JNU admission 2017 has garnered the wrath of JNUSU and JNUTA over the massive seat cut for research-oriented courses. JNUSU memo stated the violation of 93rd Constitution Amendment which mandated expansion of seats for implementing OBC reservation during 2008-11. It emphasized on expanding faculty recruitment instead of reducing student intake.
JNUTA memo states that, "The admission policy (dated 21 March 2017) has resulted in 86% decrease in the intake for 2017-18 in the M.Phil./PhD, M.Tech/PhD and Direct PhD programmes in JNU. Many M.Phil./PhD programmes have no admissions in 2017-2018. As of now, many Centres in the university which are exclusively research centres will have no teaching all of next year."
JNUTA memorandum has focused on the following points:
Violation of Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006: JNUTA condemns UGC for linking admission seats with the supervisor-student ratio and have stated it unreasonable (Clause 6.5 of the UGC Notification 2016). "...the CEI Act 2006, which fixed the minimum intake in all programmes at 54% above the existing intake."
Violation of the University Act: JNUTA has claimed that with the implementation of 2016 regulations, the varsity has violated the University Act. "The University Act provides for discussion and decision-making in the various bodies of the University, through a well laid out process of consultation."
JNU admission 2017 has begun on 22 March 2017. The last date for submission of application is 5 April.