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JNU, Jamia more competitive than DU

he Hindu ’s analysis of application data from three Central universities in the Capital — Delhi University (DU), Jamia Millia Islamia and Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) — indicates that while DU sees the highest number of applications, Jamia and JNU are more competitive.

As per the data shared by the DU administration, the number of applications to the university in the last four years has been rising constantly from 1,90,000 applications in 2012 to more than 3 lakh in 2015. However, the number of seats at DU has remained 54,000, bringing the acceptance rate down to 16 per cent in 2015 from 23 percent in 2012. The lesser the acceptance rate of a university, the more difficult it is to get into.

As far as JNU and Jamia are concerned, the acceptance rate has remained constant at 4 to 5 per cent since the last five years — which is lesser than that of DU, making it less competitive.

The fact that Jamia is as competitive as JNU, and more than DU, stands in contradiction to the Central government’s positioning of these institutes through the National Institution Rankings Framework (NIRF). As per the NIRF, DU and JNU are ranked among the top 10, both in terms of the overall ranking and perception, while Jamia has been ranked way below at 83 in terms of overall ranking and 44 in perception. Perception was one category where ranks were decided through a public survey, where people were asked their choice of universities.

While both JNU and DU have seen a constant rise in the number of applications in the last four years, there was a slight dip in the number of applications received at Jamia in 2014 as compared to 2013. In 2013, as many as 1,32,961 people applied to Jamia, while 1,24,548 applications were received in 2014.

In the case of DU, the university saw a sudden jump of 23 per cent in the number of applications from 1,90,000 in 2012 to 2,49,661 in 2013. Authorities attribute this to the introduction of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP) in 2013.

The other reason that may have led to this is the introduction of online applications from 2012. Before that the university would get around 2 lakh forms printed.

The number of applications to JNU has also been rising constantly, except for the current academic session — 2016-17 — when the number came down by 3,000. While this has been linked to the recent controversy at the university where an event marking the death anniversary of Afzal Guru was organised, the authorities denied this saying the two are not linked.



The number of seats at DU

has remained 54,000, bringing the acceptance rate down to 16 per cent in 2015 from 23 per cent in 2012. The lesser

the acceptance rate of a university, the more difficult

it is to get a seat




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