Jawaharlal Nehru University(JNU)
The Jawaharlal Nehru University was established on 22 April 1969. The University is located, since 1976, on a campus that is spread over approximately 4046856 square meter of land on the Aravali range in New Delhi, which has now been turned into a green and open area. Many academic buildings, hostels, and residences for faculty and staff have come up during the last forty years. Presently the University has over 7300 students, who come from all parts of the country and abroad, and from all sections of society. There are over 500 faculty members in addition to administrative officers and staffs who, along with students, live on campus, and they interact and mingle with each other irrespective of social or professional status.
The living ambience and social milieu of the campus is also reflected in an integrated, interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research. There is freedom to define and design course content or start new courses. Research themes evolve with new developments in the area and the interface between different areas of study. Everyone at the university competes with himself/herself to excel in their own field of research. JNU is academically and socially a vibrant place where all have space to express their views.
The ten Schools and four Special Centres of the University produce high quality research publications, books, working papers and MPhil and PhD theses. The JNU alumni occupy important positions in academics, government, private sector, and in fact in all walks of life. Recently JNU has been ranked by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as the top university in the country.
The University Library is a knowledge centre which has rich resources in Social Sciences, Humanities and Sciences. It is housed in a nine-storey building and has a carpet area of about 100000 sq.ft. It is situated in the midst of the academic complex of the University and is hub of all academic activities of the University. Established in 1969, it is a depository of some of the important publications of government and that of some important international organizations like WHO, European Union, United Nations and its allied agencies. The Library has a Cyber Library with 200 Computers for the students and research scholars to access the online resources.
In 2011, JNU has signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with INFLIBNET Centre for submitting e-Thesis into the Shodhganga - a central repository of E-Theses of Indian Universities. JNU has mandated submission of e-Thesis for MPhil/PhD Degree since February, 2012 so as to archive them in the Central Library.
A National Seminar on Managing Electronic Thesis and Dissertations was organised by Central Library, JNU in March, 2012. It was the first seminar on the topic to create awareness about ETDs in India. A training workshop on how to create ETD Archive using DSpace - open source digital repository software was organized by Central Library, JNU in July, 2012. The purpose of the Workshop was to train JNU Library Staffs along with professionals from universities and institution in India in digitization and creation of ETD Archive.
Digitization of all the theses and dissertations housed in Central Library, JNU was started in July, 2012 and was completed in a time bound manner by December, 2012. All digitized theses and dissertations have been uploaded on local server; and have been catalogued in Integrated Library Management Software - Virtua. All borne digital theses and dissertations received have also uploaded uploaded on the local server and catalogued in Virtua. Thus, now entire collection of approximately 22000 theses and dissertations are accessible online on JNU intranet from any part of the JNU Campus. Besides, as per MoU signed with INFLIBNET Centre, open access to 5,150 Ph.D. theses have been made available through Shodhganga - Central Repository created by INFLIBNET Centre, Ahmadabad with 3 years embargo period.
All faculty members and students of the University have been provided Turnitin account to check for plagiarism so that quality of research could be improved.