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Seats cut in JNU affects thousands of students

Sunny Dhiman of the National Students Union of India spoke to Pradip Bhandari, the Founder of Jan Ki Baat, regarding the recent cut in JNU’s seats. The University Grants Commission Gazette made interview the sole criterion for selection of students in P.hD and M.Phil. It would, indirectly, drastically decrease the intake of students from the Dalit, Muslim, Adivasi and OBC communities. JNU stands as a space for excellent public education; it’s the last of the institutes to resist private universities and its education. Dhiman’s NSUI stands hopes to fight back and protest against the administration’s sudden decision.

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has announced a giant reduction in its student-intake for M.Phil and PhD courses. The university has also scrapped fresh admissions in some departments for the upcoming academic session. This led to protests against the implementation of the UGC Gazette which was passed in May 2016. This invited the student community reactions against the decision; the students alleged that no permission has been taken from the statutory bodies to make this administrative decision. 9 students have already been suspended from protesting against the Academic Council meeting.

The reduction is said to affect thousands of marginalized students.The University is known to be a premier institution for higher education. The sudden cutting down of seats in post-graduate course would harm educational ambitions of many, especially when alternatives, such as increasing the number of teachers, may be possible.


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