BANGALORE, AUGUST 14: The University Grants Commission (UGC), in its one of the recent developments, have recommended to reintroduce the 4-Year undergraduate programme (FYUP). The UGC experts say that such a programme will offer equivalent opportunity to the Indian degrees in the foreign universities, thereby allowing students to pursue higher education overseas, easily.
Bhushan Patwardhan, Vice Chairman, UGC was quoted saying, “Several foreign universities do not recognise a three-year UG programme thereby diminishing an Indian student’s opportunity to higher education abroad,” even as he says, “The recommended FYUP aims to clear this roadblock and allow an aspirant to apply for master’s and other higher educational programmes in a foreign varsity.”
FYUP: An old story
Way back in 2013, when Dr Dinesh Singh, the then Vice Chancellor of Delhi University, had introduced the four-year undergraduate programme, the MHRD abolished it following protests by teachers of the varsity. However, the UGC and the New Education Policy (NEP) are keen to reintroduce the 4-year UG programme, enhancing the research opportunities in India.
FYUP: Way Forward
One of the DU Colleges Principals was quoted saying, “Since the universities abroad require 16 years of educational background including 4 years of UG programme, several Indian students end up doing an irrelevant diploma programme to meet the eligibility criteria.”
The FYUP offers a multidisciplinary programme that has a liberal approach which can help students in surviving the current era of changing trends and evolving technologies.
The UGC and NEP report, prepared by a four-member panel and led by P Balram, former Director, Indian Institute of Social Sciences (IISc) Bangalore, also suggests allowing students who graduated with a FYUP degree to directly enrol in a PhD programme.
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