New Delhi, Apr 5 (PTI) More than 30 parliamentarians today wrote to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar seeking his intervention to mend the alleged violation of reservation policy in Jawaharlal Nehru University.

The MPs from both Houses of Parliament belong to the CPI(M), CPI, Congress, NCP, RJD and the YSRCP.

The letter said, “Clauses in the Admission Policy and Procedure 2018-19 (Annexure 1) has made written examination a qualifying paper and Viva the sole criteria for selection.” “A committee constituted by the varsity in 2016 to study discrimination in the admission process recommended reduction of Viva marks from 30 to 15 to mitigate the discrimination pattern. This shows that the varsity has violated fundamental rights, Central Education Institutions (Reservation in Admissions) Act 2006 and SC/ST Atrocities Act 1989,” the letter said.

Yesterday, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) petitioned Lok Sabha to restore reservation benefits awarded to students belonging to backward classes.

“Earlier it was 70 marks for written test, 30 marks for viva. Combined marks of both would be considered for selection, besides properly fulfilling the reservation norms,” JNUSU president Geeta Kumari earlier said.

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