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After protests, JNU increases deprivation points for women

The council had proposed to reduce deprivation points to urban women, transgender candidates, and those from reserved categories applying for graduation and post-graduation courses.

Written by Aranya Shankar | New Delhi |
May 28, 2016 3:00:02 am
JNU student held for raping classmate at party in December, say Delhi police The council had proposed to reduce deprivation points to urban women, transgender candidates, and those from reserved categories applying for graduation and post-graduation courses. Express photo by Amit Mehra.

Jawaharlal Nehru University’s Academic Council Friday decided to increase the cap on deprivation points from 10 to 12, after several student groups protested the move to decrease points for certain categories.

The council had proposed to reduce deprivation points to urban women, transgender candidates, and those from reserved categories applying for graduation and post-graduation courses.

“Earlier, the cap on deprivation points was 10. All women — irrespective of which area they came from — got five deprivation points. However, because of the changes suggested by an expert committee, women and transgender candidates coming from backward areas were to get four points and those from non-backward areas would get only two points,” said JNU students’ union (JNUSU) general secretary Rama Naga, who was present at the council meeting.

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“After a consensus, it was decided to increase this from four and two points to seven and five points respectively. Along with the social deprivation points, which have been increased to five, the maximum deprivation points which can be awarded to a candidate now stands at 12 (seven plus five),” he added.

Naga also said the council had decided to give 10 per cent OBC relaxation at both levels — eligibility criteria and during entrance exams. “They have also agreed to implement 27 per cent OBC reservation in hostels,” said Naga. He added that reservation would also be implemented at the PhD level.

JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar said the vice-chancellor has formed a committee comprising members of the administration, and representatives from the JNU teachers’ association and JNUSU, to review marks given to students during viva voce.

Students have been demanding that viva voce marks be reduced from the current 30 per cent to not more than 15 per cent, to lessen chances of “discrimination”.

The council meeting Friday was reconvened after the VC adjourned the last meeting on May 10 due to ruckus over the February 9 event. Students and teachers had demanded that the university’s probe panel report be discussed first, while the VC wanted to proceed as per  the schedule.

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