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Delhi colleges put off admissions as UGC & DU refuse to budge over 4yr undergrad term

New Delhi, Jun 23(PTI): Colleges affiliated to Delhi University decided to defer the admissions process scheduled to begin on Tuesday as the University Grants Commission and Delhi University showed no signs of yielding ground over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) introduced last year.

Delhi University had introduced the FYUP last year, but the UGC said on Sunday that the university must go back to the earlier system or face action.

After an emergency meeting of the Principals Association of the Delhi University, its president S.K. Garg announced that they decided to defer the admission process, which was to begin Tuesday, until clear-cut guidelines are issued by the competent authority on the issue.

The decision came hours after the expiry of a deadline set by the UGC to Delhi University to send its report of compliance of its order that admissions will take place only under the three-year undergraduate programme and not FYUP.

Earlier in the day, Smriti Irani, the Union human resource development minister, had held two meetings on Monday with UGC chairman Ved Prakash.

Prakash also held a meeting with Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, who had steered the introduction of the four-year UG programme (FYUP) in DU last year. The Secretary for Higher Education, Ashok Thakur, was also present during this meeting.

Sources said Irani is of the view that the government should not intervene and that UGC and DU should sort out the matter between themselves and ensure that precious time of students is not wasted.

Garg said there was a conflict between the guidelines issued by the university and those issued by the UGC.

”As of now, we do not have any clarity. Due to this conflict, it is not possible for us to conduct admission process.

”Thus the Principals' Association has resolved that unless unambiguous guidelines are issued, the admission process will be deferred. 36 principals were present, the remaining college heads will be informed about the decision,” he said.

According to Garg, the decision has been taken in the interest of the students, parents and colleges.

UGC has formed a Committee to ensure smooth migration/ transition of those students enrolled under FYUP programme last year.

DU's Academic Council on Saturday passed a resolution saying students seeking admission to undergraduate programmes would be admitted in three-year Bachelor's Programme (B.A/B.SC/B.Com) in their Discipline 1 (major subject) and would graduate with the corresponding degree on three years in conformity with NPE.

The FYUP, introduced last year, has drawn flak from both students and teachers but the Delhi University has held that it will not be scrapped.