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4-Year UG Degree Ready For Launch – Government

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4-Year UG Degree Ready For Launch - GovernmentFriday, Minister of State for HRD, Shashi Tharoor, in a written reply to Rajyasabha, said that the Delhi University (DU) is fully prepared for launch of country’s first 4-year undergraduate program (FYUP) from this academic session. He told the house that FYUP has been approved by an overwhelming majority at the Academic Council (AC).

However there has been some voices of dissent about the new structure of the degree with multi-exit options. An official from HRD Ministry said that written reply from the Minister of State does not mean the program will be launched for sure. There had been a detailed note from a section of teachers which has raised some issues including certain legal issues which are being looked into, the officer said.

Meanwhile “Save DU Campaign” is gaining momentum with some politicians and Social personalities addressing the meet organised by dissenting quarters of teachers, students and parents on Thursday where they voiced the concern about the move to rush through the four-year course from this academic session.

Sitaram Yechury, CPM leader in Rajya Sabha, has also given a notice for calling attention motion on the serious situation arising out of the new proposal in DU that was established by an act of Parliament. He has said FYUP has been introduced against the nation-wide system of 10+2+3. Yechury also met HRD minister M M Pallam Raju on Friday. He told the minister that dissenting teachers are some of the most eminent in their field and would not protest without a valid argument.

Tharoor’s reply reiterated what DU has been claiming about the FYUP. The minister said FYUP aims at imparting holistic knowledge, which cuts across the domains of traditional courses, as well as including skills and value addition. It requires students of all disciplines to undertake certain mandatory courses to meet the needs and challenges of the modern society and the nation.

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