Teachers, students protest against FYUP

Delhi University teachers and students against the four-year undergraduate programme staged a protest before the members of the national monitoring committee for education of Scheduled Castes/Tribes and persons with disabilities at Shastri Bhavan on Tuesday.

Later, a three-member delegation from the protesting group were called in for discussions.

The committee, comprising MPs and retired academicians, was formed by the union human resource development ministry.

“The three-member delegation gave a detailed critique on issues that SC/ST and PWD students will face under FYUP. We were given a sympathetic hearing and assured that the matter will be taken up with the persons concerned,” said DU teacher G N Saibaba.

A meeting with the persons concerned from the ministry and the standing committee will be held on Wednesday, added Saibaba.

“We have asked HRD minister Pallam Raju to allow a delegation to represent our concerns,” said another delegation member. The protesters are demanding to scrap FYUP, calling it “ill conceived”.

“The additional fourth year to get an Honours degree will add to expenses. Exit points after second and third year and 11 compulsory foundational courses for two years will affect students coming from marginalised sections,” said a protesting teacher.

Silence on the matter

“The commissions for SC/ST and persons with disabilities should look into the matter,” said the teacher. “The admission process has already started, yet every agency concerned set up for the marginalised community is mum about it,” added the teacher.

According to the protesters, a debate in Parliament is needed to change India’s National Education Policy.

“How can one university change the 10+2+3 format without citing a clear reasons for it? Why can’t the badly needed education reforms be implemented in the current three-year format? Why is the government shying away from a debate on FYUP, despite academicians inside and outside the varsity voicing for it?” said the teacher.

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