JNU college alleges irregularities in PhD admissions | Newest Information Delhi


New Delhi: A bunch of Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) college members has written to the chancellor on Tuesday alleging “irregularities” within the interview course of for the collection of PhD candidates this 12 months, and sought an “neutral” inquiry within the matter.

The letter comes three days after the JNU college students’ union (JNUSU) on Sunday alleged that a number of candidates from “marginalised sections” who appeared for the interview got “very low” marks. In response to the JNU admission coverage, candidates looking for admission in PhD programs have to look for a viva-voce or interview after clearing an entrance examination. The doorway examination and viva have 70:30 weightage.

In a letter to the JNU chancellor VK Saraswat on Tuesday, six college members from the College’s Centre for Financial Research and Planning (CESP) within the faculty of social sciences (SSS), stated, “The undersigned college search your pressing fast intervention to make sure an neutral enquiry into the way in which that the viva-voce/interview course of for collection of candidates to the Centre’s PhD programme within the present tutorial 12 months (2021-22) was organised, and to provoke steps for correcting any distortions within the alternatives which may have resulted from it.”

The school members alleged {that a} fully “non-transparent and arbitrary course of” was adopted within the Heart throughout each rounds of interviews, the primary of which was held between October 26 and November 3, and second between November 25 and 27.

Not one of the signatories to the letter wished to be named.

The vice-chancellor didn’t reply to messages looking for a remark. A senior college official, who requested to not be named, stated, “Allegations will likely be seemed into as per guidelines and procedures.”

On Monday, JNU issued a press release and refuted allegations of discrimination within the interview course of, and added that the establishment follows “a good, clear and inclusive admission coverage”.

Within the letter, the college membes additionally cited an instance of a candidate who had completed a postgraduate programme from the involved Heart and topped his batch, however didn’t get via the PhD interview. “This candidate was interviewed within the first spherical after efficiently clearing the UFC’s JRF Examination. Nevertheless, he didn’t make the ultimate checklist of admissions as a result of the typical marks he secured within the interview (as introduced within the end result notified to him) have been low,”the college members stated within the letter.

“Three of the 5 college members who have been on the board which interviewed him, then went on document earlier than the whole college and the chairperson expressing their astonishment at his common mark as a result of they recalled his wonderful efficiency within the interview and that they’d awarded him excessive marks Nevertheless, on this matter too there was no response from the chairperson and no rationalization has been forthcoming,” they stated within the letter.

When contacted, chairperson of the Heart Shakti Kumar stated, “The middle adopted all of the norms and took each measure to maintain the interview course of clear. We give common marks given by all committee members throughout the interview course of.”

In its assertion on Monday, the JNU stated, “The JNU categorically rejects the stories in sure sections of media alleging discrimination in opposition to PhD aspirants from marginalised sections of the society…. The college follows a good, clear and inclusive admission coverage which is the inspiration of its confirmed tutorial excellence.”


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