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Delhi University V-C quits in UGC row, apex court refuses to step in

New Delhi, Jun 24 (PTI): Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned on Tuesday, with the University Grants Commission not budging from its stand that the university withdraw the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) launched last year.

”VC has resigned,” DU's media coordinator Malay Neerav said without giving details.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the row when a professor challenged the UGC’s stand before the court. The court told the petitioner to go to the high court first.

The resignation of Singh, who was instrumental in introducing the FYUP, came two days after the UGC told the university to roll back the FYUP and go back to the three-year system.

The 64 colleges under Delhi University were scheduled to take in students for the new batch on Tuesday.

Singh has been under attack over the FYUP, which was introduced last year, but came under renewed criticism ahead of start of this year's academic session.

The UGC had told DU to comply with its order before Monday noon.

However, the principals of the colleges affiliated to DU met on Monday and decided to defer this year's admissions process.

In the Supreme Court, a bench of justices Vikramajit Sen and S.K. Singh asked Prof Aditya Narayan Mishra to go to the High Court against the direction issued by the UGC.

”Please go to High Court. The High Court would consider the matter and we would also have benefit of the reasoning of HC on the issue (when the matter comes before SC),” the bench said.

Mishra, an assistant professor at Aurobindo College who is a former president of the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA), submitted that the FYUP is valid and the ordinance brought by the University regarding this is consistent with guidelines of the UGC.

A group of DU teachers went on a 24-hour hunger strike to protest against the UGC’s order.