Amid the controversy over the university accusing several students “anti-national” for raising questions, vice-chancellor of the Jawaharlal Nehru Univiersity on Wednesday sought to project the varsity’s “nationalist” character, with a Wall of Heroes in commemoration of martyrs.
“Our soldiers are our guardians. They provide our nations security and peace. JNUs association with our soldiers is an honour for us. This is the real nationalist JNU,” the VC M Jagadesh Kumar, while inaugurating the wall.
An initiative of Vidya Veerta Abhiyan of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, the wall is located in JNUs Convention Centre where 21 portraits of Param Vir Chakra awardees are exhibited.
Participants also paid tribute to martyrs of the recent Sukma Naxal attack, and young Kashmiri army officer Lt Umar Fayaz who was abducted and killed. Rana P Singh, Rector-III of the varsity, said, “JNU is delighted and grateful for the opportunity to honour the valour and sacrifice of our martyrs”.
While Maj Gen P K Sehgal elaborated on professionalism of the armed forces, Col A K Tara shared his experiences of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Speaking on the occasion, former BJP MP Tarun Vijay said with the Wall of Heroes, JNU will become a role model for other universities and colleges in the country in recognising the services of the armed forces.
Vidya Veerta Abhiyan is a central government initiative to revive patriotism and aims to build Walls of Valour in colleges and varsities across the country.
Last year, a group of veterans had suggested to the JNU VC that portraits of martyrs and tanks used in wars should be displayed on the campus to instil nationalism in students.