Finally, the FYUP-2013 batch and its teachers have some clarity on what they'll be doing over the second year but still, there are problems with the curriculum. Delhi University has made promises to start classes by July 21 and the university has also sent recommendations of course committeees of 34 subjects and asked them to calculate workload, frame timetables and to appoint teachers based on these.
Though the list of papers to be covered over semesters 3 and 4 are being shared, there is no word on the academic council meeting. The council has to approve the course, for it to be finalised.
The history department's committtee say that the courses appeared int he annexures isn't what they had recommended. A letter to department head R C Thakran from five members of COC, including Nayanjot Lahiri, Upinder Kaur, Sunil Kumar, Nilima Chitgopekar and Srimanjari, says, "We have just heard that you have sent two alternative course structures to the university-one consisting a rearrangement of the FYUP courses and the second reflecting the decision that was actually made in the committee of courses."
"You have committed an illegality by completely misrepresenting the decision of the committee of courses," continues the letter. "During the discussion, the idea of sending two proposals was aired by a member and decisively rejected."
The COC had recommended re-introducing some courses that existed before FYUP. By afternoon it was quite clear it was the first DU chose to go with.
The department of Germanic and Romanic studies too have the same issues, as they too have chosen to include some pre-FYUP papers in the restructured courses for that batch in their COC meeting.
The university's communication to colleges doesn't include lists of papers for any of the four undergraduate courses GRS runs nor for Arabic, Persian, Bengali, Hindi journalism and philosophy. As another teacher points out, the non-credit paper on environmental science that the principals' committee recommendations had introduced to the structure, doesn't find mention anywhere.