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On the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme

On the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme

We are in the midst of strong protests by teachers and students against the imposition of the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in Delhi University. Since forums for academic discussion and debate in the university are no longer functioning, this letter from faculty members of the History Department at Delhi University seeks to set the record straight on many details related to this issue.

(1) The public needs to know that discussions regarding the new FYUP were managed by the university authorities not in a democratic academic environment framed by university regulations, but in committees carefully screened by the university administration. The Department of History was not involved in its formulation. We were eventually ­given a framework within which we were compelled to produce a syllabus for undergraduate instruction (about 35 courses to be taught in the third and fourth years of the programme) in the ridiculously short time of a fortnight, eventually changed to a month. 

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