The Jawaharlal Nehru University Act, 1966
(See section 4)
The University shall endeavour to promote the study of the principles for which Jawaharlal Nehru worked during his life-time, namely, national integration, social justice, secularism, democratic way of life, international understanding and scientific approach to the problems of society.
Towards this end, the university shall-
(i) foster the composite culture of India and establish such departments or institutions as may be required for the study and development of the languages, arts and culture of India;
(ii) take special measures to facilitate students and teachers from all over India to join the University and participate in its academic programmes;
(iii) promote in the students and teachers an awareness and understanding of the social needs of the country and prepare them for fulfilling such needs;
(iv) make special provision for integrated courses in humanities, science and technology in the educational programmes of the University;
(v) take appropriate measures for promoting inter-disciplinary studies in the University;
(vi) establish such departments or institutions as may be necessary for the study of languages, literature and life of foreign countries with a view to inculcating in the students a world perspective and international understanding;
(vii) provide facilities for students and teachers from other countries to participate in the academic programmes and life of the University.