Centre for African Studies, Centre for East African Studies, Centre for Indo-Pacific Studies, Centre for the Study of Discrimination and Exclusion, and Centre for Media Studies will not have any admission this year for the two programmes. Other JNU departments which have reduced the seats include Centre for European Studies (6), Centre for Inner Asian Studies (13), Centre for International Legal Studies (7), Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament (37), Centre for West Asian Studies (11), Centre for Russian and Central Asian Studies (35), Centre for Arabic Studies (24), Centre for English Studies (13) and Centre for Indian Languages (49).
"The administration has finally made it clear that they are all out to close admissions to the M.Phil/PhD programmes. The number of intake for the upcoming admissions, which are in violation of the approved intake decided in the Academic Council as well as court orders, have been released," said Pratim Ghoshal, JNU student activist told Press Trust of India.
"Research facilities in our public universities are the only available option to higher studies for students from marginalised sections. This massive seat cut in M.phil/phd announced by JNU administration is a direct attack on this , and which must be fought back in all respects", reacted another student activist Waseem RS.
A senior university official who did not wish to be named told PTI that "The calculations have been carefully done by the evaluation department and any reduction or increase in the intake has been done within the prescribed norms."
(With Inputs from PTI)
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