SC rejects plea on Delhi University's FYUP

June 25, 2014

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has declined the public interest litigation (PIL) plea seeking the cancellation of the UGC's directive to Delhi University to dump the FYUP, says an IANS report.

An apex court bench of Justice Vikramajit Sen and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh asked the petitioner, Aditya Narayan Mishra (former Delhi University Teachers Association president) to approach the Delhi High Court with his plea.

As counsel Ankur Mittal urged the court to hear the matter as it involved urgency, the court repeated that the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petitioner should approach the Delhi High Court. Justice Sen has said that in case the Supreme Court is approached at a later stage, then they will have the benefit of the reasoning of the high court.

Mishra wanted the three orders of the University Grants Commission (UGC) dated June 20, 21 and 22 to Delhi University be quashed. The UGC orders asked Delhi University to scrap the controversial four-year under-graduate course started in the academic session 2013-14.

As per the requirement of the Delhi University Act, the matter was forwarded for approval to the president, who is the university Visitor, at the relevant times. As per the petition, the visitor had not taken any action thereby confirming his implied assent to the implementation of the FYUP.

The UGC order seeking the scraping of the FYUP course, the petition said, was violative of fundamental rights of the university students including equality before law and right to life and personal liberty.

Besides, the DU teachers in support of the FYUP have gone on a 24-hour hunger strike to protest against UGC order to roll back FYUP. The teachers, under the aegis of Academics for Action and Development, alleged that the UGC's directive to the university was an "assault" on its autonomy, PTI reported.

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