Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global university
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), L.M.(Harvard), S.J.D (Hong Kong)
The month of August is an annual milestone for JGU as a new academic year begins. This August marked the start of the 9th academic session at JGU as the campus welcomed over 1200 new students and several new faculty and staff members to the University community. As new and returning students settle into the campus, we are always inspired by the passion and enthusiasm they demonstrate in leading new initiatives, reviving student societies, and sustaining student club activities. This month, the Legal Aid Clinic at the Jindal Global Law School won the 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work. I want to congratulate the student-led team and their faculty mentors, and am assured that this will serve as an inspiration to peers and colleagues to create and sustain efforts to engage more deeply with wider public and community issues.
Our lead story this month is the recognition by Australia of the JGLS LLB degree, making JGLS the first and only Indian law school to have its law degree recognised for the purposes of admission to legal practise in Australia. The recognition opens the door to an easier transition for JGLS graduates to pursue a legal career in Australia.
On August 7, we held JGU's Sixth Convocation Ceremony and Founder's Day celebrations where 401 students graduated from programmes across five schools. I extend my best wishes to all our 2017 graduates and their families.
JSIA student Thomas George Karimpanal has continued his exemplary performance in pistol shooting, and broke records at two national shooting championships this month. Thomas exemplifies a committed sporting spirit, dedication and discipline, and I hope that more of our students dedicate themselves to university sports and athletics.
For his unstinting support and efforts towards promoting mental health awareness across the country, Dr. Sanjeev Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, was felicitated with the Jeevan Kaushal Ratna Award this month. I congratulate Dr. Sahni and his dedicated team for their efforts.
We have continued to strengthen our international partnerships, and over the last month, we concluded important collaborative agreements with Otago University, New Zealand; Monash University, Australia; University of Applied Sciences, Denmark; Birmingham City University, UK; and University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria. A key objective of our internationalisation efforts has been to encourage joint research and this month, in collaboration with leading European universities, JGU won a European Union research grant that aims to revitalise the teaching of European Studies in Asian universities. I congratulate Dr. Vesselin Popovski, Professor and Vice Dean, JGLS, for leading this initiative.
JGU's schools and faculty members have consistently sought opportunities to positively affect and influence debate and policy making on pressing global issues. In the run-up to the 9th BRICS Summit in China, the Jindal School of International Affairs hosted BRICS Week with scholars, practitioners and government representatives from the BRICS countries to discuss important issues facing the grouping.
I want to congratulate Jeremy Wade, Isabel Salovaara and the rest of the team at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship for their continuing efforts in promoting innovation, not only through the Centre's research projects, training programmes and academic courses, but also by mentoring and encouraging our students to innovate. This issue features the story of myJGU, a virtual assistant created by Anish Krishnan of the JGLS 2013 batch. The application automatically provides key information about classroom locations, shuttle schedules, and meal menus, and will make it easier for the University community to access basic information quickly and conveniently. I hope that many more of our students will be inspired by JSiE and Anish's efforts, and pursue innovative and entrepreneurial projects.
I am delighted about the inauguration this month of the new University Health Centre and day care facility on the campus. The new facilities will strengthen our efforts to provide a world-class living and working environment for our residential students, and faculty and staff members.
With warm wishes,
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar
Legal Aid Clinic at Jindal Global Law School wins 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work
In an inspiring recognition of the outstanding work of the faculty members and students of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) in the cause of legal empowerment and social justice, the Legal Aid Clinic of JGLS won the 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work.
The award is a testament to the passion, commitment and dedication that JGU students have demonstrated to seek social change and contribute to social engineering through law and its instrumentalities. The award comes with a cash prize of £2,000. The members of the Clinic undertake a diversity of activities and have worked closely with the community to bring sustainable social impact.
The Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Awards recognises and champions meaningful and high impact community engagement activity led by law students in India who are trying to bring sustainable social impact in the community by using their legal knowledge. The awards programme invited entries from individuals or teams of students across all Indian law schools to showcase the contributions they are making in their communities. The two main categories were community investment through legal work and community contribution through volunteering. Entries were judged on the basis of four key parameters: social impact, project sustainability, innovation and presentation.
Congratulating student and faculty members on winning the prestigious community engagement award, JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, said, “This extraordinary achievement recognises the outstanding work of the faculty members and students of Jindal Global Law School in the cause of legal empowerment and social justice. The Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work is testament to the passion, commitment and dedication of our students and faculty to seek social change and contribute to social engineering through law and its instrumentalities.”
“I would like to thank all JGLS faculty members who have inspired, mentored and engaged with students in designing various initiatives and executing them in a socially impactful manner,” he added.
For community investment through legal work category, the shortlisted institutions included Legal Aid Clinic of Jindal Global Law School, Legal Services Clinic of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore, Antashchetana of Chanakya National Law University Patna. Apart from the shortlisted entries, various other institutions had also submitted their entries, including the Legal Aid and Awareness Committee of National Law University Jodhpur, ODRways - a tech initiative of NUJS.
