Now, UGC asks DU to retain four-year B. Tech programme
UGC was, however, silent on the Psychological Science course. This programme, also with the Bachelor in Management Studies (BMS), about which the commission also remained silent, are likely to be converted into three- year courses, officials said.
The announcement came as scores of B Tech and BMS students of Delhi University staged a protest on Sunday morning outside the residence of human resource development Minister Smriti Irani, demanding that their four-year courses should not be scrapped. Students also threatened that if the varsity does not take care of their interest, they are ready to move court.
Making the announcement, UGC also asked DU to ensure that colleges under it, which admitted students to FYUP, obtain approval from regulatory bodies such as UGC itself and AICTE to ensure that students under FYUP are not put to any disadvantage. Over 2,500 students are enrolled in six BTech programmes — Computer Science, Electronics, Food Technology, Polymer Science,
Instrumentation and Electronics and Psychological Science. They have been protesting ever since the rollback of FYUP.
UGC, in a statement, said, ‘Four-year B Tech programmes in Computer Science, Electronics, Food Technology, Instrumentation Electronics and Polymer Science (where such students were admitted in the colleges under Delhi University) and which are covered under section 22 of the UGC Act, with respect to BTech, may continue in these programmes only for the students already admitted for academic year 2013-14.’
The directive of UGC is in line with the recommendation of its Standing Committee.