|The Near Future: JNU’s
JNU is a leading national centre of excellence in higher
education which is trying to rank among the top universities of the world.
We, at JNU, believe in excellence with social responsibility and commitment,
and wish to become a bench mark for Indian universities.
JNU has evolved mainly as a research oriented university with emphasis on
post graduate teaching. Out of a total of 5506 on our rolls, 4631 are post
graduate students. With hostels and residences of teachers built close
together, the university’s instructional and research programmes go beyond
the classroom and normal office hours. JNU is now well recognized among
world class institutions, the only Indian university to find a place in the
global ranking of Institutes of Higher Education. A recent survey by
Pergmann Press has placed JNU publications in the Sciences as the 4th most
cited papers in the country. The University Grants Commission has also
identified JNU amongst the few “University with Potential for Excellence”.
JNU has always been the leading Indian university, and perhaps among the
best worldwide, in Social Sciences, International Relations, and Languages.
The Admission policy and practice of JNU: for equity, access and quality has
been rated as the “Best Practices” by National Institute of Educational
Planning and Administration which has published it under its series of
publication of Best Practices in Higher Education.
Marching ahead on this solid foundation, the University is concentrating
upon some major, carefully identified teaching and research programmes which
are also of relevance to national progress and development; programmes that
will take JNU to new heights of excellence in the years to come. Recognising
the emerging trends in social and economic systems (often simply referred to
as globalisation and knowledge society) and the strengthening of
interdisciplinary approach to knowledge creation and dissemination, new
Research areas and activities are being launched.
• The emerging deeper and stronger interdisciplinary character of research
and teaching in forms the new programmes in sciences, These include :
- Launching of Nano-Science and Technology as a new major research and
teaching programme integrating several aspects now being pursued separately
by groups in School of Physical Sciences, Centre for Biotechnology, School
of Environmental Sciences and School of Life Science. Another such
integrating programme is the application of common computational approaches
and tools to study a range of diverse systems encountered in real life
situations ranging from traffic flows, stock market fluctuations to analysis
of gene protein regulatory networks. This programme on Study of Complex
Systems will bring in inputs from social sciences as well. A new frame work
of biological research with confluence of various disciplines of biology and
physical sciences and mathematics, faculty members from the School of Life
Sciences (SLS), School of Environmental Sciences (SES), School of Physical
Sciences (SPS), and Special Centre for Molecular Medicine (SCMM) have come
together to form an interdisciplinary group of researchers/educationists to
pursue biological problems from the perspective of basic principles of
physical sciences, especially of chemistry
• Emergence of Knowledge Society and widening connectivity between diverse
nations and social and economic systems informs the following new
- Research and Studies on emerging issues of Higher Education in Knowledge
Society will find an important place in JNU; issues such as access and
inclusion, diversity and excellence, gender, institutional and
organizational transformation, financing and privatization, migration of
knowledge workers will be taken up. Simultaneously the issue of changing
structures and content of School Education and its linkages with higher
education require will receive attention.
- The changing role and nature of international economic institutions in the
management of world economy in the dimensions of trade, environment,
technology, knowledge and investments within the framework institutional
economics, evolutionary economics along with conventional trade and
development theories constitutes a key thrust area of research and teaching.
The hitherto neglected dimension of social sector is now acquiring an
increasing recognition in International Economics (reflected for example in
WTO and UN deliberations). New programmes will receive special attention to
equip students to undertake holistic research in international economics
incorporating this key social sector perspective. With increasing
marketization of many services (and goods) traditionally provided by the
state, it has become imperative to develop regulatory structures so that
social objectives are still met and therefore economic regulation is being
taken up as a key area of research and teaching in the context of a more
liberalized international economic framework
- Another new initiative to develop a programme on Holistic Epidemiology for
Public Health at the university that could feed into the existing curricula
in medical colleges and public health institutions in the country apart from
contributing to the policy process and the quality of governance.
- The increasing diffusion of Electronic Media resulting in wide spread
connectivity has lead to a research programme focussing on the study of
issues of the relationship between media on one hand and social behaviour,
political functioning, mobilization of public opinion etc. on the other. It
would study the media as a source of critical examination of the Government
policies and Society in all related aspects.
• Necessity of Indian studies in humanities in a wider diverse national and
international perspective has been recognised. This informs the following
- In addition to contemporary Indian History, new initiatives would pay
particular attention to situating the Indian experience in a comparative
perspective other developing countries of Asia, Africa and Latin America as
also of various advanced countries at a comparable stage of their
development and by establishing new posts for non-Indian history
(Contemporary, Global histories and East European, Asian, Modern Chinese,
Latin American and African histories.
- The study and research programmes in textual tradition will be expanded to
develop expertise on Pali and Prakrit textual sources and other classical
language & literary traditions such as in Tamil, Kannada and Telugu. The
approach would be not to construct merely the historical meta-narrative but
to also look at the historical record in terms of regional and local
processes. The degree programmes in Hindi and Urdu and diploma in Mass Media
will be expanded to cover other major Indian languages. International
coverage would be by creation of a Group of Foreign Languages like Greek,
Swahili, Hebrew Polish, Czech, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Kazak, and
Uzbek etc for a programme in culture studies as an interdisciplinary
research at M.Phil/Ph.D level. Collaborative studies in Museum Studies and
Comparative aesthetics is another new initiative.
- Special mention should be made of an important Programme for the Study of
Discrimination and Exclusion.
As invaluable inputs to research and education, the University proposes to
set up archaeological and history museum, and other specialised resource
units such as for Science & Technology Archival Record System, for Health
Systems/Services Resource and Research.
The University is enhancing and modernising e its educational and research
facilities. The Science Instrumentation Centre is being strengthened and
state-of-art audio visual and other teaching aids are being introduced. Wide
spread adoption of e-governance and internet connectivity has become a must
for JNU. A seminar hall with main auditorium with a capacity to seat 1200
people, with associated guest house of international standards will enable
JNU to host many more seminars, conferences and workshops.
A full-fledged International Relations office is envisaged to take full
advantage of Memorandum of Understanding and Academic Collaboration
agreements signed with 90 universities.
Our building plans include annexes to most of our major Schools, as well as
a hundred rooms residence for visiting faculty.