The Jawaharlal Nehru University has proposed a
trans-disciplinary research cluster at its campus which will promote
inter-disciplinary research work between students and researchers from
different faculties, said S K Sopory, vice-chancellor, JNU. The proposal for
this research cluster has been sent to the 12th Five Year Plan.
“The proposal for a cluster at JNU has been submitted to the
12th five year plan. The basic aim of such a cluster is to promote cross-talks
between different departments and foster creative and academic synergies.
Today, we need to create individuals with open minds and creating such clusters
is one way by which that can be done,” said Sopory.
While speaking on the sidelines of a two-day conference
organised by the Planning Commission and British Council, Sopory said, “The
idea behind such a cluster, said Sopory, is to use the research of the
brightest minds of science as well as humanities departments to try and address
issues ranging from climate change to public health.”
“There are so many
problems today that cannot be solved by one particular department. By limiting
our research work to one department, we are restricting our capabilities. We
are looking into cognitive science and planning to rope in all the different
schools, including linguistics, psychology, language, culture studies and
environmental sciences,” he added.
[Source: Indian Express]