Where it started
The FYUP policy was first introduced in 2013 to 2013. Dinesh Singh, the former Vice-Chancellor of UY, the founder of FYUP in 2013, said, “The idea behind FYUP was, and still remains, to provide a healthy education to UG students. These are industry-ready and research-based. ”
“A technology giant approached the university with a large number of undergraduate students. After interviewing about 1,200 candidates, they left with only a few finalists, ”he said. This seed is the idea of bringing the idea of an overall development-based education system, Singh said.
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Under NEP 2020, FYUP allows multiple entry and exit points, a mixed (online and offline) learning method and a credit bank. If students want to do a research-based UG program, they have the option of staying for three years or taking a four-year course.
Singh said FYUP 2013 provided a similar structure. “The second year had a huge drop-out rate. FYUP 2013 provides second year students with their diplomas and allows them to save their Bank of Credit. They had the freedom to resume their education from wherever possible. Also, the credit that students will collect in the first three years will enable them to take a master’s degree after the end of the third year or go to the fourth year as per their choice, ”he clarified.
Then and now
UBI Registrar Rajiv Gupta says there was a discrepancy between FYUP and NEP 1986 in 2013, which was being followed then. “It caused confusion among the students, which led to protests and eventually the policy was withdrawn. This time, FYUP is being introduced in full compliance with NEP 2020, which will make all the difference in its acceptability across its dimensions,” he added.
Also, in the 201 edition, students were only awarded a degree at the end of the course, Gupta added. “We are giving students a recognition at the end of each year of the UG program. This will enable flexibility in the minds of the students and encourage drop-out at any stage and re-join the course whenever they feel fit for any reason, ”he said.
In addition, in 2013, UB was the first and only higher education institution (HEI) to launch FYUP, which adversely affected it. “With NEP 2020, it is mandatory to introduce FYUP for every HEI. With no room for opposition, all institutions will launch FYUP, make mistakes, learn from them and move towards a better education system, ”Gupta said.
Work stress problem
FYUP will help students get out of the root learning system. “The flexibility of mixing honors courses with short courses in mathematics, Sanskrit or Hindi such as computer, biotechnology or literature will enable students to explore their innovative aspects. Since a similar format was followed in FYUP 2013. This will lead to greater research among students, ”he said.
Rajiv Roy, president of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), said converting three-year courses to a four-year format would reduce the workload of teachers. “Since students have the opportunity to take their short courses from the source they deem appropriate, both the quality of education and the workload of teachers will be affected. The reduction in workload will also affect the tendency to recruit teachers in universities, ”he added.
Singh added that while the government gives clear orders on the workload of both students and teachers, there should be no problem with anyone’s extra burden.
The main challenge
Singh said faculties need to be properly oriented. “With FYUP, the main responsibility falls on the shoulders of the teachers. So, they need to be given enough time to get out of the mold that they have been comfortable with for so many years, and to be able to restructure the course curriculum to make them knowledge-based.
Roy said teachers must provide specific curriculum descriptions for NEP-based academic sessions. “The university will need government support and funding to build adequate infrastructure to enable FYUP,” he said.
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