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The News Minute| June 23, 2014| 9.30 pm IST The controversial four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) is at the centre of a tussle between the UGC and Delhi University (DU). The following is what the two are saying on the issue: What the University Grants Commission is saying: * The UGC wants Delhi University to go back to the three-year undergraduate programme, which was prevalent before the introduction of the FYUP, including the honours programme in different subjects of humanities, commerce and science. * The UGC says the FYUP introduced by DU in the 2013-14 academic session was not in consonance with the National Policy on Education (1986) and 10+2+3 structure envisaged under it and the University of Delhi has not followed the procedure prescribed in the Delhi University Act, 1922. * The UGC wants students to seek admission in a college of DU only to the three-year undergraduate programme which was prevalent prior to introduction of FYUP and not to FYUP and pay fees only for the three-year programme. * The UGC said DU in no way should admit students for the academic year 2014-2015 under the FYUP. DU should inform all colleges that it should conduct admission only to the three-year programme. * The UGC also wants appropriate arrangements to be made by DU for students already admitted in the academic year 2013-2014 in the FYUP to migrate to the three-year programme structure so that they do not lose an academic year for obtaining undergraduate degree. What Delhi University is saying: * Have taken all other steps to adhere to the three-year programme as envisaged under the 10+2+3 structure under the National Education Policy 1986, while ensuring students are facilitated through the process of transacting the cirriculum made in compliance of the NEP and as per UGC concerns. * Students seeking admission to undergraduate programme would be admitted into the three-year bachelor's degree programme (B.A./B.Sc/B.Com) in their Discipline-I (Major subject) and would graduate with the corresponding degree on the completion of three years which would be in conformity with the National Policy on Education (NPE) (10+2+3 scheme). * Students wanting honours degree have to complete four years of undergraduate study. Terms the fourth year as optional. * Maintains that all procedures have been carried out as per law. With IANS