In a carefully-calibrated move, the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Sunday ordered the Delhi University to immediately revert to the three-year undergraduate programme that was in place before the introduction of the controversial Four-Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in the last academic year.

While Sunday’s UGC order is a reiteration of the order issued to Delhi University on Friday, the latest one warns that any deviation from this directive would be “deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act, 1956, with its consequences.”

The order was accompanied by letters to the principals of all the 64 colleges of Delhi University informing them about the FYUP roll-back with immediate effect and also the arrangements being made to ensure that students enrolled for the programme in 2013-14 can make a smooth migration to the three-year programme. The announcement came just a day ahead of the announcement of the first cut-off list for the FYUP.

Simultaneously, UGC issued a public notice – on behalf of the Chairman and addressed to students and parents in particular – about the decision; explaining that the switch-back was necessary to ensure that the undergraduate programme offered by Delhi University is in consonance with the 10+2+3 structure envisaged in the National Policy on Education (NPE) of 1986.

The Commission has also decided to set up a Standing Committee to advise Delhi University on the modalities for migration from the FYUP to the three-year programme. The 10-member Standing Committee – headed by the UGC Vice-Chairman – will have “wide representation” from teachers, students and statutory bodies of Delhi University, and its main mandate would be to ensure that students admitted to FYUP in 2013-14 acquire the necessary academic and other competencies over the next two years while migrating to the three-year programme.