Fresh admissions for the 2014-15 academic session in Delhi University is likely to commence from Tuesday with the varsity on Saturday formally scrapping the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) even as uncertainty continued to plague B.Tech students.
A day after Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh announced roll back of the FYUP, the Academic and Executive Councils of the university passed a resolution to implement the three-year structure from the new academic session.
In the Academic Council meeting, 65 members voted in favour of the three-year course while six dissented. In the Executive Council meeting 16 supported the changeover while two opposed, EC member Abha Dev Habib said.
Fresh admissions are now expected to start from July 1 (Tuesday).
There was no clarity on how the four-year B.Tech and Bachelor in Management Sciences courses will be dealt with. There are over 2500 students who have already completed one year in these streams.
A 12-member panel of principals set up to look into issue of admissions has come up with three proposals which includes the suggestion of not holding new admissions to B.Tech and BMS programmes.
It has been proposed that the admissions begin from July 1 with colleges issuing cut-off lists by June 30 late evening. “The committee has prepared three proposals which have been submitted to the VC. We will discuss the reports with him after which a final decision will be taken,” J M Khurana, Dean of Students’ Welfare, said.
Another committee member S N Lakshmi said, “We are aiming to begin admissions on July 1 and may come out with the cut off lists on late night Monday or Tuesday morning”.
“New admissions for B.Tech and BMS courses will not take place as they were not in existence in 2012-13,” she said. When asked about the fate of those already enrolled into these courses, Laksmi said it was not for the committee to decide but their interests too will be taken care of.
“I do not know who…but somebody will have to decide what has to be done about them,” she said.
Hundreds of students of Delhi University staged a protest outside the HRD Ministry and submitted a representation demanding that the six B.Tech courses introduced last academic session should not be scrapped.
The Ministry has assured that students’ interest will be kept in mind and University Grants Commission would be coming out with a statement on this issue.
B.Tech students also staged a protest in North Campus of DU and took a rally from the VC’s residence to his office. Some students tried to enter the VC’s office, but were stopped from doing so by Delhi Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel.
The agitating students demanded that their course should not be converted to B.Sc.
“We had enrolled in DU for a four-year B.Tech programme and we expect to obtain the same. We have no problems if all the other courses are of three years’ duration. But our course should remain a four-year course,” Arjun Malhotra, a student of B.Tech in Computer Science, said.
Another B.Tech student Rajesh Choudhary said, “We don’t want Delhi University to scrap the B.Tech course. If B.Tech gets scrapped, our future will get destroyed. We will not sit silent till our demands are met.”
Delhi University yesterday decided to scrap the FYUP after UGC mounted pressure to roll it back. The VC had issued a statement asking principals of various colleges affiliated to the varsity to start admissions for the new session under the three-year format.
The decision has put an end to the uncertainty over the admission process for 2014-15 which was triggered due to the row over FYUP between DU and UGC.
Over 2.7 lakh students have applied for admission to more than 54,000 seats in 64 colleges of the varsity.