A day after Delhi University’s (DU’s) academic council passed a resolution to tweak the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) to make it compliant with the National Policy on Education (NPE), the University Grants Commission (UGC) ordered DU to conduct undergraduate admissions “only under the three-year undergraduate programme which was offered prior to the introduction of FYUP”.
UGC issued separate orders to the university and its constituent colleges, and warned that any deviation from its directives would have “consequences”.
“The Commission while reiterating its directives of 20th June to the University of Delhi [asking the university to scrap FYUP with immediate effect] hereby orders that admission to academic year 2014-15 at the undergraduate level in the general degree programmes (including the honours programmes in different subjects of Humanities, Science and Commerce) in various colleges shall only be to the 3 year undergraduate programme which was offered by the University prior to the introduction of the FYUP, and further that under no circumstances shall the university of Delhi or any of the colleges under it admit students to the FYUP for academic year 2014-15,” UGC has said in its strongly worded order.
“Any deviation from this directive either by University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it shall be deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act, with its consequences,” the order warns. A separate order to all colleges elaborates on the consequences — stating that deviation would attract “action under UGC Act, including withdrawal of grant facility to the college”.
In its June 20 order, UGC had directed DU to conduct “admissions for the academic year in the three-year structure”, and make appropriate arrangements for students already admitted in the FYUP to migrate to the three-year programme. It had also asked DU to take all necessary steps to adhere to the three-year undergraduate programme.
Noting the decision of the university’s academic council — which passed a resolution on Saturday — to reconsider its directives, the UGC said that it had “already considered the matter”, “its non-adherence to the National Policy on Education and the national system on education”, and the “adverse impact on the large students community of this country due to implementation of FYUP”.
The UGC further directed the university to inform all colleges of the directive for strict compliance, and to “report compliance to the Commission of these directives by forenoon of 23rd June 2014 without fail”.
UGC has also decided to constitute a 10-member committee with representations from teachers, students and statutory bodies to advise DU on the implementation of the directive. They would ensure that students who were admitted in 2013-14 are able to migrate to the three-year programme without any problems, and acquire the necessary academic and other competencies during the next two academic years, the UGC said.
When contacted, DU officials said a decision would be made after due deliberation. “There is no clarity yet on the course of action,” said Malay Neerav, Joint Dean of Student Welfare and media coordinator, DU.
Meanwhile, with the admission process at the university set to get under way by June 24, St Stephen’s College on Sunday decided to defer the admission procedure for the time being. “We will stick to the interim schedule for pre-admission process, but the decision on what course the students will be admitted under will be taken only after there is more clarity,” Karen Gabriel, media co-ordinator, St Stephen’s College, said.