JNU administration will go ahead with the admission policy for M.Phil and Ph.d programmes according to UGC guidelines as announced earlier. JNU Rector Chintamani Mahapatra today told PTI that since the whole issue was sub-judiced, the final outcome will be based on the Delhi High Court judgement. “However, since the court has not given any stay order on implementation on academic process, entrance test would be conducted as scheduled for the number of seats initially announced,” Mahapatra said.
“We don’t call it seat cuts, but it is the total number of vacancies that have been announced by the varsity. There is no change in the admission announcement” he added.
Meanwhile, discussions in 143rd academic council meeting that was held today amid wide protests staged by various students’ unions, revolved around confirmation of minutes of the last AC meeting. “The five-hour-long meeting today centred on confirmation of minutes of the previous, 142nd meeting,” said the source who was present in the meeting.
“After long debates and discussions, it was concluded that the statements of those who dissented on certain items of the last meeting will be recorded,” the source said.
Other items were adjourned to be discussed in the next academic council meet, which will be announced later, added the source.
However, JNUSU claimed that the 143rd AC meeting did not pass the admission policy based on UGC notification and alleged that the VC M Jagadesh Kumar tried to forge the minutes of the 142nd AC meeting. “A forward step in our movement. Now, the VC who once again ran away from the AC meeting by adjourning it, does not have any option to lie either in the court or media,” said a statement released by JNUSU.
According to the union, many members of the council were of the opinion that minutes of 142nd AC meeting were forged. “Minutes have larger implication on JNU’s admission policy, so they must be corrected and without it we can not move ahead with any other agenda,” JNUSU said.
“Many member of the council opposed and demanded for a correction, which means the current admission policy of JNU stands illegal, as it has not been passed by anybody in JNU,” JNUSU President Mohit Kumar Pandey said.