Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global university
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), L.M.(Harvard), S.J.D (Hong Kong)
We have several special and important events to report this month.
JGU was awarded the first rank on the Swachhta Rankings of all Higher Educational Institutions in India. This is a significant testimony to JGU’s dedication and persistence in creating a University campus that is world-class. It is also an important milestone for JGU as we celebrated our eighth anniversary and University Day on 30 September.
Earlier in the month, JGU was also awarded recognition under University Grants Commission (UGC) Section 12B. The status makes JGU eligible to receive government funds for research projects and education programmes for the benefit of our faculty and staff.
As part of the University's ongoing efforts to provide transnational educational opportunities for our students, we have launched the Jindal-Oxford Programme on Liberal Arts. The two-week residential programme is based on Oxford's renowned Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) course and will complement JGU’s vision to offer strong interdisciplinary academic programmes.
Our six schools have hosted several important academic events this month. At Jindal Global Law School, Swami Agnivesh, Founder, Bandhua Mukti Morcha, delivered the Third Arjun K. Sengupta Memorial Lecture, and inaugurated the seminar on "Human Rights and Development: Transforming Legal Norms into Social Justice". Jindal Global Business School inaugurated the new B.Com (Hons.) programme with an accompanying panel discussion on "Innovative Management Control System for Effective Performance & Sustainability". As part of the launch of the JGU-University of Queensland joint course on “Sport Law and Governance” facilitated by the Centre for India-Australia Studies, JGU had the privilege to host the cricketing greats Bishan Singh Bedi and Michael Kasprowicz on the University campus.
Two students of the MA programme in Public Policy at the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy have launched a policy blog that aims to discuss, debate and share local, national and global policy issues with a wider audience. I congratulate Geetika Khanduja and Aparna Sivaraman for their commitment to promoting academic and policy debates, and hope that more of our undergraduate and postgraduate students are inspired by this initiative.
The JGU Book Club organised the University's first ever Literary Festival named Sahityam, aimed at promoting a love for literature and various art forms and expressions. The efforts were led by Nisha Nair, Assistant Professor, JGLS and her dedicated team, including Tanessa Puri and Aadhiswaran Shanmugam. I hope that the Festival becomes an annual feature on the JGU campus.
Several JGU sports teams participated in national tournaments this month, performing exceedingly well against some of the best university teams from across the country. I congratulate members of all the teams, in particular the University swimming and squash teams, for their commitment and sportsmanship.
We have continued to strengthen our institutional partnerships with leading institutions. This issue includes a report on a 4-day visit to Australia by faculty members of the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), led by Principal Director, Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev Sahni. The visit aimed to explore collaborative opportunities across a range of mental health issues and interventions and programmes for potential adaption in India. New and existing collaborations in these areas will strengthen ongoing efforts by JIBS to promote mental health awareness, in particular, across schools and higher education institutions in India.
With warm wishes,
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar
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.
The Performing Arts Society presented a theatrical production on "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" in association with the JGU literary fest, 'Sahityam', organised by the JGU Book Club.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building and Critical Perspectives on Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Conversation Series hosted an interactive seminar on "Globalization, Corporate Accountability and Human Rights" by Caio Borges, Lawyer, Conectas Human Rights, Professor, Getúlio Vargas Foundation and Senior International Associate, Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, JGU.
The JGU Book Club hosted the first edition of the JGU Literary Festival "Sahityam" with events ranging from poetry writing, creative writing, quizzes, plays, book discussions, music, debates, and other performances.
The Jindal Centre for Israel Studies and the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy hosted a public talk on "The Common Space: Ethical, Social and Practical Aspects in Anupam Mishra's Contemporary Water Philosophy" by Ricki Levi, PhD Scholar, The Porter School of Environmental Studies, Tel Aviv University.
The Jindal Centre for Israel Studies hosted a public talk on "A Social History of Israeli Archaeology: From 'Biblical Archaeology' to 'Scientific Archaeology'" by Dr. Hai Ashkenazi, PhD, Tel Aviv University.
The JGU Rotaract Club celebrated Teacher's Day with an event hosted for JGU faculty members
Agora hosted a panel discussion on "Are We Living in a Decivilizing Society?" to celebrate the launch of the book "The Decline of Civilization" authored by Dr. Ramin Jahanbegloo, Professor and Vice Dean, JGLS and Executive Director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Nonviolence and Peace Studies, JGU.
The Critical Theory Workshop & Reading Group hosted its first session of the semester with the broad theme, Feminist Theory and Literature.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a public lecture on "Hinduism: Making of a Syncretic Religion?" by Dr. Kunal Chakrabarti, Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Centre for New Economics Studies hosted a discussion on "Aggression and Hope in Political Conflict: Exploring the Intricacies of Violence in Kashmir" by Dr. Sramana Majumdar, Department of Psychology, School of Undergraduate Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi, as part of the Centre's discussion series Politica.
The Jindal Global Law School hosted a public lecture on "Examination of Expert Witnesses: A Prosecutor's Perspective" by Mr. Rajesh Kumar Choudhary, District Attorney, Haryana Police Academy, Madhuban, Karnal.
The Jindal School of Journalism & Communication hosted a panel discussion on "Future of Newspapers in India: Survival Strategies and the Way Forward" with Bharat Bhushan, Editor, Catch News, Kaveree Bamzai, Editor (Special Projects), India Today, and Sandipan Deb, Editorial Director, Swarajya Magazine
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a a talk on "A New Understanding of the Law Making Process" by Dr. Kaushiki Sanyal, CEO and Co-Founder, Sunay Policy Advisory Pvt. Ltd., and Professor Rajesh Chakrabarti, Professor and Executive Vice Dean, Jindal Global Business School, and Co-Founder, Sunay Policy Advisory Pvt. Ltd.
The Jindal School of International Affairs hosted a public lecture on "Post-Brexit British Views of the World and the Dream of a Global Britain” by Dr. John Hemmings, Director, Asia Studies Centre, The Henry Jackson Society, London.
The Jindal Global Law School hosted the Third Arjun K. Sengupta Memorial Lecture. The lecture was delivered by Swami Agnivesh, Founder, Bandhua Mukti Morcha.
September 13 - 14
The Biswamil Team hosted the BITE Food Festival along with open mic nights, movie screenings and game stalls.
The Jindal Global Law School hosted a seminar on "Human Rights and Development: Transforming Legal Norms into Social Justice". The Inaugural Address was delivered by Swami Agnivesh, Founder, Bandhua Mukti Morcha.
The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a public lecture on "Situating Women, Goddesses and Social Attitudes in Indian History" by Dr. R. Mahalakshmi, Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.
The Jindal School of International Affairs hosted a public lecture on "Conspiracies, Fake News and Disinformation: Instruments of Russian Information Warfare in Europe and Beyond" by Professor (Dr.) Kiril Avramov, Department of Political Science, New Bulgarian University, Bulgaria.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building and the Centre for Comparative and Global Education hosted a research seminar on "Sustainable Development Goals and Mandates of UNESCO Institute for Statistics" by Shailendra Sigdel, Statistical Advisor for South Asia, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.
The Center for India-China Studies hosted the 19th India China Lunch Talk on "Student Experiences in China".
The Jindal Global Law School hosted a public lecture on "Feminist Lawyering" by Indira Jaising, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India.
The Jindal Global Law School hosted a distinguished public lecture on "Game Theory and the Law" by Robert B. Ahdieh, K.H. Gyr Professor of Private International Law and Director, Center on Federalism & Intersystemic Governance, Emory Law School.