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Photocopying, kunjis and the public University

Be it in the ban on photocopying or in the manner learning the humanities has been reduced to reading “guidebooks” – the stakeholders in Delhi University face challenges in their effort to reclaim the university space as one for furnishing a critical citizen and a critical knowledge base funded by public money.

DU Undergraduate Reforms: Prospects or Lost Opportunity?

The Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in the Delhi University is not well thought out and arrived at, unlike other reform attempts in curricular implementation such as the institution of the BElEd programme some years ago. Issues such as employability remain unaddressed in the FYUP and this could cause unrest and dismay among students and stakeholders.

Delhi University and the Crisis in India's Higher Education

The Four Year Undergraduate Programme at Delhi University will aggravate the problems of higher education that are so visible in DU and that it is supposed to solve. Delaying specialisation till the students have found their interest is good but this is a process that has to start during school education.

Liberal Education: The Road Not Taken

The proposed Foundation Courses promise a well rounded liberal education with enhanced employability and the ability to meet national challenges, but their rigid structure and poor content breaks this promise.

Delhi University's Undergraduate Programme

This article draws on archival material from the records of the University of Delhi to recount the last major change in its undergraduate programme in 1943 when the present three year BA course was introduced replacing the two year intermediate followed by a two year BA. That change took almost two decades of consultations and debate before they were accepted and implemented and provide an insightful comparison to the current proposals for changing the University’s undergraduate programme.

From Democratic Autonomy to Authoritarian Sovereignty

Delhi University’s academic reforms reveal the dangers of a new style of administration emerging in Indian universities that replaces multi-level autonomous academic deliberation with centralised sovereign decision making.

Citizen-Students and the University

The proposed 4-year undergraduate degree programme of the Delhi University is being pushed through in undue haste without adequate debate and public discussion. The special emphasis on Foundation and Integrating Mind, Body and Heart courses, controversial components of the 4-year scheme, is indicative of an extra-academic zeal. The pedagogical thinking behind these courses is authoritarian and against the spirit of liberal citizenship.
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