A hunger strike took place on 1st August 2018 in the Arts Faculty of Delhi University. The protest was against the modifications in the M.Phil and PhD admission procedure, demands against the enforcement of the University Grants Commission’s Ordinance VI by DU has been put forth.

On 1st August 2018, a 12-hour long hunger strike was held at the Faculty of Arts, New Delhi. The strike emerged as a result of the implementation of the 2016 Union Grants Commission (UGC) Gazette notification regarding M.Phil/PhD admissions.
Those who contributed to the protest are against the minimum qualification criterion which requires all the students to have secured 50% marks or more in the entrance test.

The participants of the protest released a public statement before 1st August, where it was revealed that the University of Delhi (DU), as a central university, is not bound to follow the notification. There is a separate selection process, under which the various departments released an Initial Interview List after the results of the entrance test were declared.

This list, however, went on a backburner when an arbitrary notification was released overnight, stating:
“According to the amendments to ordinance VI, VI-A and VI-B regarding MPHIL and PHD, the qualifying marks in the entrance examination for all the candidates (RESERVED and UNRESERVED) is 50%.”

Student movements, thus, stemmed from a collective feeling that the aforementioned notification led to an unjustified hike in the cut-off that brought out a Revised Interview List.
Ordinance VI had been announced in theory in the month of May, and yet there was a lack of information about its implementation in the subsequent forms that were released.

A PhD aspirant, under the condition of anonymity, revealed that some of the Heads of Departments (HOD) were asked to clarify the implications of the ordinance while the students were filling their forms. The HODs assured the students at that time about the maintenance of the previous year’s procedure. When confronted about the happenings, the Heads confessed that there had been no debate, discussion, or revelation regarding the arbitrary enforcement.
The students remain appalled at this lack of transparency.

As per the DU website, the new list had 11 courses where no aspirant could qualify for the interview round. This raised a poignant question for the condition of Higher Education in India, where the new methodology blatantly ignored the gradations and flexibilities based on reservation policies across categories, and put every individual under a single umbrella of 50% marks.

Furthermore, the protestors are of the view that the new DU notification did not take into consideration the papers negative marking, which was absent in 2016.
When the uproar gained momentum, the concerned authorities responded by postponing and cancelling the interviews for PhD and MPhil courses, respectively. The Indian Express reported that the said decision was a consequence of the orders given by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), and a meeting was conducted for senior officials. Yet the meeting failed to provide a thorough guideline concerning the next steps.

In the hunger strike, 15 students voiced their disagreement with the way DU was treating the higher educational system in India, and many protestors shared the fear that their futures were being jeopardised for no reason at all.

Those who protested through the hunger strike for more stringent modifications have put forth a list of demands, which are as follows:
1. Complete scrapping of Ordinance VI which states the qualifying marks in the entrance
examination for all the candidates (reserved and unreserved) is 50%.
2. Reinstatement of previous interview lists for all candidates from all categories.
3. Weightage given to written exam to be 80% and for the interview to be 20%.

Aakriti, a PhD aspirant, also participated in the strike and told DU Beat that their group was addressed by the Dean of Students’ Welfare, and a few teachers, but all of them only discouraged their protests, requesting them to wait for further notifications.
According to the collaborative account of the protesting students, the Vice-Chancellor has refused to acknowledge the letters and mails addressed to him, asking for justice in the matter.

Another student, wishing to remain anonymous, said over a telephonic discussion “They redirect us to different places. Sometimes, they ridicule us, they laugh at us, and sometimes they try to reassure us by telling us to contact UGC, MHRD, and others. They have no answers. This shows that there is no transparency in the entire process.”
As of now, the matter has reached the Delhi High Court, and the protesters are hopeful of the decisions that may change after the hearing on 28th August, 2018.


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Anushree Joshi
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A visually impaired M.Phil. aspirant, named Vaibhav Shukla could not sit for the entrance exam on Wednesday after he missed his train at Unnao when the people in the coach reserved for people with disabilities did not open the door for him.

The student had opted to travel by the Gorakhdham Express and accordingly reached Unnao station. However, when he went to the coach reserved for the disabled, he found the doors locked.

