JNU ‘opens’ up possibilities for Delhi kids

| TNN | Updated: Nov 22, 2016, 02.26 AM IST
Times of India
School teachers, who had accompanied the students, praised the idea of the Open Day.
School teachers, who had accompanied the students, praised the idea of the Open Day.
NEW DELHI: Around 700 students from 11 city schools participated in the first Open Day — ‘Jan Jan JNU’ — conducted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Monday.

The university organised an exhibition on the inner workings of cells in the human body, technological advances in designing drugs, development of environmental issues and aspects of history, linguistics and other social sciences. The students were also shown a movie on the inception and development of the institution.

School teachers, who had accompanied the students, praised the idea of the Open Day. “Under this programme, students could learn about the broader aspects of research, which would help them in future,” said Poonam Sharma, a teacher of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pushp Vihar.

Even the students were very excited about the event. “It exposed us to several aspects of science like nanotechnology and the new developments in medical sciences,” said Ishita Sharma, a class X student of Ryan International School.

According to JNU Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar, the primary objective of any university was to contribute to the society, and for that the best ambassadors were students.

Addressing the students, IIT-Delhi Director Dr V Ramgopal Rao said that questions made one a better student. “One has to look at things from a learning aspect and focus on the society,” he said.

He said that JNU and Indian Institute of Technology were planning to join hands to solve the problems of the society. “We want the students to attend common lectures and take up joint projects and then develop products to solve the issues,” the VC said.

“This would allow the students of our school to know more about the university and the latest technological developments. It also provided them with an opportunity to interact with students of private schools,” said Tanay Tyagi, a teacher of Government Girl’s Senior Secondary School, Tughlaqabad.

However, many schools had sent only science students to attend the programme and the humanities section had very few visitors.

Meanwhile, the JNSU complained of mismanagement and said that none of the students’ bodies had been invited to showcase “the political aspects of the university”. “If they called it Jan Jan JNU then they should have invited all the bodies,” said Mohit Pandey, JNUSU president.

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