Jawaharlal Nehru University has been in the news for sedition charges for the past two months. The news accompanied with agitation in the campus for a prolonged period has perhaps affected the application procedure this year for all courses in general. The 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 the previous year.
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The university has been badly caught among a lot of disturbing circumstances over an event against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru leading to alleged anti-national slogans being raised, concerns were triggered among people worldwide about whether the university’s image will suffer a setback because for the ongoing row. This atmosphere of uncertainty has perhaps lent a distrust in the mind of people. However when the university authorities were asked about this decrease they stated that, in the recent years a fluctuation of around 3000-4000 applications has been witnessed off and on and the trends of any of the years cannot be attributed to a particular reason.
The application process for JNU entrance has stopped last week and the written tests will start from the month of May. Most members of the university claim that the alleged branding of the university as “anti-national” in a wake of the sedition row, is a “superfluous” notion which exists only in a section of society and not among admission seekers. Many factors might work in this case and nothing certain could be said at this point.
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