The people inside the train compartment did not open the door, despite the driver asking them to. Since the stoppage was only for two minutes, Shukla could not make it to the second coach for the disabled that was at the other end of the train. He ended up missing the train.

Once in Delhi, Shukla who is 100% visually impaired told the Delhi University authorities about his plight, but the varsity officials said that they could not do anything now.

In response to the incident, the Delhi High Court said there were “special needs of every nature of disability which the railways have to take into consideration” and asked the Centre the types of provisions that were in place currently. It also asked the authorities to file a disability-wise status report in the next ten days.

Additionally, a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar initiated a public interest litigation (PIL) on the event, asking DU to reconsider its stance by 11 July and see whether they can give Shukla a chance to appear in the examination. The bench also brought up the point of compensation for Shukla and just action against the abled people who were misusing the reserved compartment on the day.

This incident not only highlights the insensitivity of people towards the disabled and the presence of arbitrary rules, but also questions the logic of placing the two coaches for the disabled at extreme ends of the train. In the past there have been similar instances where people hijack the reserved coaches. The government should take cognisance of this and appoint a guard to open the compartment doors at stations.


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Niharika Dabral
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After a long wait, the University of Delhi has finally announced a tentative schedule for the entrance test based admissions for Master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D.

The online registration for admissions to these courses will start from 12th June and will continue till 22nd June, 2017.

There are approximately 9,000 to 10,000 in postgraduate programmes such as M.A., M.Sc., etc. The number of seats in M.Phil. and Ph.D. courses is still being calculated due to the departments not yet confirming the number of research students a faculty member can take.

The schedule for entrance tests for the postgraduate programme is as follows:

Saturday, 1 July

  • B.Ed. Special Education (Visual Impairment)
  • M.C.A.
  • B.Ed.
  • M.Sc. Botany
  • M.A. Sociology
  • M.A. History
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Sociology
  • M.A. Urdu
  • B.P.Ed. (Department of Physical Education & Sports Sciences)
  • M.A. Punjabi

Sunday, 2 July

  • Ph.D. in Computer Science
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in Italian
  • M.A. Political Science
  • Ph.D.in Philosophy
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in French
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Political Science
  • Ph.D. in Arabic
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in German
  • M.Sc. Zoology
  • Ph.D. in Anthropology
  • LL.B. M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Zoology
  • M.A. Sanskrit
  • M.A. Persian
  • Ph.D. in Sanskrit
  • M.Phil. in Persian
  • M.Sc. Operational Research
  • M.A. /M.Sc. Applied Operational Research
  • M.A. French /M.A. German,
  • M.A. Italian/M.A. Hispanic
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Operational Research
  • LL.M.
  • M.Sc. Food and Nutrition
  • Ph.D. in Law
  • Ph.D. in Home Science
  • M.P.Ed. (Department of Physical Education & Sports Sciences)
  • Ph.D. in Business Economics
  • M.A. in Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Psychology

Monday, 3 July

  • M.A. Economics
  • M.Sc. Environmental Studies
  • M.Sc. Fabric & Apparel Science
  • M.Phil. (Department of Home Science)
  • Ph.D. in Economics
  • Ph.D. in Environmental Studies
  • M.Sc. – Ph.D. combined degree in Biomedical Sciences & M.Sc. Degree in Biomedical Sciences (Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research)
  • M.A. Japanese
  • M.A. East Asian Studies
  • M.Sc. Development Communication and Extension (Department of Home Science)
  • Ph.D. in East Asian Studies
  • Master of Library & Information Science
  • Ph.D. in Library & Information Science (Deptt. of Library & Info. Sc.)
  • M.Phil. in Library & Information Science (Deptt. of Library & Info. Sc.)
  • M.A./M.Sc. Mathematics
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Mathematics
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences
  • M.A. Applied Psychology
  • M.Sc. Microbiology
  • M.Sc. Electronics
  • Ph.D. in Microbiology
  • Ph.D. in Electronics
  • M.A. Tamil
  • M.Sc. Resource Management & Design Application (Department of Home Science)
  • M.A. Bengali
  • M.A. Comparative Indian Literature
  • M.A. Russian
  • M.Phil. in Modern Indian Languages & Literary Studies
  • M.Phil. in Russian Studies

