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Row Over Eligibility Criteria: HC stays JNU notifications on PhD courses

Wednesday November 15, 2017 10:06 PM, & Agencies

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New Delhi:
The Delhi High Court Wednesday put on hold two notifications of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) that laid down the eligibility criteria for admission to the varsity's PhD courses.

The decision by Justice Indermeet Kaur came on a plea by 10 JNU students who have challenged the notifications as per which only those who have attained a MPhil degree are eligible for being admitted to a PhD course.

The court also issued notice to the varsity and the University Grants Commission (UGC) seeking their stand on the students' plea contending that the varsity's decisions were "in utter disregard and in gross violation of the terms of the admission bulletin of 2016-2017" issued by JNU, according to PTI.

The petitioners have also sought quashing of the notifications of September 21 and 25, 2017 of the varsity on the ground that they were "issued arbitrarily and malafidely".

It listed the matter for further hearing on February 26.

The students, represented by advocates Prashant Bhushan and Govind Jee, have claimed in their plea that the notifications were based on the UGC regulations of 2016 which came into effect in May last year after the admission process started in February 2016.

They have contended that they were eligible for enrolment in a PhD course according to the UGC regulations of 2009 which was in force during the time of their admission.

They have, however, also claimed that they are eligible for a PhD course even under the 2016 regulations of UGC which stipulates possession of a Masters degree as a minimum eligibility.

JNU offers PhD in 10 categories via Direct Admission that include International Studies, Social Sciences, Language, Literature and Culture Studies, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, Arts and Aesthetics, Computational and Integrative Sciences, Biotechnology, Molecular Medicine and Sanskrit Studies.

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