Demanding deferring of the four-year-undergraduate programme in Delhi University, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said extensive consultations should be held among academicians before the new course was introduced.

In a letter to the Union Human Resource Development Minister M. M. Pallam Raju, Mr. Jaitley has said Delhi University had not considered all aspects and opinions before taking the decision. The impact of a three-year course becoming a four-year one in terms of the socio-economic realities of India has not been factored, he said.

The BJP leader said though it was the academic community’s discretion to decide the duration of the courses, he is “constrained” to make some observations about this plan.

“Adequate and extensive discussion within the university has not been held while deciding to switch over to a four-year course. Even with regard to the content of the curriculum, the subject has not been adequately discussed in the various faculties and departments,” Mr. Jaitley added.

He further said: “It has not been discussed why the switch over to the four-year course is for one university and does not apply to other universities.”

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