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#FYUP: BTech to be 4-year course for those admitted in 2013-14 after protests by students

Saturday, 28 June 2014 - 11:30am IST Updated: Sunday, 29 June 2014 - 7:30pm IST | Agency: dna webdesk

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The Delhi University will on Monday submit a compliance report to the University Grant Commission (UGC) a day after it asked the varsity and all its colleges to conduct admissions only under the three-year undergraduate programme and not under the controversial FYUP.

Government sources informed that during the briefing to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani, UGC Chairman stated that the Delhi University had not taken approval of the visitor (President of India) for the FYUP, nor the mandatory clearance of UGC. It was also learnt that the previous government mislead the parliament regarding the president's nod, thus amounting to a lack of legal validity to the FYUP.

18:00 IST Sunday, 29 June 2014

Relief for students, BTech to be 4-year course for those admitted in 2013-14

In a relief to hundreds of students, the Delhi University (DU) was on Sunday directed by the University Grants Commission (UGC)‚Äč to continue with the four-year B.Tech programme for those admitted in academic year 2013-14, bringing to an end the uncertainty following rollback of the controversial FYUP. The directive by the University Grants Commission(UGC) came even as scores of BTech and BMS students of Delhi University staged a protest outside the residence of Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, demanding that their four-year courses should not be scrapped. Read more

12:08 IST Saturday, 28 June 2014 

BTech students stage protest outside HRD Ministry over #FYUP rollback
The BTech students of Delhi University (DU) staged a protest today outside the Human Resource Development Ministry after being left in a lurch following the roll back of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). The Delhi University Academic Council will decide on the fate of the B.Tech course today. Students, however, are up in arms as they want their course to remain a Four Year one. Read more

Delhi University Academic Council scraps FYUP
A day after the Delhi University Vice Chancellor announced scrapping of the controversial FYUP programme, the Academic Council of the varsity today passed a resolution to implement the three-year undergraduate programme. Both Academic and Executive Councils pass resolution to implement three-year undergraduate programme. Read more

20:36 IST Friday, 27 June 2014

FYUP issue: Admissions delayed due to FYUP fiasco as parents try to make ends meet
For the past week Vishal Kumar and his father Vijay from Assam have been camping in a small hotel in the capital’s crowded Karol Bagh area. They’d made the 30-hour long train journey with the objective of seeking admission in a top north campus college of Delhi University (DU) for Vishal, who’d got 94% marks in his class XII board exams.

But with Delhi colleges putting off admissions because of the controversy over DU’s four year undergraduate programme (FYUP), the father-son had no option but to wait it out in their hotel room, paying Rs1,500 a day, a sum that the senior Prasad, a small time businessman, can ill afford. Read More

13:26 IST Friday, 27 June 2014

* A 12-member committee of DU principals set up to look into the issue of admissions under three year undergraduate course.

* After much controversy, the Delhi University (DU) on Friday agreed to comply with the University Grants Commission's order to scrap its Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). DU has written a fresh letter to the UGC informing it that the varsity is ready to scrap FYUP and begin admissions for 3-year programme most likely from Monday. A meeting of principals of colleges affiliated to the DU is also underway to discuss the future course of action. 

"Admission process to undergraduate programme to be conducted under scheme of courses that were in force in academic session 2012-13," says VC Dinesh Singh. 

DU rolls back FYUP, reverts to three-year structure
Under pressure from UGC to act on its directive, the Delhi University today scrapped its controversial four-year undergraduate programme and reverted to the previous three-year structure. In a statement, DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh asked principals of various colleges affiliated to the varsity to start admissions for the new session. "In line with the directive of the UGC, the University has decided to roll back the FYUP. Consequently, the admission process shall be conducted under the scheme of courses that were in force in the academic session 2012-13 in all the colleges of the University of Delhi," Singh said. Read more

One should not sacrifice the interest of students at the alter of prestige: Smriti Irani on #FYUP controversy
On being questioned over the recent standoff between the Delhi University and the University Grants Commission, HRD Minister Smriti Irani refused to comment, saying, "The media wants me to say something on this matter, but in doing so, I would be commiting a constitutional breach, something I don't want to do." However, she did add, "I respect autonomy of institutions,. However I'm reminded autonomous institutions were created to serve people of nation." Read more

9:53 IST Friday, 27 June 2014

Four Metro station closed due to student protest over FYUP—Central Sec, Udyog Bhawan, Patel Chowk and Race Course.

