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The Centre admits the students in Masters' and MPhil/PhD programs through a common entrance examination organized by the university. A notification for admissions is published by the university usually in the month of February. As per the JNU admission policy, its objectives, as defined in the First Schedule to the Act, are as follows:

"The University shall endeavour to promote the principles for which Jawaharlal Nehru worked during his life-time which included national integration, social justice, secularism, democratic way of life, international understanding and scientific approach to the problems of society.

Towards this end, the University shall:
(i) foster the composite culture of India and establish such departments or institutions as may be required for the study and development of the languages, arts and culture of India;

(ii) take special measures to facilitate students and teachers from all over India to join the University and participate in its academic programmes;

(iii) promote in the students and teachers an awareness and understanding of the social needs of the country and prepare them for fulfilling such needs;

(iv) make special provision for integrated courses in humanities, science and technology in the educational programmes of the University;

(v) take appropriate measures for promoting inter-disciplinary studies in the University;

(vi) establish such departments or institutions as may be necessary for the study of languages, literature and life of foreign countries with a view to inculcating in the students a world perspective and international understanding;

(vii) provide facilities for students and teachers from other countries to participate in the academic programmes and life of the University."

In the light of the above, the approach of the University has been to evolve policies and programmes which will make the Jawaharlal Nehru University a distinct addition to the national resources in higher education rather than a mere quantitative expansion of facilities which already exist. The University has identified and is concentrating upon some major academic programmes, which are also of relevance to national progress and development. In case of Masters' the admission is based upon the written examination.

In case of M.Phil/PhD program (and not direct PhD), written examination carries 70 % wightage whereas the viva Voce carries 30 % weightage. However, you can refer to the JNU admission policy for more details available on the link .


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