In a late night meeting held on Tuesday, Delhi University has decided that it will no longer have 3 year undergraduate courses from next academic year 2022-2023. This means, all courses will now be for a four-year decision in accordance with the National Education Policy 2020.
EC members Seema Das, R P Singh and Ashok Aggarwal dissented on the matter.
What it means for students is that, they will have to enrol into the four-year graduate courses, but have the option to exit at any year of the course. So, if they decide to opt out after three years, they will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree. And, if they decide to continue into the fourth year, they will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree (Honours).
The main question being asked by one of the dissenters is regarding the payment for the course. “Why should students pay for an additional year if the indepth study of a discipline in 4-year UG course remains what it is today in a 3-year undergraduate Honours course” said Aggarwal, an advocate.