DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns over FYUP row

New Delhi, 24 June-2014, Zee Media Bureau/Ritesh K Srivastava: In a significant development in the DU-UGC row over Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), the Vice Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Dinesh Singh, resigned on Tuesday.

The VC’s resignation is likely to further complicate the issue.

DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns over FYUP row

DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns over FYUP row

The resignation came shortly after the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the row.

The SC dismissed a plea moved by the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) seeking cancellation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) order asking the Delhi University (DU) to scrap its four-year undergraduate programme.

The plea was filed by former DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra. The apex court also directed DUTA to approach the Delhi High Court for any relief in connection with the case.

With the row over FYUP escalating, a large number of colleges affiliated to the Delhi University today deferred admissions till the crisis is resolved.

At least 36 colleges decided not to issue their first cut-off lists till the matter is resolved and demanded clarity over the FYUP issue, leading to confusion among lakhs of students willing to get admission in the Delhi University and its affiliated colleges.

Meanwhile, a section of DU teachers who are in favour of the FYUP, today began a 24-hour long hunger strike against the UGC order. The teachers, under the aegis of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), alleged that the UGC’s directive to DU was an “assault” on its autonomy.

They have blamed the Human Resource Development Ministry and the University Grants Commission for the present mess related to DU admissions.

NSUI is also holding a protest rally in Delhi University against DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh at 12:30 pm from Arts Faculty. B.Tech students of the varsity also staged a protest but later called off their agitation following an assurance from the UGC.

Reacting to the issue, HRD Minister Smriti Irani today said, “I am not in the liberty to speak on the FYUP tussle.”