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DU admissions stalled, protests continue; Delhi HC rejects PILs on FYUP

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to give an urgent hearing to two cross petitions, one for implementation of the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) and the other against it.

The petitions were mentioned before a vacation bench of justices Pratibha Rani and V Kameswar Rao which said, “The matter requires effective hearing which can’t be done by a vacation bench. It will be heard by the roster bench in July.”

The plea challenging the University Grants Commission’s (UGC) notification to scrap FYUP has been filed by Delhi University professor Aditya Narayan Mishra, while the PIL seeking implementation of the commission’s decision to restore the earlier three-year undergraduate programme has been filed by advocate RK Kapoor.

The Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) members today staged protest against Delhi University Vice chancellor demanding the scrapping of the FYUP.

The development came a day after it emerged that Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh has put in his papers over the FYUP row.

However, conflicting reports today denied that he has resigned even as most varsity colleges agreed to comply with the University Grants Commission (UGC) order to admit students to the 3-year undergraduate course.

Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani said, “I can’t comment on something I have no information of.” Meanwhile, Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) president Nandita Narain said, “DU VC is behaving like a terrorist.”

Adding a fresh twist to the FYUP row, it emerged on Tuesday said that DU VC Dinesh Singh has resigned in the wake of a row over the controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP). The whole drama unfolded after joint dean of students’ welfare and media coordinator Malay Neerav announced that Dinesh Singh resigned in the wake of a blazing row with the UGC over the FYUP issue. But hours later, Sangit Ragi, deputy dean for academics, denied that Dinesh Singh had quit.

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