New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today disposed of as “infructuous” a PIL before it for restoration of the three-year degree courses in Delhi University as the varsity recently scrapped the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) as per the directions of UGC.
Delhi University (DU) had on June 27, 2014 scrapped FYUP and reverted back to the previous three-year structure as directed by University Grants Commission (UGC).
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw said that “in view of the subsequent event nothing survives to be decided in the writ petition. Therefore, the matter is disposed of as infructuous.”
The PIL by advocate R K Kapoor had claimed “FYUP violates the National Education Policy 1986, which advocates the 10ưƱ system, and therefore it is necessary that DU must revert back to the earlier system.”
Kapoor had sought directions to DU to implement the three-year undergraduate programme as recommended by UGC. Meanwhile, another plea before another bench of the high court filed by a group of students enrolled under FYUP last year was today withdrawn.
The plea by eight students of Maharaja Agrasen College had contended that UGC's decision to scrap FYUP is a “grossly arbitrary and whimsical action”.
They had said that under FYUP, every student after three years of study will get a ‘Bachelors' degree, as per National Education Policy, while a ‘Bachelor with Honours' degree will be given on completion of four years.
The petition had also stated that due to the conflict between UGC and DU there is no clarity regarding the admission process.
A year after FYUP was introduced, DU and UGC were at loggerheads over the course.
UGC had issued directions both to DU and all 64 colleges under it to conduct admissions under three-year programme and not under FYUP introduced by the varsity last year.