The upheaval in Delhi University’s undergraduate courses continues for the third year. Chaos started with the introduction of the semester system in 2009-10. It got worse in 2013-14 when DU introduced the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). This year, there is yet another change in undergraduate courses with the Choice-Based Credit System replacing semesters from the current academic session, which started on Monday.
Last week, Delhi University issued a circular for second-year students saying those who had failed were being promoted. And, sources said, a similar notification will be issued for first-year students who had failed to qualify with a pre-condition that they’ll clear their first-year papers in the 2015-16 session. This will save one year of nearly 8% first-year students who failed the test (2014-15 session).
Unsuccessful first-year students thus promoted will have to take all the papers they failed to clear in the second year. This also holds for unsuccessful second-year students promoted to third year. As far as first-year students are concerned, two years ago in 2013 those who failed were allowed to sit in higher classes. FYUP was introduced in 2013 by vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh.
Those who failed to clear the first-year exams that year were from the semester system. “That time the students were promoted because otherwise there would have been two sets of first-year students—an FYUP batch and another of the three-year semester system. To avoid that, the university promoted them so that a single system runs in the first-year batch,” a senior DU administration official said.