Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) which was critically accused as the hub of anti-national elements in the recent past has bagged the ‘Visitor’s Award’ this year for the best central university in the country.
Several BJP leaders, including the former HRD Minister Smriti Irani, have dubbed the university as the agent of terrorism, considering the sedition charges levied against the students of JNU for protesting the execution of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
More about the ‘Visitor’s Award’:
The awards were instituted in the year 2015, in order to encourage healthy competition among the universities across the country.
The president of India Pranab Mukherjee on March 6, 2017 will give away the award to JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar for best university.
As many as nine central universities including Jamia Millia Islamia, Aligarh Muslim University, and Banaras Hindu University have applied for the best university category.
For best university award, the universities were judged on various limits such as student-faculty ratio, research output, university ranking, and patents filed among other parameters.
While Himachal University bagged the ‘Visitor’s Award’ for innovation, BHU and Tezpur University jointly won the award for research.
The president will give away the award for innovation to Dr Deepak Pant of Himachal University and award for research to Professor Shyam Sundar of BHU and Professor Niranjan Karak of Tezpur University, respectively.
A selection committee which was headed by Omita Paul, secretary to the President of India, comprises UGC Chairman, Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, and secretaries of department of higher education and department of science & technology.
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