The tiff between Delhi University (DU) and University Grants Commission (UGC) over Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) has not only confused colleges, but has also dragged down the admission process on hold. This is the very first time that principals of all constituent colleges have decided on their own to put on hold the admissions for 2014-15 till the burning issue of FYUP is not resolved and no clear guidelines are issued.
The University every year receives more than 2 lakh applications from the students all across the country for its 54,000 undergraduate seats every academic year. This year also this issue made about 2 lakh aspirants wait in a state of confusion as what to do next as admissions on the first cutoff were to start from 24 June 2014. The silence of UGC and DU has left the colleges with no direction as how to set the cutoffs. This has made 36 colleges to decide that the cutoff list could not be declared.
The decision to defer the admission process was taken after the meeting held by DU principals' association at Khalsa College was conducted. Pradyumn Kumar, principal of Hindu College said that the deferment was entirely college-driven as DU has not changed its own policy. "This has never happened before as there has never been a conflict between DU and UGC over admissions before. It's a real crisis time now.
The colleges received letter from the registrar which stated that she has been asked to forward UGC's letters to colleges, there was no other communication from the university administration regarding the admission process.
The 10-member committee that was set up by UGC to look into the matter and also prepare a roadmap held its meeting on Monday and came to the conclusion that all courses that existed prior to FYUP be restored but said the interests of students enrolled under the BTech programme should be protected.