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Friday, 05 May 2017 13:34

How to Destroy a University: JNU Cuts Down Seats

WHEN Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) released its much delayed prospectus for the academic year 2017-2018, it led to shock and disbelief in the student community across India.

The University has cut down seats in research by 83%, including integrated MPhil-PhD, JRF and direct PhD. Apart from the fall in seats from 1,174 to 194, the University has scrapped ‘deprivation points’ (points awarded to applicants from marginalised districts in India) for MPhil/PhD admissions. Furthermore, the entrance exam has been delinked from the interview for MPhil/PhD candidates; which means that despite scoring well in the entrance exam, the admission of a candidate will be dependent on a candidate’s performance in the oral interview.

While the JNU administration maintains that these changes are according to the UGC regulations specified in the 5 May 2016 notification, students of the University say that this move jeopardises the socially inclusive nature of the University.

Except ABVP, the JNUSU, the JNUTU and all other student organizations have severely condemned this move and the campus is reverberating with their slogans against this black move to kill the inclusive nature of JNU. 

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