Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Monday held two meetings with University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman Ved Prakash, a day after the higher education watchdog directed Delhi University and all 64 colleges under it to conduct admission only under the three-year undergraduate programme or face "consequences".
The UGC had sought compliance of its orders by forenoon on Monday.
Prakash also held a meeting with Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, who is in the eye of the controversy for introducing the four-year undergraduate programme in DU last year.

Secretary Higher Education Ashok Thakur was also present during this meeting.
Sources say Irani is also understood to have expressed her displeasure over the delay in solving the matter with the DU authorities as the admission process to the undergraduate programme kicks off from Tuesday.
Irani is of the view that the government should not intervene and that UGC and DU should sort out the matter and ensure that the precious time of students is not wasted, the sources said.
The sources added that DU has not sought the approval of the Visitor, who is the President of India for the FYUP
Ordinance. And neither was the proposal sent to the HRD Ministry or sent to the President before introducing the course.     

Sources also claimed that the previous UPA government "misled" the Parliament on the programme by saying that the DU had all necessary clearances before introducing the new course.

The UGC has formed a Committee to ensure smooth migration/ transition of those students enrolled under FYUP programme last year.
The Delhi University’s Academic Council on Saturday passed a resolution, saying students seeking admission to undergraduate programmes would be admitted in three-year Bachelor's Programme (B.A/B.SC/B.Com) in their Discipline 1 (major subject) and would graduate with the corresponding degree on three years in conformity with NPE.

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The FYUP, which was introduced last year, has drawn flak from both students and teachers but the Delhi University has held that it will not be scrapped.
With admission to the undergraduate programme beginning on Tuesday, the students are hoping for clarity and a quick end to the ongoing controversy.
"Under no circumstances shall the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it admit students to the FYUP for academic year 2014-15," the UGC said in a statement on Sunday.
"Any deviation from this directive either by the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it shall be deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act, 1956 with its consequences," it warned.
The UGC said it would be ensured that students, who were admitted in 2013-14 in FYUP when it was introduced, are able to migrate to the three-year programme.
Students' and teachers' bodies have demanded scrapping of the FYUP.
Various student bodies on Monday demonstrated in front of the HRD Ministry here demanding roll back of the programme.
On the other hand, a ten-member committee, set up by UGC and headed by Prakash, is meeting for the first time to discuss the smooth transition of the under graduate programme from four years to three years.

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The face-off has led to the prestigious St Stephen's College to defer its final admission process.   St Stephen's, which began its admission process last week with the announcement of its first cut-off list, issued a statement saying that it will continue with its selection process of students but would not admit them until a clear picture was out.



Students stage protest outside HRD Ministry

Several students under the banner of All India Students' Association (AISA) staged a protest outside the HRD Ministry against the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).

The protests, which went on more than an hour-and-a-half, began at 9.30 am with a group of students raising slogans against the Delhi University and demanding that the four-year undergraduate programme be immediately rolled back.

"Delhi University Vice Chancellor is ignoring the opinion of students and teachers. Despite UGC's directive, DU is not ready to scrap FYUP. We will not sit silent till our demand is met," said AISA president Sucheta De.

Several first year students belonging to various colleges of Delhi University also participated in the protest.

A Left student group protested outside the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry’s office, asking Irani to intervene and speed up the process of transition.

"Now the minister has to talk. We have heard that the colleges are conducting their admission committee meetings and are not discussing the UGC letter at all. It is crucial that the minister intervenes," All India Students’ Union president Sunny said


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