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Nirmala Sitharaman, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to be conferred Distinguished Alumni Award by JNU

Nirmala Sitharaman, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar to be conferred Distinguished Alumni Award by JNU

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will confer the 'Distinguished Alumni Award' to Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman and Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, both are alumni of the New Delhi-based Central University.

According a varsity official, the Executive Council of JNU approved a proposal to bestow the award on Finance Minister Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister Jaishankar, during the third convocation of the varsity to be held in August this year.

Nirmala Sitaraman

Nirmala Sitharaman joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in 2008, and was made a member of the National Executive.

Ms Sitharaman completed her MA and M Phil degrees from the School of Social Sciences and School of International Studies, respectively.

Ms Sitharaman was the first woman to be appointed full-time Defence Minister of India in September 2017.

S Jaishankar

A graduate of St Stephen's College, Mr Jaishankar is an MA in Political Science and an MPhil and PhD in International Relations from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).

In 2019, Mr Jaishankar was conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of the country.

Mr Jaishankar, son of late K Subrahmanyam, one of India's leading strategic analysts, was a key member of the Indian team which negotiated the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal.

Mr Jaishankar was appointed as foreign secretary in January 2015. The 64-year-old had earlier served as India's Ambassador to the US and before that to China.

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