New Delhi: With the new Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), Delhi University is going through a paradigm shift in its approach, curriculum and structure. PC Jain, Principal, Shri Ram College of Commerce; Dinesh Varshney, Deputy Dean Students' Welfare; J P Sharma, Dean, Faculty of Commerce, and H C Pokhriyal, Executive Director, School of Open Learning, all from Delhi University, participated and shared their views and ideas about the courses and careers, in Mission Admission Seminar, a Times of India initiative, on Saturday.
While discussing the FYUP with students, PC Jain said, the programme will make DU student centric and they will get to decide what they want to study and how they want to structure their graduation. He also shared his view on the infrastructure and the admission process. D Varshney advised students to concentrate on the course, not the college. While responding to a student, he said, there is no good or bad college in DU. All the colleges have equal merit and reputation. In fact there have been cases where the so called low rank colleges have produced toppers and distinction students in the past. It is only in the student's mind that some college is better than others.
Furthermore, he advised the students to block their seat in whichever college they get in after the first cutoff. He added, prioritize the course you want to do and enter the college which offers you the course. Don't give the college more preference. All the colleges have the same syllabus and your graduation certificate will not carry the name of the college.
Meanwhile, H C Pokhriyal talked about the function of SOL, which each year enrolls more students that all the colleges of DU put together. He said, SOL has the largest section of students in DU and no limitation of seats. We get students who've got 95% too, because along with their BCom (Honours) course they can also work on a Chartered Accountancy one.
Anupan Srivastava, career counsellor at Admizzionz Campuz shared her views on other universities and Usha Albuquerque talked about emerging careers. Counsellor Pervin Malhotra asserted that it is only a post-graduate degree that makes a candidate employable. She spoke of attending the Cluster Innovation Centre at DU which allows students to design their own courses, and also gave advice that those planning to go abroad to keep factors like whether they'll be able to manage by themselves, whether the country they are going to will allow them to work after they've finished etc in mind.