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FYUP controversy set to delay Delhi University admission process

4-year course St Stephen’s College defers admissions following UGC directive

Written by Aditi Vatsa | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2014 2:04 pm
univ-m UGC has ordered DU to conduct admissions only under the three-year undergraduate programme. (Source: EXPRESS Photo)

As the controversy on the fate of the four-year undergraduate programme rages, Delhi University (DU) colleges, caught in the midst of undergraduate admissions, expect a delay in the admission process this year. Following UGC’s letters, St Stephen’s College on Sunday announced that the “final admissions” to the college have been deferred.

“In view of the reported UGC directive to the University of Delhi regarding its undergraduate programmes (FYUP), St Stephen’s College, while continuing with the ongoing selection process, including the publication of provisional lists of selected and waitlisted candidates for various courses, shall defer final admissions till a decision is taken on the matter by the competent authority,” principal Valson Thampu said.

St Stephen’s College, a minority institution, follows admission rules different from most other colleges under DU. With the college having declared cut-offs for undergraduate courses under the four-year format, interviews for admission in the college are underway. The college has also uploaded a list of students selected for admission to Sanskrit (Honours) under the four-year programme.

Stating that the admission interviews will continue as per schedule, Thampu’s statement said, “St Stephen’s will admit students only to duly approved courses. Students seeking admission to a particular course need to have definitive information about the structure and duration of the courses they join. The ‘admission list’ being put up now is, hence, provisional. The final admission to all courses, including payment of fees, is deferred till a decision on the matter is taken by the university/UGC.”

With the first cut-off list for undergraduate admissions expected on Tuesday, other colleges feel that the admission schedule will have to be changed. A senior official at a South Campus college said, “We don’t see classes beginning in July. There will be a delay of at least two or three weeks. The schedule has been drawn up. If there is a rollback, we will have to start the admission process afresh.”

Ramjas College principal Rajendra Prasad also pointed out the roadblocks colleges will face in case the four-year course is rolled back.

“There are a lot of things which will have to revised. We will need around one week to start the admission process,” Prasad said.

Under the four-year undergraduate system, Pass/Programme courses such as BCom (P), BA (P), BSc Life Sciences, among others, had been done away with. The seats of these courses had been distributed among the Honours courses. A reversal to the three-year format, Prasad said, would mean a re-distribution of these seats.

“Two years ago, I was admitting 40-50 students in BCom (Honours). Following the four-year undergraduate course, some seats of BCom (Pass) went to BCom (Honours) and we admitted around 120 students. If there is a reversal, these seats will have to go back to Programme course,” Prasad added.

Pointing to the UGC’s letter warning colleges of freezing of funds, Prasad said this was “too big a threat” as colleges survive on the financial banking of the UGC.

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  1. A
    Jun 23, 2014 at 9:28 am
    Will someone like the President of India, who seems greatly concerned about the state of educational insutions in the country, please sack this Vice Chancellor and undo the damage he has caused to the Delhi University?!!
    1. I
      Iqbal Narain
      Jun 24, 2014 at 7:31 am
      This entire controversy was needless and unfortunate. One understands there are pros and cons of a FYUP. If it was introduced without adequate thought, as claimed by its opponents, there is still no point disbanding it by a government order via UGC. The latter should not have allowed the FYUP to start in that case. Now that it has started, just go out and make a success of it by making appropriate modifications to the curriculum so that the course delivers meaningful added value. UGC interference in the decision making body of a leading autonomous university is, in principle, incorrect and smacks of an effort to politicise education. This pre-supposes a parallel commitment of the government to increase university level seats.
      1. P
        Jun 23, 2014 at 11:05 am
        FYUPs will allow students to directly enter US graduate (read PhD) programs. For those seeking higher studies in India, FYUPs can be considered as basic qualification to enter Indian PhD programs. UGC needs to allow this rather than stopping progressive measures like FYUPs.