Tuesday, 4 July

  • M.A./M.Sc. Statistics
  • M.Sc. Physics
  • B.Ed. Special Education (Mental Retardation)
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Statistics
  • Ph.D. in Physics
  • M.Phil. in Karnatak Music
  • M.Sc. Geology
  • M.A. Philosophy
  • M.Com.
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in Geology
  • M.Phil. in Philosophy
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Commerce
  • M.A. English
  • M.A. Arabic
  • M.A. Linguistics
  • Ph.D. in English
  • M.Phil. in Arabic
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Linguistics
  • M.Sc. Informatics (Institute of Informatics & Communication)
  • M.Sc. Anthropology
  • M.Tech. Microwave Electronics
  • Ph.D. in Informatics (Institute of Informatics & Communication)
  • M.Phil. in Anthropology
  • M.Phil. in Hindustani Music
  • Ph.D. in Persian
  • M.Sc. Genetics
  • Ph.D. in Russian
  • M.Sc. Human Development and Childhood studies (Department of Home Science)
  • Ph.D. in Genetics
  • M.A. Environmental Studies
  • M.Sc. Plant Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • M.Ed.
  • Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Education
  • M.Sc. Mathematics Education (Cluster Innovation Centre)
  • Ph.D. in Modern Indian Languages & Literary Studies
  • Ph.D. in Bio-Physics

Wednesday, July 5

  • M.A. Social Work
  • M.A. Buddhist Studies
  • M.A. in Life Long Learning & Extension
  • M.Phil./Ph.D. in Social Work
  • M.Phil. in Buddhist Studies
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in Adult Continuing Education & Extension
  • M.Phil. in Hindi
  • M.A. Geography
  • Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies
  • M.Phil./ Ph.D. in Botany
  • M.Phil. /Ph.D. in Geography
  • M.A. Hindi
  • M.Phil. / Ph.D. in History
  • Ph.D. in Urdu
  • Ph.D. in Hindi
  • M.Phil. in Urdu
  • M.Phil. in English
  • Ph.D. in Punjabi
  • M.Phil. in Sanskrit
  • M.Phil.(Biotechnology) (Faculty of Applied Sciences- offered by Departments of Microbiology, Genetics, Biophysics and Biochemistry)
  • M.Sc. Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry
  • M.Phil. in Punjabi
  • M.Sc. Forensic Science (Department of Anthropology)
  • Ph.D. in Financial Studies
  • M.A. Hindustani Music
  • M.A. Karnatak Music
  • Ph.D. in African Studies
  • Ph.D. in Hindustani Music
  • M.Phil. in African Studies
  • M.A. Percussion Music
  • Ph.D. in Karnatak Music
  • Ph.D. in Music & Fine Arts


You can download a PDF version of the schedule here.

50% of the total seats in most postgraduate courses in the varsity are reserved for direct admission for students who have completed their undergraduate degree from the University of Delhi itself. This direct admission is based on the marks scored by the applicants in their undergraduate courses. The remaining 50% seats are given to applicants who qualify in the entrance examinations. Some departments also choose to conduct interviews or group discussions after the entrance exams.


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Niharika Dabral
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Delhi University (DU) has opened applications for Ph.D, M.Phil and Undergraduate Courses that require entrance tests. The registration process begins on 13th May, 2016 at 8 pm and shall continue till 31st May, 20116 midnight.

Basic Guidelines:

1. The registration process shall be strictly online.

2. The admission tests shall be conducted at six centers and will be in the Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) Format (except Language papers like Persian which may include subjective questions)

3. The following details shall be made available to the applicants online:
(a.) Center Allocation
(b.) Admit Card
(c.) Entrance Results
(d.) Venue of interviews and group discussion

4. The submission of registration fees shall also be online.

5. Entrance examinations will be conducted at the following locations: Bengaluru, Delhi, Jammu, Kolkata, Nagpur and Varanasi.

6. The entrance test shall be of two hours.

7. The question booklets shall be bilingual wherever applicable.

8. All entrance examinations are likely to be held between 19th June and 23rd June, 2016.

9. Registration Fees:
(a.) Unreserved and OBC Categories: Rs. 500
(b.) SC/ST/PwD Categories: Rs. 250


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Arushi Pathak
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