Jawaharlal Nehru University

Jawaharlal Nehru University

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Jawaharlal Nehru University, also known as JNU, is located in New Delhi, the capital of India. It is mainly a research oriented postgraduate University with approximately 5,500 students and a faculty strength of around 550.


The university was established in 1969 by an act of parliament. It was named after Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first Prime Minister, and was founded by, Indira Gandhi (Nehru's daughter) with G. Parthasarathy as its first-Vice-Chancellor.

The objective of the founders was to make the university a premier institution of higher learning and to promote research and teaching leading to the increasing engagement of its students and teachers in higher level academic work and national and international policy making.


International league tables produced in 2006 by the London-based The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) placed JNU among the world's top 200 universities. For life and biological sciences, JNU is ranked among the top 100 universities in the world. JNU's School of Social Sciences is at the 57th position among the world's top 100 institutes for social sciences.


The University is organized into ten Schools, each of which has several Centers as well as four independent Special Centers:

  1. School of Arts and Aesthetics: This is one of the newest schools in the university.
  2. School of BioTechnology: This school was set up in 2006 from the earlier Center for Biotechnology.
  3. School of Computational and Integrative Sciences......
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