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SC, ST, OBC, Muslim students discriminated in JNU PhD admission, groups raise concern

By Muslim Mirror Staff

Several groups and student leaders have alleged that students from marginalised communities were discriminated as they were marked as low as 1 or 2 in the viva voce held for admission to PhD in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

“These are the same students who scored remarkably well in their objective written exams,” said Fraternity Movement in a statement. Birsa Ambedkar Phule Students’ Association (BAPSA) said that it has received testimonials of many JNU PhD admission candidates showing low and undignified marks.

“The testimonials collected show how the marks are given are not just unjustified, but also humiliating, as well as there is a caste and religion bias for the same,” BAPSA, which is one of the prominent student groups in JNU, said in a letter to the varsity’s vice-chancellor and Teachers’ Association.

JNU Students Union president Aishe Ghosh called on the JNU Administration to answer as to what is making them take such discriminatory policies.

Deepika Singh, one of the PhD Candidates, said that the Viva is a tool of discrimination, systematically used against bahujans.

Students’ Federation of India (SFI) has given a call for a protest against the same at the office of JNU’s admission branch on 13 December.

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