New Delhi: The race for college admissions has begun amid protests by students and faculty members over converting the three-year graduate programme at the Delhi University into a four-year course. As the campus remains divided over the issue, the students and parents seem confused.
The brand new admission season at the Delhi University comes with a twist. From this year, an honours degree will take four years to complete rather than three.
As the campus remains divided over the course, confusion prevails. Varsha, with her 95 per cent score, is most likely to get into a good college, but is having second thoughts about DU. "I always wanted to go to DU but now I'm not sure if the fourth year is worth it," She said.
An extra year is not to everybody's liking but that may not necessarily be a bad thing given the four exit points at offer. "Those who complete two years get a diploma, on three years they get a Bachelors degree and on the completion of four years, they get a Bachelors degree with honours," said DU Professor Prakash Narayan.
The debate over the FYUP has spilled over to the streets of Delhi even reaching the Supreme Court, which refused a stay against it. Even though admissions have started, the protests are likely to continue. Another bone of contention are the 11 mandatory foundation courses which have to be completed in the first two years.
The four-year course does promise to align the university with its foreign counterparts and it may make it easier to apply abroad. But many still remain unconvinced. With the course being implemented from this session itself, how much will this benefit students remains to be seen.