All political parties welcome UGC's decision on FYUP
June 24, 2014
New Delhi: All political parties, including Congress, have welcomed the University Grants Commission's decision on the four-year undergraduate programme. Congress, which supported Delhi University's decision to introduce FYUP, admitted it was a mistake and wants the programme to be rolled back.
"We want FYUP to be rolled back. Though it was implemented during our regime, we have realized that the students are against it. We are rethinking our stand. Now we want BJP to ensure that it is scrapped as promised in their manifesto. Our students' wing (NSUI) has always opposed it,'' said Arvinder Singh, president of DPCC.
UGC's decision has come as a boost to the Delhi BJP, which has been pushing for the rollback. It has also given the party ammunition to attack Congress. Both BJP and AAP have been ranged against FYUP. "We have kept our word. We will do whatever is needed to bring back the old system," said Harsh Vardhan, the Delhi BJP president.
As the future of students is mired in uncertainty, BJP and AAP are training their guns at Congress and DU vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh. "FYUP shouldn't have been implemented in DU. Former HRD minister Kapil Sibal and the VC owe an apology to the academic and student communities for having imposed such a measure without unanimity," said an AAP spokesperson.
The Delhi BJP vice-president, Ashish Sood, said, "The VC should think of quitting if he is unable to work for the welfare of students. He ignored the interest of students just to fulfil the whims and fancies of some political leaders."
While Congress leaders admitted that introducing FYUP was a mistake, they attacked BJP for interfering with DU's autonomy. "We never interfered in the working of an autonomous institution unlike BJP," said Arvinder Singh.