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Delhi University VC resigns, confusion prevails over FYUP

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI, June 24 (IANS): Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned Tuesday, days after the UGC told him to scrap the controversial four-year under-graduate course (FYUP). Three top university officials, including the pro vice chancellor, also quit following his resignation.

However, it was not clear immediately whether the controversial FYUP has been scrapped.

Joint Dean Students' Welfare and media coordinator Malay Neerav announced: "Dinesh Singh has sent his resignation to the human resource development (HRD) ministry."

Singh's resignation came amid a continuing row between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the university.

The news of Singh's resignation led to immediate celebrations among the students unions and teachers' associations, who had opposed the course ever since it was introduced last year. Many distributed sweets, danced, waved flags and hugged each other in jubilation.

But a section of teachers slammed the UGC's "diktat" to scrap the course.

Moments after the vice chancellor's resignation, pro vice chancellor Sudhish Pachauri, South Campus director Umesh Rai and Dean of Colleges Malashri Lal also put in their papers. "They have submitted their resignations to the vice chancellor," an official told IANS.

Meanwhile, some DU officials reached Singh's residence to persuade him to reconsider his decisions.

With the row continuing between DU and the UGC over scrapping the four-year programme, the future of 2.7 lakh applicants who have sought admissions to DU and its affiliated colleges for this year hangs in balance.

DU, considered one of the top universities in the country, has 78 affiliated colleges, of which 63 colleges are conducting admissions. The process was to begin Tuesday.

Amid the ongoing tussle, the principals' association Monday put on hold the admission process, citing "lack of clarity". Colleges were supposed to release cut-off lists Monday night.

The tussle began June 20 when the UGC directed DU to scrap the course and replace it with the original three-year programme. Despite the UGC's repeated reminders, the varsity remained non-committal.

The commission had also directed DU to enrol new applicants under the previous three-year under-graduate course, warning of freezing the funds to DU if it failed to comply.

Attacking Singh and the previous UPA government, the Delhi University Teacher's Association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain said the association considers the four-year programme as an "irresponsible succumbing of the statutory bodies to the whims of the vice-chancellor".

"In fact, the FYUP was announced to the media even before the university community had an opportunity to discuss it. The academic council accepted the recommendations by a Task Force constituted by the VC in unimaginable haste," the association said in a statement.

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