Drop in JNU admission applications


First time since the last 5 years, the number of admission applications into the university have come down by 4.5 percent. The university received only around 76,000 applications for 2,700 seats in various courses offered at the institute, which is 4.5 percent less when compared to 2015. JNU received 79,000 applications in 2015 and 72,000 in 2014.

“The number of applications received are 28 times more than the number of seats. This reflects the kind of competition which exists among admission seekers for the university,” defended Bhupinder Zutshi, Director of Admissions. Even the members of the faculty shielded the varsity saying that “sedition” and “anti-national” tags remain within the society and the candidates or their families are not affected by the sudden turmoil at the University.

Sourced data reveal that the number of applications for bio-technology came down from 8,203 in 2015-16 to 6,347 in 2016. The 4.5% accounts for a total of 5,479 applications less for the undergraduate, postgraduate and research programmes provided.

When particularly asked about the decline he said, “In the recent years a fluctuation of around 3,000-4,000 applications has been witnessed off and on. The trends of any of the years cannot be attributed to a particular reason”.

The world feared the worst when the row had begun at the campus protesting at the hanging of the Parliament attacker Afsal Guru where the protesters were alleged to have raised anti-national slogans, leading to the arrest of Kanhaiya Kumar, the president of Students Union of Jawaharlal Nehru University. The fear instilled in the mind soon became a reality as the image of the University was cornered.

The last date to apply closed last week and the period lasted for a month and the entrance exam prior to the interview will be conducted next month.