DU teachers meet PM over 4-year undergrad programme

Last Updated: Sat, May 18, 2013 15:19 hrs

New Delhi: A section of teachers of Delhi University, opposed to the four-year undergraduate programme, today knocked at the door of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The Prime Minister told them that he will reflect upon their representations and convey their sentiments to the HRD Minister, sources said.

He also told them that he had spoken to the HRD Minister who has assured him that all processes have been adhered to, they said.

The meeting came as DU's Executive Council has approved most of the courses under the four-year programme which would be introduced from July this year.

HRD Minister MM Pallam Raju had earlier said they will not come in the way of DU introducing the four-year undergraduate course but will look into the concerns expressed by some sections.

Any decision on defering the programme by a year will be left to the Delhi University as it is an autonomous institution, he had clarified.

Earlier, a delegation of Left and other parties' MPs had also met the Prime Minister to voice their concern over the proposed 4-year programme.

CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury, who was in the delegation, had said that the PM wanted to know why Delhi University was "in a hurry" to extend the three-year bachelor's degree programme to four years. He had also said that he will get the matter examined.

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