Lauding the efforts of JGLS faculty and students, Chris Parsons, Chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills' India Practice, said, "The fact that the Legal Aid Clinic from JGLS has won the second edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills' Community Engagement Award gives me immense pleasure. I have watched JGLS grow from little more than a bold dream into one of the leading law schools in India. Apart from its strong focus on social causes, the school also produces exceptional lawyers. Two of its talented students also joined the HSF Indian internship programme this year and have impressed me so much that they will be joining the firm full time as trainee lawyers in London."
Sushant Chandra, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS, said, “The award is a huge testimony reflecting social commitment of our students to usher in social and economic justice in the society. The student members at the Legal Aid Clinic have helped in drafting PILs, setting up legal literacy camps, filing RTI applications and directly work with the communities around campus.”
“Two of our student members recently argued an RTI appeal before the Information Commissioner and the Commissioner liked them so much that he instantly offered them an internship,'' he added.
The Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS has been spearheading different initiatives related to access to education, health, strengthening access to information and creating awareness through various legal awareness camps. The Right to Education initiative has already helped many children from economically weaker sections in accessing to quality education.
JGLS faculty members Sushant Chandra and Ajay Pandey have essayed a pioneering role in the establishment of the Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS since 2009, whose philosophy and mission is to advance justice through the expansion of freedom. The formal award ceremony will be held on 7th September 2017 in New Delhi.
JGU’s 9th academic session began on 1 August 2017 with commencement lectures held across all six schools. The University’s youngest school, the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC), commenced its first semester with an inaugural batch of 60 students.
This academic year, 1,241 new students were admitted to various programmes across the schools. Out of the total, 45% are women students.
Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) had the highest number of admits with 573, Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) admitted 331, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) admitted 123, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) admitted 85, Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH) admitted 69, and 60 students were admitted to JSJC.
In terms of national geographical origin, the highest number of students admitted were from Delhi, followed by Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.
The JGU Admissions and Outreach team spearheaded outreach across India and internationally.
Members of the JGU Admissions and Outreach team, Mr. Arjun Puri, Head, Admissions and Outreach and Ms. Nishi Mishra, during an outreach campaign.
School students attend an outreach event hosted by the JGU Admissions and Outreach team.
SC Justice Dr D.Y. Chandrachud highlights the need of gender neutral parenting and sensitization at Jindal Global University's 6th Convocation Ceremony on August 7, 2017
The Centre for India-China Studies at JGU hosted the 16th India China Lunch Talk on "Confucianism, Socialism and Liberalism: Political Thoughts on Chinese Modernization" with panelists Chenyang Li, Professor of Philosophy and Founding Director of the Philosophy Program at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; Roger T. Ames, Humanities Chair Professor at Peking University, Berggruen Fellow, and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Hawai'i; and Tom Lairson, Professor of Political Science, JGU and Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Rollins College.
The Jindal School of International Affairs hosted a Public Lecture on "China's Political Future: Democracy, Meritocracy, or Both?" by Professor Daniel A. Bell, Dean, Faculty of Politics and Public Administration, Shandong University, China.
The JGU Dance Society hosted a performance by the Vyuti Dance Company, a dance troupe that emerged out of Aranyani Bhargava's dual experience of contemporary and classical dance. Vyuti comprises Artistic Director, Aranyani and dancers Aswathy Manoharan, Priya Kaul, Tony, Aloysius Pius, Archana Nair and Akanksha Tadapatri Ramesh.
The Centre for Development and Finance at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy hosted an Open Lecture on “Will Nepal Cross The Chasm?” by Sujeev Shakya, Founder CEO, Beed, a Nepal-based international management consulting and financial advisory firm that works in Bhutan, Cambodia, Nepal, Rwanda and the US.
The Centre for a New South Asia organised a Public Lecture on “Sources of Indian secularism? Dialogues on Politics and Religion in Hindu and Buddhist Traditions" by Dr. Brian Black, Lecturer in Religious Studies, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University.
The JSIA team of the Career Development & Placement Division organised a Students' Internship Experience Seminar on "What I Did This Summer" with Atharva Deshmukh, B.A. GA '15 and Sanjana Medipally, B.A. GA '15.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a talk on “The Open Conspiracy: Totalitarian Politics in India” by Professor Dilip Simeon, Professor of History, Ramjas College, University of Delhi and “Making sense of Hindutva” by Professor Purushottam Agrawal, Professor of Hindi, Ramjas College, University of Delhi.
The Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) hosted a movie screening of "City of God", a 2002 Brazilian film, and an open class of the inaugural session of the course Political Economy of Latin America with an interactive session with CALACS students who recently completed internships in Brazil.
JGU celebrated India's 71st Independence Day with H.E. Mr. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India and Dr. (Mrs.) Aruna Sharma, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Steel, Government of India as Guests of Honour.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a Public Lecture on "Decolonisation, Nationalism and Postcolonial Histories: The Case of French India" by Dr. Akhila Yechury, University of St. Andrews.
