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The Jawaharlal Nehru University constituted under the Jawaharlal Nehru University Act 1966, (53 of 1966) came into existence in 1969. 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, 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.

The basic academic units of the University are not single discipline departments but multidisciplinary Schools of Studies. A School has been visualised as a community of scholars from disciplines which are linked with each other organically in terms of their subject-matter and methodology as well as in terms of problem areas. Each School will be made up of a number of Centres which constitute the task forces operating within the broad framework of a School. A Centre has been defined as a community of scholars irrespective of their disciplines engaged in clearly identified inter-disciplinary programmes of research and teaching.

Unless otherwise specified in the question paper, the JNU being an all India University, the medium of instruction for all programmes of study (barring Languages) is English; and the candidates are advised to write their answers, as far as possible, in English. In case, however, a candidate desirous of writing his/her answers in a language other than English, he/she may do so.

In order, however, to facilitate students coming from varying backgrounds with medium of instruction other than English at their Bachelor's/Master's level, the University has in-built facilities for remedial courses in English Language in order to enable them to strengthen their foundation in English as well as to cope up with their academic and research programmes adequately.

The scheme of development of the University includes the following Schools of inter-disciplinary research besides teaching and Centres of Study:

(i) School of International Studies
(ii) School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies
(iii) School of Social Sciences
(iv) School of Arts and Aesthetics
(v) School of Life Sciences
(vi) School of Environmental Sciences
(vii) School of Computer and Systems Sciences
(viii) School of Physical Sciences
(ix) School of Information Technology
(x) Centre for Biotechnology
(xi) Centre for Molecular Medicine
(xii) Centre for Sanskrit Studies
(xiii) Centre for the Study of Law and Governance

In matters relating to enrolment, steps have been taken to ensure that students from all parts of the country are able to join the University so that it becomes a national University in the true sense of the word.

The admission policy of the University is governed by the following principles :

(i) to ensure the admission of students with academic competence and potentialities of high quality so that its      alumni may be able to play their role in the process of national construction and social change in a meaningful      manner;
(ii) to ensure that an adequate number of students from the under-privileged and socially handicapped sections of      our society are admitted to the University; and
(iii) to maintain all-India character of the University by having on its rolls a fair representation of students from      different regions of the country especially the backward areas.

Upto 22.5 per cent (15% for SC and 7.5% for ST, interchangeable, if necessary) and 3% of seats are reserved for SC/ST and Physically Challenged(Handicapped) candidates respectively in all programmes of study. The SC/ST and Physically Challenged(Handicapped) candidates who have passed the qualifying examination irrespective of their percentage of marks are eligible to apply for admission and to appear in the Entrance Examination.

In the light of the objectives of the University as spelt out in the First Schedule of the Act, steps have been taken to ensure that students from outside India, especially from the developing countries join the rolls of the University in adequate number.

The number of seats being limited, admission will be made on the basis of merit. Merit lists will be drawn in accordance with the provisions of Admission Policy of the University.

No candidate shall be eligible to register himself for a full-time programme of study if he is already registered for any full-time programme of study in this University or any other University / Institution.

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