No more deprivation points: JNU will lose its essence, say students

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is set to lose the most unique feature of its admission policy – the deprivation point model – with the Delhi High Court Thursday asking it to follow the 2016 University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines "without any deviation". JNU’s "deprivation point model" facilitates entry of students, especially women, from backward regions. The UGC guidelines do not mention the model and have recommended giving 100% weightage to viva-voce marks and making the entrance test the sole qualifying criteria for MPhil/PhD admissions. As of now, JNU follows a 70:30 ratio for written test and viva marks.

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