UGC’s Director (administration) Vikram Sahay told Newsline that the commission had sent another letter to DU Registrar Alka Sharma from the office of the UGC Secretary, stating that the university must begin admissions to its undergraduate programmes immediately.
However, the commission has not specified what starting admissions would mean for the university and the students. As such, it is unclear whether the university will announce cutoffs to admit students or announce a fresh admission process. The specifics have been left to the university to decide.
The commission had received no reply from the university to its previous letter asking the university to start admissions under a three-year format. After long discussions between DU and UGC officials on Wednesday, UGC issued fresh directive at night in the wake of reservations among colleges over implementing the three-year programme and starting the admission process.
Notwithstanding UGC’s claim that 57 of the 64 colleges have accepted its directive, confusion reigned supreme because colleges felt they need clear-cut guidelines from a “competent authority”. There was no official reaction from the university over the fresh UGC order, but representatives of colleges expressed difficulty in implementing it. “We have agreed to UGC’s order in principle, but we cannot move forward without the directive of the university. It is not an individual decision. There are too many steps,” S Lakshmi Devi, Secretary of DU Principals’ Association, said.
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In the midst of all these developments, a move was initiated by a group of academicians, said to be supporters of DU Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, in a bid to break the deadlock. They have proposed a three-year honours programme in place of the four-year course.
(With PTI inputs)