It’s already October and students still don’t know when enrollment will start. “Last year at this time, admission was done and classes started. But there are no updates yet. We check the website every day,” said Tomar, who wants to do a doctorate at the Faculty of International Studies (SIS).
JNU recently released the PhD prospectus for the academic session 2022-23, according to which the admission will be based on merit. Applicants who wish to enroll in doctoral programs must complete a computer-based test (CBT).
“I am not from Delhi. I have booked a rented accommodation to study for the entrance exam. But my stay here has been extended. There is no certainty about the admission process,” he said. Pathak feels that classes would start in February due to the delay.
“The entire semester is lost and even if they open admissions now, the entrance exam will be by November and the viva voce in December. The formalities would be done in January. I hope the classes would start in February,” he said. said.
Teachers at the university have also expressed concern over the delay in the admission process.
In a statement issued on Monday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers’ Union (JNUTA) said it shares the anxiety and concern of a large majority of faculty members over the continued uncertainty over admission to postgraduate and doctoral programmes.
“There is still an almost complete lack of clarity regarding the admissions schedule and the fate of the academic calendar,” they wrote. JNUTA noted that there was no official announcement regarding the entrance exam for admission to Ph.D.
“JNUTA urges the Vice-Chancellor and the JNU administration to convene an emergency meeting of the academic council as soon as possible, as they believe that this is the only institutional procedure to resolve the issues (related to admission).
“It is crucial that the AC restores some important aspects of the JNU admission process that were heavily impacted by the adoption of the ‘MCQ only’ format imposed on all centers and colleges by the previous JNU administration,” the statement said.