New Delhi, 23 June-2014, India TV: A dispute over the Delhi University’s four-year undergraduate programme has left thousands of students confused and uncertain about college admissions in the capital.
The standing committee set up by the University Grants Commission to advise Delhi University to scrap the four-year under-graduate programme and revert to the three-year course will meet here Monday at 4 p.m., said a committee member.
The commission Saturday constituted the standing committee headed by the UGC vice chairman with representatives from the academic and executive councils of DU, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), Delhi University Students Union (DUSU), college principals and teachers to advise the varsity on change-over.
After several letters to the varsity, the commission Sunday ordered the Delhi University that it should make admissions for the under-graduate courses only under the three-year programme, which was prevalent prior to the introduction of the four-year programme (FYUP), or face action under the UGC Act, 1956.
As the four-year programme introduced last year violates the National Education Policy 1986, which advocates the 10ưƱ system, the commission said that DU must go back to the earlier system.
The commission has also ordered the varsity to comply with the letter “without fail” by Monday.
Here are LIVE updates :
12:59 pm: Delhi University removes FYUP link from its website. Its only ‘Undergraduate Admissions’ now.
12:47 pm: AISA students stopped by Delhi Police, they were marching from Shastri Bhawan to President’s house.
12:34 pm: HRD Minister Smriti Irani: The ministry will not interfere in UGC’s order and ultimatum to DU to revert to the earlier three-year course.
12:25 pm: ABVP students protest at DU, demand that the UGC order be implemented by the university.
12:21 pm: Ved Prakash, chairman, UGC: We are waiting for Delhi University to reply to us.
12:16 pm: HRD MInistry sources: UGC is supreme. UGC’s order must be followed by all the universities, including Delhi University. HRD Ministry will not interfere in its order.
11:32 am: The UGC Chairman is now in a meeting with Ashok Thakur, HRD Secretary, higher education.
11:06 am: All India Students Association protests at Delhi University’s North Campus, burn effigies
11:05 am: UGC Chairman is in a meeting with Secretary, HRD Ministry.
11:04 am: Congress’ student wing, NSUI’s protest against introduction of four-year- programme about to start.
10:17 am: Sources in DU say the administration will reply to UGC’s letter by today afternoon.
9:55 am: HRD Minister Smriti Irani will be holding a meeting with the UGC officials over the stand off with the Delhi University over 4-year undergraduate programme.
9:54 am: Principals of most DU colleges expect a decision in next 2-3 hours. Sources say some kind of a consensus likely between DU and UGC. Colleges say matter likely to be resolved today itself.
9:53 am: Guest lecturers of Delhi University protest outside HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s residence