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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

DU claims it has support of principals for four-yr course

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times   New Delhi, May 03, 2013
First Published: 00:16 IST(3/5/2013) | Last Updated: 00:19 IST(3/5/2013)

Delhi University officials on Thursday claimed they had “strong support” from colleges to implement the much-debated new four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) starting in July.

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Vice-Chancellor (V-C) Dinesh Singh and his colleagues produced a statement by 43 of the total 68 colleges in DU, saying they were “well prepared” for the programme and “take objection to the opinions and needless interference of those who are superficially acquainted with the processes and activities of the university”.

The new programme has been under a lot of discussion recently with some quarters, including teachers, doubting its merits and protesting its implementation.

The statement, signed by principals of 43 colleges, includes Shri Ram College of Commerce, Hindu College, Sri Venkateswara College, Miranda House and Kirori Mal College among others. However, there are many notable exclusions in the list such as St. Stephen’s College, Hansraj College, Ramjas College, Kamla Nehru College, SGTB Khalsa and Gargi College among others.

When contacted, Ramjas College principal Rajendra Prasad said he was not aware of such a statement.

Kamla Nehru College principal Minoti Chatterjee also said she knew nothing of such a statement. When asked if she agreed that her college is prepared for the new course, she said, “There are still a lot of glitches. We don’t know how it’s going to be. We need time and space to work on it year by year.”

However, South Campus director Umesh Rai said the principals met officials in batches and “it was the second batch of principals which expressed annoyance at some of the statements being made against the course and produced this signed statement, which was showed to the batches that followed. This probably explains why some colleges are not on the list,” he said.


Admission for SC, ST students
New Delhi: DU has announced that it will make the admission process for students of SC and ST decentralised. Vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh said the university was making special efforts to help SC/ST students by doing away with the centralised process and allowing them to study in a college of their choice. Also, colleges will not be able to impose any additional eligibility criteria on SC/ST or OBC students. The university said it will ensure that colleges take out as many lists as required to fill SC/ST seats. SC/ST students will also be provided study materials on university expense. HTC


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