Jawaharlal Nehru University was given the grade of 3.9 out of 4, the highest grade awarded to any educational institution in the country by National Assessment and Accreditation Council. The university is currently ranked second among the public universities in India. JNU is organized into ten schools, each of which has several centres, as well as four independent special centres. The School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies is the only school that offers undergraduate courses with several centers.
The School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies is looking forward to promote studies and research in Indian Languages also. Jawaharlal Nehru University is planning to set up a School for the same which will offer courses in Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Oriya among others. JNU presently offers M.A./M.Phil./Ph.D. in Hindi and Urdu.
A university official said, “The University is looking forward to setting up School of Indian languages which will undertake Masters programmes and research courses in Hindi, Urdu, Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali and Oriya.”
Presently ‘School of Language, Literature and Culture Studies’ under Jawaharlal Nehru University offers Undergraduate/Postgraduate and M.Phil programmes in Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, French and German. The controversial thing is the Centre of Indian Language presently offers M.Phil./Ph.D. in Hindi, Urdu , Hindi Translation, Tamil, M.A. in Hindi, M.A. in Urdu, Advanced Diploma in Mass Media in Urdu and Certificate of Proficiency in Urdu. However out of all the courses enlisted none of the Indian languages are on offer for research. In lieu of the same the initiative has been taken.
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Further the official added, “A proposal regarding the same has been sent to all the departments and schools under the University for their Feedback on the same. Once the feedbacks are received, the matter will be placed before the Academic Council (AC) for its approval.”
During the recent times JNU was sent the proposal to introduce courses on Indian culture in the university, including reading of Vedas and Yoga. However, the varsity has rejected the proposal for introduction of short-term courses in ‘Yoga’ and ‘Indian Culture’ because it had sparked a debate in the varsity if this was an attempt at ‘saffronisation’. The proposal was also rejected on the grounds for propagating spiritual and mythological traditions and establishing Indian values in the world.
Jawaharlal University also has the provision to admit students in the 2nd year of B.A. (Hons.) programme subject to fulfilling the prescribed eligibility criteria.