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JNU committed to freedom of thought, critical thinking: VC

He was speaking at the second convocation of the varsity, which was held almost 46 years after the first. VK Saraswat, the Chancellor of JNU and Niti Aayog member, was the chief guest.


PTI Last Updated at 08 Aug 2018, 15:08 IST India

Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar today asserted that the varsity is committed to encouraging critical thinking and freedom of thought among its students and faculty.

He was speaking at the second convocation of the varsity, which was held almost 46 years after the first. VK Saraswat, the Chancellor of JNU and Niti Aayog member, was the chief guest.

"JNU is generally perceived as a training ground for intellectual politicians and for a meaningful life in the Indian bureaucracy. It has produced some of the finest mindsets, politicians and bureaucrats and researchers like Muzaffar Alam, Alok Bhattacharya, S Jaishankar, Nirmala Sitharaman, Sitaram Yechury and so on," said Saraswat.

The VC's comments came in the backdrop of the JNU Students' Union's appeal to the JNU community to boycott the convocation, accusing Kumar of "muzzling their democratic rights".

"The best ideas are born when minds are allowed to roam free and think critically. JNU is committed to this freedom of thought and critical thinking with an emphasis on our fundamental responsibilities," Kumar said.

JNU should strive towards advocating the voice and aspirations of 1.3 billion Indians who would like to "see our country become stronger, remain inclusive and united on the foundations laid down by our ancient civilization", he added.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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