These Are The JNU Research Studies That The Indian Taxpayer Is Paying For

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JNU has been in the eye of a storm lately — after its students protested and held Delhi hostage following a fee hike, questions were raised about the subsidies that the Indian taxpayer provides to the university. India’s taxpayers contribute nearly Rs. 300 crore a year towards the running of JNU, which pays for 96 percent of the university’s expenses. JNU’s supporters,however, argue that this money is spent towards producing “valuable research”.

It might be debatable how valuable much of this research really is.

We went through the research work that JNU students have put out over the years. These students spend considerable time on these projects — PhD researches can take anywhere between three and five years, and students during this period receive a monthly stipend of Rs. 28,000 from the government. Apart from the stipend, they also enjoy subsidized accommodation on campus which costs as little as Rs 10 per month. With these freebies from the ordinary Indian, this is the research that these students dished out.

1.β€˜Rethinking Gujarati Identity through the Image of Savita Bhabhi’

Though not technically a PhD thesis, this research paper claimed to “juxtapose Savita Bhabhi with other cultural products of contemporary times and tries to conceptualize the multifaceted image of the porn comic with various other popular media ” Savita Bhabhi might have been India’s best-loved porno, but one wonders if that justifies a researcher going through it for an extended period in the name of “valuable research.”

2. Sexual and gender relations in Mughal India

It’s not as though JNU’s scholars only study the sexual habits of contemporary India. They also go back — often way, way back. This PhD thesis aims to study the sexual and gender relations in Mughal India. While the sexual lives of the Mughals might have been colourful, it’s still debatable if we should be subsidizing this research in a country where millions still go to bed hungry.

3. Knowledge, attitude practices and sexual behaviour of urban educated youth: A Study of Kolkata

And if you don’t want to study pop-culture, or ancient history, but basically catalog a promiscuous summer you spent in West Bengal (and get the Indian taxpayer to pay for it), you can do a PhD thesis on the sexual behaviour of the “urban educated youth of Kolkata.”

4. Dress, fashion and femininity: A case study of fashion models, fashion designers, and women students

And while staying in a government-subsidized hostel at JNU, if you’d like to spend some time sampling Delhi’s famous clothing markets, you can take several years to study “fashion in Delhi metropolis.”

5. Consumerism and consumption: A study of markets in Delhi and Gurgaon

If you’d like to diversify your shopping, you can include neighbouring Gurgaon as well when you study “Consumerism and consumption: A study of markets in Delhi and Gurgaon.”

6. Leisure-time activities of college students of Delhi: A Sociological study

And if you’re loath to even leave your Rs. 10 per month hostel, you can do an entire PhD thesis while still in it. Someone in 1983 spent years studying the “leisure activities” of Delhi students, which was presumably a detailed account of the time they spent partying on the JNU campus.

7. Sexual behaviour of adolescents among the Akamba people of Machkos district, Kenya

But you can’t accuse the JNU of being too inward looking — they also do go out of their comfort zone to do their research. Someone in 2008 produced a PhD thesis on the sexual behaviour of adolescents among the Akamba people of Machkos district in Kenya. While the pickup lines that Akamba teenagers use are presumably fascinating, one wonders how the Indian taxpayer benefits from this “research”.

8. The Process of Decolonisation and Social transformation in South Africa

Africa is a region that also caught the fancy of JNU’s most famous export. Between politics, protests, and raising anti-India slogans, Kanhaiya Kumar managed to study the “The Process of Decolonisation and Social transformation in South Africa” during his time at JNU.

9. The reproduction of Islamic education: A study of two Madrasas of Mubarakpur, Uttar Pradesh

If you aren’t being fed enough Islamist propaganda at JNU, you can move to Uttar Pradesh and spend several years studying two madrasas, all funded by the Indian taxpayer.

10. A comparative study between Indian and Japanese prostitution

And the money shot? Someone in 2008 did a whole PhD thesis comparing prostitution in India and Japan. This thesis topic raises several questions: what promoted someone to spend several years of their life studying the differences between Indian and Japanese prostitution? Did the study involve any primary research? And perhaps more importantly, why did the Indian taxpayer pay for it?

35 thoughts on “These Are The JNU Research Studies That The Indian Taxpayer Is Paying For

      1. I thought JNU is only a kennel of naxals, antinationals and terrorists. It’s clear it is also den of pimps and prostitutes. There are a few exception though. This university has to be closed down and the property of it should be given to one of the scientific institutions of the country.

