The University Grants Commission (UGC) on 13 June 2014 told to HRD Ministry that DU didn’t take approval of the competent authority before rolling out the system of four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). This put the future of Delhi University's new examination system in doubt.
Now, the HRD Ministry will take a final call on the issue based on the conclusion of this UGC meeting. The HRD ministry should act immediately on what UGC has revealed, and ground to scrap up FYUP has been prepared, said a source in the UGC.
During the UGC’s meeting, it was pointed out that FYUP was not in line with the National Education Policy of 10+2+3 system. Some members even questioned that how the open learning courses of DU could be of three years when the varsity had switched to FYUP system.
According to sources, the education secretary, Ashok Thakur, said in the meeting that DU had not even sought the ministry's permission before rolling out FYUP. The ministry found out on the day before the meeting that DU had not adhered to all requirements before making the switch.
Some commission members said that although DU had a degree of autonomy, it still has to "play by the rulebook". Being autonomous does not mean independence, but the status had been misconstrued by the varsity, said a senior UGC official.