On Tuesday, November 26, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy recommended the shutting down of the presently strife-torn Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) for two years and after that, renaming it as Subhash Chandra Bose University.
Speaking on occasion of India’s Constitution Day, Swamy said that a shut-down of two years would suffice to “clean up the university” and then it should be renamed as Subhash Chandra Bose University.
While making the recommendation, Swamy said that there are numerous institutions named after Nehru and it is now time to rename institutions after other great leaders of the country.
“Subhash Chandra Bose is a nationalist and the name would have a positive impact on students. Why should everything be named after Nehru?” said Swamy when asked about the need to rename the university.
“There are so many universities in the name of Nehru. Jawaharlal Nehru University should be closed down, cleaned up and reopened as Subhash Chandra Bose University,” he said.
Asked if this would have an impact on students quality in JNU, Swamy said, “We will have civilised students after that (reopening and renaming of JNU) and not junglees like we have today.”
This has come up in wake of strike and protests going on in the university following the hike in fee structure. The university had been severely criticised for entertaining anti-nationalist slogans in the campus.