DU must follow national policy, says teachers group

June 11, 2014

New Delhi: Slamming Delhi University's response that its autonomy would come in the way of human resource development ministry's plan to roll back the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), Academics for Action and Development (AAD-Rathi), a teachers' group, said the university could not make its own education policy in contravention of the national policy.

According to a statement issued by the group, DU is governed by its own act, statutes and ordinances and there is no interference by any outside agency in its day-to-day functioning. However, it added, the DU Act does not provide the university with any power to make its own education policy in contravention of the national policy.

Reiterating the point, VK Agrawal, a member of the university court, also said DU has to depend on the UGC grant to run itself. The FYUP rollback is being demanded by three of the five major teachers' groups as well as DU Teachers Association and all students' groups.

J Khuntia, chairman of AAD-Rathi, said: "DU can restructure its courses, which it did some time ago. But it cannot amend the statutes as it has to be approved by the Visitor (President of India) through UGC and MHRD."

The ACT 31(6) says the Visitor may even turn down any ordinance passed by DU through its academic council, executive council and the court. "The central government has the power to intervene if it feels that something has not been in conformity with the national policy," Agrawal added. In the present scenario, a complete rollback is the only answer, the statement said.
(source- India today)

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