New Delhi, June 13: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) administration has decided that it would confer its first-ever Distinguished Alumni Award to Union Ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar. The decision was taken by the university’s Executive Council (EC) in its meeting held on Monday, informed JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar.
Briefing more about it, Kumar said, as reported by Indian Express, "The Executive Council in its meeting on June 12 unanimously approved a proposal to bestow Distinguished Alumni Award on two of its illustrious alumni, Minister of Finance Nirmala Sitharaman and Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, during the third convocation of the university to be held in August 2019." Nirmala Sitharaman, Finance Minister, to Chair GST Council Meeting on June 20; Likely to Reduce Items Under 28% Slab
Adding on, he said, "Their highly distinguished career and achievements have made the university very proud and they are a great source of inspiration for JNU students and researchers. They will be the first recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award to be conferred by the university."
It is to be known that Sitharaman completed her MA and M Phil from the School of Social Sciences and School of International Studies, while Jaishankar did his M Phil and PhD from the School of International Studies, the university said. Jaishankar specialised in nuclear diplomacy.