A class of its Own


India Today - - EDUCATION -

With its unique syl­labus, demo­cratic

dhabas and for­eign MOUS, JNU is a lab­o­ra­tory of in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary study

eclec­tic se­lec­tion of stu­dents, these lan­guage cour­ses are a boon.

The Train­ing Pro­gramme for Equip­ment Use is a re­cent ad­di­tion to the syl­labus. One of the few of its kind in In­dia, the pro­gramme aims to teach stu­dents the func­tion­ing of equip­ment used in daily re­search such as mi­cro­scopes, spec­trom­e­ters, data re­search soft­ware and the hy­draulic press. Hav­ing es­tab­lished a good rep­u­ta­tion in the field of arts, the course is a wel­come ad­di­tion for stu­dents of sci­ence and quan­ti­ta­tive re­search at JNU. “In­stead of me­chan­i­cally pro­duc­ing data, stu­dents will be able to learn how the data is ac­tu­ally pro­duced and be able to in­vest more con­fi­dence in their final re­sults,” ex­plains So­pory, who is a molec­u­lar bi­ol­o­gist and has taught for over 30 years at top in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties such as the Univer­sity of Mu­nich in Ger­many and Univer­sity of Texas at Austin, US.

An­other proud facet of the univer­sity is its af­fil­i­a­tion with over 70 for­eign uni­ver­si­ties. These col­lab­o­ra­tions al­low stu­dents to visit and study at a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional uni­ver­si­ties, in­creas­ing their aca­demic ex­po­sure. Since tak­ing over in 2011, So­pory has signed over 25 MOUS to fa­cil­i­tate shar­ing of re­sources and stu­dents. “Our ex­change pro­grammes are a great ex­pe­ri­ence for young schol­ars, es­pe­cially for those who can­not fund for­eign ed­u­ca­tion them­selves,” says So­pory. For in­stance, the MOU signed in

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