En­trance tests to go on­line at JNU next yr

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: En­trance ex­am­i­na­tions to Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity will go com­pletely on­line from the next ses­sion. This was among the key de­ci­sions taken at the uni­ver­ity’s 146th aca­demic coun­cil meet­ing on Fri­day. At the AC meet­ing, it was also de­cided to make mark­ing of at­ten­dance com­pul­sory for teach­ers. A num­ber of other is­sues to “bring about ma­jor im­prove­ments in aca­demic and re­search ac­tiv­i­ties of the Uni- ver­sity” were taken up.

Af­ter a res­o­lu­tion was adopted to this ef­fect, JNU teach­ers will now be re­quired to mark their at­ten­dance at least once a day. “AC has de­cided that dur­ing the regis­tra­tion process, at the be­gin­ning of ev­ery se­mes­ter, all in­com­ing and con­tin­u­ing stu­dents will need to give an un­der­tak­ing that they will abide by the at­ten­dance rules,” JNU rec­tor-1 Chin­ta­mani Ma­ha­p­a­tra said in a state­ment.

He added that en­trance ex­ams would now be con­ducted

Af­ter a res­o­lu­tion was adopted to this ef­fect, JNU teach­ers will now be re­quired to mark their at­ten­dance at least once a day

on­line. Ma­ha­p­a­tra claimed that “many AC mem­bers pointed out at the meet­ing that this de­ci­sion will im­prove the ad­mis­sion process at JNU and be fairer, ef­fi­cient, se­cure and bi­as­free”. He said a de­ci­sion had been taken to put in place a uni- ver­sity-level timetable soon. “This will en­able the stu­dents to make choices about cour­ses in var­i­ous schools,” the state­ment read.

The rec­tor claimed it was “a stu­dent-friendly de­ci­sion” to make it manda­tory for all teach­ers to show the cor­rected an­swer scripts of all ex­ams — ses­sional, mid-se­mes­ter and endsemester — to stu­dents be­fore fi­nal­is­ing the grades. “This will en­sure that all stu­dent eval­u­a­tions in JNU are fair and trans­par­ent,” he said.

The AC meet­ing ap­proved the in­tro­duc­tion of a two-year MSc pro­gramme in math­e­mat­ics at the School of Phys­i­cal Sci­ences from the next aca­demic ses­sion. This was the first such AC meet­ing where no mem­ber of JNUSUwasal­lowed­due­toan on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The stu­dents were served a no­tice on July 9, in­form­ing them that they would not be “spe­cial in­vi­tees” due to “a pend­ing proc­to­rial en­quiry against them for cre­at­ing dis­rup­tion by marching up to the dais and us­ing abu­sive lan­guage against the vice-chan­cel­lor”.

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