An overwhelming majority of the DU colleges, including the prestigious ones, has accepted the UGC's direction, the Commission said in a press release. (Agencies)
The UGC's reiteration of the order came on a day of high drama when DU's media coordinator Malay Neerav circulated a message that the ‘VC has resigned’, which his supporters later denied.
After the VC and the DU media coordinator remained inaccessible for most part of the day, Neerav came up with a late night SMS to the media that the "VC hasn't put in his papers".
"VC Shri Sudheesh Pachauri has already clarified in his press briefing that faculty members of the university met the VC and made an honest request to the VC that he must not resign," his statement said.
A day after the DU colleges' principals association decided to defer admissions, the UGC on Tuesday said 57 of the 64 colleges under the DU, including prestigious ones, have said that they are complying with its directive to start admissions for the three-year programme.
The release also listed the colleges which have agreed to implement the three-year programme that include the Hindu College, Jesus and Mary, St Stephens, Miranda House, Sri Venkateswara, Lady Sri Ram College and Sri Ram College of Commerce.
"Today, the UGC sent another communication to the University of Delhi directing it to immediately issue a letter to the Delhi Colleges for admitting students to the three-year undergraduate programme, the UGC said in a press release after six hours of deliberations with HRD Ministry officials.
Victory celebrations broke out among students and teachers opposed to the FYUP but the VC's supporters claimed he has not resigned.
In Tuesday's statement, the UGC assured all the students that none of them will be put to any inconvenience and their ‘interest will be protected’.
B.Tech students of DU, who had staged a protest in front of the UGC office in the national capital, said that they met senior UGC officials who have assured them of keeping their interest in mind while deciding on how to seamlessly migrate to the three-year programme.
The deadline set by it about implementing the three-year programme expired on Monday but the DU failed to send its compliance report to the UGC.
It had sent another communication on Monday evening but the DU failed to send a compliance report on Tuesday.
The Commission has already constituted a standing committee, headed by its vice chairman, to advise the DU for migration from FYUP to the three-year undergraduate programme.
On Monday, the Principals' Association of the DU had decided to defer the admission process that was to start on Wednesday covering over 2.70 lakh applicants vying for over 54,000 seats in 64 colleges.
An overwhelming majority of the DU colleges, including the prestigious ones, has accepted the UGC's direction, the Commission said in a press release.