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.
This happened after Union Grants Commission standing committee which met at 5 pm on Wednesday 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.