In a meeting at The Jawaharlal Nehru University, the procedure to conduct entrance examination was decided to be changed into online mode. The meeting was addressed by the vice chancellor of the university and attended by all the Deans and Chairpersons.
A committee was formed to examine practical application of entrance test through an online portal. This meeting discussed the recommendations given by the committee. The changed mode of conducting entrance examination will be adopted for all its academic programmes from 2019-20 session onwards. The first test will be conducted in December 2018.
However, for admission into MPhil and PhD, 70% of weight age will be of online entrance examination whereas 30% will be given to the performance in the interview/ viva-voce. This was done on the basis of recommendations given by UGC.
The University has also taken care of subjective analysis. For those who think that entrance test through online mode is not sufficient enough, the evaluation will be done through interviews too after the students have been shortlisted after they clear the entrance.
The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU), on the other hand, are arguing that the University is unnecessarily changing a sturdy pattern of taking the written examination for BA, MA, and MPhil-PhD. They object that changing this system is illogical and has no concrete reason to be executed.
It was stated.
“It seems that the JNU administration is willing to act on the recommendations of the committee formed for conducting JNU entrance examination 2019-20 completely online without any proper discussion with all stakeholders of JNU community,”
They argued that admission through objective questions into courses which are subjective in nature is completely irrelevant. This change in evaluation for students with social sciences, arts, and humanities background is nowhere logical and defies academic rationale. The students also said that the recommendations of the panel were dangerous and should immediately be taken back.
“This idea of complete objective examination defeats the comprehensive evaluation policy of the subjective paper which looks into the holistic requirements in student for MA and MPhil-PhD which covers both the knowledge potential and writing skills,”
Added the JNUSU.
They also pointed out that this method is very urban-centric which would create problems for the students of rural areas, excluding the poor, marginalized and socially deprived students from reaching good education in a reputed University.