JAWA­HAR­LAL NEHRU UNIVER­SITY War­riors for a Cause

India Today - - EDUCATION - By Son­ali Achar­jee

On a chilly De­cem­ber evening, Ishan Anand, 27, along with 50 other stu­dents from Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity ( JNU), Delhi, stood at the bus stop in Mu­nirka to silently mourn the death of Delhi’s 23- year- old gang- rape vic­tim. “She had boarded the bus just a stone’s throw away from our cam­pus. It could eas­ily have been one of us. As a com­mu­nity we felt we had to pay our re­spects,” says Anand, who is pur­su­ing his MPhil in economics at JNU. For the 8,000 stu­dents and 500 fac­ulty mem­bers at the univer­sity, it is this very spirit of brother­hood and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity that makes the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a JNUite spe­cial.

From be­ing lauded by the National As­sess­ment and Ac­cred­i­ta­tion Coun­cil ( NAAC) to a new rank­ing by QS as one of the top 100 uni­ver­si­ties in the world for its English depart­ment, JNU has had many land­mark achieve­ments to its name in the last year. “It was a point of pride for ev­ery stu­dent and fac­ulty here when NAAC awarded us with a score of 3.91, which is the high­est that has ever been awarded to a univer­sity in the coun­try,” says Sud­hir So­pory, vicechan­cel­lor of JNU. “We have also in­creased our stu­dent in­take. This has been due to the in­tro­duc­tion of six new cour­ses and re­cruit­ment of 30 new fac­ulty mem­bers last year,” he adds.

To meet with the grow­ing stu­dent num­bers, the univer­sity has al­ready opened an­other 164 po­si­tions for pro­fes­sors for the com­ing aca­demic year. “Aside from en­hanc­ing our fac­ulty strength and qual­ity, we also pro­pose to keep our tra­di­tion of invit­ing em­i­nent guest lec­tur­ers such as Prime Min­is­ter Man­mo­han Singh and Hanadoun I. Toure, sec­re­tary gen­eral of the In­ter­na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Union,” says So­pory. Other

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