Research seats continue to go vacant at JNU, say teachers

The Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) on Tuesday said that continuing with the trend of what the Delhi High Court had described as a “national waste of capacity”, the JNU administration has once again denied hundreds of students admission.

The JNUTA said that it was “aghast” to know the admissions details for 2018-19, which the administration recently submitted to the High Court but has not placed before the Academic Council as is statutorily required.

“By the JNU administration’s own admission, it offered only 625 MPhil/PhD and Direct PhD seats for admission, despite an announced intake of 723 seats. No explanation has been given for why 98 seats (amounting to 13% of the seats) were not offered for admission, in violation of the court directive that not one seat announced for admission must be left vacant,” the JNUTA said.

‘Violation of policy’

It added that as a result, JNU was in violation of national reservation policies again, at the level of offers and at the level of intake, as all the seats that are vacant are reserved seats.

“These actually amount to much more than 98, according to the reservation targets announced category-wise. As the point admissions were announced, 352 were designated as reserved seats, but of these only 201 were offered. This leaves a deficit of 124 reserved seats, yet JNU announces a shortfall from intake of only 98,” the JNUTA claimed in a statement.

The association demanded that the JNU administration explain how this figure of 625 was obtainable from its own data.

‘A numbers game’

The JNUTA said that it was appalled that adherence to Constitutional principles and Acts of Parliament on the matter of reservation policy and the principles of social inclusion enshrined in the JNU Act, were just a numbers game for the JNU administration.

“For the JNUTA, the fact that the JNU administration would commit such fraud on the disadvantaged sections of our society is condemnable, and shows that what guides the JNU administration is neither the JNU Act nor Constitutional values, but rather a political agenda of discrimination and exclusion,” the JNUTA said.

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