The battle to rein in Delhi University’s controversial four-year undergraduate degrees and revert to British-style three-year degrees has expanded to include the prestigious Indian institutes of technology, or IITs, and private higher education institutions.
Higher education regulatory and funding body the University Grants Commission, or UGC, ignited a new controversy just weeks after forcing Delhi University to abandon four-year degrees.
It wrote to the country’s 16 autonomous IITs and the prestigious Indian Institute of Science – IISc – in Bangalore in a bid to compel them to change their four-year undergraduate courses.
The UGC has also turned to private institutions such as Shiv Nadar University, Azim Premji University and OP Jindal Global University – some of which recently set up American-style four-year undergraduate liberal arts degrees – and told them to conform with UGC rules. <Read more.>