" Students wanting honours degree have to complete four years of undergraduate study. Terms the fourth year as optional."
The controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) is at the centre of a tussle between the UGC and Delhi University (DU). The following is what the two are saying on the issue:
What the University Grants Commission is saying:
The UGC wants Delhi University to go back to the three-year undergraduate programme, which was prevalent before the introduction of the FYUP, including the honours programme in different subjects of humanities, commerce and science.
The UGC says the FYUP introduced by DU in the 2013-14 academic session was not in consonance with the National Policy on Education (1986) and 10+2+3 structure envisaged under it and the University of Delhi has not followed the procedure prescribed in the Delhi University Act, 1922.
The UGC wants students to seek admission in a college of DU only to the three-year undergraduate programme which was prevalent prior to introduction of FYUP and not to FYUP and pay fees only for the three-year programme.
The UGC said DU in no way should admit students for the academic year 2014-2015 under the FYUP. DU should inform all colleges that it should conduct admission only to the three-year programme.
The UGC also wants appropriate arrangements to be made by DU for students already admitted in the academic year 2013-2014 in the FYUP to migrate to the three-year programme structure so that they do not lose an academic year for obtaining undergraduate degree.
What DU is saying:
Have taken all other steps to adhere to the three-year programme as envisaged under the 10+2+3 structure under the National Education Policy 1986, while ensuring students are facilitated through the process of transacting the cirriculum made in compliance of the NEP and as per UGC concerns.
Students seeking admission to undergraduate programme would be admitted into the three-year bachelor's degree programme (B.A./B.Sc/B.Com) in their Discipline-I (Major subject) and would graduate with the corresponding degree on the completion of three years which would be in conformity with the National Policy on Education (NPE) (10+2+3 scheme).
Students wanting honours degree have to complete four years of undergraduate study. Terms the fourth year as optional.
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