JNU - A Political or Educational Institution?

Ravleen Chawla | 29-Mar-2017

What is JNU?

JNU was established to bring socio-economic equality, with the aim to improve academic standards and impart education. JNU is a Central University, located in New Delhi and was established in 1969 by and after the name of India’s first Prime Minister. The idea behind the same was to provide higher education to students from weaker section and to provide them education without any discrimination. It is one of the highest graded institutions, in India, which offers Post Graduate programmes and doctorate (PhD) in different Schools with very limited seats. University used to conduct JNU Entrance Exams (JNUEE) for admissions into 34 Post Graduate programmes, for 1025 seats. This Post Graduate programme includes Arts, Science and Social Science of 12 different Schools.

JNU - A Political or Educational Institution?

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The University has given recognition to several colleges and institutions around the country and has exchanged programmes and collaborated with more than 71 universities across the world. The purpose was to defeat social evils and ensure education amongst the weaker or poor sections of the society; no one shall be restrained from education due to his caste, creed and economic or social conditions.

JNU was purposely designed as heaven for imparting education, so that, the pond of knowledge permanently change their outlook on life. Students are the young brigade who can turn and ends the evils in society and could lead the country as well as society to new heights of growth and development.

 Need of Politics

The different idea of solving problems of the students or teachers and to promote parties ideology brought politics into the University. Debates and meetings, raising and resolving issues and problems faced, keep all the students involved.  In the last 45 years, JNU acquires an excellent reputation because of its academic/ educational life. Energetic nature of dissent and debates, permissible on campus and a veracity of its administrative bodies have made JNU one of the most famous institutions in India. The standard of the institution and the fierce commitment to pursue the actions has kept JNU altogether; it is the spirit among the academic and constitutional bodies which has directed the functioning of the institution but the newly appointed Vice Chancellor Sh. Jagadesh Kumar has shown little interest in addressing students as well as teachers has led to a drastic fall in the results of the institution, and the purpose of setting standards and achieving height in academics has affected.

Effect of politics in JNU

Since 2016 there is the drastic change in the environment of JNU which has turned it into a political hub. It has seen unstable time because it faced political attacks. Such as media frenzy, students arrests, the demonstration in judicial campus, the state of undeviating crisis which still existing in one or the other form.

JNU resembles landmark by imparting education and encouraging students from all the sections, but these political attacks by all the political parties poisoned the environment and students having different views are on roads to get their interests.

Under the garb of speech of freedom and demonstration, JNU developed into a hub for promoting and supporting unethical and unreasoned demands which defame the society or country or religion. These unconstitutional and growing nexuses of various forces with JNU students resultant in demonstrating on the hanging of Afzal Guru and calling it judicial killing and raising Anti-India slogans is the most unwanted episode in the history of JNU. All this has created conflicts in the interests of community and religion, due to which the purpose of establishment of JNU would be defeated.

In recent time governance of educational institutions are witnessing political influence and has become a platform for politics, which are distracting students from their real aim of education. These students have no concern on commenting national policies and governance questions. Voice of students is the need for society because they touch the issues which no one raises. Campus Politics try and nurtures inquisitive politics, and real politics must not influence campus politics. Freedom of speech or expression or forming association bounds by reasonable restrictions which are mandated in our constitution. It doesn’t mean that you are free to give wrong or anti-social comments or demonstrate at large against government policies. JNU is converted into a platform for the clash between ideologies of different political parties and also is serving as first entrance into a political party by way of propaganda.

Politics is not evil; it is need of development and debate but only if same is practised appropriately, especially in Universities or Educational Institution. Students should debate on topics such as science, culture, medicines and development but not about futile issues. Campus politics is necessary for making citizens more cautious and energetic, as its aim is to develop a participative and progressive society.

There is a need to draw a line or distract link in between student union and political parties as these two are entirely different entities associated with totally dissimilar aims and objectives. Political parties are created or related to healthy democracy i.e. the need of the society for their progress and development, but the student unions are required to address or solve issues related to student education and development within the campus and for developing new ideas to reform the society.

Protest on the campus shall be directly related to the issues concerned with student or campus. One shall not protest against the non-campus issues within a campus. But if he/she is interested in protesting, then our constitution has empowered everyone to demonstrate or protest, and these demonstrations must be outside the campus, without distracting other students who came for study.

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Ravleen Chawla
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