BJP, its students wing set to reap benefits of DU FYUP rollback

Written by Pragya Kaushika | Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Updated: Jun 28 2014, 15:37pm hrs
While Delhi University succumbed to pressure from the University Grants Commission and announced a rollback of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) just a year after its introduction, BJPs student wing, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), is expected to reap the benefits of the move during the upcoming DU Students Union elections.

ABVP, which has made its anti-FYUP stance clear for a long time now, is expected to gain maximum student support now, even though the left groups and Congress-backed NSUI too participated in protests against the undergraduate course.

In fact, BJP leaders believe that the rollback of the anti-poor programme a manifesto promise was an achievement of the BJP-government at the Centre.

In fact, party leaders expect to gain from the decision even in the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Jammu & Kashmir, and Delhi, if it goes to polls again.

We had promised in our manifesto that if we came to power, we would roll back FYUP. We will not let students be forced to study for an extra year... Students from poor backgrounds cannot spend the extra money for another year. We will project it (the rollback) as an example of determination to fulfill our promises no matter how hard the decision is, a senior party leader said.

A senior RSS leader said, It is just not us, but several youngsters too wanted to get FYUP rolled back simply because the content for two years would not be beneficial from the perspective of the Indian education system. Students are forced to study on the basis of the US college system. It fails to give students any additional benefit over the three-year undergraduate programme.

Calling the FYUP anti-poor and anti-student, BJP leaders said the course was introduced in haste and without consulting the affected parties such as students, parents and teachers.

The course was against the National Policy of Education, which prescribes a 10+2+3 system. Why should we allow it just because some foreign countries have a different education system, another senior leader said.