In her first interview after taking charge as the HRD Minister, Irani told an English daily on Friday that the BJP-led NDA government would formulate a new education policy, which would take into consideration all the requirements of a rising India. (Agencies)
On the other hand, it is understood that DU Vice Chancellor has cautioned against taking any step “in a hurry”.
According to officials in the Delhi University, Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh received an e-mail communication from the UGC this morning for scrapping the four-year undergraduate programme.
The teachers, who are opposed to the programme, claimed that the Vice Chancellor is still backing the four-year undergraduate programme and asked the members to go ahead with the academic council meeting on Saturday to discuss various issues of the course.
They claimed that the Vice Chancellor refused to share with the members a copy of the e-mail but said that the issue can be discussed in the council meeting.
According to the teachers, the Vice Chancellor argued that the UGC might have inadvertently overlooked facts in a hurry.
"He has, however, requested members to discuss the issue and continue with the agenda of the meeting,” they added.
At its full commission meeting on June 13, the UGC had asked DU to review the programme as it felt that it was in violation of the national policy on education, which follows the 10-plus 2-plus 3 pattern.
The Delhi University, however, stood by the programme and in a reply to the commission maintained that it has followed due procedure in its implementation by carrying out necessary amendments to a university ordinance.
The HRD Ministry has denied vetting any such ordinance from the Delhi University.
The Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) along with several student organisations such as NSUI, ABVP, AIDSO, AISA, AISF, CYSS, DSU, INSO, KYS, NEFIS, PACHHAS, SFI and SYS have been demanding immediate roll back of the four-year undergraduate programme and the Vice Chancellor’s resignation.
In her first interview after taking charge as the HRD Minister, Irani told an English daily on Friday that the BJP-led NDA government would formulate a new education policy, which would take into consideration all the requirements of a rising India.