A source of academic enrichment for the university community
"Specialization in knowledge and work will have to continue, but it seems more essential than ever that a synthetic view of human life and man's adventure through the ages should be encouraged. This view will have to take into consideration the past and the present, and include in its scope all countries and peoples. In this way perhaps we might develop, in addition to our own national backgrounds and cultures, an appreciation of others and a capacity to understand and cooperate with the peoples of other countries….We might become, in Plato's words, `spectators of all time and all being', drawing sustenance from the rich treasures that humanity has accumulated, adding to them, and applying them in building for the future."
Jawaharlal Nehru: The Discovery of India
The idea of setting up the
Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Advanced Studies (JNIAS) was floated a few
years ago. The attempt was to create, perhaps for the first time in India,
such an institute as part of a university. Like all pioneering attempts
this too has faced several initial teething problems. However, some
progress has been made though we still have a long way to go. Basically
starting from January 2008 we have had One Hundred & six fellows from all over the
world come to the Institute for varying periods of time. A list of the scholars and their research interests can be
seen in the page 'Scholars Invited'
The Fellows are selected by the JNIAS. The JNIAS is critically dependent on the support of the JNU academic community and the alumni of the JNIAS in identifying and attracting fellows who would meet the objectives of the Institute.
JNIAS has also collaborated in organizing a number of workshops and
seminars.The current Director
of The JNIAS is Professor Ummu Salma Bava.