MPhil, PhD seats to in­crease in JNU

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Jawa­har­lal Nehru Uni­ver­sity (JNU) said on Thurs­day that the in­take for the MPhil/PhD pro­grammes the next aca­demic ses­sion would be 720, sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the pre­vi­ous year’s 102.

The en­trance tests for the pro­grammes will be held be­tween De­cem­ber 27 and 30 this year at var­i­ous cen­tres, of­fi­cials con­firmed.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2016 Uni­ver­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) no­ti­fi­ca­tion, a re­search su­per­vi­sor/ co-su­per­vi­sor who is a pro­fes­sor, can­not guide more than three MPhil and eight PhD schol­ars. An as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor as re­search su­per­vi­sor can guide up to a max­i­mum of two MPhil and six PhD schol­ars and an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor can guide up to a max­i­mum of one MPhil and four PhD schol­ars.

Due to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of UGC 2016 reg­u­la­tion there had been mas­sive seat cuts in MPhil/PhD pro­grammes at JNU, spark­ing protests among the stu­dents.

This seat cut was also one of the ma­jor is­sues that can­di­dates of the JNU Stu­dents Union (JNUSU) polls had brought up dur­ing their cam­paign, and the win­ning panel had said it would be one of the first is­sues they tackle af­ter get­ting elected.

The num­ber of MPhil/ PhD seats has now in­creased by over six times, from 102 to 720.

“The in­take for var­i­ous MPhil/PhD pro­grammes of the uni­ver­sity has been cal­cu­lated as per the UGC reg­u­la­tions, 2016. This year, the in­take for MPhil/ PhD has con­sid­er­ably in­creased with 720 seats open for ad­mis­sion in the forth­com­ing aca­demic ses­sion,” read a state­ment re­leased by the uni­ver­sity.

The uni­ver­sity has also said that there will be 459 un­der­grad­u­ate seats for the BA pro­grammes, and 1,118 post grad­u­ate seats for pro­grammes such as MA, MSc, MTech.

There are also 240 part time diploma and cer­tifi­cate cour­ses seats up for grabs.

How­ever, the newly elected president of the JNUSU, Geeta Ku­mari, said that there still was no clarity on how the seat in­crease would hap­pen.

“We have just been given a num­ber, 720. We still do not know which cen­tres would have how many seats,” said JNUSU president Ku­mari. Fran­cis Thomas, north In­dia head of Ryan in­ter­na­tional schools group, who is be­ing ques­tioned by Gur­gaon po­lice in con­nec­tion with lapses and neg­li­gence, chang­ing his state­ments fre­quently, and has not been co­op­er­at­ing with the Spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion team (SIT), which took him to the Delhi of­fice for re­cov­er­ing doc­u­ments and files re­lated to func­tion­ing of school.

Thomas is also likely to be taken to head­quar­ters of Ryan School foun­da­tion in Mum­bai for

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