JNU sees dip in applications for admission


New Delhi, March 31: Jawaharlal Nehru University has received over 76,000 applications for admission to the upcoming academic session for around 2700 seats in various programmes offered at the university, 3000 less than previous year.

While around 79,000 applications were received last year 72,000 candidates had applied 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,” Bhupinder Zutshi, Director Admissions said.

Asked about whether the decrease of 3000 is because of the controversy which hit the university around the same time when the application process was on, the official said, “in the recent years a fluctuation of around 3000-4000 applications has been witnessed off and on. The trends of any of the years cannot be attributed to a particular reason”.

According to the data available with the university’s admissions department, 76,091 applications have been received for the 2,700 seats available for undergraduate,  master’s and research programmes at JNU. The month-long application period closed last week and the entrance exams for the courses will be held next month.

Zutshi, however, clarified that the figures are only for the applications received for the JNU common entrance examination. There are two more application categories – Combined entrance programme for Bio-Technology programme and NET-JRF candidates.

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