On Wednesday, President Kovind addressed the 4th annual convocation of Jawaharlal Nehru University through a video message. He hailed the University for producing so many eminent personalities. President Kovind told the student that they were privileged to be a part of one of the most vibrant, diverse, and intellectual communities. He added that the students were lucky to be guided by some of the greatest minds.
The President said that from among the over 80,000 former students of JNU, many have been making an impact in India and abroad through contributions to the Civil Services, politics, academia, science and technology, social work, fine arts, media, and communications, and business leadership.
President Kovind referred to finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of external affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, in his speech, both former students of JNU. The President said that it must be a matter of pride for students of the University that India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, and the Minister of External Affairs, Dr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar are the former students of JNU.
The University was also congratulated by President Kovind for receiving the highest National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) status this year.
He said that it gives him a pleasure to note that JNU has received the highest-ranking grade from NAAC. JNU has ranked number 2, consistently, among all the Universities under the NIRF of the Government of India.
The President said that universities like JNU should be at the forefront of developing specific hand-holding mechanisms and promoting innovation among students. He also encouraged students to create an original body of knowledge that can be utilized for dealing with contemporary global challenges.