Professor and Dean, JGLS
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), L.M.(Harvard), S.J.D (Hong Kong)
I am delighted to be writing for the first issue of Inside JGU. The newsletter will serve as a regular source of news and information from the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
We ended the first quarter of this academic semester with the rare privilege of hosting President Pranab Mukherjee on the JGU campus for the second time in five years. The President inaugurated the international conference on “Universities of the Future: Knowledge, Innovation and Responsibility” organised by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) of JGU.
In January, we returned from the winter break to a new year on the campus, following a productive and eventful Fall semester. In early December, we marked a new milestone in our short history when JGU’s sixth school, the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication (JSJC), was launched accompanied by a distinguished panel that included the newly appointed Dean of JSJC, Professor Tom Goldstein. Professor Goldstein is a distinguished journalism educator, administrator and author, and previously served as dean of the journalism schools at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. Under Professor Goldstein's leadership, JSJC and its academic programmes will create new opportunities for young students to acquire professional skills from highly experienced and talented faculty members. JSJC will also enhance the interdisciplinary possibilities for teaching, learning and research at JGU.
Several other important events marked the previous semester. The World Congress of Criminology was hosted for the first time in India by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in December 2016. The JGU Human Rights Clinic was launched by the Centre for Human Rights Studies on Human Rights Day on December 10, 2016; the Clinic will assist victims of institutional violations of human rights in addition to furthering academic research. Both events are a testament to JGU's commitment to engage with pressing national and global issues.
In January this year, in another moment of pride for JGU, the Jindal Global Law School was ranked as the best private law school in India for the third consecutive year by Careers360. This issue of the newsletter also references our most recent engagement with leading universities and institutions in Australia as part of our goal to strengthen JGU's global partnerships and create new collaborative opportunities for the University.
In our continuing efforts to serve our students and the University community, several new initiatives and facilities were introduced on the campus this semester. These include infrastructural additions and improvements, including a new set of faculty offices, and the establishment of the Office of International Affairs & Global Initiatives and the Office of Academic Planning, Coordination & Interdisciplinarity. A new artist studio and workshop will complement our efforts to promote the arts and provide a holistic learning and living experience for our community.
I hope that students, faculty, staff, parents, our national and international partners and friends of JGU find this newsletter useful. I encourage you to write to us and share your stories and thoughts on how we could improve future issues of the newsletter.
With warm wishes for the new year,
Professor (Dr.). C. Raj Kumar
The 10-day visit to Australia by Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar, and Professor Shaun Star, Executive Director, Centre for India-Australia Studies, is part of JGU’s larger vision to establish strong international collaborations with universities around the world as we mark seven years of institution building. While JGU has international collaborations with over 160 education institutions in 44 countries, they tend to be focused more on North America, Canada, UK, Europe and to a limited extent in parts of Asia, Latin America and Africa. While we will continue to build on these collaborative initiatives, there is a new impetus to develop and strengthen international collaborations with leading universities in Australia that are truly world-class institutions of learning and can provide new opportunities for JGU's students and graduates.