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SC declines to intervene

New Delhi, June 24 (PTI): A lawyer today moved Delhi High Court with a public interest plea to restore the three-year degree course even as the Supreme Court refused to intervene in the controversy over the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) Delhi University had introduced last year.

A vacation bench of the top court asked the petitioner, a professor who had challenged the University Grants Commission (UGC)’s order to scrap the FYUP, to move the high court instead.

“Please go to the high court,” the bench headed by Justice Vikramajit Sen said when the matter was mentioned before it for urgent hearing. “The high court would consider the matter and we would also have the benefit of the reasoning of the HC on the issue (when it comes before the apex court).”

In his plea before the Supreme Court, Aditya Narayan Mishra, a former president of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association and an assistant professor at Aurobindo College, had submitted that the FYUP was valid and the ordinance brought by Delhi University (DU) to introduce it was consistent with UGC guidelines.

The PIL by advocate R.K. Kapoor in the high court sought an early resolution to the “controversy” that yesterday prompted colleges affiliated to Delhi University to defer admissions for the 2014-15 academic session by a week.

On Sunday, the UGC had given the university and its 64 colleges time till Monday to junk the four-year undergraduate programme and threatened to stop grants if they didn’t. “Most of the university’s colleges are deferring admissions, leading to confusion among lakhs of aspirants…” the PIL said.

In his plea, Kapoor said the “FYUP violates the National Education Policy, 1986, which advocates the 10+2+3 system, and therefore it is necessary that DU must revert to the earlier system”.