What kind of university is JNU

Jawaharlal Nehru University

The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU, Hindi जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय) is a public university in New Delhi, India. In 2012 the university was awarded the National Assessment and Accreditation Council awarded as the best state university in India.[3] It is named after the former Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

जवाहरलाल नेहरू विश्वविद्यालय
Jawaharlal Nehru University
Jawaharlal Nehru University


Political orientation

The history and social sciences are dominated by Marxist and subaltern narratives. These are characterized by an inclusive view of history, in which marginalized social strata and minorities such as Muslims, Parsees, Christians or Sikhs belong to the Indian nation as well as the Hindu majority. The JNU professor for Indian early history, Romila Thapar, criticizes the Hindu nationalistic historiography in today's India for the fact that this would historically legitimize the exclusion of minorities.[5] The JNU professor of social history, Indivar Kamtekar, is a supporter of subaltern historiography and a critic of Indian-national and British-imperial historiography.[6] In the essay "A different war dance: state and class in India, 1939–1945", Kamtekar describes imperialism and nationalism as "poisons" that would obscure the view of the past. A historiography that looks at different regions as well as elites and subordinates would help to question the conception of a homogeneous nation.[7] Supporters of the right-wing populist Hindutva ideology describe the JNU as a “Marxist bastion” and its researchers as a “cabal”, which wants to rewrite the history of India for political reasons.[8]


In the academic year 2014/15 the following 10 faculties and 4 specialized centers existed:[2]

  • Computer and Systems Sciences (School of Computer & Systems Sciences)
  • Computer and Integrative Sciences (School of Computational and Integrative Sciences)
  • International Studies (School of International Studies)
  • Arts and Aesthetics (School of Arts and Aesthetics)
  • Life sciences (School of Life Sciences)
  • Physical science (School of Physical Sciences)
  • Social sciences (School of Social Sciences)
  • Languages, literature and cultural studies (School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies)
  • Environmental sciences (School of Environmental Sciences)
  • Biotechnology (School of Biotechnology)

Research centers

  • Special Center for Nanosciences (Special Center for Nano Sciences)
  • Special Center for Molecular Medicine (Special Center for Molecular Medicine)
  • Center for Law and Governance (Center for the Study of Law and Governance)
  • Special Center for Sanskrit Studies (Special Center for Sanskrit Studies)


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Chancellor. Jawaharlal Nehru University, accessed October 23, 2019.
  2. abcdefG45th Annual Report April 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015. (PDF) (No longer available online.) JNU, pp. 1–10, archived from the original on January 22, 2016; accessed on January 22, 2015.Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@ 1 @ 2 Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.jnu.ac.in
  3. JNU rated country’s best university. The Hindu, July 11, 2012, accessed January 22, 2016 (English, Certificate of Accreditation).
  4. THE JAWAHARLAL NEHRU UNIVERSITY ACT 1966. (PDF) JNU, accessed on January 22, 2015 (English).
  5. ↑ Romila Thapar: On nationalism. Aleph Book Company, New Delhi 2016, ISBN 978-93-8406775-5, p.12.
  6. Indivar Kamtekar. In: Jawaharlal Nehru University. Accessed August 23, 2019.
  7. ↑ Indivar Kamtekar: A Different War Dance: State and Class in India 1939-1945. Ed .: Past & Present. Volume 176, No. 1, August 2002, pp. 187-221, here: p. 187, doi: 10.1093 / past / 176.1.187 (academia.edu).
  8. ↑ Kalavai Venkat: A Critical Review of Romila Thapar’s "Early India - From The Origins to AD 1300". In: Hindu Review. Archived from the original; Retrieved July 21, 2003.