Dispute regarding the 100% reservation for PhD seats to JRF category Candidates to be heard by the Delhi High Court

By Aman Chaudhary

A plea was filed before the Delhi High Court seeking direction to reconsider the decision taken by the JNU to allocate 100% PhD seats to JRF category candidates and none for the or non-JRF category in its seven centres to which, the Jawaharlal Nehru University, submitted that the decision of giving 100% PhD seats to JRF category candidates for the academic session 2021-2022 in selected centres is a well-considered decision taken by the highest body of academic experts of the University’s Academic Council in confirmatory of UGC regulations 2016.

JNU opposed the plea stating that it is done for political gain rather than for public interest and following the relief said in the plea would derail the entire admission system and would shatter lakhs of aspiring students dream and JRF is one of the most prestigious Fellowship, which is given to a candidate who qualifies intense competitive examination at a national level, conducted by the UGC and thus holders of JRF have an edge over the others in their respective field.

It further added that they are working on a unified system of admission process which will make qualification of the Jas a benchmark for quality research work to enhance the academic environment and Standards. Mentioning the clause of the UGC regulation 2016, they stated that the distribution or the allotment PhD.D. seats in a school or Centre under JNUEE or JRF qualified candidate is entirely up to the respective school or centres.

The affidavit also stated that the petitioner is trying to dilute a conscious practical decision taken by the Academic Council of the University and is indirectly challenging the process of admission of such students in other centres, where the mode of selection is a mix of both JNUEE as well as through viva voce with the sole malafide intention to extend the scope of the present petition which is impermissible in law.