A large section of people thinks Delhi University (DU) is responsible for the controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), an online survey conducted by HT found.
AISA activists shout slogans during a protest over FYUP outside UGC office in New Delhi. (PTI photo)
Amid the stand-off between University Grants Commission (UGC) and DU, HT asked its readers who they thought was responsible for the mess that cast a pall of uncertainty over the admission process in the current academic session.
The options were: DU, University Grants Commission (UGC), Government/HRD Ministry or all/none of them all. Altogether 2,699 respondents voted till 4pm on Friday in the poll published on Thursday morning.
Of the total respondents, 1,041 (39%) voted against the university. The Government/HRD Ministry followed DU, as 591 (22%) of the respondents blamed it for the mess. The UGC stood third, with 367 (13%) of the total respondents voting against the regulatory body.
Interestingly, close to 25% of the respondents believed that all three authorities were responsible for the controversy, with the option receiving 657 votes.
DU's admission process was to begin last Tuesday (June 24), but had to be delayed due to the stalemate, as the university was not willing to budge initially. Over 2.7 lakh students have applied for admissions to more than 54,000 seats in the 64 colleges.
Finally, DU scrapped the controversial FYUP on Friday, reverting to the three-year degree format and paving the way for the commencement of the stalled admission process.
While 20-odd respondents (1%) opted for the 'None of the Above' option, an equal number of respondents could not give any certain answer.