Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has begun online application submission process for MPhil, PhD admission for the year 2018-19. With a total of 720 seats available for admission in the courses, the varsity will close the registration portal on 13 October 2017. Much to the relief of aspirants, the University has increased the seats close to four times the number in previous admission session. Likewise, 459 seats are open for admission in BA programmes and 1,118 seats in MA, M.Sc, M.Tech and MPH courses. Entrance examination will be held in December 2017.
In March 2017, JNU administration faced the wrath of candidates over 'drastically reduced MPhil, PhD seats.' Discontent fumed up after 'no MPhil, PhD seats for many courses' was noticed in the prospectus. In comparison to 1174 seats available in its previous session, only 194 research seats were open for admission, then. While only 2 departments of School of Social Sciences had the seats, there were zero seats in history and political science departments. There were even no seats for integrated MPhil-PhD course for much sought after subjects like physical sciences, computational and integrative science, biotechnology and Sanskrit.
The decision to cut down the seat numbers due to changed UGC norms on PhD students and guides, had received objections from JNUSU and JNUTA and a mass protest demonstration continued for days outside UGC office.
JNU Admission 2018: 381 MPhil seats, 339 Intake For PhD Courses
School of International Studies: 126 seats
School of Social Sciences: 232 seats
School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies: 92 seats
School of Computer & Systems Sciences: 26 seats
School of Environmental Sciences: 41 seats
School of Arts and Aesthetics: 22 seats
Centre for Sanskrit studies: 27 seats
Centre for the Study of Law & Governance: 14 seats
School of Life Sciences: 37 seats
School of Physical Sciences: 31 seats
School of Computational and Integrative Sciences: 18 seats
School of Biotechnology: 22 seats
Centre for Molecular Medicine: 19 seats
Centre for Nano Sciences: 7 seats