JNU plans to shift entrance from May to Dec, teachers seek more time to give feedback



Jawaharlal Nehru University’s teachers’ association has sought more time from the administration to give feedback on decision to shift its entrance examination date from May to December.

The administration sent a letter on June 5 seeking feedback from the dean of all schools, chairperson of all centres and special centres by June 8.

The university is planning to conduct the entrance test for admissions in 2018 academic session in December this year.

The move comes two years after it was put forward at a meeting of the university’s Academic Council (AC) and approved at a Standing Committee meeting. JNU entrance exams as per the current system are conducted in May.

JNUTA president Ayesha Kidwai said between now and December 2017, there is “simply not enough time to mount a careful consideration of all the issues, which must include due reflection on all the issues raised by JNU students’ union (JNUSU). She also pointed out that the university has only given three days to chairpersons and deans to collate the opinions of their colleagues.

“It is not just about changing the dates but also about changing the pattern of examination. All of this requires more consultation from centers and schools. The proposal to have an MCQ component as a screening level for further evaluation of answer scripts is academically imprudent for particularly research degrees, where writing and argumentation skills have their due importance along with knowledge,” she said.

JNUTA said that changing the examinations dates to can have serious implications for the syllabi Centres’ propose for the examinations.

“For postgraduate disciplines like MA and MPhil/PhD this means that examination questions cannot rely on candidates’ being fully acquainted with the entire BA/MA syllabus. This can have serious implications for an evaluation of the preparedness of candidates for particularly research degrees, as not all universities necessarily teach a particular area at the same stage in their MA programmes,” JNUTA said in a statement.

Kidwai said that currently summer vacation is going on and teachers are busy with evaluating entrance examination answer scripts.

“We, therefore, request you to give ample time for setting the consultative process in motion and to wait for its completion,” Kidwai said.

University officials said that feedback has been received from some centres.




Written by Loknath Das