A typical day in JNU means being in many places at the same time. So in the morning I was at an Ethics in Research seminar, and Raghu who was peer group in the 70s spoke interestingly about the nature of social science research and why confidentiality and security might actually raise problems for access to materials, and therefore may be detrimental to democratic discussion. At 3 pm, in an entirely different location old students of JNU gathered and Prof Romila Thapar gave us a sense of how important it was to pursue the task of academics for the sake of academics, and that the rigour that was needed was essential to the cause and could not be sacrificed for any reason. Peter De Souza in his usual charming fashion spoke about the ways in which the radical JNU student of the 70s was essentially a free spirit, fearless and concerned with the space of the University as one which depended on enterprise and dialogue. Neerja Jayal was forthright about having a future in academics where JNU would not compromise its right to be different, for that was why it was set up, that was the original mandate. The two scientists, one of them VC Sudhir Sapory said that JNU's real strength came from interdisciplinarity and they hoped that this would be further strengthened both within the Centres, and across Schools.
I skipped the alumnus dinner and the concerts because I wind up early, and hopefully no one minds that I dont turn up for evening functions. In the 15 years I have taught in JNU, I have only been to three collegial or public dinners, and clearly its okay!Thanks to Chandrashekhar Tibrewal for getting us all together, and for the great love he has for his alma mater networking with the team for many months.