July 24, 2017

VC’s should not try to force nationalism into students,It is not his Job.

by Prince Chandran

Jawaharlal Nehru University has been in the news in the recent times for all the anti national issues and the students who raised many slogans against India . Now the vice chancellor has asked the Union Ministers Dharmendra Pradhan and General VK Singh to give him an Army tank to place it in the prominent place in the campus just to constantly remind the students of the sacrifices Indian Army has made. He also celebrated Kargil Vijay Diwas on the campus in collaboration with Army veterans for the first time.

It is not the VC’s job to force nationalism in students and certainly not through installing a tank in the university.There are many issue swhich the VC has to look into due to the recent turmoil many students were not able to complete the courses . Seats for research have been drastically cut. The VC does not seem overly concerned about this. Celebrating military victories is best left to those who have expertise in the field and to politicians and the public if it so wishes, not to academics.

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Nationalism is something which must come from within and not through external militaristic displays. This action by the VC will only evoke protest, derailing studies further. This is of a piece with carrying giant tirangas as a symbol of nationalism. These attempts to unnecessary nationalism through these symbols are meaningless.

Educational institutions are not the grounds to display Nationalism one should be more concerned about the academics. This is clearly a political move to force nationalism into students. The VC has eroded the credibility of both his office and the institution by doing this.

The ministry for human resource development should take him to task and ask him to stick to his brief. The Army is more than competent to commemorate its achievements without such interventions from academics. It can only be hoped that this does not start a trend at competitive nationalism among universities, which would spell danger for higher education.

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