Clashes in JNU over UGC notification scrapping 83% M Phil/ PhD seats

New Delhi, March 24: A group of JNU students clashed with private security guards on the campus on Friday during a protest demonstration over a controversial notification restricting the number of scholars a professor can guide for M.Phil and Ph.D courses.

Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University staged a sit-in outside the northern gate of the campus, following which some of them tried to close the gate and stopped people from entering or coming out of the varsity campus.

Security men dispersed the protesters, triggering a minor clash.

The students later continued their demonstration over the University Grants Commission (UGC) 2016 notification that restricts a professor from guiding more than three M.Phil and eight Ph.D scholars.

On Wednesday, JNU finally released its prospectus for the academic year 2017-2018. The University has scrapped 83% of seats in coveted courses like MPhil-PhD, JRF and direct PhD. The number of seats have fallen from 1,174 to 194.

Besides, JNU has also eliminated its ‘deprivation points’ (which were awarded to applicants from marginalised districts in India) for MPhil/PhD admissions.

Furthermore, admission to MPhil/PhD courses would be directly dependent on a candidate’s performance in the oral interview.

The administration however said that all these changes are in accord with UGC regulations specified in the 5 May 2016 notification while the students are in a complete shock and disbelief.

Wefornews Bureau

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