The four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) of Delhi University has left the campus divided yet again with the University Grants Commission (UGC) asking for a review of the programme.
DU administration declined comment on the issue, saying it has received no communication from the UGC so far.
The UGC, in a meeting on Friday, had asked for a review of FYUP on the grounds that it violated the national policy of education which mandates a 10+2+3 format. Sources said it was argued at the meeting that the change was effected without an amendment to the Universities Act and that it did not have the Visitor’s (President) approval.
“It is very surprising that the UGC has called for a review after it had given a go-ahead to the course last year. The step hints at a probable violation of the autonomy of the university. The course had been approved by the statutory bodies of DU — the Academic and the Executive Councils — by a thumping majority,” Aditya N Mishra, member of DU’s Executive Council, said.
On the argument that the FYUP violated the national policy on education, Mishra said other universities such as Ambedkar University and Indian Institute of Science have been running FYUP courses.
“Isn’t that a violation of the national policy? In DU itself, a four-year course — Bachelor of Elementary Education — is being taught for many years now,” he said.
A section of the DU teaching community, who had been opposed to the FYUP, welcomed the UGC decision.
Nandita Narain, president of Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA), said, “We appreciate the UGC’s acknowledgement of the fact that by not seeking its approval six months prior to the commencement of course, DU had violated Section 22, Clause 3 of the UGC Act.”
The DUTA president also demanded the resignation of DU Vice Chancellor “for deliberately running an illegal course and jeopardising the future of thousands of students”.
DUTA secretary and AAP MLA from Timarpur Harish Khanna urged the Visitor intervene in the issue.