Breaking its silence over the row over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP), the Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday urged Vice-President Hamid Ansari, the Chancellor of DU, to intervene and restore normalcy to the university.
The party also questioned how the directive to roll back the undergraduate programme had come immediately after a change of government at the Centre.
“The allegations and counter-allegations being levelled by the Congress and the BJP on autonomy issue is hogwash, since both the parties are guilty of violating the autonomy of DU and the UGC... Can the Congress say if it bothered about the university’s autonomy when its minister Kapil Sibal imposed the FYUP on the DU? Were the elected teachers and students representatives consulted and was their opinion considered before implementing the ill-conceived FYUP? How did the UGC, which till the change of government at the Centre was supporting the FYUP, suddenly turn against it?” a statement issued by the party said.
The party also stated that it was the responsibility of the Chancellor of the university to restore normalcy on campus and start the admission process.
“Following the announcement, and later the retraction, of resignation by Vice-Chancellor Dinesh Singh, the Chancellor must ensure that the stalled admission process is immediately started for the three-year graduation courses and college administrations be given clear instructions that rights of all the students will be fully protected... the outgoing V-C must share the blame (for the chaos), along with the Congress and the BJP, which have unnecessarily tried to politicise the issue,” the AAP statement said.
The party stated that it was the duty of the Chancellor to protect the autonomy of the university from keep it away from further political interference.
“All apprehensions of students who were enrolled in the FYUP last year must be allayed and the university administration should assure that no harm is caused to their careers. The interests of students who have applied for admission to DU colleges this year also need to be protected by the university administration, so that the switch from the FYUP to the 10+2+3 system does not harm their interests,” the AAP statement said.