New Delhi: With just days left for Delhi University to begin admission process for its four-year undergraduate programme, a new survey claims that a number of college aspirants are still unsure whether the new pattern will be beneficial.
The survey, conducted by research agency Market Xcel Data Matrix among 5,000 Delhi students who have taken their class 12th board exams this year, claimed 78 percent of the respondents said the changes would make them re-look into their current career planning.
Responding to the survey, DU`s Dean of Students Welfare JM Khurana told a news agency, "almost 3,000 school passing out students attended an interactive session with the vice-chancellor and his team. About 90 per cent of these students have in written feedback said they understand the new four-year programme and were satisfied with it."
"Students who are still in dilemma probably might not be clear about the programme and the university is organising open days from May 20 to 30 for them. Students and their parents can clear doubts and gain comprehensive details about the programme through interactive sessions," he said.
43 percent of the respondents said DU should not introduce the four-year structure as they feel that period of three years is sufficient for completing graduation and another year will be just waste of time, the survey claimed.
22 percent of the respondents, however, were positive about the new structure and said four years will allow students to gain extra knowledge and skills. 35 percent were still unsure whether DU should introduce the four-year programme this year.
According to the survey, 58 per cent of those who disapproved of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) also said that they were open to admission in Jamia Milia Islamia, Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University and other varsities to pursue a conventional course of their choice.
Students who disapproved of the FYUP cited wastage of a year (23 percent), three years being sufficient for graduation (21 pc), on-job training missing from the proposed course (17 pc) and added burden of studies (8 pc) as the main reasons for their stand.
Among those who said the new programme will be beneficial, 23 percent said it will allow them to gain extra knowledge, 13 percent said the courses will give them opportunity to enhance skills and 12 percent were optimistic that the programme would provide better job prospects.
The survey also claimed that 60 percent of the respondents felt that other universities should not follow Delhi University in introducing the four-year course structure.
The new four-year undergraduate programme, to be introduced from this year`s academic session, has been in controversy ever since a section of teachers and students objected to its "hurried implantation". Left leaders, including Sitaram Yechury, have taken the issue to the doorsteps of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The new programme will be a shift from the present 10+2+3 scheme and entail awarding a diploma if a student exits after two years, a bachelor`s degree after three years and a bachelor`s degree with honours or a B Tech degree on completion of four years.