CAG raps JNU for 'defective' admission policy

Out of a total 1,620 seats in various courses of the university, 104 seats remained vacant during 2005-06. There was a slight improvement in the situation during 2006-07 when 79 out of a total 1,659 seats remained vacant.

But the unfilled seats continued to increase from 79 in 2006-07 to 359 in 2009-10 despite the fact that the university was not facing any deficiency in the number of aspirants seeking admission every year, the national auditor has noted.

“The main reason for the vacant seats in totality was the admission policy of the university, according to which only one single list of selected candidates should be released. In case the intake in any programme of study falls short by 50 per cent by the prescribed last date, second list will be released,” the CAG observed.

This condition was not met in any of the years and the university did not release the second list as a result of which the seats remained vacant despite availability of aspirants during all the years.

The percentage of vacant seats was higher in respect of admissions of foreign nationals as it remained in the range of 50 to 61 per cent.  The audit has revealed that significant resources of the university to the tune of Rs 24.06 crore remained unutilised over the years on account of 1,016 unfilled seats in various courses.

“The university could have admitted Indian aspirants against the vacant seats meant for foreign nationals by modifying its admission policy,” it has suggested.

To achieve its objective of making special provision for integrated courses in humanities as well as science and technology in its educational programmes, the university was offering doctorate in 64 disciplines, postgraduate courses in 28 disciplines and under graduate courses in nine foreign languages.

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