According to Press Trust of India, he said, "Now the process and interviews have started. In a couple of months, 300 lecturers and professors would be appointed and if there were 970 MPhil and PhD students last year, then the number this year will be more."
During the Zero hour, Sharad Yadav raised the issue of seat cut in JNU and said that students from rural area came to study at JNU but since the seat intake has been brought down to 102 from 970, students have been desperate.
Other members tried to raise questions after Javadekar's statement but Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said that there was no reason to disbelieve what Javadekar had said.
Students from JNU had been protesting against the seat cuts in MPhil and PhD courses and had also observed a one day long strike. The University had released its prospectus last month suggesting seat cuts for the 2017-18 academic session following the UGC guidelines for MPhil and PhD courses.
(With Inputs from Press Trust of India)
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