Science School faculty colleagues have managed, through valiant effort, to get 48 of the JRF seats for admission tothe PhD programmes added back, taking the total up from 64 to 112. Oddly, enough, these seats have not been added to the M.Phil./PhD intake list available at https://admissions.jnu.ac.in//Prospectus/JNUEE/MPhil-PhD%20intake.pdf, but the Corrigendem tab (https://admissions.jnu.ac.in/Prospectus/Corrigendum.pdf)
While this increase is welcome, it is still not up to the numbers the Science Schools had approved, many faculty are available as Research Supervisors. Moreover, not based the fact is that if students will have to succeed in the UGC-CSIR examination and take the JNU written examination to be selected for the interview, candidates will hesitate to choose JNU. Specially since in all other top universities, qualifying the UGC- CSIR grants one a direct pass to the interview.
However, the issue (we mentioned earlier) of non-JRF admissions remains unresolved. This had led to a ludicrous situation by which JNU has derecognised its own degrees!