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Delhi University’s Foundation Course and Its Question Paper Have Raised Issues among Students

Dec 13, 2013 17:32 IST

    This year the Delhi University introduced 12 Foundation courses under Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) as part of the academic reforms in the university and to provide students with a better grounding in all fields. But, the first semester exam question papers of these foundation courses have let down all the expectations.  After giving the exams, students seemed dissatisfied and annoyed, claiming that the questions were asked to be too “elementary” in nature.

    What are the functions of a library? What kind of resources does a library maintain? These are the questions first-year undergraduate students of Delhi University were asked to attempt in first semester exams in the information technology paper.

    The questions mentioned in the examination paper became a cause of laugh since it had questions like -What are the functions of a library?, What makes an area urban?, Describe your Delhi Metro Experience., Which Indian foods make a balanced diet, enlist them and various other questions that are usually asked from a primary class student.

    The questions asked in foundation courses are of 20 marks, to be completed in an hour.

    To one’s surprise, in the paper of business, entrepreneurship and management, a case study from the film ‘Band, Baja, Baraat’ was given.

    The DU administration hoped to instill overall sense of development in the students via the foundation courses, but on the contrary, the majority of DU students were seen complaining about the general elementary level questions asked in the paper of foundation course.

    Students complain saying that it is a sheer wastage of their time and also does not add any value to their knowledge.

    A Commerce teacher from Satyawati College said that DU should rethink on foundation and applied language courses, which need to be revamped.

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