Foreign Students To Get PhD Admission Only If Seats Are Left Vacant, Says JNU

New Delhi: Foreign students will get admission to PhD programmes only if seats are left vacant after being offered to Indian candidates who have appeared for the varsity’s entrance exam, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) said on Sunday.

The statement was in response to three Afghan students’ letter to the JNU vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar urging him to ease the process for Afghan students to get admission to PhD courses in the wake of the “deteriorating” situation in their country.

The university holds entrance examinations for admission into various academic programmes every year and the admission policy is devised according to the UGC guidelines and Union government’s rules regarding reservation of seats for different categories.

The varsity prepares separate merit lists for candidates belonging to the general category, Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes, Economically Weaker Sections and PWD category and also in respect of foreign nationals for each programme of study.

“The admission of foreign students for PhD programme is considered in compliance with UGC 2016 Regulations regarding number of research scholars faculty members can supervise. Foreign students are offered PhD admission only if seats are left vacant in any discipline after being offered to Indian candidate who have appeared in JNU entrance exam,” the JNU statement was quoted by news agency PTI.

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