Jawaharlal Nehru University Current Affairs - 2020

Nature Index

The Nature Research, a division of the popular Springer Nature recently released Nature Index. India secured 12th rank in the index.


The countries that secured top 5 places in the index includes USA, China, Germany, UK and Japan. The top Indian Institutes that were rated high by the index include CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) and IISc Bangalore. Also, three institutions found their places among top 30 Indian Institutions according to Nature Index 2020 ratings. They are

  • Indian Association for Cultivation of Science (IACS), Kolkata at the 7th position
  • Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) at 14th position
  • N Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Kolkata at 30th

About Nature Index

The Nature Index is created based on the author affiliation database collected from research articles that are published in around 82 high-quality science journals. These indices are of high importance for the current scenario of COVID-19. This is because, they help to track the researches.

The Nature Index is updated monthly and also releases annual tables of country.

JNU signs MoU with IIT Delhi for Research, Technology Development

The two premier institutions, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and IIT Delhi inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in research, education and technology developments in science and other disciplines.

Key Highlights of MoU

MoU Objective: To recognise each other’s strengths and co-operate in research, education and technology developments in disciplines of science, engineering, management and social sciences.

As per JNU, the agreement will not only bring the two institutes together but will enormously benefit teaching, research and technology development of social and national importance.

The JNU and IIT Delhi collaboration will also facilitate access to each other’s libraries and central research facilities. This will further intensify joint research projects and other related academic activities.

JNU is committed towards working together with IIT Delhi in establishing joint ventures (JVs). These JVs will specially emphasise on disaster research and a comprehensive study of North Eastern regions of India as the research in these areas will generate much input for policies and governmental programmes. JNU has already established Special Centre for North Eastern Studies and a Special Centre for Disaster Research.