It refers to an unusual impasse created by controversy about Delhi University having adopted four-year degree-course at graduation-level fron last academic session in the year 2013, with University Grants Commission (UGC) and Delhi University adopting different attitude in the matter. It is unfortunate that one full year of students having joined graduation-course last year has been destroyed by imposing four-year degree-course now likely to be reverted back to three years. This is an open crime against students having suffered from the decision taken during regime of last government. Such important decisions must be taken through vigorous consultations amongst all concerned including the stake-holders. Exemplary punishment should be given to everyone, however highly posted he/she might have been, so that personal wishes of decision-takers may not be imposed in future on students by such hasty decisions.
Graduation-study in three-year course in colleges has lost relevance for job-purposes, and is taken mainly as a time-pass adventure by most students after hectic studies till class 12th examinations. Rather it will be better if this formality of college-education may be curtailed to two years especially when students now have one extra year at schools till 12th rather than earlier till class 11th only. Rather extra stress should be there on post-graduate courses for students really serious for studies.
Madhu Agrawal, New Delhi
Vol. 47, No. 1, Jul 13 - 19, 2014