While the University Grants Commission (UGC) claimed that the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry had made it clear that it will not intervene in the FYUP standoff, Delhi BJP chief and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday said the government will take “any step required to be taken to roll back FYUP”.
On Sunday, the UGC issued several circulars to Delhi University (DU) and students to take admission in the three-year course and not to enrol in FYUP.
Earlier in the day, Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani held two meetings with UGC chairman Ved Prakash. Prakash also held a meeting with DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh.
Irani is understood to have expressed her displeasure over the delay in resolving the issue. She also said that the government should not intervene in the matter, sources said.
But Harsh Vardhan came out in open support of scrapping FYUP. He said the government had fulfilled its promise to replace FYUP with the three-year undergraduate course, a promise the party made in its election manifesto.
“If any other step is required to be taken, the government will not hesitate,” a statement issued by Harsh Vardhan said.
Other BJP leaders, too, came out in support of scrapping FYUP.
Former DUTA president Om Prakash Kohli said DUTA had always been protesting against FYUP.
The press statement issued by the Delhi BJP also quoted Delhi BJP vice-president Ashish Sood, supporting the UGC order.