JNU: WITH VARIOUS SCHEMES AND INITIATIVES, IT STRIVES FOR A LARGER VISION OF THE COUNTRY
Being an important spot for education and learning in India, JNU has come up with several ideas to maintain harmony with the vision of the Indian government to became an enviable university.
A deep belief in pedagogy and the method of its accession has been a historical practice in India, for that is the only means to happiness and accomplishment. As a primary center of learning in India, JNU has in the previous year taken significant notches to retain symphony with the vision of the Indian government to become an admirable institution.
As the central government started numerous schemes, particularly under the Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya Mission on education and Training, JNU began several programs to contribute to making a better future for the country. Through its Office of Research and Development, JNU motivated and incentivized its various schools and special centers to contribute to research and teaching and apply for projects, also of interdisciplinary conduct. Many educators have successfully developed such projects from allowance agencies both in the government and non-government sectors. To commence research works, JNU has begun about six major colleges and special centers, which will facilitate the pace of research as well as give the necessary infrastructure for grooming the youth.
The School of Engineering, with its distinctive program of five-year dual-degree courses, will improve the newly-established Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship. These two new schools with other schools of sciences will support promptly from the Atal Incubation Centre (AIC), which was recently found at JNU with the assistance of Niti Aayog. The AIC intends to become the director as an incubation center in the country, promoting research and startups.
In its mission of self-reliance, which has been managing its policies for many years but celebrated just under the center has been facilitating many indigenous programs in the country’s temperament and security infrastructure through the Ayush ministry. Recognizing the strength in these areas, JNU has inaugurated three new special centers and a degree program. The five-year BSC-MSc combined program in Ayurveda biology will examine and exploit research in India’s conventional knowledge of medicine and wellness. This program will serve uniquely attractive because scholars and teachers from biological sciences, humanities, and social sciences will be involved in it. Specialists from the newly established School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies will read and comprehend medical knowledge and practices available in historical texts. It will not only be an exciting assortment of the old and the new, but it will educate the youngsters to become medical workers and future researchers.
The Special Centre for North East Studies will get to fulfill the intention of the central government to incorporate the north-eastern regions of India with the rest of the country and to use the unique proficiency and skills of its people in various fields of research.
Two new species centers — studies in disaster research and national security — have already started their work in alliance with the home ministry and its nodal center, the National Institute Disaster Management, to provide strategies for policy, research, and training in India’s disaster management and secure computation.
From the past many decades, India has speculated that “wisdom alleviates misery”. Work towards India’s financial and scientific growth cannot be an extravagance for any academic leader, it must be the dharma for us who have been charged to impart activity in the field of education and scientific research. When I took over as JNU’s vice-chancellor four years ago, I had put myself the goal of heightening academic and research activities. Every vice-chancellor or director of a university faces limitations in fulfilling their mission — we are a challenging, eclectic society. But I have also understood that if one is devoted to serving the nation, success will come. The schemes that I have strived to bring to JNU expected both administrative and financial support – and both the UGC and the MHRD gave assistance when needed.
When COVID-19 struck our country, JNU shortly rushed with the assistance of its various academic managers, deans, chairpersons, indeed of all its teachers, to keep every component of the university stable and to continue with our academic actions with as little discomfort as possible. A COVID-19 Task Force was included in the university which regularly notifies the council on how to adjust to the pandemic.
Obeying every advisory and guideline published by the Centre and the state government, the university promoted the safe evacuation of students from the campus and organized a safe accommodation for those pupils who could not move out. JNU arranged a training program, where expected, for teachers to move to online education. Soon, I was glad to note, all the schools and centers undertook fascinating learners through various online platforms.
We are in continual chat with JNU’s academic officials to find antidotes to any new problems that may illustrate themselves. JNU had already inaugurated a paperless movement of administrative files, and during the pandemic, each unit of the university has found it very easy to reach out to the authority through the e-Office.
The initiatives are taken over the past year and more are sought not only to stimulate high-level teaching, and research but also to endow and skill our country’s youth to become self-made, self-sustained, and important assets of the country. These initiatives chime in with Atma Nirbhar Bharat, the latest idea, called by the Prime Minister.
Jawaharlal Nehru University is categorized as number one among central universities in NIRF 2 from rankings and is next only to IISc.
We invariably retained this rank during the last four years – from 2017 to 2020. Credit goes to all the personnel, staff, and students who helped hard to accomplish this. We are proud of them and JNU will resume to support them in every feasible manner. We will not let barriers deter us in our journey towards achieving quality and contribute to the progress of our nation, a declaration from university VC M Jagadesh Kumar.
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