UGC issues fresh order to Delhi varsity

UGC issues fresh order to Delhi varsity

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Tuesday issued a fresh order to Delhi University, directing it to “immediately” ask its colleges to admit students under the three-year undergraduate programme even as confusion prevailed over resignation of the varsity’s vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh.

“The UGC has sent another communication to the Delhi University today, directing it to immediately issue letters to Delhi colleges for admitting students to the three-year undergraduate programme which was prevalent before the introduction of four year under graduate programme (FYUP),” the Commission’s chairman Ved Prakash said in a statement.

The commission has also informed all the 64 colleges affiliated to Delhi University about its fresh order, issuing them a copy of letter that the UGC wrote to the university.

“Out of a 64 colleges, as many as 57 colleges have sent their replies to the UGC informing that they are complying with the directives of the UGC,” he added, referring the UGC’s last order in which it threatened all the colleges of serious consequences if they admit students under the FYUP.

St Stephens college, Miranda House, Hindu College, Jesus and Mary, Lady Sri Ram College, Sri Ram College of Commerce, Hans Raj College, Kirori Mal College and Sri Venkateswara are among the 57 which have agreed to admit students under the three-year UG programmes, the UGC Chairman said.

The UGC’s fresh directive to the Delhi University came after Higher Education Secretary Ashok Thakur held an hour-long meeting with the UGC chairman.

The HRD Ministry called the meeting to discuss the strategy to deal with the emerging situation soon after reports about resignation of the vice-chancellor were flashed by news channels and agencies.

“No students will be put to any inconvenience and the interest of students will be protected,” the UGC chairman said, even as all the 64 colleges affiliated to Delhi University put on hold admission process on Monday, bringing uncertainty to over 2 lakh aspirants who applied for admissions for 2014-15.

The confusion over Singh’s resignation was triggered after Delhi University Public Relation Officer Malay Neerav, earlier in the day, told media that Singh had put in his papers.

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