JNU begins Admission Process with Massive Seat Cut in M.Phil, PhD Courses

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) drastically reduced M.Phil, PhD seats for the upcoming session of 2017-18, with only 194 seats available for the research aspirants in comparison to last year’s figure of 1174 seats. The lowest intake capacity is in the social science subjects. Under the School of Social Sciences which has 15 centres, admissions will take place in just three centres. There will be no admission to the  history and political science centres. The history centre has been designated a UGC centre of excellence

According to the prospectus released by the Varsity late on Tuesday night, only 194 seats are available that includes both integrated Mphil-Phd and direct PhD. In fact, there is “no” Mphil/PhD seat available in most of its centers. There are some centres where the university this year will be taking just one student in the MPhil/Phd programme. Prospectus doesn’t mention about the admission policy procedure and exam pattern.

Students called it a “shut down” like situation and the denial of social justice.  ‘ As you said, they denied completely Krish Rajani’ , Waseem RS, research scholar of JNU posted in facebook.

” When equality is denied everything is denied. There is no equality in M.Phil/Ph.D admission, there is no equality in viva-voce, there is only denial of equality, denying prof. Sukhadeo Thorat recommendation, denying students protest places in Ad-block, denying the education of the marginals.”  – Rajini Krish’s last post on Facebook.


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