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The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on September 14, 2017 (Thursday) released the schedule for its 2018-19 entrance examination. A total of 720 seats for M Phil/ PhD courses, 459 for BA programs and 1,118 seats for MA, M.Sc, M.Tech and MPH courses are offered by the JNU. Because of reduction in the number of seats for M.Phil and PhD courses, teachers and students have risen against the administration. The newly elected JNU students’ union said that they will rise and fight against such cuts.
The online registration for the entrance exam 2018 will begin from September 15, 2017. Candidates must keep in mind that the last date to fill up the JNU entrance exam application form is October 13, 2017. In the official statement, the University authority mentioned that the exam will be conducted on four days starting from December 27 (Wednesday) till December 30 in 53 cities across India and also in Kathmandu, Nepal. The University said that the part-time programs such as diploma and certificate courses will have 240 seats open.
They had made a declaration in May 2017 about the entrance exams for all courses being moved from the typical period between May and June to December. The proposal for this shifting of exam was put forward at the Academic Council (AC)’s formal meeting. Later on it was approved by the Standing Committee. The proposal was kept two years ago. The concerned authority after analyzing its feasibility throughout those two years finally shifted the conduct of the exam to December. However, the JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) objected to the short notice served in pronouncing the decision and asked the authority to give more time for formal discussion on shifting its entrance examination.
Filling of Application Form: Candidates must keep in mind that they will have to register themselves first before filling up the Application form with important educational details. The Application process would require the candidate to upload their photo and sign it and to pay the application fees before final submission.
Established in 1969, the Jawaharlal Nehru University is ranked number one in India by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) with a Grade Point of 3.91 (on a scale of 4). It offers Centre for Historical Studies, the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, the Centre for Political Studies, the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, the Centre for the Study of Regional Development, and Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, all in the School of Social Sciences. In addition, three Science Schools – School of Physical Sciences, School of Life Sciences and School of Environmental Sciences – have also received UGC’s recognition as Centres for Excellence. The Centre for English Studies, School of Language, Literatuer & Culture Studies, has also been identified for Departmental Research Support under the Special Assistance Programme of the UGC. JNU itself has been given the status of the ‘University of Excellence’ by the UGC.