The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to stay the notification by the University Grants Commission, scrapping the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in Delhi University with immediate effect.
A vacation bench of Justices Vikramjit Sen and S K Singh said that the Supreme Court will not interfere with the issue right away and that the petitioner should first move the Delhi High Court.
It observed that an order from the High Court would benefit in deciding the case if the matter must travel to the apex court.
The petition was filed by Aditya Narayan Mishra, a former president of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA). His counsel urged the bench to stay the UGC notification till their petition was finally adjudicated. The court however asked him to go to the High Court first.
The standoff between the UGC and the University of Delhi (DU) emanated from the Commission’s June 20 directive, asking the DU to scrap FYUP with immediate effect.
Even as the Delhi University’s (DU’s) academic council subsequently passed a resolution to tweak the FYUP to make it compliant with the National Policy on Education (NPE), the 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”.