DUTA, DU employees, student bodies stage protest
Delhi University Teachers Association members along with university employees today carried out a protest march from the Faculty of Arts to the residence of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh in North Campus here demanding his resignation and immediate rollback of the four-year undergraduate programme. "Delhi University's VC is playing with the future of students. The FYUP should be scrapped and admission process under the three-year undergraduate programme should begin," said Nandita Narain, President of DUTA. Read more

DUSU President demands Delhi University VC Dinesh Singh's resignation
Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) President Aman Awana has asked for the resignation of Delhi University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dinesh Singh, following the delay in the admission process. Awana also demanded the roll back of the Four Year University Programme (FYUP) as soon as possible. He told ANI, "VC's proposal is a farce and he is playing with the future of the students," adding, "He was misusing his autonomy." Read more

Students go on hunger strike demanding VC's resignation
Delhi University students have started an indefinite hunger strike demanding the resignation of Delhi University (DU) Vice Chancellor (VC) Dinesh Singh and an immediate rollback of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). Dhruv Sangwan, South Campus President from Indian National Students' Organization (INSO), told ANI, "The admissions are not happening because of the DU VC's dictatorship. Even the FYUP was started because of the VC's authoritarianism. We want the three year course back and Dinesh Singh's immediate resignation." Read more

UGC writes again to Delhi University seeking FYUP roll back
UGC has once again sent a letter to DU asking it to roll back the FYUP and immediately begin undergraduate admissions even as it sought legal opinion on the compromise formula proposed by the varsity. The development came after a day of hectic negotiations between the varsity and UGC over the compromise proposal drawn up by a group of academicians. While UGC accepted all but one proposal, there were some legal issues which came in the way and, hence, it was seeking the views of legal experts. A crucial meeting of the 10-member UGC standing committee scheduled for 5 P.M. today was cancelled in its wake. A senior UGC official, meanwhile, told PTI, "DU needs to revert to pre-FYUP and begin admissions, letter sent to DU by UGC." Read more

12:43 IST Thursday, 26 June 2014

ANALYSIS: Students as scapegoats
DU vice chancellor and the UGC must shoulder responsibility for the FYUP debacle. The pseudo-academic change by Delhi University authorities from the time-tested three-year undergraduate course structure (of which the undersigned was a product), to a hurriedly patched up four-year undergraduate programme ( FYUP), has been now reversed by the University Grants Commission. Read more

DU-UGC issue: Students protesting #FYUP detained
A group of students were detained on Thursday when they tried to stage a march from Central Secretariat Metro Station to Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding the President's intervention in ending the impasse over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). The protesters belonging to All India Students Association were detained from outside the metro station around 11.30 am and taken to Parliament Street police station in a bus by Delhi Police personnel. Police said the march could not be allowed as prohibitory orders are in place in the area. Police personnel were deployed in strength in and around Rajpath to prevent protesters from marching toward Rashtrapati Bhavan. Read more

12:33 IST Thursday, 26 June 2014

Union Grants Commission standing committee meeting at 5 pm today amid huge row over Delhi University's four-year undergraduate course. "We have sent the UGC a new proposal and suggested that the BTech course be for 4 years and Honour courses should be for 3 years," informs DU media coordinator Malay Neerav. "Awaiting response on the new proposal from UGC. We need to find middle ground," he said.

"We are are planing to have a new system in place. The proposal has been given by scholars, and DU has decided to move forward with it," he said. "No new application will be taken in. Admission will be based on the applications received," he informed.

