It is admission season at Jamia these days. Entrance tests are being conducted on almost a weekly basis for the past few weeks for all graduate and postgraduate programs.
Monday, June 20, the political science department held its entrance test for its Public Administration postgraduate program.
There seemed to be a single center for the test at the commerce building.
After the test, I met a group of Delhi University students, who had just walked out of the test center, and were gathered around a table near the central canteen on campus.
The group comprised of two girls, namely, Neha and Rozi; and four guys: Sarveshwar, Shantanu, Johnson and Aditya, who happens to be a postgraduate student at Jamia and friends with the bunch from his days at Delhi University during his graduation years.
When asked on how they did on the test, they all replied in unison, that it went pretty good and were quite optimistic that they would get through.
Then on being asked why did they choose Jamia, Sarveshwar said: first of all it’s a central university; second, I believe it’s a good university from what I have heard.
Another advantage Jamia has over DU’s postgraduate programs, especially in the political science department, is the relative smaller class size. Over at DU, we have classes of the size of 250 students; while over here at Jamia, I’ve been told, class size is usually not more than 40 students, said Sarveshwar.
Shantanu then chimed in: plus the environment, it has a lovely campus atmosphere.
To which Aditya humorously says: they’ve all heard about the famous Biryani at the central canteen. Who could possibly pass on that.
Later on in the discussion, Rozi says: You know, I wanted to get into Jamia even back in my undergraduate years. Unfortunately though, I could not get an admission. However, this time around, I am quite hopeful that I’ll get in.
In fact, she disclosed in our discussion, that she had also taken the test for Jamia’s prestigious law school, which is reportedly ranked 5th in the nation.
On being asked, if they got admitted in more than one university, how high would Jamia figure in their list of preference? They all replied: Jamia will be our first preference.
Scenes from the Event:
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