The University Grant’s Commission has tightened the noose around the controversial Four Year Under graduation programme (FYUP) of Delhi University. The UGC has issued a directive asking all DU colleges to admit students under the previous format of three year under graduation.UGC has also warned the colleges of severe consequences in a situation where in the directive is ignored or the freshly issued UGC admission guidelines are violated.
The statement issued by the UGC explicitly reads,” Under no circumstances shall the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it admit students to the FYUP for academic year 2014-15.” The statement also provides for an option of hassle free migration to the three-year programme for students of batch 2013-14. The commission has ensured that the students who have studied their first year under the FYUP format shall be at no disadvantage. They will be able to acquire their complete educational competencies and academic skills, during the next two academic years.
Any deviation from the directive by the University of Delhi or any allied college shall amount to be in contravention of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 and shall have its consequences. The consequences include the cancellation of grants to colleges and de-recognizing of the degree so provided by the University of Delhi.
In order to ensure the proper execution and implementation of the directive, the UGG has decided to frame a ten member committee to advise the University of Delhi. The committee shall represent interests of all parties affected by the decision. The prominent names in run are of DUTA President Nandita Narain, DUSU president Aman Awana and Vice President of UGC.
“Even though any step towards the scrapping of FYUP is welcome, yet the timing of UGC intervention is rather bad. It defames the name of University and causes great mayhem at such a crucial time, where the admission process starts in colleges from Tuesday.” said, a student of FYUP batch of 2013-14.
The decision of UGC came after Delhi University’s defiance of the Commission’s previous directive. The directive stated that the FYUP wasn’t in consonance with the National Education Policy of ’10+2+3′. In response to this, the University released a statement in press that explained how a student enrolled in B.A./ B.Sc/ B.Com would get an under graduation degree in three years of study and that the FYUP did not violate the ’10+2+3′ policy. The fourth year of study was just an optional year for student wishful of obtaining a B.A. Honors /B.Sc Honors/ B.Com Honors or B.Tech degree.
“After an emergency meeting of the Principals Association of the University of Delhi, it has been decided that the admission proceedings scheduled to begin from tomorrow, have been stalled until clear-cut guidelines are issued by the competent authority on the issue. Hence, no undergraduate cut off list is expected to be issed tomorrow.” confirms Ms. Nandita Narain, President, Delhi University Teachers Association.
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