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Delhi University's laptop scam?
Last year, Delhi University introduced its Four Year Undergraduate Program (FYUP), despite widespread protests from all the quarters and this Four Year Course was scrapped this year after BJP Government came into power at the Centre.

When the FYUP was introduced, students were given laptops so that they can use the same in their studies. This free distribution of laptop by Delhi University itself invited controversy as the laptops were alleged to be purchased out of the funds earmarked for OBC Students. Despite this controversy, the students were happy that they will be able to pursue their study with the help of the laptops instead of Paper Note Books.

As the 4-year course has been replaced with the 3 year course in the old format this year and even the students registered last year under 4-year course have been migrated to the 3-year Course, DU colleges are asking the students to return the laptops as these were intended for students registered under FYUP only.

It may be noted that total 54000 students are admitted to undergraduate courses of the Delhi University every year. If we go by the price printed on the Laptop Box, price of the each laptop is Rs. 27, 565, which translates to Rs.149 Crores for all the 54000 laptops.

The big question is what Delhi University will do with these laptops now? Is Delhi University will be able to return these laptops to the supplier and get its money back? Another question is, who in the Delhi University has authorized the Colleges to force the students to return the laptops?

When, students were given laptops, their original Marks Sheets of the 10th Board were kept as a Security by the respective colleges. However, now they are asking the students to return the laptops in the absence of any written communication available either at the College or DU website to this effect.

Now we come back to the basic question of whether Delhi University will be able to get back the amount of Rs.149 Crores from the supplier after returning back these laptops. As these laptops are more than one year old, generally no supplier will be ready to take back the same. Is the Delhi University going to dispose off these laptops in the open market at throw away prices or through some auction?

University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resource Development must investigate the entire matter on immediate basis before any scam is created out of this issue.

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