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One should not sacrifice the interest of students at the alter of prestige: Smriti Irani on #FYUP controversy

Friday, 27 June 2014 - 12:47pm IST | Place: Bhopal | Agency: dna webdesk

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."

Defending her statements, she added, "My appeal is within the ambit of the law. This is time for statesmanship which will lead to resolution. One should not sacrifice the interest of students at the alter of prestige

#FYUP to be scrapped as Delhi University gives in; to begin admissions for three year 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. Read more

Talking to the students of Model School, Union Minister Smriti Irani said that new education policies would soon be applicable. The new policies, she said, would be centred at making the education system much more systematic. "Review committees will be set up for every Indian language, and research centers would also be opened for maths and science. Training centers for teachers will also be set up," she further specified. "If the country's Prime Minister can sell tea on his path to glory, nothing should be unachieveable for the kids of India."

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