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Relook signal on DU course

New Delhi, May 30: The Centre today indicated that it would examine complaints against Delhi University’s controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

A delegation of Delhi University Teachers Association (Duta) that met human resource development minister Smriti Irani claimed she had assured them the Centre would look into the issue within the constitutional framework, union president Nandita Narain said after the talks.

The team submitted a memorandum demanding rollback of the course, introduced last year amid protests by sections of teachers and students, from the session beginning July this year.

In a statement, Duta described today’s meeting as “positive” and said the minister had “reiterated the government’s commitment to resolve the issues through available constitutional processes” to bring relief to teachers and students at the varsity.

The talks with the minister came on a day DU students hit the streets again against the course. The protesters also included students of the JNU and Jamia Millia Islamia.

The course — approved by the university’s executive council, its top decision-making body — requires students to study four years to get an honours degree. Those who quit after three years get a “general degree” while those who leave after two years secure an “associate degree”. The first two years have foundation courses and a few papers from the main subjects.

Critics say that the four-year course costs students more time and money, and that the foundation course is a duplication of what they have studied up to Class XII.

The Duta delegation that met Smriti today also sought “adjustments” for the FYUP 2013 batch so that the students get an honours degree in three years.

Nearly 54,000 students take admission in DU in regular courses every year and around 1.6 lakh in the correspondence mode.