The Higher Education Funding Agency [HEFA] has approved a funding of Rs. 455.02 crore to the Jawaharlal Nehru University [JNU] for the construction of buildings, research centers, hostels, and the set up of integrated and unified Enterprise and Resource Planning ERP] system for the new academic year. In an official statement, Pramod Kumar, the Registrar said different new schools and special centers had been set up in JNU in recent times. He said that there was an ‘urgent need for hostel facilities to accommodate students and researchers of these new schools/centers.’
The Registrar further added, ‘JNU has started Atal Incubation Centre and three companies are already incubating. For this purpose, it has already registered the incubation center as a section 8 company and aspires to incubate 100 companies, which requires state-of-the-art infrastructure,” he said. “The ERP will ensure that all academic and administrative processes are operated using online means and in an integrated manner. This will surely make all the processes in the university efficient and time-bound.’
M. Jagadesh Kumar, the Vice-Chancellor of JNU said that the funds must be used for the construction of hostels to the students pursuing various courses in JNU and researchers of the School of Engineering and Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship. The hostels are also essential for the students of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Trans-disciplinary Academic Research, Advanced Animal Research Facility, Advanced Instrumentation Research Facility, Incubation Centre for startup companies, Special Centre for E-Learning, Lecture Hall Complex. The funds will also be utilized for setting up the integrated and unified education ERP system in the university.
Kumar said, ‘About 1.3 lakh candidates apply for JNU entrance examination, still, JNU provides admission for only around 2,000 students every year. The Special Centre for E-Learning shall impart education by offering online degree programs to many such students who could not be admitted to JNU. These students can be benefited from the expertise of JNU faculty. This is also in tune with the objectives of the National Education Policy of increasing the gross enrollment ratio.’
By carrying out the Advanced Animal Research Facility, it will be beneficial for handling research activities on communicable, non-communicable, and rare diseases that even include infectious agents such as novel coronavirus. The VC said that the ‘construction of new buildings and facilities would soon begin.’ The JNU teachers opposed the HEFA financing during the referendum organized in August 2018. One part of this financing will be utilized to make JNU the instrument of assisting the Government’s responsibility to invest in education. Get to know the latest educational news such as results, exams, and more.