DU teachers, students urge HRD minister to roll back four year programme

June 2, 2014

New Delhi : A delegation of teachers and students from Delhi University submitted a memorandum to the HRD Minister Smriti Irani urging her to do away with the four-year undergraduate programme of the University. The memorandum categorically states that this programme has compromised the academic standards, and is a financial burden on the students as the university lacks appropriate infrastructure. In a meeting on Friday, they urged her for the same and also insisted on dismissal of DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh, as per a news report.

"She told the delegation that she will hold widespread consultation on this matter at all levels and take a decision," Saikat Ghosh, an executive member of the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA).

One of the members of the delegation, Abha Dev said that they are very positive about her response as she said that she would try every possible means within the constitutional framework.

Student bodies like All India Students Association, DU's All India Democratic Students Organisation and Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, students union of School of Open Learning (SOL) with DUTA and Democratic Teachers' Front (DTF) held a protest outside the ministry wherein they demanded the return of previous three-year course structure.

"All the seven parliamentarians from Delhi have already met Irani and asked her to roll back the four-year undergraduate programme," Ghosh added.

The protesting students and teachers raised slogans against the vice-chancellor. They accused him of trying to imitate foreign universities.

"Last year we started the Save DU campaign to which UGC also set up a revisit committee but nothing happened. We are very hopeful with BJP that they would do something," said Rajiv Kunwar of the DTF.

Delhi University upgraded its three-year undergraduate programme to four years from the 2013 academic session.

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