        1. Any respectable family would never like their wards to go to such institutes.
          Many of the “students” of this dirty place don’t look like students of any other institute in Delhi.

    1. These type of subjects not needed as a worthy citizen i don’t want my tax money to be spent on this i demand closure of JNU forthwith

    2. it is not the mistake of students, we Indians would like to know the guides who permitted the students to do research on these subjects. it is total wastage of the money spent on the jnu

    1. Yeah? Please do share the final results of the study. Especially the one comparing Japanese & Indian prostitution. I travel to Japan occasionally & would like to have a better understanding. Purely from an academic interest of course…

  1. What a shame, on these researchers and their guides; as well as the internal & external examiners who were so pervert. All expenses w/ 24% interest pa, are to be debited to them back (paid back to Govt Treasury).

  2. IT IS ATROCIOUS THAT WE COMMON PEOPLE ARE PAYING FOR THE PORNO RESEARCH BEING DONE BY THE SO CALLED THE POOR STUDENTS OF JNU. IT IS HIGH TIME SUCH RESEARCH TOPICS ARE SUSPENDED AND TEACHERS RESPONSIBLE FOR SELECTING AND AGREEING FOR LOW LEVEL RESEARCH TOPICS ARE MADE TO ANSWER THE AUTHORITIES.

  3. Despite such subsidies JNU has not produced a nobel laureate in India.
    None of topics can help Indian population to progress .It is shame and sham research.

    1. This sex research lab should be closed down with immediate effect. Besides it is dangerous to provide a safe nest for such anti national breeding. Hope and pray our Government will positively respond and take remedial action without wasting any more time or we might end up paying heavy price. It is a humble request.πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

  4. Why don’t some1 does ReSearch on the WayS/Means of Death of 1st PPM JLN,So that our Future Politicians, Specially ConGressis/Communists, Presstitutes/UrbanNaxals/Liberandos Will take Precautions/AntiDotes so that “They Don’t Suffer/Die With Sexual Related Diseases” and also Encourage “Scientists”for their RESEARCH

  5. Shocking. The research topics, context, perspectives, verifiable indicators, expected outcome – nothing got any relevance in the development sector of/in India.
    Tax payers’ money should be spent to the areas of burning (research) issues of Indian society, economy, govetnmentality, neoliberalism and post-neolibetalism, education, industry, history and genealogy, gross national income + products and their scopes and scales, public sector, health system, so on and so forth.

  6. Govt institution must be used for developing and pay back to the nation. IIT,IIM and other institutions, students must sign bond to serve the nation for at least 10 years. Why taxpayers money be used for some personal benefy? Govt must execute RTE in letter and spirit for children up to 14 years across the country.

  7. These are all very legitimate topics. Sociological and behavioural studies are along these lines in any university of the world. They are very useful in understanding human behaviour and, indeed, in forming policies if the government authorities care to look into them.

  8. Some of the topics are highly relevant in rapidly changing norms and attitudes, and others provide much needed cross- cultural and historical perspectives. Impressive.

  9. I am not going to blame students of JNU for this shitty research but their guides and teachers who are approving these shitty things. Shame on our government also who are not even able to keep check on this.

  10. These type of subjects not needed as a worthy citizen i don’t want my tax money to be spent on this i demand closure of JNU forthwith

  11. It is high time that PM takes note of these research topics and orders to close down the University or choose the topics that relevant to country’s growth and kick out the naxals in the guise of students and researchers.

  12. it is not the mistake of students, we Indians would like to know the guides who permitted the students to do research on these subjects. it is total wastage of the money spent on the jnu

    1. A majority of comments here are against such kind of research. Many calling it porn, prostitution,pimping n whatnot, probably the so called eductaed lot. Too narrow minded to see the relevance of such research. This shows we have still a long way to go when it comes to quality of education we receive in this nation.

  13. A majority of comments here are against such kind of research. Many calling it porn, prostitution,pimping n whatnot, probably the so called eductaed lot. Too narrow minded to see the relevance of such research. This shows we have still a long way to go when it comes to quality of education we receive in this nation.

  14. As a responsible Indian it is shocking to know that the taxpayers money is being burnt by such useless purposeless and aimless studies
    Know I realize why the students in JNUs are not interested in studies but more in treason and rioting I think time has come to ban JNU itself.

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