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Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi
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Type Public
Established 1969
Chancellor K. Kasturirangan
Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar
Academic staff
650 (on 31 January 2016)
Administrative staff
1276 (on 31 March 2011)
Students 8,309 (on 31 August 2015)
Location New Delhi, India
Campus Urban
Affiliations UGC, NAAC, AIU
Website www.jnu.ac.in

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU ) is a public central university in New Delhi, the capital of India. In 2012 The National Assessment and Accreditation Council gave the university a grade of 3.9 out of 4, the highest grade awarded to any educational institution in the country. It is one of the top universities in the country, ranking third according to the National Institutional Ranking Framework. It is known for leading faculties and research emphasis on liberal arts and applied sciences.

Jawaharlal Nehru University was established in 1969 by an act of parliament. It was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister. G. Parthsarthi was the first vice-chancellor.

JNU has granted recognition and accreditation to the following prestigious institutions across the country.

Defence Institutions

IAS Administration and Civil Services

Research and Development Institutions

In addition, the university has exchange programmes and academic collaboration through the signing of MoUs with 71 universities around the world. The University has also sent a proposal to set up a Center in Bihar. The Indian Administrative Service (IAS) trainees officers will be awarded an MA degree in Public Management from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi.

The JNU is infused with an intense political life on campus. Students that leave campus are said to acquire a "permanently changed outlook on life" as a result of the student politics. The politicisation of campus life has led to a refusal to brush under the carpet social issues such as feminism, minority rights, social and economic justice. All such issues are debated fiercely in formal and informal gatherings.

The JNU student politics is left-of-centre even though, in recent years, right-wing student groups have also entered the field. Political involvement is "celebratory in spirit." The student union elections are preceded by days of debates and meetings, keeping all students involved. The JNU has the reputation of an "unruly bastion of Marxist revolution." However, the student activists deny the charge, stating that the politics at JNU is issue-based and intellectual.



Sources
  • JNU: Retrospect and Prospect, New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University, 1986 
  • Reddy, G. Ram (1995), Higher Education in India: Conformity, Crisis and Innovation, New Delhi: Sterling Publishers 
  • K. B. Powar; S. K. Panda, eds. (1995), Higher Education in India: In search of quality, New Delhi: Association of Indian Universities 
  • Gore, M. S. (1994), Indian Education: Structure and Process, Jaipur: Rawat 
  • Ghose, Subhash Chandra (1993), Academics and Politics, New Delhi: Northern Book Centre 
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