10:23 IST Thursday, 26 June 2014

Suspense over Delhi University admissions continues
The suspense over admissions into Delhi University continues for the third day even as the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued a directive to the Delhi University to begin admissions from Thursday. Reports, however, say that it is still not clear whether DU will follow the UGC directive. Read more

Delhi University vice chancellor refused audience with Arun Jaitley, RSS chief
In his, probably, last attempt to push for the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) that he introduced in Delhi University last year, and probably also to get closer to the BJP government, DU vice chancellor Dinesh Singh had on Monday sought time with union minister Arun Jaitley to make his case for introducing Vedic Mathematics as a compulsory paper. He asked for an appointment with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat as well. Sources close to Singh confirmed that with the FYUP controversy refusing to go away, the DU VC rushed to Jaitley on Monday, seeking an audience with him. However, the BJP stalwart and finance-cum-defence minister refused to meet him. Read more

13:23 IST Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Dinesh Singh acting like terrorist, has taken university hostage, says President of Delhi University Teacher's Association
Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain on Wednesday said that DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh is acting like a 'terrorist' and has taken the university as 'hostage'. "The VC is acting like a terrorist and has taken this university as a hostage. They bring these rules and leave after their term is over. The students and teachers are the ones who will suffer from this," said Narain. She further said that either the VC should follow the UGC's directives or he can be held for grave dereliction of duty and can be removed. "The whole university is against Singh. But he has sent his ad hocs on a protest. He is trying to fool students and teachers. I don't know what he is trying to prove by doing this," she added. Read more

12:16 IST Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Delhi High Court refuses to give urgent hearing to petitions on FYUP
The Delhi High Court today refused to give an urgent hearing to two cross petitions, one for implementation of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) 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. Read more

10:36 IST Wednesday, 25 June 2014

FYUP chaos costs India its international image
The stand-off between Delhi University and the University Grants Commission is costing India its international image. Ever since FYUP was introduced a year ago, several foreign universities have been keen to set up shop in India, and foreign students have also been looking at India as a destination to study. The university this year received nearly 2.7 lakh applications for admissions to the Four Year Undergraduate Programme, with 6,000 of them from foreign applicants. But with the chaos unleashed in DU over FYUP, the varsity's international relations department is finding it very tough to answer queries from foreign applicants.

Department officials said it will get difficult for the university to sign MoUs with foreign universities if conditions remain the same. Uncertainty also prevails on the fate of several foreign university bills that are lying in Parliament for approval. Read more 

Chaos in Delhi University, students hit
Delhi University vice chancellor Dinesh Singh kept everyone confused and guessing on Tuesday. First came reports that he had resigned. Then that he hadn't resigned. Uncertainity marked the day. Finally, it was said that when no respite came from the apex court, Singh had resigned. But till late in the night neither the HRD ministry nor the president or the vice-president had received Singh's resignation. The VC of DU can send in his resignation to only these constitutional authorities. In the evening, the UGC issued a fresh directive to the university asking it to order colleges to admit students in the three-year programme. "If the VC has resigned, he should have sent his resignation to the ministry. The ministry would then forward it to the vice-president," said a senior HRD Ministry officer. Read more

22:35 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Confusion over whether DU VC Dinesh Singh has resigned

The crisis in Delhi University over continuing the Four-Year Undergraduate Programme deepened today after reports of the resignation of Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh which remained unconfirmed.

In the midst of a battle with the University Grants Commission, which had asked the university to roll-back the four-year course and revert to three-year structure, DU's media coordinator Malay Neerav sent an SMS to mediapersons in the afternoon that said "VC has resigned".

20:26 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Read: Delhi University crisis: A course that has gone awry

15:21 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns
Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned today in the midst of a raging controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) rocking the varsity. "VC has resigned," DU's media coordinator Malay Neerav said without giving details. The resignation of Singh, who was instrumental in introducing the FYUP, has come two days after the varsity was asked by the UGC to roll back the controversial four year course. Read more

14:38 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Supreme Court refuses to intervene in UGC-Delhi University row over FYUP
The Supreme Court today refused to intervene in the UGC-Delhi University row over the four-year undergraduate programme(FYUP) and directed a Delhi University professor who challenged the Commission's direction for scrapping the course to approach Delhi High Court. A bench of justices Vikramajit Sen and S K Singh asked Prof Aditya Narayan Mishra to go to High Court against the direction issued by the UGC to DU against the controversial FYUP which was introduced from last academic session. "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. Read more

