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High Court refuses to give urgent hearing to petitions on DU’s undergrad course

New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI): The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to give an urgent hearing to two cross petitions, one for implementation of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) in Delhi University and the other against it.

The petitions were mentioned before a vacation bench of justices Pratibha Rani and V Kameswar Rao, which said, “The matter requires effective hearing which can't be done by a vacation bench. It will be heard by the roster bench in July.”

“We understand the situation. The admissions will not be affected. There will only be a few days delay. The matter will be heard in July,” the bench said, adding that Justice Rao does not wish to hear the matter so it cannot be listed on June 27 as sought by the petitioners.

A Delhi University professor, Aditya Narayan Mishra, has filed the plea challenging the University Grants Commission's notification to scrap FYUP.

An advocate, R.K. Kapoor, has filed the petition seeking implementation of the commission's decision to restore the earlier three-year undergraduate programme.

The PIL by Kapoor has sought a resolution of the ”controversy” saying, “Most of the university's colleges are deferring admissions, leading to confusion among lakhs of aspirants just a day before the admission process was to begin.”

Mishra, an assistant professor at Aurobindo College who is a former president of the Delhi University Teachers' Association, had moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The apex court which had refused to intervene in the matter and directed him to approach the high court.


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