Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), which has remained an academic hub for intellectuals and opposing views alike, bagged the annual ‘Visitor’s Award’ for the best university in the country and the announcement came from the President of India.
Despite media backlash and police arrest of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar in February 2016, JNU remained the 3rd Best University in the domestic ranking called the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) that was released last year few months after the uproar, showcasing the high academic accomplishment on the campus.
President Pranab Mukherjee had instituted these awards in 2014 to promote academic competition among all the Central Universities and to motivate them to adopt the best practices from around the world in pursuit of excellence in ressearch.
The Best University Award constitutes a citation and a trophy, which will be presented to JNU Vice Chancellor by President Pranab Mukherjee at an event at the Rasthrapati Bhavan on March 6, 2017.
In addition, the Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ will be given to Prof. Deepak Pant from Central University of Himachal Pradesh, while the Visitor’s Award for ‘Research’ has been jointly given to Shyam Sunder from Banaras Hindu University and Niranjan Karak from Tezpur University.
Dr Pant has been instrumental in the development of a reactor for direct conversion of waste plastic to LPG in small scale, while Sunder has been chosen for his work in diagnosis and treatment of Indian Kala-azar disease. Dr. Karak has worked on bio-degradable hyper-branched polymer nano-composites as self-cleaning, self-healing and bio-compatible smart sustainable futuristic material.
The winners of Visitor’s Award for ‘Innovation’ and ‘Research’ will receive a citation and cash award of Rs one lakh, which will be presented as part of the ‘Festival of Innovations’. Last year, Rakesh Bhatnagar and the Molecular Parasitology Group of JNU had won the Visitor’s Awards for "Research" and "Innovation" respectively.