12:58 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

BJP says three year course better for Delhi University students
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Nalin Kohli said on Tuesday that the ongoing Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) tussle between the Delhi University (DU) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) seems to be because of lack of applications and absence of stakeholders' involvement. "We have been continuously opposing the four year course because I think the three year course is something that serves the university students better. I hope UGC and DU solve the issue soon so that the admissions can take place smoothly and the interest of the students are met," Kohli told ANI. "DU situation needs clarity soon because the students shouldn't suffer. With regard to FYUP there have been controversies since its inception across the political spectrum, student bodies, students themselves and also among the teaching faculty. There seem to have been a lack of application or there seem to have not been involvement of the stakeholders and that is why we are in this issue," Kohli added. Read more

Students face the heat as Delhi University-UGC tussle continues
Aspiring Delhi University students are facing the heat of the UGC's wish to scrap off the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP). The students are facing trouble as many colleges have delayed the admission process. Nehal Bhatt wishes to get admission in the DU B.Tech course which was introduced along with the FYUP last year. Now, with the news that the FYUP may be scraped off she is unsure if B.Tech in DU will continue or not. It is also too late for her now to apply in mainstream B.Tech colleges. Many other students like Nehal don't know for how long they may have to wait. As the admission process is lengthy and tiring, they want to get over with it as soon as possible. Read more

11:16 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Don't have the liberty to speak on FYUP tussle, says Smriti Irani
Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani on Tuesday refused to comment on the ongoing Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) tussle between Delhi University (DU) and University Grants Commission (UGC). "I am not in the liberty to speak," said Irani. The statement came amid criticism from the DU executive council, who are also planning a hunger strike against the UGC directive. Read more

9:38 IST Tuesday, 24 June 2014

UGC-DU standoff: Academics to go on hunger strike today
Following the conflict between Delhi University (DU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) over the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), some academics are planning to go on a hunger strike on Tuesday. Former Delhi University Teachers' Association president Aditya Narayan Mishra told ANI, "This is an attack on the autonomy of university by Ministry of Human Resource and Development and UGC. Their aim is to ward away the bright students away from DU to private colleges. We are trying to fill posts of faculty, but they don't want us to do that. They earlier said that the course shouldn't end before three years. In many other universities, four year course is on, but they don't oppose that. Here 56,000 students come, while in other universities around 500 students are there. UGC doesn't have to power be an administrator." Read more

Student's suffer, Smriti Irani's ministry watches from sidelines
Tuesday should have been admission day in Delhi University (DU). But Monday ended that hope. DU was forced to go back on its word. The war over '4 years or 3 years' was at its gates. Human Resources Ministry (HRD) refused to intervene. This at a time when six international universities are waiting to enter India. And students are becoming the casualty owing to the uncertainty. They hung around colleges, knowing that they could do nothing. The move affects the lives of 80,000 students, who took admission in the Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) in the last academic year, and another 54,000 who hope to be shortlisted this year. Read more

DU, UGC face-off continues; admissions on hold
The fate of thousands of students applying for admission to Delhi University (DU) appeared to hang balance on Monday as uncertainty over the course duration gave way to stalemate. The Delhi University Principals' Association decided to hold admissions until such time as clear guidelines are issued. The University receives more than 2 lakh applications from students across the country for its 54,000 undergraduate seats every academic year. In 2013, the University, an autonomous body headed by the President, turned its three-year program for undergraduates into a four year one amid much controversy. Read more

23:15 IST Tuesday, 23 June 2014

FYUP row: UGC sends reminder to Delhi University on compliance report
The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday issued a reminder to Delhi University to submit the compliance report on its direction for the rollback of the contentious four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). The move comes with DU having struck a defiant note as it refuses to implement the UGC directive for conducting admissions under the three-year programme, UGC officials said. Read more

23:31 IST Monday, 23 June 2014

FYUP row: UGC sends reminder to Delhi University on compliance report

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday issued a reminder to Delhi University to submit the compliance report on its direction for the rollback of the contentious four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

19:37 IST Monday, 23 June 2014

The Delhi University Principals Association has stated that they will not announce the cut-offs on Tuesday, and hence the admission process for the all colleges would also be delayed.

