UGC hard­ens stand and asks DU not to con­duct ad­mis­sion un­der FYUP

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR - PBD BUREAU/PTI

HARD­EN­ING its stand, UGC to­day asked Delhi Univer­sity and its col­leges to ad­mit stu­dents only un­der the three-year pro­gramme from the new aca­demic ses­sion and not un­der four-year un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme (FYUP) im­ple­mented by it last year, a move hailed by both teach­ers' and stu­dents' bod­ies.

With ad­mis­sion to the un­der­grad­u­ate pro­gramme be­gin­ning on Tues­day, UGC asked DU and all its 64 col­leges to com­ply with its or­der or face "con­se­quence" such as freez­ing of grants.

"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 UGC said in a state­ment.

"Any de­vi­a­tion from this di­rec­tive ei­ther by the 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 warned.

The move put a lid on the month-long ag­i­ta­tion by stu­dents' and teach­ers' bod­ies de­mand­ing scrap­ping of the pro­gramme.

An ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber of Delhi Univer­sity Teach­ers As­so­ci­a­tion Vi­jaya Venkatara­man wel­comed the UGC move.

She said DU was "flout­ing" all norms and con­duct of the pro­gramme and the Vice-Chan­cel­lor re­mained adamant, there­fore, UGC's de­ci­sion is wel­come.

Delhi Univer­sity Stu­dents Union Pres­i­dent Aman Awana also hailed the de­ci­sion and said they would take out a vic­tory rally to­mor­row. They would also meet HRD Min­is­ter Sm­riti Irani to con­grat­u­late her.

The UGC di­rec­tion for the new aca­demic ses­sion came a day af­ter the Delhi Univer­sity struck a de­fi­ant note, re­ject­ing the Com­mis­sion's di­rec­tive to scrap the con­tro­ver­sial FYUP.

The UGC said it would be en­sured that stu­dents, who were ad­mit­ted in 2013-14 in FYUP when it was in­tro­duced, are able to mi­grate to the three­year pro­gramme.

The Com­mis­sion has asked DU to in­form all col­leges to abide by the di­rec­tion and "to re­port com­pli­ance to the Com­mis­sion of this di­rec­tive by the forenoon of June 23 (to­mor­row) with­out fail".

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