STU­DENTS ELATED WITH JNU’S CEN­TRE FOR STUDY OF NORTH­EAST

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - MY CITY -

It is not un­com­mon to see the rest of In­dia con­fuse one north-eastern state for an­other, and find­ing it­self at sea when faced with ques­tions about the cul­ture and lan­guages of the Seven Sis­ters.

The Jawa­har­lal Nehru Uni­ver­sity (JNU) is com­ing up with a spe­cial cen­tre for the study of the coun­try’s north east re­gion. The modal­i­ties of the course are yet to be worked out, but it will cut across dis­ci­plines, giv­ing spe­cial fo­cus to re­search re­lated to the north­east. The cen­tre will have spe­cial cour­ses on of­fer, in­clud­ing MPhil and PhD.

The news has elated stu­dents from the re­gion in Delhi. Dabolina Barua, a DU alum­nus from As­sam, says, “It’s good that JNU is in­tro­duc­ing stu­dents to the beau­ti­ful world that north-east In­dia is. Most peo­ple only have lim­ited knowl­edge about this part of the coun­try, and get­ting to know it bet­ter will just help them open their minds to­wards our cul­ture and peo­ple.”

Mag­da­lene Shong­shir from Ma­nipur, a stu­dent of DU’s Daulat Ram Col­lege agrees. “I would love to see our his­tory, cul­ture and more be­ing taught to stu­dents here. I might not be part of this ini­tia­tive, but I sup­port it fully and hope it does well in spread­ing the love for north-east,” Shong­shir says.

The ini­tia­tive, in tune with In­dia’s Look East pol­icy, will in­volve var­i­ous schools in the var­sity, and cap­i­talise on the avail­able tal­ent in the coun­try.

PHOTO: SAUMYA KHANDELWAL/HT

The cen­tre will have spe­cial cour­ses, in­clud­ing re­search degress on of­fer

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