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UGC rejects DU proposal, wants immediate FYUP rollback

PTI  New Delhi, June 27, 2014
First Published: 08:28 IST(27/6/2014) | Last Updated: 10:27 IST(27/6/2014)

UGC rejected Delhi University's proposal to blend courses in the three-year and four-year programmes on Thursday in a letter asking it to roll back the FYUP and immediately begin undergraduate admissions.

The DU had on Thursday proposed that foundation courses be reduced and offered only in the first year, an honours degree be given in three years, more main subject courses be added to the mix, and that the university could have an optional fourth year for a new degree, 'honours by research'.

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The University Grants Commission is seeking legal opinion on the compromise formula proposed by the varsity.

The development came after a day of hectic negotiations between the varsity and UGC over the compromise proposal drawn up by a group of academicians.

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While UGC accepted all but one proposal, there were some legal issues which came in the way and, hence, it was seeking the views of legal experts. A crucial meeting of the 10-member UGC standing committee scheduled for 5pm on Thursday was cancelled in its wake.

A senior UGC official, meanwhile, told PTI, "DU needs to revert to pre-FYUP and begin admissions, letter sent to DU by UGC."

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DUTA has already rejected the six-point proposal.

UGC had on Wednesday set a deadline of Thursday morning for Delhi University to roll back the controversial four-year undergraduate programme and start admissions as per the earlier three-year structure.

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But DU sent a letter to the Commission, signed by its Registrar Alka Sharma, saying that, "The university is of the opinion that given the situation where admissions are being delayed... (a) blended proposal submitted by some eminent persons to UGC and DU may provide the way forward.

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"The proposal entails admitting all students to a three-year undergraduate course with honours and will also obviate the need to call for fresh registrations. We await your response in order to convene the statutory bodies at the earliest in the best interests of the students and the academic community."


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