The Vice-Chancellor (VC) of the Delhi University (DU), Dinesh Singh, has resigned from his post on 24 June 2014 (Tuesday) due to the growing controversy over the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) between DU and University Grants Commission (UGC).
Supreme Court, the highest court of justice in India have also refused to stay the notification by the UGC. It has dismissed the appeal forwarded by the DUTA (Delhi University Teachers' Association) that asked cancellation of the UGC order to scrap DU’s FYUP courses. The former DUTA President, Aditya Narayan Mishra has filed this plea. The SC also instructed DUTA to approach the Delhi High Court for any assistance in connection with the case.
A group of teachers, who were in favour of the move, went on a day hunger strike in protest against the UGC’s order to take it back. Allegations came up from the teachers who are under the aegis of Academics for Action and Development (AAD) that UGC’s directive to DU was an assault on its autonomy.
Even the central government has also snubbed to intervene in the matter and has left it on DU and UGC to resolve the issue between themselves. The HRD Minister Smriti Irani also made it clear that she does not want to get involved with the issue and said that she is not in the liberty to speak on the FYUP tussle.
Approximately, 60,000 students has opted for the four-year programme last year. They are now stressed about their future. The UGC is working on a plan to assist them drift to a three-year degree. This plan wants to be finalized prior the next academic session begins in August.
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