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President hands over best university award to JNU: ‘Unrelenting pursuit of excellence’

In his speech, Mukherjee said areas for research activity should align with the developmental challenges of the nation.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 7, 2017 6:06 am
president pranab mukherjee, pranab mukherjee jnu, jnu award, jnu gets award, pranab mukherjee jnu, india news, delhi news President Pranab Mukherjee presents the best university award to JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, Monday. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar is also pictured. (Source: PTI Photo)

President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday gave away the Visitor’s Award for the ‘best university’ to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). “JNU has been adjudged the best university for its unrelenting pursuit of academic excellence. It has shown outstanding performance in all key parameters like quality of students and faculty, training of faculty, citations, publications, research projects, foreign collaborations, seminars and innovation exhibitions. I urge upon the university to continue the good work,” Mukherjee said.

In his speech, Mukherjee said areas for research activity should align with the developmental challenges of the nation. “The best minds in our universities should apply themselves to work out solutions in areas like sanitation, urban transportation, sewage disposal, clean river systems, healthcare and drought-resistant farming,” he said.

The Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ was presented to Dr Deepak Pant, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Central University of Himachal Pradesh, for development of a reactor for direct conversion of waste plastic to LPG on a small scale.

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  1. D
    Mar 7, 2017 at 11:07 am
    The award given appears no where near the ideas promoted by hon'ble President concerning national interests.
    1. J
      Mar 7, 2017 at 2:16 am
      Why is Jaggu (the Vice Chancellor Jagdish Kumar) shamelessly grinning when he has done everything in his capacity to kill off the excellence at JNU
      1. D
        Mar 7, 2017 at 5:22 am
        I don't know what is the yardsticklt;br/gt;In my opinion it is a garbage of communist idealogy doing PhD on waste subjects defaming indialt;br/gt;Thesis subject and the subject is to be selected by various university impartial professors panellt;br/gt;Professors are also to be essed with KPIlt;br/gt;Pune and Chennai students who worked on space mission are to be encouraged instead of this left dominated stinking university
        1. S
          Sankaran Krishnan
          Mar 7, 2017 at 3:31 am
          No doubt JNU is the Best in India but at the same time Controversies also surrounded the JNU campus and how to get rid of that must be first priority and who will cat the bell is the ???
          1. N
            Mar 7, 2017 at 1:19 pm
            JNU has produced more nation lovers than any other univ but they are with critical mind not necessarily communists....few who have become too critical of State and govt should not be ideal for terming its well meaning crop as a den of anti nationals. Those who call such JNUites as anti nationals are actually biggest reactionaries and indeed ANTI-NATIONALISTS.
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