Admissions to Research Courses will depend on Interview, JNU Executive Council

The Executive Council of Jawaharlal Nehru University has passed the UGC notification, according to which the entrance exam that is conducted for research programs will be given qualifying weight now. This notification was already approved by the Academic Council of JNU.

This notification was passed by the Academic Council on 26th December in a meeting. Later, this notification was disrupted by the students of the university, because of which 9 of them were suspended. Amid all the protests by the students, the university has decided to make the entrance exams to all the research courses as mere “qualifying” tests. By doing this, the interview will be an only determinant now for all the students seeking admission.

According to an official at JNU, the Executive Council has passed all the items that were passed by the Academic Council. All the students initially went against the wishes of the President of JNU, Mohit Pandey. In the meeting, it said that the V-C will have an upper hand when it comes to the appointment of the faculty members and the nominations of the experts on the selection panel.

According to the notification by UGC, all the students need to score a minimum of 50% marks in order to qualify the exam. After that, the interview will be conducted and merit list will be prepared based on that. The JNUSU and also the teachers’ associations protested when the meeting with Academic Council was being held. They wanted the Academic Council to change the rules and did not allow passing of the notification.

According to Executive Council, “The members decided to form a committee to look into the objections raised by some students and teachers. The university is also expected to talk to the UGC with a request to continue its own system. UGC notifications are mandatory on all Central universities and everything depended on its decision on JNU request. Under the prevailing system, the written test carries 70 percent marks while 30 percent marks are allotted for an interview in admissions to research courses.”

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