The members of the PhD Selection Committees who conduct the viva voce are not provided with the information regarding the categories of the candidates: JNU

NEW DELHI: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has categorically rejected the reports in certain sections of media that alleged discrimination against Ph.D. aspirants from marginalized sections of the society.

“The university follows a fair, transparent and inclusive admission policy which is the foundation of its proven academic excellence,” said JNU in a press note released on Monday.

In the press note it stated that, “The members of the PhD Selection Committees who conduct the viva voce are not provided with the information regarding the categories of the candidates in order to eliminate any bias and prejudice whatsoever.”

“The Observers belonging to reserved categories are appointed invariably to ensure that no discrimination is done to the candidates during the viva voce. The university strictly implements reservation policy of the Government of India for admission into various programmes of studies,” it further said.

“The JNU Administration has been lying from years about the systemic and institutional discrimination it has been practicing” said, Aishe Ghosh, President, JNUSU after the release of the press note by the University.

Ghosh asserted, “The JNUSU will fight against all such policies framed to discriminate against the students and make an exclusive space in campus.”

The press note from the University has come after numerous allegations being raised with regard to discriminatory policy for PhD admissions in viva voce against marginalised sections of the society.

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