The Student Federation of India unit at JNU recently approached the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the university to reconsider its decision to allocate PhD seats to JRF category candidates, leaving no seats for non-JRF category candidates in the 2021 academic year. 22, in its seven centers.
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Opposing the Students Federation of India (SFI) application, the JNU affidavit said that approving the relief sought by the petitioner would invalidate the entire admission process of the respondent and JNU, which would create prejudice against millions of other aspiring students. A division bench of Justice DN Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh recently sought a reply from the university and asked its lawyer to submit all the details of the allegations raised in the application.
The same bench on Monday adjourned the matter till August 20 as the affidavits and counter affidavits of both the parties were not recorded.
The affidavit further states that the University formulates all its rules and regulations within the framework of guidelines and rules framed by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Advocate Ashok Agarwal, appearing for SFI, introduced a change in the admission policy this year as compared to the previous year, calling it completely “arbitrary, unreasonable, unreasonable, unjust, anti-public policy and unconstitutional.”
The application said that last year, PhD seats in seven centers of Jawaharlal Nehru University were filled through entrance examinations for JRF department candidates as well as non-JRF candidates.
“But in the current academic year 2021-22, respondent JNU has decided to fill PhD seats through JRF department candidates in seven centers illegally, arbitrarily, unconstitutionally through its illegal e-prospectus.” .
The seven centers are the Center for International Trade and Development; PhD in Human Rights Studies (HRSH); English Studies Center; Indian Language Center; Center for Law Studies; Governance, Systems Center for Special Centers and Center for Women’s Studies.
The applicant submitted that JRF is a scholarship examination conducted twice a year by the University Grants Commission (UGC) as UGC Net-JRF examination which qualifies JRF eligible candidates for education as well as scholarship from UGC.
The application states that the maximum age of application for UGC NET-JRF examination is 30 years and relaxation up to five years for reserved class candidates and allows JNU JRF candidates to apply for PhD seats without the need for entrance examination.
“These candidates are only dependent on the entrance test but since the entrance test is not being conducted by the respondent JNU and all the seats here are allotted for JRF candidates, such candidates have no option to apply for PhD seats in these seven centers,” the application said.