The row over the controversial four-year undergraduate programme took a new turn as colleges affiliated to Delhi University today deferred the admission to the academic session 2014-15.

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, that was to begin tomorrow, 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 University Grants Commission to the 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 the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). 

15:33 IST Monday, 23 June 2014

Smriti Irani, on the other hand, on Monday, said that her ministry will not intervene in a row between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Delhi University regarding admissions under its controversial Four Year undergraduate Programme. Talking to reporters, the Minister said, “St Stephens and Delhi University are fully aware that UGC is supreme. The HRD Ministry will not intervene in it. The Delhi University must comply with the UGC order.” The statement from the HRD Minister came shortly after her meeting with the UGC officials even as various students' bodies continued to protest outside the HRD Ministry and in the campus of Delhi University over the controversial FYUP. Read more

14:33 IST Monday, 23 June 2014

AISA members protest over FYUP in front of HRD ministry
Members of the All India Students Association (AISA) on Monday protested in front of the HRD ministry over the Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP) in Delhi University. DU students as well as aspiring students have been facing a lot of difficulties due to ongoing tiff between the UGC and university over the FYUP. Yesterday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) put up three separate notices for Delhi University, the colleges under it and students and parents, saying that the four-year undergraduate programme has been scrapped. Read more

Amid UGC-DU tiff over controversial FYUP, aspiring DU students suffer
Students of the Delhi University as well as aspiring students have been facing a lot of difficulties due to ongoing till between the UGC and university over the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) and hope that things get sorted before the beginning of new session. "This tiff has been going on for the past one and a half years. The NDA had said that if it will it will look after this issue if it forms a government. The vice-chairman of the Delhi University is very adamant at his point. I just hope that things get resolved before admissions, said Subhash, a student. Read more

13:33 IST Saturday, 21 June 2014

University Grants Commission asks Delhi University to scrap 4-year UG course; Vice Chancellor digs his heels in
Stepping up pressure, the University Grants Commission on June 21 asked the Delhi University (DU) to scrap the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) even as the DU Vice Chancellor is understood to have cautioned against taking any step "in a hurry". According to officials in the university, the Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh received an e-mail communication from the UGC for scrapping the FYUP programme this morning. Teachers who are opposed to the programme claimed that the Vice Chancellor is still backing the FYUP and asked the members to go ahead with the academic council meeting today to discuss various issues of the four-year course. They claimed that the VC refused to share with the members a copy of the e-mail, but said that the issue can be discussed in the council meeting which began on a stormy note. Read more 

NSUI members protest outside Smriti Irani's residence against 4-year Delhi University course
Congress' student outfit NSUI on Wednesday staged a protest outside the residence of HRD Minister Smriti Irani demanding scrapping of the controversial Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) of Delhi University. The protesters, led by National Students' Union of India (NSUI) general secretary Mohit Sharma, reached Irani's residence in Lodhi Estate around 9.30 AM and raised slogans against the BJP-led government during the demonstration which lasted for around an hour. They alleged that lack of any action by the government despite the continued protests by various students and teachers organisations showed that BJP and the Vice Chancellor of DU were "hand in glove". "We have come here to protest against the FYUP in Delhi University. NSUI will not sit silent till it is immediately rolled back," Amrish Ranjan Pandey, national spokesperson of NSUI, told reporters here. He also alleged that the HRD Minister was not taking any interest in scrapping the programme. "Unfortunately it is the students who are at the receiving end of this lacklustre attitude of the University owing to the atmosphere of uncertainty about their future with regard to the FYUP course," he added. Read more 

 The UGC direction for the coming academic session came a day after the Delhi University struck a defiant note, rejecting the Commission's directive to scrap the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). "Under no circumstances shall the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it admit students to the FYUP for academic year 2014-15," the Commission said in a statement on Sunday. "And further that any deviation from this directive either by the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it shall be deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act, 1956 with its consequences," it said

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