graduation course last introduced in 2013. This time, many central universities will be allowed to run their regular graduation programs of 3 years. Under the new system, the establishment of digital infrastructure support for colleges and departments at the University of Delhi has also been proposed.
Executive Council member Ashok Aggarwal, who was present at the meeting, said he had lodged his protest against FYUP. Apart from this, many other members also demonstrated their protest against the implementation of the new education policy. According to Ashok Aggarwal, despite his opposition, the majority was in favor of FYUP, because of which it was approved on Tuesday evening.
There is a proposal to open two colleges under the University of Delhi. It is planned to name one of them after Savarkar. This matter was also brought to the Board during the meeting.
Professor Naveen Gaur, a member of the Academic Council of the University of Delhi, told IANS that many names were discussed during the Academic Council meeting. The names of VD Savarkar, Sardar Patel, Sushma Swaraj, Swami Vivekananda, Savitribai Phule and Delhi Chief Prime Minister Chaudhary Brahm Prakash were also mentioned. The names of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Arun Jaitley were also included in the discussion.
Aggarwal told IANS that during the meeting we proposed to open new colleges at Delhi University on behalf of such figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Amartya Sen. At present, these names have also been included in the proposal for consideration.
Delhi University Vice Chancellor Professor PC Joshi said that the names of Savarkar, Swami Vivekananda, Sushma Swaraj and Sardar Patel have been proposed on the basis of their contribution to society.
Noting his protest, DUTA Chairman Rajib Ray said that setting the 2022-23 academic year as the year for the implementation of NEP is without merit, as NEP 2020 first requires detailed discussion and consideration. extensive consultation among all stakeholders. Only then can we determine whether the 2020 NEP will be viable or not.
According to the DUTA president, the FYUP structure with Multiple Entry and Exit System (MEES) will increase the expenditure for the undergraduate program. Students leaving the system with fewer years of study will still be treated as dropouts by the labor market. The MEES will only increase the attrition rate by giving the false meaning of diploma. The relevance of such rewards to a student’s employment prospects is unclear. This is an extremely poorly designed structure which, if implemented, can actually hinder the career progression of future generations.