The academic council of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has recently decided to grant admission through the Common Universities Entrance Test (CUET) from the next academic session 2022-23. Currently, JNU enrolls students through JNUEE. The switch to a new gateway did not go down well with the administration. JNU Teachers’ Association (JNUTA) and JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) have expressed opposition to the decision.
Many students also took to various social media platforms to express their displeasure at the issue. Some have also asked for clarification from the university, “whether PG shooting will also take place through the CUET.”
During the deliberations in the Academic Council, a large number of members, including the deans of schools, center presidents and outside Council members, emphasized that “CUET would provide a level playing field for many eligible students from across the country, reducing the burden of passing a number of entrance exams”.
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In an official statement, the administration said the decision to adopt CUCET was “overwhelmingly approved” at the meeting. But the JNU Teachers’ Association says otherwise. The 159th meeting of the Academic Council held recently supported the decision to use CUCET for admissions, which was taken at the 157th meeting on March 22, the university said.
JNU Academic Council decides that JNU admissions for various academic programs in the 2022-2023 academic session will be through the Common University Entrance Examinaton (CUET) to be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). https://t.co/ItJh6QrHA9
“During the deliberations in the Academic Council, a large number of members, including the deans of schools, center presidents and outside council members, emphasized that CUCET would provide a level playing field for numerous eligible students from across the country…” it added.
Denying these claims, JNUTA said there was no overwhelming consensus for the decision, instead, many were even allowed to put forward their views on the decision. “After the meeting ended without members speaking despite their hands raised, it is ironic that the university board has persisted in blatantly releasing a press release claiming it gives ‘overwhelming’ approval for all decisions made during the meeting of the Academic Council held today,” said the JNUTA. said.
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Shortly after the recent announcement, several student associations also opposed the move. The critics have claimed that the university VC “imposed” the decision on the students.
JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh claimed the CUET decision was “imposed” in an autocratic manner. “Once again, the JNU Academic Council has crossed all boundaries to destroy the decision-making process. Autocratic ways of imposing decisions,” she tweeted.
Again, the JNU Academic Council crossed all boundaries to destroy the decision-making process. Autocratic ways of imposing decisions. https://t.co/STJ5lb7wiV—Aishe (ঐশী) (@aishe_ghosh) January 12, 2022
Another Twitter user claimed that,
Those who stamped this decision in AC either have no understanding of the nature of teaching in JNU or usually come from science, technology or engineering unable to see beyond formula. Amita (@Amita37687008) January 12, 2022
JNUSU called the move “authoritarian,” JNUSU wrote to the chairman that it would lead to a loss of autonomy and transparency.
They said the members of the Academic Council reported that there was no discussion of CUET at the Academic Council last March. More importantly, when the supplemental agenda was sent on January 10, 2022, 111 faculty members submitted their views requesting the Academic Council to refer the agenda item to the School (BOS) and the Center (Faculty Committee) for further deliberation. Not only did the Vice Chancellor not put this letter on the table, he also did not allow people to express their concerns about CUET’s adoption,” they said.
They said that while members raised concerns about the uniqueness of the university and their respective centers, the VC ignored their concerns and abruptly muted the speakers.
— With inputs from PTI
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