While the VC has strongly defended his position on the Four year Undergraduate Programme, sources said the ministry has flagged the issue of the validity of such courses, saying no "notification" was issued neither any "preparations" made for its implementation.

The FYUP was scrapped in June last year after the NDA government came to office and following pressure from UGC that it be done away.

Indicating that the VC could be held guilty on this count, the sources also dismissed his contention that the four year B.Tech programme does not require AICTE approval as it was being offered by the university itself.

The ministry in particular is "peeved" over the fact that the varsity has repeatedly ignored its directive to seek AICTE affiliation and undermined the protest of the students who are seeking the same, they said.

According to the sources, the ministry could sent its recommendations to the Visitor (the President) soon about the likely action against the VC. His tenure ends in October.     

Of particular concern of the ministry is that the functioning of DU could be hampered if there is a delay in firming its stand on the VC.

While the Delhi University Act does not confer any power on the government to recall the incumbent Vice Chancellor, ministry officials said that they can invoke the General Clauses Act to get the VC removed by the appointing authority.

Singh had sent his reply to the ministry last week on the showcause.

Apart from inquiring about the legality of introducing the FYUP, the ministry had sought Singh's reply on the opening of BTech courses under the varsity without due clearance from AICTE and the diversion of funds to the tune of Rs 172 crore meant for OBC students to buy laptops.

Singh was issued a show-cause notice on March 17 after the Visitor's nod.

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