Ignoring UGC’s directive to start the admission process for undergraduate courses on Thursday morning, Delhi University today threw the ball back in the Commission’s court by sending it a proposal suggested by academicians to resolve the deadlock over the controversial four-year degree programme (FYUP).
Notably, the UGC on Wednesday had sent another letter to DU Registrar Alka Sharma, stating that the university must begin admissions to its undergraduate programmes “immediately”. The commission had received no reply from the university to its previous letter asking the university to start admissions under a three-year format.
In response to the UGC’s order, the DU sent a letter this morning to the Commission which said “the university is of the opinion that given the situation where admissions are being delayed, time is the essence and hence this blended proposal submitted by some eminent persons to the UGC and DU may provide the necessary way forward.
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“This proposal entails admitting all students to a three-year undergraduate course with honours and will also obviate the need to call for fresh registrations. We await your response in order to convene the statutory bodies at the earliest in the best interest of the students and the academic community,” the letter signed by DU Registrar Alka Sharma read.
The Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has however rejected the proposal by DU.
Speaking to media persons, DU’s Media Coordinator Malay Neerav said, “We received a new proposal wherein the honours degree will be given in 3 years. We won’t need much time to implement this proposal. We have written a letter to UGC stating the same. We are now awaiting UGC’s response on the new proposal from UGC.”
“UGC has been writing letters to us urging us to start admitting students based on the old three-year format. We have told them that we need time to follow the old procedure because there are course committees, statutory bodies and they will need to meet for that purpose.
The development comes on a day when a group of students were today detained when they tried to stage a march from Central Secretariat Metro Station to Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding the President’s intervention in ending the impasse over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
The protesters belonging to All India Students Association were detained from outside the metro station around 11:30 AM and taken to Parliament Street police station in a bus by Delhi Police personnel.
Police said the march could not be allowed as prohibitory orders are in place in the area.
Police personnel were deployed in strength in and around Rajpath to prevent protesters from marching toward Rashtrapati Bhavan.
(With PTI Inputs)