New Delhi: Vice-Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit recently announced that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) intends to reinstate the most distinctive aspect of its admissions policy – the deprivation point model – for PhD candidates . The institution has created a deprivation point model to facilitate the admission of students from underdeveloped areas, especially women. Under the leadership of the institution’s former Vice Chancellor, Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, it was dropped a few years ago despite strong criticism from several students.
Students and teachers have long called for the restoration of the deprivation model. Santishree said the institution is reinstating the deprivation point model for “inclusion and equity” on campus in a media interview Wednesday.
“We are going to bring back the deprivation point for doctoral students because our places in reserved categories are not filling up. inclusiveness and equity,” she said. “We are the only university in the country that grants these deprivation points and that is why we have become unique,” she said.
In order to increase its income, which according to Santishree is needed to partly compensate for the loss of Rs 130 the university suffers, the university is trying to implement blended learning and is striving to internationalize.
“We want to go for e-learning, or e-learning, because we have a deficit of Rs 130 crore and cannot expect everything to come from the Centre,” she said. “We want to make JNU autonomous. JNU runs some of the best programs, so we will have blended learning. We want to internationalize, we get a lot of requests from foreign universities.”
Regarding the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP), the VC said that the university has separated the Indian language school from the language school and also started the procedure of a multiple entry and exit system, which will allow students to drop out and retake the course even after a few years.
“We have already started to implement it (NEP)…in Indian languages, also a multiple entry and exit system, which is very good for students. We have separated the Indian language school of the language school. We are also focusing on developing very good faculties for Indian languages,” she said.
Asked about an increase in reports of sexual harassment incidents on campus, Santishree said her administration has been “very proactive” in investigating these types of cases. “Whatever cases come before the ICC, we move them forward,” she said.
The JNU administration created the ICC, or Internal Complaints Committee, in 2017 to deal with allegations of sexual harassment and related matters. The institution also plans to install CCTV cameras in the women’s hostel and fence off the campus with a 10-foot high wall, according to the VC. She said a new security tender has been issued by the administration to take the position of the organization already in charge of campus security.
Students and teachers have in the past repeatedly demanded that the administration hire a new security agency. “We have put together a new security tender. We have a committee, and security has been reviewed. A lot of theft incidents are happening on campus, we will change it. It should be done in a month or so. a month and a half,” the VC said. “Our campus is 2,000 acres. We have a broken wall. With a deficit of 130 crores, we are looking at CSR and other sources to repair the damaged wall – 10ft at least. Just so you know the people won’t jump over it,” she said.
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