As FYUP spat gets uglier, Delhi University points to letter from UGC approving four-year course

Last year, UGC had only asked DU to change nomenclature of the course and to ensure minimum duration of FYUP was as per rules.

Written by Aditi Vatsa , Shikha Sharma | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2014 10:37 am
d1 The UGC in its last few communications to DU has asked the university to scrap FYUP stating that it violates the national policy on education. (Source: IE photo by Ravi Kanojia)

The UGC has now directed DU to scrap the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), but it was around the same time last year that the UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) gave the go-ahead for implementing the course.

On April 5, last year, DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh had sought approval from the UGC for the recognition of a new nomenclature for its four-year undergraduate programme.

In reply, the UGC while asking DU to change the nomenclature of the programme, had not objected to the implementation of  the FYUP. It, however, asked the university to ensure that the “minimum duration of the programme be kept as per the provisions given in the relevant UGC Regulations”.

“I would like to inform you that the proposal for the specification of Baccalaureate degree and Baccalaureate (Hons) was examined in this office and it was decided that the university may adopt any suitable nomenclature out of the list of degrees already specified by the Commission under Section 22 of the UGC Act, 1956. While the duration of the course may vary from University to University and even within the University… it may please be ensured that the minimum duration may be kept as per the provisions given in the relevant UGC regulations,” reads the communication sent by UGC secretary Akhilesh Gupta  to the V-C.

On July 23 last year, the MHRD had written to the Central government counsel at the Delhi High Court explaining that the FYUP was “a misnomer”.

“Four-year undergraduate programme is a misnomer. Only students seeking Honours degree will have to put in four years. Those interested in joining a job can exit after the 2nd and 3rd year with Diploma and Degree,” reads the communication.

The MHRD correspondence further states,  “According to the University, it has complied with all formal requirements… for introducing four-year undergraduate programme from July, 2013. In view of the above, there is no ground or occasion for the ministry to take an otherwise view on an academic issue like this.”

DU’s Academic Council, in its last meeting, had pointed to these letters, saying it had made FYUP compliant with the national policy on education.

The UGC in its last few communications to DU has asked the university to scrap FYUP stating that it  violates the national policy on education, which advocates a 10+2+3 format.

The UGC also conveyed to the DU administration that it has failed to get the Visitor’s (the President) approval for its amended ordinance enabling the FYUP, and also failed to respond to the MHRD’s queries on the same in 2013.

The UGC, in its latest communication to the university and its constituent colleges, had ordered DU to conduct undergraduate admissions “only under the three-year undergraduate programme which was offered prior to the introduction of FYUP”, warning that any deviation from its directives would have consequences.

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    A Chowdhury
    Jun 24, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    This only proves the political character of the UGC. Educational excellence cannot be bought by a political body like this. It requires an elevation to a higher realm where sensitive subjects like education and learning are not discussed by whimsical political bosses who act out of political compulsions. What fun can you derive by deriding a century-old prestigious university?
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      Kumar
      Jun 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm
      Who is behind you UGC's 2014 directives? Could a politician be behind it by any chance?
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        VIKAS SINGH
        Jun 24, 2014 at 8:22 am
        The UGC doesn't seem to know that University Ordinances (such as the Ordinances on the FYUP) become effective the moment they are adopted by the Executive Council, and do not require the approval of the Visitor (i. e. the President of India). The Visitor does have the power to 'disallow' an Ordinance and to suspend it pending the order disallowing it. But a 'disallowed' Ordinance becomes ineffective only from the date of the order of disallowance. The UGC Chairman has, perhaps playing private political games, managed to plug the line of the Democratic Teachers' Front (DTF), a CPM supported outfit which has been a trenchant critic of the BJP and Modi, in this uncalled for controversy, and appointed Dr Nandita Narain of the DTF, who is also the President of DUTA, the Teachers' ociation, on the Committee which will gratuitously review the FYUP.
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          VIKAS SINGH
          Jun 24, 2014 at 8:55 am
          The UGC doesn'tseem to know that University Ordinances (such as the Ordinances on the FYUP)become effective the moment they are adopted by the Executive Council, and donot require the approval of the Visitor (i. e. the President of India). TheVisitor does have the power to 'disallow' an Ordinance and to suspend itpending the order disallowing it. But a 'disallowed' Ordinance becomesineffective only from the date of the order of disallowance. The UGC Chairmanhas, perhaps inadvertently, managed to plug the line of theDemocratic Teachers' Front (DTF), a CPM supported outfit which has been atrenchant critic of the BJP and Modi, in this uncalled for controversy, andappointed Dr Nandita Narain of the DTF, who is also the President of DUTA, theTeachers' ociation, on the Committee which will gratuitously review theFYUP.
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