Cen­tre for De­fence Pol­icy And Re­search On JNU Cam­pus Soon

To be de­vel­oped on the lines of the Cen­tre of Study for So­cial Sys­tems

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Aan­chal.Bansal@ times­group.com

New Delhi: Af­ter pitch­ing for plac­ing a tank on the Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­si­ty­cam­pus,au­thor­i­ti­es­there are now plan­ning to set up a ‘Cen­tre for De­fence Pol­icy and Re­search’ within the var­sity premises.

ET has re­li­ably learnt that the cen­tre will be de­vel­oped on the lines of the Cen­tre of Study for So­cial Sys­tems, which is in­volved in teach­ing and re­search ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to gen­der, tribal and Dalit af­fairs. “We have cen­tres and fac­ulty mem­bers un­der­tak­ing re­search on poli­cies re­lated to tribal af­fairs, but the univer­sity has noth­ing to of­fer when it comes to de­fence pol­icy and strat­egy,” a fac­ulty mem­ber privy to the de­vel­op­ment said.

Six prom­i­nent de­fence in­sti­tutes, in­clud­ing the Na­tional De­fence Academy, are af­fil­i­ated to JNU that has been award­ing de­grees in Bach­e­lors of Sci­ence and Arts to out­go­ing cadets since 1976. The cen­tre would help strengthen the var­sity’s ties with a strong alumni of of­fi­cers an­d­ex­pertsinthe­forces,in­sid­er­s­said.

Other in­sti­tutes af­fil­i­ated to JNU are Army Cadet Col­lege, Dehradun; Col­lege of Mil­i­tary Engi­neer­ing in Pune;Mil­i­taryCol­le­geof Elec­tron­ics and Me­chan­i­cal Engi­neer­ing in Se­cun­der­abad; Mil­i­tary Col­lege of Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion Engi­neer­ing in Mhow; and the Naval Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing in Lon­avala.

JNU is also look­ing to set up a ‘de­fence’ alumni as­so­ci­a­tion to strengthen this base. “There is a net­work of at least 4,20,000 of­fi­cers that are part of JNU alumni. Many of­fi­cers want this alum­ni­as­so­ci­a­tion,”the­fac­ul­tymem­ber added. Ma­jor Gen­eral (retd) GD Bak­shi and ex-Gen­eral VK Singh are partof thea­lum­niand­will­helpsetup the cen­tre. Both Singh and Bak­shi werep­re­sen­tatthe­firstcel­e­bra­tionof Kargil Vi­jay Di­was on the cam­pus on July 23, or­gan­ised by the JNU ad­min­is­tra­tion and Vet­er­ans In­dia.

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