The Jindal Initiative on Research in IP and Competition (JIRICO) hosted the 1st JIRICO Global Writing Workshop & Research Colloquium.
The Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies hosted BRICS Week in the run-up to the 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China in September. The week-long series of events with scholars, practitioners and government officials from the BRICS countries discussed some of the most pressing issues to the grouping and the future of development cooperation.
The Centre for Comparative and International Taxation hosted a seminar on "Panama Papers: What the Biggest Data Leak in History Revealed about Offshore Finance and its Impact" with Ms. Pooja Rangaprasad, Policy Coordinator, Financial Transparency Coalition.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy hosted an Open Lecture on "Politics, Policy, ... and Panchayats" by Ms Rashmi Shukla Sharma, IAS (Retd.).
The JSIA team of the Career Development & Placement Division organised a Students' Internship Experience Seminar on "What I Did This Summer" with Shubhi Rathi, M.A. DLB '16, Anashwara R Ashok, M.A. DLB '16, Tahhira Somal, B.A. GA '15 and Kartikeya Dwivedi, B.A. GA '15.
The Centre for New Economics Studies hosted an interactive session on "Understanding Urban Informality and Exclusion: A Study in Delhi" with Akriti Bhatia, Research Scholar, Delhi School of Economics.
The Centre for Law and Humanities organised a Public Lecture on "Caste in Contemporary Times: Why and How Does It Matter?" by Professor Surinder S. Jodhka, Professor of Sociology, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Centre for International Legal Studies organised a Public Lecture on "Decolonising the High Seas" by Professor Kirsten Sellars, Faculty of Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The Centre for Ethics, Spirituality and Sustainability at the Jindal Global Business School organised a Guest Talk on "Personal Mastery and Self Awareness for Leadership Excellence" by Mr. V. Srinivasan, former Director, HR, Randstad and currently with Heartfulness Institute.
The Peer Educator Program hosted an evening of fun with a Tug of War competition. With the new semester in full swing and society orientations each day, students struggle with the push and pull between academics and co-curricular activities. The event represented this struggle for balance and facilitated students to know their peers better, have fun, bond better and embark on their voyage to find balance in college life together.
The Literary Studies Program at the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities hosted a talk on “What is the Point of Children's Literature?" by Professor K. Srilata, poet, fiction writer and Professor of English at IIT Madras.
The Department of Physical Education hosted a T-20 Cricket Match between the JGU Cricket Team and the JGU Alumni Cricketers' XI Team.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a Public Lecture on "The Cultural Project of Hindu Rashtra" by Akshaya Mukul, Senior Journalist, Times of India.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy and the Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a talk on "Law and the Re-making of Ahmedabad" by Dr. Rukmini Barua, post-doctoral researcher at re:work, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
The Jindal School of International Affairs hosted a Public Lecture on "The US-Japan-China Strategic Triangle and Future of Maritime East Asia" by Dr. David Arase, Professor of International Politics, The Hopkins-Nanjing Center, Johns Hopkins SAIS.
The Jindal School of International Affairs hosted a talk by Teesta Setalvad, journalist, activist, and human rights lawyer on her initiative ‘Khoj - Education for Pluralistic India’.
The Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities hosted a Guest Lecture on "Minority Question: Actors, Institutions and Debates in India and Germany" by Dr. Razak Khan, Research Fellow in the "Modern India in German Archives" project at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Göttingen.
The Centre for United Nations Studies hosted a lecture on "Human Rights and Liberalism Under Challenge" by Dr. Anja Mihr, Program Director, Center on Governance through Human Rights, Leuphana University, Berlin.
The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy organised an Open Lecture on "State Processes, Ideas and Institutional Change: Case of Right of Information Act in India" by Dr. Himanshu Jha, Lecturer and Research Fellow, Department of Political Science, South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University.
The Jindal Centre for Israel Studies hosted an event on "Tales from Israel", in conversation with students who spent a month in Israel attending various summer programs.
The Center for India-China Studies hosted the 18th India China Lunch Talk on "India-China Stand Off: Strategic Perspectives" by Maj. Gen. (Retd.) G G Dwivedi, Professor, Aligarh Muslim University.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building and the Centre for Comparative and Global Education hosted a research seminar on "Gauging the Impacts of Community University Engagement Initiatives in India" by Ms. Wafa Singh, India Research Coordinator, UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research & Social Responsibility in Higher Education, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.
The Jindal Global Business School inaugurated the B.Com (Hons) Programme and hosted a Panel Discussion on “Innovative Management Control System for Effective Performance & Sustainability”.
The Peer Educator Program hosted origami making sessions with the aim to release stress and develop patience.
Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Professor and Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, speaks to The Pioneer about the Blue Whale Challenge, suicidal tendencies and influence of digital channels on youth