NEW DELHI: For all the country-wide debate about the alleged anti-national sloganeering on its campus, the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is set to be felicitated by President Pranab Mukherjee for being the best university as well as for its innovations.
The university has bagged two out of the three Visitor’s Annual Awards for 2016. The awards will be collected by Prof Rakesh Bhatnagar, who is heading a probe panel on the campus row, and the Molecular Parasitology Group of JNU.
The award for best research has been bagged by the Tezpur University. The awards will be presented on March 14 at the Rashtrapati Bhawan during the week-long Festival of Innovations, being organised in collaboration with the National Innovation Foundation (NIF).
The felicitation would give a big boost to the morale of JNU which has had to gripple with the controversy over the anti-national slogans raised on its campus. The varsity’s students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar, facing sedition charge, was granted bail last week.
The probe committee, comprising Prof Bhatnagar, Prof HB Bohidar and Prof Suman K Dhar, has already missed the deadline of March 3 and is yet to submit its internal inquiry committee report.