FYUP row: As SC refuses to intervene, DU VC Dinesh Singh seems to be on way out

In the wake of face-off, the university campus continued to witness chaos and confusion.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2014 8:08 pm
FYUP Students protest over FYUP row.

In a yet another significant development over the ongoing face off between Delhi University and University Grant Commission over Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned on Tuesday afternoon.

The resignation came amid widespread protests by the concerned students and teachers over the FYUP logjam.

Meanwhile, as the cloud of uncertainty loomed over the FYUP, the Supreme Court refused to stay the notification by the UGC, scrapping the four-year undergraduate programme with immediate effect.

Earlier in the day, a group of teachers in favour of the move on Tuesday went on a 24-hour long hunger strike to protest against the University Grants Commission order for its roll back.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has refused to intervene in the row, directing an ex-DUTA president to approach the Delhi High Court.

The university campus on Tuesday continued to witness protests, scuffles, chaos and confusion with students expressing their disapproval and worry over the ongoing face-off between the UGC and the Delhi University administration.

The teachers, under the aegis of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), alleged that the UGC’s directive to DU was an “assault” on its autonomy. “It is an attack on DU’s academic freedom and autonomy by the UGC on the behest of Ministry of HRD and this hunger strike is to resist the attack on academic freedom of higher education institutions,” S K Mishra, AAD’s Press Secretary and Professor at DU, said.

According to reports, a section of teachers have gone a step further and challenged the UGC order in the court.

On Monday, the outfit’s president Aditya Narayan Mishra had yesterday through the media made an appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the matter. AAD said it will continue its fight against the UGC order.

Notably, the government has already made it clear that it will not intervene in the matter and left it to UGC and DU to resolve the issue between themselves. The HRD Minister Smriti Irani distanced herself from the controversy, saying: “I am not in the liberty to speak on the FYUP tussle.”

A day after DU colleges announced that the admission process has been deferred owing to “conflicting guidelines” from the university administration and the UGC, several applicants on Tuesday appeared confused over the fate of their admissions. On the other hand, the students who had enrolled into the course in its inaugural year too seemed clueless as to what the future holds for them.

Students who took admission into the course as it was launched last year are concerned over the fate of their “experimental batch” in the wake of the stand-off between UGC and DU.

In a meeting of the Delhi University Principals’ Association on Monday evening, principals from 36 colleges decided that cut-off lists could not be declared. Those who could not attend the meeting too agreed to the resolution regarding deferring of admissions.

As the university struck a defiant note refusing to implement the UGC directive for conducting admissions under the three-year programme, the UGC had issued a reminder to Delhi University to submit the compliance report on its direction for the rollback of the ntentious four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

UGC had given DU time till today afternoon to comply with its direction. The university, however, did not send any communication to UGC about abiding by its direction.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. A
    Jun 24, 2014 at 11:25 am
    I think UGC has already told DU on how to handle such cases.. i.e. to convert and crunch their remaining 3 years to 2 years.
    1. S
      Jun 24, 2014 at 11:04 pm
      This needs to go thru the courts. Can Universities and educational Insutions be independent and innovative enough and can they legally chip away at the draconian power being exerted by UGC. Without legal challenge this babudom will not go away.And why is DU not free to offer both three year and four-year courses with two different tags?
      1. G
        Jun 24, 2014 at 9:57 am
        an avoidable controversy by smriti irani. will she at least uage the apprehensions of students already enrolled?
        1. G
          Jun 24, 2014 at 3:42 pm
          This tussle b/w UGC n DU z nt gud......i ask where d was UGC since last 1 year n hw it can attack or I'll say 'ault' such a prestigious and excellent univ lyk dis....i also agree dat FYUP z nt such a gud programme but its rollback shudnot b done in sch a way d way its happening...what will the studnts do now hu hv registered for admissions......it'll only n only affect the students and their education!! :-(
          1. H
            Jun 24, 2014 at 10:25 am
            Some1 hs to pay...Whether who jss enrolled in courses already or who applied to be enrolled....Everyone know FYUP is not appropriate for anyone.Then Why dont v get to go for 3yr ugp
            1. I
              Ishika Gupta
              Jun 24, 2014 at 6:02 pm
              I believe that the issue here is not with the FYUP's duration of 3 or 4 years but with its implementation. Instead of protesting for its roll back, can we not protest for the better implementation of FYUP? As a social sciences student, I wouldn't mind studying the subject I have chosen to do my undergrad in for 4 years, provided my core subject is taught to me in detail rather than being taught subjects, which I for obvious reasons left behind in my school days. I am also a DU student, who is applying abroad for her masters, and is facing trouble as a lot of schools want me to have a four years under grad degree, so I am definitely in the favor of it, keeping in mind that this DU potion is comparatively smaller but in a larger picture it would benefit a lot of students who want to indulge in detailed study and analysis of their subject. Anything that is new to a system will take time to settle, the same is with FYUP, why can we not give it some time. And if noise has to be created, why not create it for the better reason?
              1. P
                Jun 24, 2014 at 11:28 am
                Nanditaji... aap ti par jane wali thi... aap ne toh vc koi hi ti pe bhej diya.... Kursi khali hai... aage bharo our kabza kar lo vc ki kursi par... wah re mere desh ke saas bahu ke politics...
                1. I
                  Ismail Ismail
                  Jun 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm
                  Smriti Irani is not the DU VC, why should she have to uage students' fears ? The VC very conveniently resigned and is trying to escape responsibility. Where is DU autonomy now ? Who asked them to ape the USA system and start the FYUP ? Four years to get the same degree and learn the same things which the rest of the country has been able to do in three years for the past 68 years ? The question is why if not to ape the foreign systems.
                  1. J
                    Jun 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                    The VC and the HRD Minister and UGC should discuss collectively and arrive at an amicable solution. All of them have failed.
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