Jawaharlal Nehru University will be setting up a centre where students can study the 1947 partition and fill the historical gaps, says Vice Chancellor Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit
Vice Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Santishree Dhulipudi Pandit, announced on Sunday that the university would set up a centre to study the partition of 1947 in depth. A proposal for the same will be sent to the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the University Grants Commission (UGC). The goal of the centre is to research the partition, highlight the stories of people who were affected by it, and the horrors the country faced because of the division. It will also help study the refugees and the circumstances that made people migrate involuntarily.
The centre will be set up under the School of International Studies as it will focus on the partition’s impact on the entire South Asia region. Santishree added that education institutes have to fill up the gaps in history. Simply putting up exhibitions is a temporary step. So, to contribute to this, JNU must have a centre dedicated to partition studies that can help fill up the events’ gaps.
She further added that JNU wants to bring out the stories of ordinary people. They must study the letters people who went through the partition wrote. The centre will also help with refugee studies by researching the situation where people had to relocate forcefully.
Delhi University also recently announced that it would be setting up a research centre that will promote the study of our freedom movement and the partition.