Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is in the process of setting up a school of Indian studies and a school of Indian languages, university vice-chancellor Santhishree Dhulipudi Pandit said in The Indian ExpressLast week’s brainstorming session.
Talking about the school of Indian languages, Pandit added, “This is through each state’s corpus funding. So the central government does not give us money. Each state government institutes its professorship and makes the selection . This professor works in JNU. His salary and everything is taken care of from the corpus grant.”
So far, states have come up with grants for Tamil, Kannada, Odiya and Urdu. In addition, the university will set up a translation interpretation center along with Indian language laboratories, he said.
Pandit said he was “hopeful” of establishing a “Sardar Vallabhai Patel Center for Partition Studies” at the university.
“Dhaka University has a genocide studies center. We want to work with the neighbors and other parts of the world, how they see the Holocaust, how they see the partitions… Instead of doing exhibitions and talks, I think the real research and other things would be very useful as a database.. We are suggesting it, we don’t know if we will get it from the government and the UGC,” he said.
He added: “We are looking at putting some of our courses online, especially Masters in Political Science, Masters in Public Administration, in Business Economics. There is a huge demand to introduce Korean as an online course. We hope to win money there. Many of the industries from Taiwan and Korea are coming to India. So if they recruit plumbers, mechanics, they want them to know languages: Korean, Taiwanese Mandarin. So for this certificate course, they are ready to give money to JNU and we are expected to conduct it as a certificate course, where even Ph.D. students and others can teach”.