The first batch to be admitted through CUET into the university, who are also the first year students stated that they were under the impression that the basics of the languages will be taught. However, they found the syllabus to be of an advanced level.
Last year, several students from the University of Delhi who had opted for Tamil and Telugu in BA programs as their non-major subjects have been reapplying for the Common University Entrance Test-UG (CUET-UG). This is because they are fearing that due to the advanced syllabus of the subject, they will fail the language exam.
As per the New Education Policy, the students have been given the choice of studying different languages. The first batch to be admitted through CUET into the university, who are also the first year students stated that they were under the impression that the basics of the languages will be taught. However, they found the syllabus to be of an advanced level.
In its reply to the students, the university stated that they should have seen the syllabus first. Moreover, it added that they will not be able to do anything as they have already chosen the combinations. Several times, the students who opted for BA programs such as Pol Science & Tamil and Pol Science & Telugu at Sri Venkateswara College have approached the authorities to change their subjects to Sanskrit or Hindi. However, this demand was declined by the university. The students who have been dejected are anxious that they will flunk the semester. Thus, they have registered for the entrance examination in 2023-24.
Earlier, it was mandated that the students must have studied the language up to Class VIII as an eligibility criterion in order to take up a language as a minor discipline. However, after students raised this matter, this norm was removed. One of the students stated that when they were choosing their preferences, they did not know the eligibility criteria and no one pointed it out. Even while verifying their applications, the colleges did not notice that they did not have any knowledge in that subject.
After they took admissions, they got to know about the eligibility criteria. Thus, when they went to the Dean of Admission, they were assured that the norm will be removed. However, no changes were made by the university to the yardstick, according to the document issued in November 2022.
The student stated that several students applied for CUET and that their future was at stake. They were deeply concerned with not knowing even a letter in that language and their challenge in the examination. They feared that they were going to fail. The students requested the authorities to change their subjects but they did not listen. Nearly 10 students have the same issue and as they had no other option, they applied again for the entrance examination.
Issue of Teacher Unavailability
A professor stated that this issue is not limited to Telugu and Tamil languages. Students who have taken up other regional languages such as Oria, Bengali, and Sindhi have the same problem. She stated that the students did not know any alphabet in the language but the subject includes literature and advanced-level language studies. She also held that the university holds the major responsibility for this ”fiasco” as the future of many students is at risk.
For several languages, teachers are not available. The University does not have a single teacher for Malayalam or Sindhi or Kannada. Only one teacher is present for Gujarati. There is no possibility for students to learn a language within a semester.
In Miranda House, a student opted for the BA program with Pol Science & Tamil and she was the sole student in the college with this combination. Thus, a teacher was assigned to her only last week. She was worried about her examination and stated that she was hopeless and there are chances that she would fail. A professor and former executive council member at the University of Delhi stated that the interest of the students must be held by the university and no injustice must be done to them.
Reasons for the issue
Due to the university administration, genuine students of the Tamil language got deprived. They want to teach them literature instead of teaching them the basics which are not even possible. These problems have arisen due to the way CUET has been imposed and the centralization of the admission process. The Dean of Admission stated that the eligibility criteria have been removed for studying languages. Thus, nothing can be done now and a change of subjects is not possible and they must have checked the syllabus before.
When inquired about the action that will be taken by the university in order to ensure that such incidents do not happen in the future, the Dean of admissions stated that an awareness campaign will be organized without the eligibility criteria being changed.
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