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Delhi HC seeks response from JNU on plea to reconsider allocation of all PhD seats to JRF category candidates

The Delhi High Court on Friday sought a response from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on a plea searching for course to reconsider the choice to allocate 100% of the Ph.D. seats to JRF category candidates and none for the non-JRF category in its seven centres. A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh issued discover to the varsity on a petition by JNU Students’ Federation of India (SFI) and requested it to file its counter affidavit.

Advocate Ashok Agarwal, representing the petitioner, mentioned he was solely searching for a good allocation of seats to non-JRF category candidates. He mentioned within the earlier years, in most of the centres, the PhD seats have been allotted between JRF (Junior Research Fellowship) candidates and non-JRF candidates coming by way of the doorway examination. In 2021-22 seats have solely been allotted by way of the JRF category, he added.

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The Central authorities standing counsel Monika Arora, representing JNU, submitted that two-third of the seats are being stuffed by way of entrance examination and one-third of the seats are reserved for JRF category candidates and that there isn’t any change within the coverage.

The bench requested Arora to put the varsity’s stand on an affidavit and listed the matter for listening to on August 2.

The PIL, filed by way of advocate Utkarsh Kumar, mentioned that within the earlier years the PhD seats in seven centres of JNU have been stuffed up by way of each from JRF category candidates in addition to entrance examination for non-JRF candidates however within the present tutorial yr 2021-22, the college illegally, arbitrarily and unconstitutionally, by way of its e-Prospectus, determined to fill-up all PhD seats by way of the JRF category candidates in seven of the centres.

The seven centres are Centre for International Trade and Development; Ph.D in Human Rights Studies (HRSH); Centre for English Studies; Centre for Indian Languages: Ph.D in Hindi, Urdu and Hindi Translation; Centre for Study of Law, Governance; Special Centre for Systems Medicine and Centre for Women Studies.

The plea mentioned the choice has disadvantaged the non-JRF candidates of making use of for PhD seats in these seven centres and that the shift in JNU coverage to utterly shut doorways for non-JRF category candidates who used to earlier take part within the entrance examination is completely unreasonable and irrational.

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