New Delhi, April 11: In a breakthrough decision, JNU will not give any relaxation to OBC candidates in entrance examination for Mphil and PhD courses from the upcoming academic session. However, they will be entitled to a concession of 5 marks in the eligibility criteria. A decision in this regard was taken at a standing committee meeting of the university last wekk, which was attended by Deans of various schools.
Presently, the university treats both the OBC and general categories equally for admission into various courses. They need to have secured a minimum of 55% marks in the qualifying examination. The SC/ST candidates, however, are given a relaxation as they are required to pass the qualifying examinations with just 34% marks.
The OBC were, however, offered a 10% relaxation in the entrance examination or interview stage. So, when th egeneral category students were required to get 40 marks, they could be selected with 36 marks.
The OBC students have been demanding a concession at both the stages. Last year, a student had also approached the court chellenging the denial of admission in JNU as he had stood second in the entrance exam but did not meet the eligibility criteria.
An internal source said,"It will be unfair to give the concession at both the stages so it has been decided that the OBC candidates will be given a relaxation in eligibility but they will have to compete with the general category students in the entrance exam or the interview."
It further added,"If less number of OBC candidates meet the eligibility criteria then the seats that remain vacant under the category will be given to general category students."