New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) rejected a proposal sent by the Delhi University and directed it to start the admission process from today itself.
As per reports, the UGC has directed the DU to revert to the three-year format and begin the admission process without any delay from today.
The development came a day after the Delhi University sent a fresh proposal to the UGC to restore the three-year undergraduate course, with a few amendments in the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
The prevailing confusion over the admission process in Delhi University and its affiliated colleges forced thousands of students and their parents from all over India and abroad bearing the brunt.
As the ongoing faceoff between the UGC and DU continued, a delegation of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) - the students wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) - called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is known to have expressed unhappiness over the deadlock between the two bodies.
With no clarity on the roll back of the FYUP, various student groups continued their agitation yesterday, students were also detained as they wanted to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, who is the visitor of the university.
Replying to the letter sent by UGCnight, DU yesterday sent a "blended proposal" in which it suggested to the commission that it would give a three-year honours degree, but retain the foundation courses for the first year students.
This is the first time DU has communicated to the UGC.
DU's proposal was prepared by a 20-member group of academics. The group had submitted these suggestions to DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh with an aim to end the ongoing impasse between the two bodies.
However, in a letter sent to the UGC Secretary Jaspal Singh Sandhu, the university also noted that reverting to the three-year course will take "substantial time".
This was in response to Wednesday's directive of the UGC to start admissions under the three-year course immediately. But for parents and students, it was a harrowing wait for admissions to the prestigious and oldest university in the country.
The university, in its proposal to the UGC, said it would be giving an honours degree to students under the three-year undergraduate programme. It, however, added that the foundation courses (language, literature and creativity, history and culture, science and life, building mathematical ability) introduced under the FYUP would remain for the first year students.
To the relief of B.Tech students, the proposal mentions that the B.Tech course may be left untouched.
The admissions were to beginbut were suspended after the UGC, a statutory body of the government to coordinate and maintain the standards of University Education in India, told the Vice Chancellor to scrap the FYUP. But the vice chancellor has maintained silence on the subject.