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UGC Guidelines; JNU cuts seat in MPhil/PhD programmes

Webdesk | Friday, March 24, 2017 3:38 PM IST

UGC Guidelines; JNU cuts seat in  MPhil/PhD programmes

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) had released its prospectus on Tuesday suggesting seat cuts in the MPhil/PhD programmes following University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines.

According to reports, last week, the Delhi High Court had also dismissed the plea of students challenging the JNU admission policy for MPhil and PhD courses

In the plea, students said the UGC guidelines for these courses are binding on all varsities, paving way for the university to begin its admission process.

Important highlights of seat cut:

  • There will be no seats for integrated MPhil-PhD course for much sought after subjects like physical sciences, computational and integrative science, biotechnology and Sanskrit
  • Also, there would be no admission to prestigious history and political science departments
  • Two departments of School of Social Sciences have seats for MPhil/ PhD
  • Highest intake for School of Computer & System Sciences
  • 17 and 13 seats for School of Life Sciences and School of Social Sciences , respectively
  • For many departments like Studies, South Asian Studies, Geography and School of Arts and Aesthetics,  there would be one seat only
  • The admissions to the courses in JNU are held through entrance examination and interview with 80 per cent weightage is for entrance exam and 20 per cent for viva.

The examination would be held on all India basis and question paper for the same would be as per UGC Regulations-2016 i.e. 50 per cent Research Methodology and 50 per cent Subject specific. The entrance examination would be of qualifying nature with 50 per cent qualifying marks followed by viva voce. In case of any dispute in this regard, the provisions of UGC Regulations 2016 shall be binding, Varsity said. 

Meanwhile, the registration process for the commencing academic session has begun and it  will conclude on April 5.