DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigns

RSTV Bureau

dinesh_DUVCDelhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh resigned on Tuesday in the midst of a raging controversy over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) swaying the varsity.

“VC has resigned,” DU’s media coordinator Malay Neerav said without giving details.

The resignation of Singh, who was instrumental in introducing the FYUP, has come two days after the varsity was asked by the UGC to roll back the controversial four year course.

Singh has been under attack over the FYUP which was introduced last year but came under renewed criticism ahead of start of this year’s academic session. The VC’s resignation may further complicate the issue.

The resignation came soon after the Supreme Court declined to interfere in the row and asked the teachers of DU who are supporting the FYUP to go to High Court. The appeal was filed by former DUTA president Aditya Narayan Mishra.

Meanwhile, a unit of DU teachers who are in support of the FYUP began a 24-hour long hunger strike on Tuesday in contradiction of the UGC instruction. The teachers, under the banner of Academics for Action and Development (AAD), alleged that the UGC’s instruction to DU was an “attack” on its autonomy.

Matters came to a head when the UGC gave an ultimatum to the DU and its affiliated colleges to give up the four-year course and revert to its old three-year structure. They were asked to comply with the order by forenoon yesterday.

However, the principals of the colleges affiliated to DU met yesterday and decided to defer this year’s admissions which were to start on Tuesday.

Earlier, the UGC did not change its opinion on the FYUP even after DU’s appeal to reconsider the order. According to the UGC, the FYUP is not in accord with the 10+2+3 system preserved in the National Policy on Education, 1986.

Students who took admission into the course which was started in the previous year are worried over the destiny of their “experimental batch” in the conflict between UGC and DU on FYUP.