The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is thinking of setting a new satellite campus outside the National Capital Region (NCR) focusing to make the university accessible to more students. The highest decision making body of the Executive Council (EC) on 22, October, 2018 has released the decision to explore the practicability of the entire plan and examine the proposal.
JNU Vice-Chancellor (VC) Jagadesh Kumar said the satellite campus would focus on professional courses. “This satellite centre will focus on job-oriented courses. We also plan to have a bio-incubator and industry-funded labs on this campus. The only aim behind the move is to make JNU’s high quality education accessible to more students outside Delhi,” he said.
Saying this he also added that the varsity has assigned a committee to explore the options of where the campus can be set up and the types of courses to be offered there. “The committee will select the place where the campus will be set up. We prefer places from where the university will be more accessible to the educationally backward.”
The university will also explore feasibilities of financial aspect of the new campus. “We may establish chair professor positions,” Kumar said. The EC also resolved to speed up the process of framing conduct rules for staff of the university.
The JNU Teachers’ Association, in the meantime, accused the administration of taking anti-teacher decision. “The administration has denied promotions to many teachers without giving a reason. It also cancelled leave of many for no reason,” JNUTA Secretary Sudhir K Suthar said.