Ever wondered which University, the cadets from National Defence Academy (NDA) graduate from? Yes. It is Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). JNU started in the year 1969, three years after the act of Parliament in 1966. With several academic centres of JNU declared “Centres of Excellence” by the University Grants Commission, JNU has been ranked No. 1 by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). JNU has been ranked No. 2 by National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) 2020 and has been awarded the Best University Award by the President of India in 2017. The European Commission has awarded the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence for European Union Studies in India (CEEUSI) to Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2018. This is one of the highest international recognition for any European Studies programme.
JNU was the first University to start integrated five-year Master of Arts in Language Courses. JNU actively collaborates with National and International Universities for student and faculty exchange programs.
According to university submissions for NIRF 2020, JNU has 1,048 students pursuing UG programs, of which 46 are foreign nationals.
JNU offers a limited program at the undergraduate level, unlike other universities. The focus at undergraduate has been largely on language courses. In 2018, JNU started two programs in engineering and plans to add a few more specializations in future.
Please refer to the table below for the important undergraduate courses offered by JNU and the intake across each program.
|School||Program||Intake||Duration||School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies||B. A (Hons) Pashto||19||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Persian||39||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Arabic||39||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Japanese||48||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Korean||39||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Chinese||44||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) French||48||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) German||48||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Russian||68||3 Years|
|B. A (Hons) Spanish||39||3 Years|
|School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies||B. Sc - M. Sc Integrated Program in Ayurveda Biology||20||5 Years|
|School of Engineering||B. Tech in Computer Science and Engineering & MS/M. Tech in Social Sciences/Humanities/Science/Technology||25||5 Years|
|B. Tech in Electronics and Communication Engineering & MS/M. Tech in Social Sciences/Humanities/Science/Technology||25||5 Years|
Each of the courses have different eligibility for admissions. To be eligible for admissions, one must fulfil all the criteria as laid down by the respective faculties of the University.
B.A (Hons) Language Courses: Candidate must not be less than 17 years of age and must have passed Senior School Certificate (10+2) or equivalent examination with minimum of 45% marks.
B. Sc - M. Sc Integrated Program in Ayurveda Biology: Candidate must not be less than 17 years of age and must have passed Senior School Certificate (10+2) or equivalent examination with minimum of 45% marks.
B. Tech-M. Tech: Based on JEE Mains
Until 2020, admissions to JNU UG courses were based on JNU Entrance Examination (JNUEE) conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). From the academic year 2021, admissions to UG programs offered by JNU will be based on Central Universities Common Entrance Test (CUCET), which will replace the JNUEE. CUCET will be a common entrance for admissions to UG programs offered by all the Central Universities in the country.
JNU being a Central University offers reservations in admissions according to central government rules.
Schedule Caste (SC): 15% of the total seats are reserved for students who belong to SC category.
Schedule Tribe (ST): 7.5% of the total seats are reserved for students belonging to ST Category.
Other Backward Classes (OBC): 27% of the total intake is reserved for students from Other Backward Classes (OBC), excluding those from creamy layer. Also, Central List of Caste to be followed.
Economically Weaker Section (EWS): The University has reserved 10% seats for EWS category, in accordance with the directive of Ministry of Education.
Persons with Disability (PWD): 5% of the seats are reserved on horizontal basis for students from PWD category.
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