Only Superman and Not Kanhaiya Can Fail Eleven Times When There are no Examinations in Ph.D


No university conducts exams for Ph.D. students and Kanhaiya Kumar is such a student in JNU. Unless he is Superman, it is beyond Kanhaiya to fail his examinations any number of times because no examinations are conducted in the program he is admitted to.

Aakash Ganguly was student of JNU from 2012 -2014. At present, he works in Mumbai as a documentary filmmaker.

It is widely known that no university holds an examination for students who are in their Ph.D.  Students who have taken admission in Ph.D. are asked to submit a thesis which is evaluated and a degree is awarded on the basis of its credibility. Student leader and earlier JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar is a Ph.D student in JNU. and is required  to do submit his thesis for the degree. It is paradoxical that in the age of information revolution and the widespread utilisation of gadgets and media, the Indian public is unaware of how the education machinery functions. 

It is painful to know that for a great section of individuals there is no demarcation between a school and a university in terms of the transmission of knowledge. A set of textbooks, teachers whose prime work is to cover the syllabus and conduct examinations, learning by memorization and vomiting of undigested information in yearly examinations and a system that gives importance to rank holders is  all prevalent within the Indian school machinery but it is important to acknowledge the fact that the way students learn,  relate to their pedagogues,  choose their area of concern and build upon knowledge in their fields is completely different in the context of universities. 

It is important that a university allows in depth research to take place and scholars to spend their hours in national archives, in libraries, in their fields and amidst people to contribute to prevalent work in the field.  In the age of hyper-media and the proliferation of triviality in the name of information, it is not altogether unexpected to see that ordinary masses are not even aware of the idea that a university unlike a school, is about deeper research and not rote learning and mechanical reproduction. JNU is accustomed to being condemned for all kinds of reasons and among these the most fashionable condemnation is about wasting the money of tax payers. 

Any individual partially aware of the education system would know that completing an M.A. takes two years, an M.Phil. takes two years and a Ph.D. another four years.  The time that one spends in a university like JNU then would be seven to eight years if one decides to work towards a Ph. D.  It is not a diploma that can be completed in six months or a crash course in spoken English that can be done in 90 days. Research takes time and so does writing a doctoral thesis.  The information that was circulated in social media is that Kanhaiya Kumar failed his JNU exam eleven times and continues to be a student wasting the money of tax payers.  JNU or any other university does not have exams for Ph. D students; do its impossible for Kanhaiya to fail. 

Kanhaiya will submit his thesis on ‘Social Transformation in South Africa’ by July, 2018.  It is Kanhiaya’s seventh year in JNU and not his 11th year, it is clearly impossible for his to fail 11 times by any stretch of logic.  Individuals who give their hard work and time to misleading public perception should do some amount of homework. The social media that has become the public educator can be utilised better to enable social transformation than propagate unaccountable facts.



  1. It is known to everyone that in JNU mphil and phd programs are interlinked and post mphil one doesn’t give an entrance test to get through phd. And in phd program there isn’t any exam but the researcher remains in touch with the supervisor and submits the thesis that is evaluated by two external examiners , only post a positive report from both the experts the viva is conducted. Jnu is known for producing great research in social science. No wonder most of the JNU products are teaching in leading institutions across the world. The New Leam is a non partisan, ethically responsible forum.


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