JNU students form Human Chain against UGC admission policy
Ghazanfar Abbas, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, Feb 17: Demanding to roll back the University Grants Commission's (UGC) notification for admission in MPhil and PhD courses in central universities, hundreds of students along with teachers and other staff members formed a human chain on Friday here in the varsity campus.
Students are against the UGC admission notification of May 2016 which gives about 100% weightage to viva for admission in MPhil and PhD courses in central universities. JNU adopted the notification in Dec 2016. Some students are on hunger strike at JNU demanding withdrawal of the notification too.
The students were holding various placards and shouting against HRD Ministry and UGC. Earlier the students and teachers had taken out marches to the HRD Ministry and protested outside UGC too.
Students' Objections and Apprehensions
Students are apprehended that if this notification is implemented there will not just be a massive cut in seats for M.Phil/PhD, the students will also face discrimination on various backgrounds too.
The JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) said this was anathema to what was proposed by the Abdul Nafey Committee, which had recommended a reduction in weightage in viva voce (interview) from 30 per cent to 15 per cent.
Before the UGC notification came, the entrance test and viva voce were given weightage of 70 and 30 per cent respectively.
"We are being pushed towards 100 per cent viva-based admission process. It will open the doors for 100 per cent discretion, discrimination and favoritism in admissions," said JNUSU president Mohit K Pandey.
Meanwhile, JNU administration has assured the students that it will look into their demand.
"The University stands by social justice and reservation policy, and has been seeking to bring more transparency in the admission procedure. The administration also assured to look into their concerns about the new M.Phil/Ph.D Admission Policy by bringing the matter to the notice of the UGC," the university said in a statement on 30th January.