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Delhi University Academic Council Approves 4-Year Degree

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Delhi University Academic Council Approves 4 Year DegreeThe Delhi University (DU) Academic Council (AC), amidst dissent from six members, passed the new structure of undergraduate study. DU will now work towards replacing its three-year undergraduate honours program with a four-year program with provisions for a plain bachelors (non-honours) degree in three years and an associate degree in two years from the 2013-14 session.

The Academic Council on Monday deliberated on the issue for almost 10 hours, to pass the resolution approving recommendations of the 61-member committee appointed by the vice-chancellor of DU, Dinesh Singh, with a mandate to plan a structure for the four-year program. The Academic Council also passed a resolution authorising the VC to set up a committee of college teachers for preparing the structure of the interdisciplinary and foundation courses. A 23-point recommendation list is being placed for consideration by the Academic Council.

However, Five of the 19 elected teacher representatives dissented. They alleged that the VC has been exercising undemocratic means to “forcibly” pass the resolution. One of these representatives said that he received the agenda paper last night and had no time to even have a proper reading of the same. He alleged that every change should not be treated as reform, while confirming that reforms are required to be introduced to strengthen the university education.

The four-year UG program with multiple degrees will be introduced from the academic session 2013-14. While a section of teachers are alleging violation of Regulation 16A-4 of DU Act, Singh clarified that what has been approved is the structure of the program and not the courses. The courses will be passed by the committee of courses in each department before seeking the AC’s approval, he is understood to have told members.

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