DU defiant despite UGC ultimatum on 4-year degree program

New Delhi: Delhi University seems defiant despite the UGC ultimatum given to it. The University Grants Commission asked Delhi University and all its colleges to conduct admissions only under the three-year undergraduate programme and not under the controversial FYUP while warning of “consequences” if its direction is violated.

The direction for the coming academic session came a day after Delhi University struck a defiant note, rejecting the Commission’s directive to scrap the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

“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,” the Commission said.

“And further that 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, 1956 with its consequences,” it said.

Disobeying the direction could spell trouble for Delhi University as it could stand to lose grants and degrees offered by the varsity could be de-recognised.

UGC has also decided to constitute a ten-member committee with representations from teachers, students and statutory bodies to advice DU for 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 hassle and acquire necessary academic and other competencies during the next two academic years, it said.

The committee would comprise the Vice-Chairman of UGC, president of DUTA and students’ body DUSU among others.



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