JNU Rejects Media Reports About Reduction In Academic Intake

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JNU Rejects Media Reports About Reduction In Academic Intake

JNU refutes reports about reduction in seat intake


New Delhi:  Jawaharlal Nehru University today rubbished media reports about a massive cut in admission intake. The University on Wednesday asserted that there is no reduction in academic seats in any school or department of the premier education institution. The announcement comes amidst several media reports which claimed that the university had reduced number of seats in various Schools and Departments at JNU. The official announcement has been made to dissipate any doubts about the number of available seats at the University. 

IANS quoted University Rector Chintamani Mahapatra, "There has been no such announcement from the university. We have effected no reduction in the admission intake for students. All the news which is circulating in the media is false". 

According to the media reports doing the rounds, the university had supposedly made cuts to the available seats for M.Phil. and PhD courses. The media reports also claimed that the university had decided to scrape admission in certain departments for the upcoming academic session. However, Mahapatra also added that the University has not yet made any reduction and the decision in this regard is pending.  

Going by the UGC guideline which advocates a cap on the number of students who can be mentored by faculty members for PhD and M.Phil, there may actually be no admission in these courses for a long time to come. The guideline recommends a maximum of eight Ph.D students for a Professor, six for an Associate Professor and three for an Assistant Professor. The maximum number for M.Phil candidates is three for Professor, two for Associate Professor, and one for Assistant Professor. 

If this limitation is to be considered, at present, a number of faculty members exceed the proposed cap by a considerable margin and, according to a calculation done by Democratic Students Union (DSU), a campus-based students organisation, many of these centres may have to go without any admissions in the concerned courses for three and four years variably. 

(With Inputs from IANS)

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