Delhi University could not save its from getting scrapped but the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore is seeing increasing demands from the parents of students who have joined its four-year undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BS) programme to assert its academic autonomy and to scrap the course. Also Read - JEE Mains Exams 2021: Here are the Tips and Tricks That Can Help You Pass With Flying Colours | Watch Video

Several parents of IISc students have called senior teachers and sent emails to the institution expressing concern that UGC directive can have an adverse impact on the future and careers of their children. H. Dhundiraj Hebbar from Bangalore, whose child turned down an IIT Chennai seat in favour of BS at IISc, said, “What UGC is doing is most unfair to students!” Also Read - Looks Like NTA Has Another Test Called Joint Patience Exam: Delayed JEE Mains Result 2021 Sparks Meme Fest on Twitter

Sanjay Agarwal from Calcutta, whose sun turned down an IIT seat and offers from institutions in London and Singapore to join BS programme in IISc, said, “Our politicians are playing with our children’s careers. Why have they suddenly started dictating academic institutions on how to teach their students?” He is considering setting up a forum for the parents of all IISc students who seek to protect the interests of their children and approach the Supreme Court, if required. He points out that such a decision cannot be made retrospectively. Plans of all the students who have joined the course expecting it to be a four-year course would be crushed. Also Read - CBSE & ICSE Board Exams 2021: Top 7 Things to do For Preparation |Watch Video

The BS course in IISc was started in 2011. Since then, it accepts about 120 students from candidates who score high marks in IIT entrance exam (now known as JEE Advanced), All-India Pre-Medical Test (AIPMT) or the national fellowship exam called the Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana (KVPY). It is hailed as a model course in undergraduate science education.

UGC had written a letter to IISc, dated August 4, asking it to scrap the four-year course and adopt a three-year study programme instead. According to the sources, IISc has requested the higher education regulator to re-consider its decision.

is one of the most reputed research institutes of India. It receives funds directly from the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry because of its high status. The Commissions interference in the institute’s affairs has annoyed academics and scientists alike.

P.M. Bhargava, former Director of the Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology, has condemned the regulator for this move. He said, “BS is an excellent programme and surely the UGC would not have something like this without instructions from the HRD Ministry.”

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