Published: 31st January 2020
Two days of student protest later, EFLU cancels the controversial circular
The circular which was issued on January 29 was kept on abeyance. However, the students wanted it to be suspended
After two days of strike by the students of the English and Foreign Languages University, the registrar had issued a circular stating that the controversial circular stands cancelled. This was the major demand of the protesting students, who raised their voice against a circular that suggested changing the admission procedures and examination patterns to BA, MA and PhD programmes.
Even though the students were informed that the new decisions would be held in abeyance until further notice, on January 29, they had continued the protests, demanding that the circular gets suspended. "The circular issued on January 29 was completely unethical. It disregarded the university entrance exam scores and gave direct PhD interview entry to students who had cleared JRF. This was unfair to the non-NET applicants," says a BEd student on condition of anonymity. "It also introduced the Bell Curve Grading system, which is proven to be an inefficient method worldwide. Also, the administration cannot alter rules laid down in the prospectus," she says.
The circular had also limited the number of MA seats to 30. "Registration to all courses will be on a first-come, first-served basis. ln, the case of courses that are in great demand, the same or a similar course shall be offered by another teacher of the Department," it reads.
The official spokesperson from the university's side could not be reached for comment. This copy will be updated once he responds.