Delhi University will start its academic session on July 21, 2014. However, the fate of those students who were willing to take up two other courses – B.Tech. in Innovation and B.Tech. in Humanities – is uncertain yet.
The scheduled admissions to these courses, which are offered by Cluster Innovation Centre (CIC), were supposed to begin on June 24, 2014. But the delay in undergraduate admissions owing to the FYUP controversy between DU and UGC has put the admissions for both of these courses on hold.
“The Online Application Form for CIC UG admissions is not available yet. Fresh dates will be available soon. Inconvenience caused is deeply regretted,” says the university website.
Both B. Tech. in Innovation and B. Tech. in Humanities were introduced in the Delhi University a year before FYUP. The four-year-long B.Tech. in Humanities offered by CIC extended the option of choosing subjects and studying them at any of DU’s constituent colleges. Like FYUP’s compulsory foundation courses, this course requires students to take common papers in mathematics, communication, technology, language and the culture.
HRD minister Smriti Irani in a fresh development has informed Rajya Sabha that all colleges of Delhi University offering B.Tech. programmes in Computer Science, Electronics, Food Technology, Instrumentation Electronics and Polymer Science will have to take approval of the All India Council for Technical Education.
These courses were started as part of the FYUP Course in 2013-14. More than 2,000 students were admitted in various B.Tech. programmes but after FYUP was scrapped last month and four year undergraduate courses were reverted to three year, the students already studying in these courses protested. Finally, UGC agreed that only the existing batch will continue but made it clear colleges will have to seek AICTE clearance.