DU Vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns over FYUP row

Vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns on Tuesday afternoon soon after the SC refused to intervene in the row

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Jasleen Kaur | June 24, 2014



Delhi University vice-chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned on Tuesday afternoon, amid widespread protests by the concerned students and teachers over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) logjam. The resignation came shortly after the supreme court (SC) refused to intervene in the row.

It is seen as a significant development in the DU-UGC row over FYUP, which forced DU colleges to defer the admission process, which was supposed to start from June 24. It has led to confusion among lakhs of students seeking admission in the university and its affiliated colleges. The SC on Tuesday dismissed a plea moved by former Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) president Aditya Narayan Mishra seeking cancellation of the University Grants Commission (UGC) order asking the Delhi University (DU) to scrap its FYUP. The apex court also directed DUTA to approach the Delhi high court for any relief in connection with the case.

The university campus continued to witness protests with students expressing their worry over the ongoing face-off between the UGC and the university administration. The teachers, under Academics for Action and Development (AAD), however alleged that the UGC’s directive to DU was an “assault” on its autonomy. On the other hand, the students who had enrolled in the course in its inaugural year too seemed clueless as to what the future holds for them.

The government, meanwhile, has already made it clear that it will not intervene in the matter and left it to UGC and DU to resolve the issue among themselves. 

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