Three years after outsourcing the task to the NTA, JNU will begin conducting its own PhD entrance exam the following year.

Jawaharlal Nehru University will revert to in-house entrance exams for PhD admissions . The examination had been conducted by the National Testing Agency for the past three years .

Vice Chancellor Santishree D Pandit said on Monday that Jawaharlal Nehru University would revert to in-house entrance exams for PhD admissions as part of the next academic session, three years after outsourcing the task to the National Testing Agency.Ms Pandit said the overwhelming majority agreed that admissions be made based on the previous trend.Students and teachers have urged the university to relinquish the responsibility for administering the entrance exam.We will return to the JNU Entrance Examination for PhD admission because the majority agree that critical analysis is necessary for a PhD application; the MCQ does not allow that, Pandit said during a press conference.

The Computer Based Test was administered by the US Department of Education.Over the last year, teachers and students alike have discussed the difficulties with the NTA-led examination.In a statement released earlier this year, the JNU Teachers Association claimed that admissions to the varsity's most prestigious PhD programs were being treated with astonishing shabbiness.Similarly, the JNU Students Union held a demonstration demanding that universities' academic autonomy be restored and that the responsibility for conducting examinations be returned to the varsity.

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