India's top academic institutions have stirred controversies at some or other point of time. Of late, the number of controversies from different Indian universities has grown and hit media headlines at regular intervals. Now, Delhi University's baffling decision has been added to the list.
As per media reports, if someone wants to apply for a Ph D in Mathematics in Delhi University, one has to go through a rigorous entrance test, score above the cutoff marks, proceed to the interview and make it to the merit list to do Ph D.
But it is different for SC, ST students. The SC, ST students don't need to score any marks in the entrance test to make it to the interview.
This decision has sparked public outrage, specially among students and youth. The baffling decision has created a wedge in society as people have demanded that reservation issue be re-addressed in the country.
Delhi University (DU) has grabbed headlines for several reasons earlier too. Previously, the astronomical cutoffs were the ones which used to grab headlines but this time around, it is the opposite.
DU recently announced that the cutoff marks for its PhD program in Mathematics are ZERO for people belonging to SC/ST category. How baffling is it? Ask the internet.
Would you want such a person as your professor?
He is doing that rightly so.
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In 2015, it decided to derecognise a student body on the charges that it spread hatred among students in the name of caste and religion. This move sparked outrage on a grand scale. It was known as Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle and was recognised again when it was found that its members didn't spread hatred.
It was founded by Rabindranath Tagore who wanted to build a university which promoted liberalism. In 2014, its Vice Chancellor Sushanta Kumar Dattagupta faced allegations of financial irregularities and sexual harassment. This sparked off a controversy. After the investigation, it was revealed that that books of accounts were cooked. But charges of sexual harassment could not be proved.
The Osmania University in Hyderabad is known for its good faculty. So you'd expect a good faculty to create ecosphere so that students can get good jobs, right? Well, that's where it all went wrong. In January 2017, the students protested against Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, blaming him and government for not fulfilling its promise for providing jobs. The students burnt the effigies of the Chief Minister.
In April 2015, Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad complained to Human Resource Development ministry about embezzlement of funds in university hostels. There were protests that caught the eye of the University Grants Commission and the issue was further investigated. During the course of the investigation, the salaries of all the staff members were held back The matter was sorted out in 2016.
When a group of students in JNU decided to organise a cultural event against the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhatt, it sparked nation-wide debate. The students started shouting anti-national slogans and the videos went viral. The ABVP accused the organisers of the event to be anti national. As a result, police arrested students' union president Kanhaiya Kumar on charges of sedition!