Interviews for the recruitment of 300 teachers in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have started. Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Union Human Resource Development recently announced this. He claimed that there were no physically challenged or SC/ST category applicants this year. And the number of candidates for MPhil and Ph.D. programs in the upcoming years will be increased.
“The interviews for hiring has started now. 300 candidates would be recruited for Lecturer and Professor vacancies. The number of students in MPhil and Ph.D. has increased” said Prakash in Zero Hour Mention in Rajya Sabha. JD-U member Sharad Yadav added that students from all over the country are currently a part of the University now. But the enrolments in MPhil and Ph.D. were reduced from 970 to 102.
Students of JNU have been complaining about the limited number of seats and massive seat cuts. So the university modified the policies by increasing the seats in the science department. However, the number of seats in Social Sciences, Arts, Aesthetics, Language, Literature and Culture Studies remained on this. Vexed students filed a case against the university on this regard. But the Delhi High Court dismissed the case clarifying that the UGC guidelines of these courses apply to all the universities and it is the UGC itself that implemented the seat cuts in some sources of MPhil and Ph.D. programs.