New Delhi, Jun 20 : Underlining the importance of academic autonomy of the varsity, Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University, V K Saraswat said that value addition to social goods should be one of the goals of the varsity. “vice chancellor should be free to decide whom to teach, what to teach and who will teach” said Saraswat.
Renowned scientist and newly appointed Chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Vijay Kumar Saraswat on his first visit after assuming the office narrated that bridging the gap between academia and industry is the most important aspect in order to achieve prolific results. He further added that education and research should be socially relevant and the knowledge generation should go beyond the individual excellence and translate into various positive benefits for the society.
The former DRDO chief also pitched for creating an ecosystem that would integrate various activities like innovation, value addition and research in collaboration with other universities in the country and abroad. A full-time member of NITI Aayog, Saraswat took the charge from former ISRO chief Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan whose five-year term ended on March 30.