Its Delhi University again and the blue-eyed controversy child of India’s education sector has yet again whipped up a storm of sorts to top the headlines once more. Perhaps the university has made it a habit to hog the limelight for reasons both god and bad and hence crown itself as on the most talked about institutions in India.
This time the entire fiasco arises out of the newly devised four-year integrated graduation programme which the university introduced recently with much aplomb. The course has so far delivered less and flummoxed more due to its unorthodox nature. Likewise the Applied Course (AC) is giving students jittery thoughts which have been further escalated by the university itself.
DU officials have urged students to take up any AC owing to their wishes as they are free to choose between options. The choice of AC can even be something not related to their Discipline I which includes the majors or honours subject. Though it was meant to ensure academic freedom for students but it in fact turned out to be a dilemmatic scenario for them in the end.
Supposedly the framers of the curriculum of the AC missed a vital point while drawing the outlines of the course. In a bizarre act of missing coordination between the university officials and syllabus framers, the syllabus that surfaced was somewhat else than what was meant to be.
Though the college officials say that the option is there to take up any AC at will but the syllabus has been framed in order to assist the students who belong to relevant and corresponding streams. This simply means that students who hail from different disciplines will not be able to explore newer academic territories in clear violation to what the university authorities had earlier promised.
“The applied course syllabus has not been designed for students outside any given department. This simply means that students who take up any applied course outside their department are expect to not do well or fail eventually. The content was something that could not be fitted into the DCI syllabus which happened as there was no clear idea for whom the AC’s were actually meant for” rued a senior professor.
“The applied course syllabus is a hoax in reality. It is nothing but an entirely cut and paste job performed in order to reshuffle the programme of the four-year graduation programme. The patterns and material present in the syllabus is an advanced and optional form of what used to be present in the conventional three-year syllabus,” said a faculty on condition of unanimity.
“The promise was that the entire thing will be something different that will create more opportunities for us and generate interest to take up subjects beyond our domain which will further enhance our scope. The entire thing has turned out to be a fake promise. I wanted to study physics but I belong to an economics background. But it is never possible for me to study microcontrollers unless I have studied physics deeply,” lamented an economics student for missing a chance to take up physics in AC.