JNU Teachers Worry About CUET-Based Admissions And University Autonomy

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JNU: At the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a number of professors expressed worry over the recently conducted Common University Entrance Test (CUET), calling it “chaotic, and irresponsible” and implying the loss of the autonomy of the university.

In a media conference, JNU Teachers Association (JNUTA) leaders said that the CUET-based system is harming democratic and participatory governance in the university and incurring irreversible losses in the area of teaching and learning for both the present and future generations.

The JNUTA instructors discussed the severely detrimental effects of the CUET-based admissions method on JNU’s educational programmes.

According to JNUTA, “the CUET’s presence has insured that no admissions decision can be decided inside the institution anymore, thus reversing Parliament.”

The exam “eviscerates the university activities,” according to the teachers.

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“Students in two overlapping semesters cannot choose from the full choice of courses currently being offered at the institution if the semesters are not synchronised! This has been devastating for programmes whose curricula or syllabi critically depend on the cross-listing of courses, the JNUTA said.

Professor Ayesha Kidwai said at a press conference that JNU is an institution that helps marginalised students. She added that about half of our students are from rural India, come from homes that make less than Rs 12,000 per month, and are female.

“These students’ education has essentially been interrupted as a result of the delay in admittance to institutions taking part in the CUET. The absence of admissions may, in all probability, force those students among them who would be depending on university scholarships to support themselves and their families out of the educational system. The youth dividend, in which we often take pleasure, is destroyed in a single strike, according to Kidwai.

The principal cause of JNU’s predicament, according to her, is the statutory bodies’ total collapse, which was largely brought on by the previous government.

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