Thursday, May 9, 2013

Won\'t overrule DU\'s 4-year plan: Shashi Tharoor at Google+ hangout

New Delhi, May 10 2013:-

\"It is not my decision. It is the decision of the Delhi University and it is completely within the prerogatives of the university to start a new course. It would be inappropriate to tell a Vice-Chancellor what he should or should not be doing,\" Tharoor said replying to a question on a Google+ hangout on \"the future of higher education\" in India.

He said the ministry would not overrule this decision of the university as it would be a very dangerous step and set a wrong precedent for the future. \"The true bite of this decision will only come after four years, but for now the ministry can only make sure that due processes are being followed in its implementation.\"

Tharoor said that the ministry had raised some concerns with the university \"which they replied in detail. However, there are questions to which they do not have answers but they have four years to work that out.\"

The decision to switch to a four-year undergraduate programme has created deep divisions in the university — there are academics who think it\'s a wrong move, and

there are others who say they are not against the format but don\'t understand why it is being rushed.

Despite the protests, the university looks set to introduce the four-year undergraduate programme in July this year.

On Thursday, the Executive Council gave the go-ahead to the new curricula, degrees, scheme of evaluation under the new structure.

\"With these approvals, all formal requirements as per the University of Delhi Act, statutes and ordinances have been complied with and the university is all set to launch the programme,\" an official statement from the Registrar\'s office stated.

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