Amid a raging war of attrition between the Jawaharlal Nehru University administration and its teachers’ and students’ unions, a clutch of teachers and students from the reserved categories have launched an attack on the administration alleging anti-reservation policy.
Faulting Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar for ‘wrongfully implementing’ the May 5, 2016, UGC Gazette to unleash massive seat cuts in MPhil/PhD admissions, the group says that this led to the quantum of reservation coming down drastically.
“In the MPhil/PhD admissions for 2017-18, the reservation for SC was 1.3% rather than the mandated 15%, for ST it was 0.6% rather than 7.5%, for OBC it was 8.2% rather than 27% and for the PWD it was 0.3% rather than the mandated 3%,” said a release from SC/ST/OBC/PWD Students and Teachers of JNU.
It says that the same is happening this year, with entrance exams and viva voce for each centre following the same guidelines.
The release says that the uniform qualifying criterion for all categories in the written qualifying examination is 50% marks, after which the selection is entirely done on the viva voce marks, increasing its weight from the previous 70% to 100% now.
It adds that this discriminatory practice will lead to the complete exclusion of reserved category candidates from the university.