In contrast to the earlier entrance test where a prospect would have to clear just one stage of the test in order to be qualified to enrol in the university, JNU has proposed a two-stage test where the prospective student now has to secure the required qualifying marks for further evaluation of the descriptive paper.
This year, the first stage Jawaharlal Nehru University Entrance Exam (JNUEE) 2017 will be conducted on May 16th, 17th, 18th & 19th, 2017, the results of which would be announced by 23rd January. The process to submit applications has commenced from March 21st and will end on April 5th, 2017 (5 pm).
After the declaration of stage 1 exam, the viva-voce (stage 2) will be held on 10th July. The merit list of stage 1 will be out on July 7th and merit list based on viva-voce will be published on 14th July. The candidates can apply online at official website www.jnu.ac.in now.
A letter has been circulated to the Dean and Directors of various schools and according to the director of operations, Milip Punia, this move will help in making the already complex admission process more easier to deal with and will also make it comfortable for the results to be declared on time.
Moreover, the letter further stated that the admission into these courses will be based on the number of faculty members available so that the number of students come to a manageable size which will abide by the 6-5 clause of the UGC and the merit list will be based on the efficiency of the viva voce. But this new procedure, according to some students, will leave a negative impact restraining the underprivileged section from getting admission and also limit the number of scholars a research guide can mentor.
This agitated the students who went on a hunger strike. According to one of the members of the JNUSU, the new procedure is a violation of the 93rd amendment act of the constitution where the seats were increased to cater out to the needs of both the backward and the privileged classes. The JNU administration in a media release also confirmed taking the matter to the UGC and also proposed a three-tier entrance test where on scoring 50% in the objective will help to move on to the descriptive test and then the viva, while the ratio of the written test and viva-voce will be 80:20.
According to some in the student union, this is probably a move by the Rashtriya Swayam Seva Sangh and the BJP government to neutralize the process of registration. The JNU registrar has also requested the students to get off the hunger strike. The new procedure which was earlier introduced in an academic meeting held this December in the Central University’s highest academic body, the university then adopted the UGC’s regulation of giving 100% weight to viva-voce.
In regards to the decline in seats for P.hD/M.Phil seats, the varsity had issued a press note clarifying the matter. You can read that notice here.