Officials assured the B.Tech students on behalf of HRD Minister Smriti Irani that their interest would be kept in mind and a statement in this regard would be issued by University Grants Commission (UGC).

They said the matter ‘would be sorted out by this evening’.

New admission panel meets to look into B.Tech issue

A meeting of newly-set up panel of principals, asked to devise the modalities for admissions, is presently underway.

"A 12-member committee of principals formed by DU Vice Chancellor will look after the B. Tech issue and it has to take final call on this matter," DU’s Executive Council member Aditya Narayan Mishra said.

The committee would also submit its recommendations by this evening.

Committee member and Principal of Shyam Lal College R L Gupta said, "Admissions are unlikely to start from Monday.  The committee will submit its report as soon as possible.”

The panel, headed by the President of DU's Principals' Association S K Garg, met informally on Friday afternoon and held some serious deliberations on how to go ahead with the admission process. Sources said a report by the committee is expected to be submitted to the Vice Chancellor by Sunday.

Secretary of DU Principals' Association, S Lakshmi Devi, said that they would try to start the admission process as soon as possible but cannot give a specific time period within which admissions can be started.

"We have to follow certain formalities. Our agenda would be to begin the admissions as soon as possible," she said.

B. Tech students protest against scrapping of FYUP

Scores of B. Tech students of Delhi University staged a protest outside the Vice Chancellor's office on Saturday, demanding that their four-year B. Tech course should not be scrapped.
   
The protesters, who raised slogans against Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani and University Grants Commission (UGC), held placards which read ‘We want B Tech’ and ‘UGC down down’.
    
The students began their protest from the VC’s residence and ended it outside his office.
    
They even tried to enter VC's office but were stopped from doing so by the personnel of Delhi Police and Rapid Action Force (RAF).
    
The agitating students, who demanded that their course should not be converted to B.Sc, cited it will hold no value for them.
    
"We don't want Delhi University to scrap the B. Tech course. If B.Tech gets scrapped, our future will get destroyed. We will not sit silent till our demands are met," said Rajesh Choudhary, a protester.
    
"We had enrolled in DU for a four-year B.Tech programme and we expect to obtain the same. We have no problems if all the other courses are of three years' duration. But our course should remain a four-year course," said Arjun Malhotra, a student of B. Tech in Computer Science.
    
The students also staged a protest outside the UGC office on Saturday demanding the same.

“I joined DU because I was getting a B.Tech degree. Now with the restoration of the three-year programme, there will be no B.Tech course. We want to know about our course and our degree,” Ansh Goyal, a student of B.Tech computer science at Maharaja Agrasen College, said.

It was for the first time last year that DU introduced B.Tech in computer science, food technology, instrumentation electronics, polymer science and psychological science.

"We want four-year B.Tech course as studying three-year will mean taking a B.Sc degree. If UGC does not retain our course, we will go to the Supreme Court. We have already approached the Delhi High Court," said Akshay Kachroo, instrumentation and electronic student of Maharaja Agrasen College.

Delhi University officially scraps FYUP

A day after Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh announced scrapping of the controversial FYUP, both academic and executive councils of the varsity on Saturday passed a resolution to implement the three-year undergraduate course.

Emergency meetings of the two statutory bodies of the varsity had been called this morning to pass the resolution for implementation of the three-year undergraduate programme and to follow admission process as conducted under the scheme of courses that were in force in the academic session 2012-13.

The resolution was passed with a majority by both the councils. However, no discussions took place.

"Academic Council has passed the resolution to implement the three-year under graduate programme without holding any discussion which is very unfortunate," said Sanjay Kumar, the member of Academic Council, who opposed the resolution.

Eight of the 90 members opposed the resolution tabled by the Academic Council, saying the Delhi University ‘did not hold discussions’.

He charged that the Council did not seek views of members and simply passed the resolution within two minutes. The resolution was then tabled in the meeting of the Executive Council.

The scenario in the Executive council (EC) meeting was almost similar.

"Here, VC Dinesh Singh tabled resolution and passed it within few minutes," EC member Aditya Narayan Mishra said.

UGC forces DU to rollback FYUP (READ MORE)

A strong worded letter from UGC seems to have got the better of Delhi University VC Dinesh Singh, who rolled back the controversial four-year under graduate programme.
    
Singh who remained ‘adamant’ all throughout as the controversy surrounding the programme unfolded was also under intense pressure from students seeking admissions to the Delhi University and teachers' bodies.
    
The decision has put an end to the uncertainty over the admission process for 2014-15 which was triggered due to the row over the four-year under graduate programme.

Over 2.7 lakh students have applied for admission to more than 54,000 seats in 64 colleges of the varsity. A good number of them had come from other states and were putting up in hotels and with their relatives in the hope that the stalemate would end soon.
    
The letter sent late on Thursday night to Delhi University serving the varsity an ultimatum to start admission under the three-year programme, sought to expose the contradictions in the six-point proposal that the varsity had sent to UGC as a compromise formula.
    
Officials of the HRD Ministry said the letter had left little scope for the beleaguered Vice Chancellor to pose a fresh challenge to continue with the four-year undergraduate programme.
    
The letter also said that ‘besides the critical issue of non-compliance with the binding 10+2+3 structure under the national education policy, it has emerged on record that the required mandatory procedure for amendments by the Delhi University has not stood carried out for these 44 under graduate courses and therefore the original structure as well as the position would continue to remain in existence’.

The letter clearly mentioned that the necessary amendments for introduction of the four-year programme were not even submitted to the visitor in terms of the applicable statutory provisions as informed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.


Members of Youth for Change burst crackers as they celebrate at the university's North Campus in New Delhi

Students opt for other universities after DU-UGC row (READ MORE)

The row between UGC and Delhi University over a four-year undergraduate programme may have ended but several students are planning to take admission in other universities.

Although there are no estimates to their numbers, several students are believed to have either taken admission elsewhere or moved back to their states.

"I have already taken admission in Mumbai University as it seemed as if Delhi University controversy will take another one week to get resolved," said Akonthung Murry, a student from Nagaland.

"I had applied to the Delhi University just because of the comprehensive FYUP. Now as DU has scrapped it, I want to enroll myself in some other university back in Pune," said Priya Dhule, a native of Pune.

"I wanted to study in Delhi University, whether it is the FYUP or the three year degree course. But the controversy panicked me and today morning my father paid fees for Manav Rachna International University. Again, waiting for Delhi university admissions means a loss of Rs 55,000", said Sikha Yadav, a native of Bihar, who wanted to study Political Science in Ramjas College.

"I scored 89 percent in my 12th boards. I had also filled up forms in other universities where I was sure to get admission. Now, with the delay, I do not want to wait for it any more", said Jezan Ali Ahmed, who will be moving back to Kashmir.

"In case the cut-off is high, I won't get admissions and by the time something happens, all other universities will also close their admission process," he added.

AISA celebrates FYUP rollback

ABVP activists celebrate after the Delhi University (DU) finally scrapped the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), at North Campus in New Delhi

The All India Students' Association (AISA) welcomed the decision to scrap the four-year undergraduate programme.

Members of the AISA took out a victory march from the Arts Faculty to the VC's residence in the campus and raised slogans demanding his removal.
    
"We are happy with FYUP being scrapped. University administration should immediately start admission process under the three-year undergraduate programme," DU's AISA president Rahul Mishra said.

"Scrapping FYUP is the result of the efforts of students and teachers who had been protesting against it for over a year. Our next demand is that VC should be removed from his post as due to 'his drama', thousands of students had to suffer a lot of problems," he said.

JPN/Agencies

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