The ‘qualifying’ tests that include M Phil and Ph.D. for admissions are proposed by University Grant Commission (UGC) through a notification that has been approved by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Executive council (EC). The 26th December UGC notification was passed earlier by Academic Council of JNU in a meeting that has been interrupted under protest from the students that led to the suspension of 9 students.
The JNU Students Union (JNUSU)protests had few reasons that included a notice given by EC to its president Mohit Pandey, that contained a warning for the continuation of student protests at the administrative block, that asked him to stop that. The UGC notification is the bone of contention for the students, and even teachers.
This makes the qualification for admissions compulsory through the written tests, dropping off the interview as the sole deciding factor. The candidates appearing for the entrance tests for Ph.D. and M Phil need 50% minimum marks. The merit list will form based on interview and viva-voce.
JNUTA the teacher’s association also held protests outside the EC meeting location, they put allegation that the rules were not followed while approving the notification and demanded re-convening of Academic Council meetings that were held on 23rd & 26th December 2016.