It was founded in 1971 and has since then become a major centre for focusing on issues critical to India, to south Asia and Asia, and often to the rest of the world. It is also a major centre for research programmes in M.A. and M. Phil/PhD in politics.
The educational philosophy of the university gets translated into its somewhat unorthodox academic structure. Grounded in a faith in the unity of knowledge, JNU has sought to avoid the narrowly conceived Department structure of conventional universities, preferring instead to bring allied disciplines within a few broad and inclusive entities called Schools, under whose interactive ambit are placed the more specialized units, called Centres, There are also Special Centres that are outside even the broad structures of School but may grow further.
The University brings out four research journals which have high academic visibility in India and abroad. These are Studies in History, International Studies, JSL (the Journal of the School of Language, Literature & Culture Studies) and Hispanic Horizons. Several members of the JNU faculty also edit national and international journals besides the above four.
Towering above all academic complexes in university serene element, sitting on the confluences of the premises of school building is our great and time-honored central library. Its ground floor has a geographical spread of approx. 50000 Sq. ft. and the column of nine-storey building has a floor stretching itself in 6000 Sq. ft.
The objective of the University Health Centre (UHC) is to provide health care that is broadly comprehensive comprising preventive, curative and promotive services of high quality easily accessible and responsive to students needs within the resources provided by the University.
JNU is located in the southern part of New Delhi, Capital of India. and is well connected by road from the three main Railway Stations, i.e. New delhi and Delhi and Nizammudin railway station as well as the Inter-state Bus Terminus of Delhi. It is also a short distance away from the Indira Gandhi International Airport. In short JNU is easily accessible from anywhere in the world.
JNU itself has been given the status of the 'University of Excellence' by the UGC.
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