With a long tradition of student politics, open debates and diversity of opinions, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has always been a preferred place for those interested in research oriented programmes. With a grade of 3.9 out of 4, the ­highest grade awarded to any educational institution in the country by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council in 2012, the university boasts of students from every nook and corner of the country and from every group and stratum of the society.
“The environment of the campus is such that it makes you fall in love with studies. The politically charged up campus gives us the space to make our voices heard. The best part is one can find students from all parts of India, even students outside this country are a part of it. There is no animosity as such,” says Shaoni Mukherjee, a sociology student.
The university encourages an integrated interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research. Along with this, it provides students the freedom to define and design course content or start a new course. Therefore, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that JNU is academically and socially a vibrant place where all have space to express their views.
“Studying at JNU is not about preparing for examinations, it’s about papers and assignments which make you work throughout the year. It’s a more research based process where you get to read a lot and write papers, rather than mugging up for examinations,” says Huzaifa Siddiqui, an MA English student.
Despite classroom teaching, work in the library and the laboratories, personal interaction between students and teachers forms an extremely important medium of transmission of knowledge. With over 7,300 students and more than 500 faculty members residing in on-campus hostels and blocks, the university seems to be a large Indian family where people interact and mingle irrespective of social or professional status.
The ten schools and four special centres of the university produce high-quality research publications, books, working papers and MPhil and PhD thesis in a range of courses, including international politics, environmental sciences, physical sciences, performance studies, cinema studies, law and public administration.
Several centres in these schools have been declared by the UGC to be Centres of ‘excellence’. These include centres for historical studies, study of social systems, political studies, economic studies and planning, study of regional development, all in the school of social sciences.
The university will hold enterance tests for all programmes from May 16-19, 2014
Arts, science or humanities... the choice is yours at JNU
School of Arts and Aesthetics: The three streams of study offered at the school are visual studies, theatre and performance studies and cinema studies
School of Biotechnology: It offers MSc and PhD degrees in biotechnology
School of Computer and System Sciences: The various programmes offered in the School of Computer and System Sciences are MCA, MTech and PhD
School of Environmental Sciences: The school offers degree courses in MSc, MPhil and PhD
School of International Studies: It offers MPhil/PhD programmes, MA politics (international studies) and MA economics (with specialisation on world economy)
School of Language, Literature and Cultural Studies: It has emerged in India and abroad as a major centre for teaching and research in languages, literatures and cultures of India, Asia and Europe
School of Life Sciences: The school offers courses leading to MSc and MPhil/PhD degrees in life sciences
School of Physical Sciences: It offers a PhD (physical sciences/chemical sciences/mathematical sciences) and an MSc (physics) degree
School of Social Sciences: It offers MA and the MPhil/PhD level programmes
School of Computational Integrative Sciences: Courses offered here include MTech in computational and systems biology, pre-PhD in computational biology and bioinformatics and direct PhD courses