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DU keeps admissions on hold, gives UGC a plan: 4=3+1

New Delhi, Jun 26 (PTI): Delhi University on Thursday declined to start admissions for the new session as directed by the University Grants Commission, and instead sent the UGC a proposal suggested by academics to resolve the standoff over the term of the undergraduate courses.

On Wednesday night, the UGC had told Delhi University to roll back its four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) and start admission for the old three-year structure by Thursday noon.

But the university ignored this directive and sent a letter on Thursday morning to the Commission in which it said “the university is of the opinion that given the situation where admissions are being delayed, time is the essence and hence this blended proposal submitted by some eminent persons to the UGC and DU may provide the necessary way forward.

”This proposal entails admitting all students to a three-year undergraduate course with honours and will also obviate the need to call for fresh registrations. We await your response in order to convene the statutory bodies at the earliest in the best interest of the students and the academic community,” the letter, signed by DU Registrar Alka Sharma, read.

Speaking to media persons, DU's Media Coordinator Malay Neerav said, “We received a new proposal wherein the honours degree will be given in three years. We won't need much time to implement this proposal. We have written a letter to UGC stating the same. We are now awaiting UGC's response on the new proposal from UGC.”

Neerav said time was “very precious” and DU’s six-point formula suggesting that honours degree be given in three years would be much easier to implement and start the admissions at the earliest.

”UGC has been writing letters to us urging us to start admitting students based on the old three-year format. We have told them that we need time to follow the old procedure because there are course committees, statutory bodies and they will need to meet for that purpose,” Neerav said.

“However, if we can tweak the existing (+4) course into the +3 format wherein BA (Hons) Degree will be given in 3 years and we can start admitting the students as soon as possible,” Neerav said.

On Wednesday evening, the DU registrar had said that the university has received a “document” from some eminent citizens outlining ”concrete” suggestions for the solution of the current situation as it exists.

The proposal suggested a three-year honours programme that is devised by reverting to several features of the old semester format and reducing the existing courses that are not of the honours stream under FYUP.

It also suggested that the existing B Tech courses should be left untouched except for reduction in the number of foundation courses.

The proposal further suggested that the university may wish to offer a fourth year of study which can be done by creating a Honours by Research programme within an overall credit based system with the approval of all regulatory bodies.

”While welcoming this initiative, the University is examining in detail the document and is working with the expectation that the admission process shall be able to commence soon,” Sharma had said in her statement yesterday.

The proposal, suggested by a group of academicians and eminent persons including Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha (GGSIP) University Vice-Chancellor Anil Tyagi, Panjab University V-C Arun Grover, St Stephen's College principal Valson Thampu and professor Vijay Choudhary, was submitted to Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh.

Nandita Narain, Delhi University Teachers Association President and member of a 10-member Standing Committee of the UGC, criticised the proposal and said it was “formatted suggestions” and an “easy way out”.

Meanwhile, hundreds of students staged a protest outside VC's residence demanding complete rollback of FYUP. They sat outside the residence blocking traffic and raised slogans. Police presence has been beefed up in the area and barricades have been erected outside the VC residence.