President Pranab Mukherjee was asked by a delegation of academics on Tuesday to intervene and stop the implementation of the four-year undergraduate course in Delhi University.

The delegation comprised Prof. Romila Thapar, Prof. Krishan Kumar, Prof. Satish Deshpande, Prof. Pulin Nayak, Prof. Shaswati Mazumdar, Ms. Nandita Narain, Ms. Abha Dev Habib, and Ms. Shabnam Hashmi.

“Some of the members made it clear that while the Delhi University’s undergraduate programme was the best in the country, the courses devised for the four-year programme are substandard and would make the University a laughing stock. We said no quality restructuring can be achieved in such a short span of time and the Delhi University is not prepared in terms of infrastructure, teaching faculty and libraries and therefore, implementation of FYUP would be irresponsible and should be deferred pending thorough discussion,” said Abha Dev Habib, a member of the delegation.

A memorandum was submitted to the President and the delegation also submitted the provisions under the Delhi University Act from which the President as the visitor of the Delhi University could intervene in the matter.

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