Published On: Thu, May 9th, 2013

Battle shifts to UGC corridors

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UGC_India_LogoNEW DELHI: Now, the battle over the Delhi University‘sproposed four-year undergraduate programme would be fought in the University Grants Commission. Three members are likely to raise several unanswered questions – related to the new programme – in the full commission meeting on May 10.

The request for including DU‘s new programme in the agenda of the UGC meeting was made by social scientist Yogendra Yadav, also a member of the Commission. Yadav, currently in the US on a sabbatical, had written to the UGC officials as well as other members. He had asked other members to find out if FYUP’s integrated degree with a single curriculum with three different options and exit points and offering new kinds of degrees exist in the Commission’s list of approved courses. Yadav wanted to know if the DU has made a request for its approval.

He also argued that since the FYUP is a “major initiative”, which is being showcased as a “model for the rest of the universities” it is important for the Commission to discuss it and “arrive at a policy view that can inform decision by other universities.”

Two other members of the UGC said so far the new undergraduate programme has not been made a part of the agenda of the full commission’s meeting. “I think the UGC is waiting for a signal from the HRD ministry,” a member said. However, three members have decided to raise it even if is not part of the agenda. “The new course is going to have a nationwide ramification. It might seem local in nature but since students come to DU from all over the country the four year course needs wider dissemination,” an UGC member said.

Another member said financial implication of the new programme is not yet clear. “Universities are run by statutes and rules, not individual whim. We want to know what kind of allocation has been made by the DU for new programme. Where are the funds going to come from?” he asked.