21 June-2014: The University Grants Commission has reportedly issued a directive to the Delhi University asking that it immediately withdraw the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). The decision comes days after the UGC asked for a review of the academic programme.
According to a report in The Indian Express, the UGC had told DU on Friday that FYUP violated the National Policy on Education that advocates a 10+2+3 format, also conveying to the administration that it had failed to get the Vistor’s approval (President of India) for its amended ordinance that enables the FYUP.
The FYUP, which was part of the UPA’s aggressive reform agenda for higher education in India, was widely criticised for the hurried manner in which it was pushed through by the Delhi University despite widespread opposition from students and teachers.
The introduction of FYUP in DU, which would have been the only university in India to have adopted a US-style degree programme, was seen as of part vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh’s push for reforms, which began with a shift to the semester system in 2010.
Singh’s main argument for the drastic redesign of DU’s undergraduate programme was that it would prepare students to meet corporate India’s needs and make them more ‘employable’.
When the ‘Save DU’ campaign (launched by students and teachers last year to oppose the FYUP) was at its peak, Singh surprised many when he said that “not a single DU student” met corporate job standards.
Keen to deliver on BJP’s election promise to roll back the four year DU programme, HRD minister Smriti Irani had reportedly told a delegation of BJP’s student wing Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the BJP-backed National Democratic Teachers Front (NDTF) who met her on 30 May that she would hold “widespread consultation at all levels” on the issue.
(Input source: FP)