A day after University Grants Commission (UGC) directed Delhi University (DU) to withdraw the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), the university said it had modified the programme to make it compliant with the National Policy on Education.
The UGC directive on Friday had said FYUP violated the 10+2+3 format recommended by the National Policy on Education.
“The academic council of University of Delhi in its meeting, while expressing its highest regard for University Grants Commision, resolved that in view of the modifications made to the existing structures, the programme has been made compliant with National Policy on Education and with UGC’s concerns as mentioned in its order dated 20.6.2014,” DU registrar Alka Sharma said in a statement issued on Saturday.
Malay Neerav, media co-ordinator, DU, said after the academic council meeting, “From now on the courses will be referred to as BA, B.Com, B.Sc, etc. A resolution to the same effect was passed in the academic council meeting with an 81:10 majority.”
The registrar’s statement said the academic council had noted that “students seeking admission to… the undergraduate programme would be admitted into the three-year Bachelor’s degree programme (BA/B.Sc/B.Com) in their Discipline-I (major subject), and would graduate with the corresponding degree on the completion of three years, which would be in conformity with the National Policy on Education”.
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The academic council clarified that the fourth year of study was optional — only for those students who wished to obtain a BA Honours, B.Sc Honours, B.Com Honours or B.Tech degree.
In its order, UGC 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 “so they do not lose an academic year”.
It also asked DU to “take all other steps as may be necessary to adhere to the three-year undergraduate programme under the NPE 1986”.
The move came within days of UGC asking for a “review” of the FYUP, and just over a month after the NDA took power at the Centre. The BJP manifesto had promised to scrap FYUP, and ABVP, the party’s student wing, has been protesting against the programme.
The registrar’s statement also said that DU had deferred the introduction of the new skill-based applied courses that were projected to provide jobs to at least 42,000 undergraduate students. The proposal to approve the B.Tech course in Forensic Science, for which a record 46,381 students have applied this year, too was not taken up, the statement said.