New Delhi: A group of students were detained on Thursday, when they tried to stage a march from Central Secretariat Metro Station to Rashtrapati Bhavan demanding the President's intervention in ending the impasse over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP).
The protesters belonging to All India Students Association were detained from outside the metro station around 11:30 AM and taken to Parliament Street police station in a bus by Delhi Police personnel.
Police said the march could not be allowed as prohibitory orders are in place in the area. Police personnel were deployed in strength in and around Rajpath to prevent protesters from marching toward Rashtrapati Bhavan.
The Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), introduced last year, has drawn flak from both students and teachers but the Delhi University has held that it will not be scrapped.
With admission to the undergraduate programme beginning on Tuesday, hassled students are hoping for clarity and a quick end to the UGC-DU row.
"Under no circumstances shall the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it admit students to the FYUP for academic year 2014-15," the UGC said in a statement on Sunday.
"Any deviation from this directive either by the University of Delhi or any of the colleges under it shall be deemed to be in contravention of the UGC Act, 1956 with its consequences," it warned.
The UGC said it would be ensured that students, who were admitted in 2013-14 in FYUP when it was introduced, are able to migrate to the three-year programme.
Students' and teachers' bodies have demanded scrapping of the FYUP.
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