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JNU plans to start engineering and management courses

JNU’s council members have confirmed that a proposal to set up a school of engineering has been approved.The special centre for Sanskrit studies will now be School for Sanskrit and Indic Studies

education Updated: Dec 05, 2017 16:37 IST
Jawaharlal Nehru University’s s academic council (AC) has approved the setting up of a school of engineering.
Jawaharlal Nehru University’s s academic council (AC) has approved the setting up of a school of engineering.

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The Jawaharlal Nehru University may soon start offering courses in engineering and management with its academic council (AC) giving approval to setting up a school of engineering. The council also approved upgrading the special centre for Sanskrit studies into a school.

The vice-chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar had said earlier this year, in an interview with HT, that the university was planning to start these two courses.

“We will start a school of management and entrepreneurship to focus on informal innovation. We will also start an engineering school which will offer integrated five-year degree,” he had said.

The council members confirmed that a proposal to set up a school of engineering was approved on Friday along with the change of the special centre for Sanskrit studies into a School for Sanskrit and Indic Studies. The changes now need to be approved by the executive council before implementation.

JNU teachers’ association (JNUTA) said their demands on a discussion on how the school of engineering programmes would be different from Indian Institute of Technology(IIT) were not answered.

It also alleged that no actual proposal was circulated on the issue of upgrading the Sanskrit studies centre.

“The chair announced that he has been promised Rs 180 crore by the UGC for this (Engineering) School and full support in terms of faculty positions. A decision to run the entrance exam, rather than through the IIT-JEE system was also announced. Along with engineering, the programme in management was also deemed to be passed, even though not one comment regarding this was placed as part of the agenda for discussion,” a statement from JNUTA said.

If approved, the university will take students for these subjects for 2019 -2020 academic session. The vice-chancellor, registrar, and rector-I did not respond to calls and text messages seeking their comments on the issue.

JNU, established in 1969, is known for its arts and humanities subjects. JNU officials had submitted a proposal and made a presentation to the university regulator University Grants Commission.