Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will honour Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar with 'Distinguished Alumni Award' as per the official press release of the university. The decision to honour its alumns with this unique award was taken at the Executive Council meeting of the university. The Distinguished Alumni Award will be conferred to the Nirmala Sitharaman and Dr S Jaishankar at the third convocation function of the University to be held in August 2019, as confirmed by JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar.
Union External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar is an alumnus of JNU’s School of International Studies. She pursued and completed her M.Phil as well as Doctoral Research from JNU. She specialized in the field of nuclear diplomacy from JNU. On the other hand, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was a student at the University’s School of Social Sciences from where she earned her M.A degree while she completed her M.Phil from School of International Studies.
Announcing the decision to honour University’s alumns, the varsity issued a press release stating “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." The Union Ministers will be the first recipients of the 'Distinguished Alumni Award,' which is to be conferred by the university.