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9 Facts You Didn’t Know About JNU!!


9 Facts You Didn’t Know About JNU!!

Jawaharlal Nehru University, shortly and famously known as JNU is currently the hot topic across all the borders of our country. Jawaharlal Nehru University is a central university situated in the capital city of India, New Delhi. According to Wikipedia, there are more than 8000 students with 650 academic and 1276 administrative staff working in the JNU.

Here presenting you 9 unknown facts you should know about JNU.

1. JNU was established by an act of Parliament in 1969 during Indira Gandhi’s Period.


2. The National assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) gave a grade of 3.91 out of 4 to JNU. This is the highest grade attained by any University in the Country.


3. With the help of Wipro, JNU has been moving towards paperless institute and the library is connected to students and faculty by a wireless network.


4. List of Notable Alumni of JNU is way too long.

Some of them are as follows:

  • Ali Zeidan – former Prime Minister of Libya
  • Abhijit Banerjee – International Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
  • Aditya Jha – Canadian entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist and philosopher.
  • Ahmed Bin Saif Al Nahyan – founder and former chairman of Etihad Airways
  • Nirmala Sitaraman – Union Minister of Industry & Commerce
  • Harun Rashid Khan – Deputy Governor of RBI
  • Digvijay Singh – former Union Minster of State for Foreign Affairs
  • Baburam Bhattarai – former Prime Minister of Nepal
  • Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Foreign Secretary of India
  • D.P. Tripathi – Member of Rajya Sabha
  • Prakash Karat – Member of CPI party
  • Ranjit Nayak – Senior Staff member of World Bank
  • Sitaram Yechury – General Secretary CPI party
  • Udit Raj – Member of Parliament
  • Yogendra Yadav – former leader of AAP


5. In 2010, JNU was ranked as the 2nd Best Educational Institute by the INDIA TODAYNielsen Survey


6. Just like Alumni, Notable Faculty list has heavy heads

  • Baburam Bhattarai – former Prime Minister of Nepal
  • Abhijit Sen – Member of Planning Commission of India
  • Kanti Bajpai – Former Professor of International Relations at Wolfson College in Oxford
  • V. S. Mani –  Founder and Director of the Gujarat National Law University
  • Lalit Mansingh – Former Ambassador to the United States of America
  • Romila Thapar – former chancellor of Hyderabad University (HCU)

7. Violence in JNU during a cultural program held in 2000

In April of 2000, JNU invited two Pakistani poets Fahmida Riaz & Ahmed Faraz for a cultural event. Two army officers present in that event protested against it and they were assaulted for doing the same. To escape from the assault, one of them fired in the air.


(Pic was from recent sedition controversy)

8. Protests over a meeting held by All India Students Association soon after the 2010 Maoists Attack in April 2010.

The meeting by AISA-led to the protests from rival unions of ABVP and NSUI.


9. Sedition Controversy 2016.

A cultural event against the execution of Afzal Guru led to the anti-India slogans and protests from the ABVP. JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar has been arrested in this issue.


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