The JNU Teachers Association today claimed that for the first time the JNU's academic council in its meeting did not allow discussions on the number of students admitted to the varsity from the SC, ST and OBC categories. The 144th academic council that met yesterday also ruled that no discussion on the university's admission policy could be taken up as the matter was "sub judice", the JNUTA said in a statement. "The notion does not inexplicably bar the JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) admistration from continuing to pursue a policy that has resulted in the worst violations of the reservation policy and the JNU Act. This is a general failure in fulfilment of intake," JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said. The teachers' body alleged that not even one objection to the minutes of the 143rd academic council meeting was brought on record. "The fact is that only 2 SCs, 1 ST and 13 OBCs have joined the university in the research degree admissions.
M. Phil/Ph. D admissions are just 50 per cent of the intake announced and direct PhD admissions are just 35 per cent," the statement read. The all India character of JNU admissions for these degrees have been seriously compromised, the JNUTA alleged in the statement. The academic council also accepted a proposal for the creation of the School of Engineering and a programme in management. The JNUTA said that comments on this was not placed as part of the agenda for discussion. "Attempts by faculty and students to discuss the proposal of the Engineering and Management School were also more or less brushed aside, even though majority have actually opposed it," the statement said. The JNU administration was not available for comments.
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