University Grants Commission asks IISc Bangalore to discontinue its four-year undergraduate programmeAugust 9, 2014
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has been directed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) to take down its four-year course.
The UGC had earlier asked the Delhi University to scrap its four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), and now it has asked three other institutions to take off the FYUP and follow its notification in this regard. According to Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani, the UGC has reported that these universities have been asked to discontinue such programmes and follow the UGC notification on specification of degrees.
According to reports, the four-year BSc course in IISc, which was established in 2011, had been running without any glitches. More than 400 students have enrolled at present. The course is divided into eight semesters covering disciplines like Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Physics.
One of the students in Bangalore, Krishnan S Iyer said that he does not want to discontinue the course as this was helping students get exposure, especially in the field of basic sciences. Even the industry prefers people who come from the interdisciplinary approach and it is one of the few programmes in the country that incorporates research at the UG level.
Chandan Dasgupta, Dean, undergraduate programmes, said that they have received communication from the UGC, but they have not been asked to either discontinue the course or change it to the three-year format. The first letter we received was asking for information and the second one asking why they are offering this course.