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After Rajya Sabha Member Manoj Jha raised the issue on Friday in Lok Sabha over the admission process of MPhil,PhD; two departments cancelled the interviews conducted recently.

Due to the new University Grants Commission (UGC) guidelines, a large chunk of MPhil and PhD seats in Delhi University were set to go vacant at the start of academic session. Under the new guidelines, a candidate must score 50 percent in the entrance exam to be eligible for the interview round.

‚ÄúThe eligibility criteria of scoring minimum 50% in entrance examination for MPhil/PhD interviews has left students, especially from SC, ST and OBC sections, in a state of deprivation. Criteria has been provided in the UGC Regulation 2016 for MPhil/PhD. Implementation of this criteria along with introducing online test in a hurried manner has cost students coming from socially and economically weaker background very heavily across universities. The result of DU bears the testimony of social exclusion too.” said¬†Rajya Sabha Member Manoj Jha, who is also a Professor in Delhi University.

“In the absence of any eligible candidates in the reserved category, seats will not be filled this year, and thus, will be lost forever. So departments should be allowed to conduct tests afresh so vacancies can be filled up. This anti-student and anti-social justice criteria must be reviewed on urgent basis, to which the minister has given favourable assurance” he added.

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