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JNU VC M Jagadesh Kumar pitches for higher investment in defence research

JNU VC proposes for a higher investment in defence research in the university Photograph: (WION)

WION Web Team Delhi, India Sep 04, 2017, 05.53 AM (IST)

Speaking at a seminar on  'Comprehensive View of India's National Security', Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar pushed for an increased investment in defence research for developing indigenous technology. Addressing students at the seminar, Kumar emphasized on the field of defence research to attend to India's security concerns.

During the day-long seminar, Kumar said: "One of the ways to address India's security concerns is to invest more in defence research to develop indigenous defence technologies."

He also spoke about "opaqueness in the country's security policy" with an aim to make it almost difficult for rival countries to neutralise the security cover.

Among other dignitaries, former army chief general (retired) J J Singh, former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal and former defence secretary Shekhar Dutt also took part in the seminar.

On the occasion, J J Singh said, "India's diplomacy, army and other bureaucracy needs a policy of integration to deal with modern international relations and security and study of India's geography is important to secure our borders."

Former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal said, "Indian diplomacy, army and the country's current leadership had a very clear success in the Dokalam crisis with China. India's position stands vindicated."

The seminar was organised by JNU's Centre for Media Studies and Global Counter-Terrorism Council to invite ideas for the students.

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