Delhi University (DU) has been instructed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to eliminate The Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). The UGC issued another directive on Sunday regarding the three year undergraduate course. UGC also asked the University for Compliance Report by Monday forenoon.
Any variations by the University in the directive shall be taken as infringement of the UGC Act, with its upshots. UGC had sent another Directive prior to this one on Friday. The University will have to pay serious costs due to infringement of the directive.
The University cannot play with future of the students. The university cannot turn a public issue into a private battle. A meeting scheduled by the DU vice-chancellor has been postponed for further developments. UGC has sent letters to the principals of 70 old colleges to strictly adhere to the three year undergraduate programme. Non adherence may result to consequences under the UGC Act and withdrawal of funds.
UGC’s Public Notice to Students
UGC took an initiative by making a public notice asking students to take admissions in only three year undergraduate courses. It also mentioned that FYUP is not conformity with the National Policy of Education, 1986 and the 10+2+3 structure anticipated under the policy. It says DU did not adopt FYUP in conformity with the DU Act.
The notice sent by the UGC chairperson also sought the formation of a standing committee containing members of university’s academic and executive councils, teachers’ and students’ unions, and senior academics. This commission will advise DU on the migration back from FYUP to three year undergraduate programme. The UGC chairperson has sent this notice so that the students do not lose an academic year and acquire necessary adroitness during the next two years.