JNU student goes on hunger strike against increased interview weightage

Dileep Yadav, a PhD student said his hunger-strike is a �fight-to-the-finish� battle for less privileged students like him.

JNU student goes on hunger strike against increased interview weightage

A research scholar from Jawaharlal Nehru University has begun an indefinite hunger strike  against increasing the importance of the interview for entry to M.Phil and PhD courses.

Dileep Yadav, a PhD student said his hunger-strike is a “fight-to-the-finish” battle for less privileged students like him, reported The Hindu.

Yadav was one of the nine students who had been suspended for protesting outside the Academic Council meeting that passed the resolution to change the admission procedure.


Yadav claims that the new entrance policy, in which interview is the sole criteria to get into the one of the country top most universities, will discriminate against students on the basis of religion and caste.

The student, who is is an activist of the United Other Backward Classes Forum said, “I want to draw the university's attention to the Abdul Nafey Committee set up by the university itself that shows that there is discrimination in the university’s admission policy when it come to the interview. Our demand was to reduce the marks given for the interview but instead the university has adopted the UGC notification of March 2016 that awards 100 per cent importance to the interview with the written examination reduced to a qualification exam. This will prevent many students from backwards areas and marginalised sections from studying at JNU and other universities in the country.”

He added that if the administration does not pay heed to his protest by Monday, he along with other students would be forced to escalate the protest.