The results for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) entrance examination for MPhil/PhD programme have been declared. Surprisingly, only four out of 749 candidates were able to clear the entrance exam. This number of qualifying candidates is considered as bizarrely low! The entrance examination was conducted for the new academic year. The short listed candidate will now appear in the interview for the Hindi department, which has 12 seats in its MPhil/PhD programme. Also, it is not sure that these four candidates who have cleared the written test, will pass the interview stage, the chairperson of the Centre for Indian Languages, Gobind Prasad, said. He also said that the reservation policy had been abolished. While the students and teachers alleged that no extra points were being given to those coming from disadvantaged groups.
The number of qualified candidates were less not just in the department of Hindi but also in various others, reported the Indian Express. According to a UGC 2016 notification has specified that students have to score at least 50 per cent in the written test to qualify for the interview. Further on the basis of which the final selection will be done.
Meanwhile, the JNU Students Union has claimed the administration had not put up the list of selected candidates on notice boards, which the union claims is a practice that has been broken for the first time. However, the JNU administration has said that as it does not have enough teachers, it has decided to cut down on the number of students. A large section of teachers and students believes that the system discriminates against students. A student of the Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (CIPOD) said the UGC regulation was “completely anti-social justice”.