Facing backlash from its students' union, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday came in defense of its decision to conduct entrance exams online, calling it "most efficient" and rubbishing students' resentment as "unsubstantiated".
"The JNU administration deplores the baseless allegations leveled against the proposed computer-based test by the newly-elected JNUSU. It completely refutes the unsubstantiated claims by the JNUSU on the computer-based entrance exam and urges everyone to introspect on the benefits of such a system," the administration said in a statement.
Earlier in the day, the newly-elected JNU Students' Union (JNUSU) had termed the change in the mode of entrance exam from descriptive to an online objective type a "scam" and as one "unilaterally imposed by the Vice-Chancellor".
The varsity said that deans were consulted on the question of change and the decision was passed in the Academic Council of the university.
It said it is in the process of hiring a private vendor for managing the centers where the exams will be conducted.
A 12-member committee was formed in March this year to deliberate on the change in the mode of exam.