Delhi University Gets Fresh Letter to Roll Back Four-Year Course

NEW DELHI (TIP): The University Grants Commission has once again sent a letter to Delhi University asking it to roll back the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) and immediately begin undergraduate admissions even as it sought legal opinion on the compromise formula proposed by the university. The development came after a day of hectic negotiations between Delhi University and University Grants Commission (UGC) over the compromise proposal drawn up by a group of academicians. While the UGC accepted all but one proposal, there were some legal issues which came in the way and, hence, it was seeking the views of legal experts.

A crucial meeting of the 10-member UGC standing committee scheduled for 5 PM today was cancelled in its wake. A senior UGC official, meanwhile, told PTI, “DU needs to revert to pre-FYUP and begin admissions, letter sent to DU by UGC.” Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has already rejected the six-point proposal. The UGC had on Wednesday night set a deadline of Thursday morning for the Delhi University to roll back the controversial four-year undergraduate programme and start admissions as per the earlier three-year structure.

But the Delhi University sent a letter to the Commission, signed by its Registrar Alka Sharma, saying that, “The university is of the opinion that given the situation where admissions are being delayed… (a) blended proposal submitted by some eminent persons to UGC and DU may provide the way forward. “The proposal entails admitting all students to a threeyear undergraduate course with honours and will also obviate the need to call for fresh registrations. We await your response in order to convene the statutory bodies at the earliest in the best interests of the students and the academic community.”

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