Hitting out at both the UPA and the NDA, the Aam Aadmi Party on Thursday said that the Delhi University Vice Chancellor and the Chairman of the University Grants Commission must step down for ignoring the well-being of students. The party said both the UPA and the NDA have shown “scant regard for the fate of students” from across the country, overlooked the opinion of all the stakeholders — including the teaching community — and have repeatedly violated the autonomy of institutions of higher education.
“UGC chairman must step down for his dubious role in first allowing the introduction of FYUP and now forcing its rollback, and compromising the independence of the regulatory body,” AAP said in a statement.
“Any major policy shifts or innovations in higher education must not be introduced at the behest of political masters, any such change must happen after due deliberation and extensive consultation with a range of stake-holders, including students and teachers,” AAP said.
“The FYUP was introduced in DU through dubious and devious means, in compliance with the wishes of the then minister, Kapil Sibal. The Vice Chancellor and a small coterie around him violated the norms and conventions of the University so as to push through a drastic change without due consultation and deliberation. A chosen set of bureaucrats in the Ministry of HOD dictated terms to the University and the UGC — all in the name of University autonomy! Ironically, the same set of bureaucrats and UGC officials are now reversing the earlier decision at the command of the new government with the same disregard for students and institutional autonomy. All this while admission process is suspended and thousands of students await their future.”
The party has demanded, as argued in the party’s manifesto for the assembly elections, that DU revert to its three-year programme, saying the admission process for the current academic year must be re-opened by making appropriate adjustments for the transition back to the original scheme and giving students a fresh option.
“The interest of the students who took admission in FYUP last year and those who have applied for B Tech course this year must be protected by making appropriate adjustments,” the party said.
“The VC, the Registrar and other key officials of the DU must step down so as to own up their responsibility for the current mess. The Chairman, UGC must step down for his dubious role in first allowing the introduction of FYUP and now forcing its rollback, and compromising the independence of the regulatory body,” the AAP said.