It has already been two weeks since the first notification of the MPhil and PhD admission was released. The University of Delhi postponed the interviews when they observed that several seats might go vacant after the interview process. As per the UGC notification 2016, candidates are required to score 50% marks in the entrance exam to be eligible for an interview. The officials from DU have claimed that this delay is due to the awaited confirmation from the University Grants Commission or UGC and the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) on how to proceed in the matter.
As per sources, the interviews on July 29 for the MPhil or PhD courses were postponed after students from reserved categories failed to qualify for the interview. It has been reported that some seats in the general category are also vacant. For instance, in the History department, which has 30 seats for PhD, there were only three candidates who scored 50%. The total marks for the entrance were 188. But, in subjects such as Botany, there are no candidates.
This rule was adopted by the university in 2017 and is a part of UGC reforms. “We are now waiting for clarification on the issue from UGC/MHRD, since it concerns reservation. We do not know how long it will take. The process has already been delayed,” a senior university official told Indian Express.
“It is not only a question of students in reserved category, but this rule is also going to affect students in unreserved categories. In the interest of students, we demand scrapping of the ordinance and allowing departments to maintain their autonomy and decide discretion,” said a student, who had appeared for the MPhil, PhD entrance in the department of Modern Indian Languages.