UGC panel to review DU 4-yr degree course

The four-year undergraduate degree programme of Delhi University, which has faced stiff opposition from a section of teachers and students since its inception last year, is to be reviewed by a standing committee of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

The Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry will refer the contentious programme to the panel, which will decide the future of the programme.

“The HRD ministry has not taken any decision so far.  The matter will be placed before the UGC standing committee for its suggestions, based on which a final decision will be taken,” Delhi University sources said.

The committee was set up by the UGC last year after the four-year undergraduate programme drew flak from the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) and a section of students.

The task of the UGC panel was mainly to monitor the implementation of the programme, since it entailed a significant departure from the existing three-year degree programme. The committee was also mandated to advice on its curriculum and other issues.

The HRD ministry, however, remained tight lipped,  amidst reports of its bid to scrap the controversial programme as it was a promise made by the Bharatiya Janata Party in its poll manifesto for Delhi.

Soon after HRD minister Smriti Zubin Irani assumed charge, a delegation of Delhi University teachers and students met her, demanding scrapping of the programme, introduced amidst strong opposition last year.

They demanded that provision should be made for the students of the four-year programme admitted in July last year to be awarded an Honours degree in three years.The delegation also demanded removal of DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, calling him “autocratic”.

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