25 September, 2020

OPINION | Too Much Mediocrity, JNU Deserves World Class Leadership

The image of JNU, a national brand, is being tarred in the name of the nation, writes political commentator and policy analyst, Sanjaya Baru

Photograph by Suresh K. Pandey
OPINION | Too Much Mediocrity, JNU Deserves World Class Leadership

I have often said with a sense of national, not just individual, pride that I never studied abroad, but I have taught abroad. This sense of confidence in one’s academic capabilities is what JNU imparted to my generation. As students, most of my generation chose not to apply for admission to a foreign university. JNU was good enough. Studying at an Indian university rather than abroad was our concept of nationalism. This is worth emphasising when hundreds of thousands of Indian students are spending upwards of US$6 billion annually in tuition fees paid to all manner of institutions around the world, running away from an increasingly unsatisfactory higher education system in India. Foreign universities are busy selling admission to educational courses abroad in the Indian marketplace.

In the depressive milieu of inc­om­petence, casteism and greed for money in higher education, JNU stands out as a beacon of hope for many, offering good quality education at an affordable cost. It is still a national brand that enjoys value in the market for research, for jobs in...



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