UGC ultimatum to DU: Scrap FYUP or face consequences

UGC direction came a day after DU rejected the order to scrap the FYUP.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Shikha Sharma , with input from Pti | New Delhi | Updated: June 23, 2014 8:35 am
University Grants Commission (UGC) asked Delhi University and all its colleges to conduct admissions only under the three-year undergraduate programme. University Grants Commission (UGC) asked Delhi University and all its colleges to conduct admissions only under the three-year undergraduate programme.

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.

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    Himanshu Bhatnagar
    Jun 22, 2014 at 5:59 pm
    How could the members of ugc be so careless? Aren't they aware of the fact that last year many students took admission in DU to get the degree of B.Tech... if they are not going to provide the degree then what are we going to do.. its just a waste of our precious time.... If they want to roll back fyup we don't have any prob with it but please do something to provide us with the the B.Tech degree.. it is not game that you can play any time.. All respected members of UGC must think and help. .. Don't let suffer many due to anyone.. it's a humble request ... Otherwise also the DU has to face consequences. ..
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      namo
      Jun 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm
      Its never too late to correct a mistake. FYUP was a grave mistake and should never have been allowed in the first place.
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        namo
        Jun 23, 2014 at 6:32 pm
        Its shocking how the decision-makers introduced FYUP without considering the future of its students. DU should not be allowed to act like a rogue university in this matter and must be made to follow the country's system.
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