News Letter

Issue5 | June 2017

From the Founding Vice Chancellors Desk

C.Raj Kumar

Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global university
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), L.M.(Harvard), S.J.D (Hong Kong)

This issue marks the end of the summer and the beginning of a special academic year for JGU. We have welcomed around 1300 talented new students to the JGU campus last week. I want to congratulate the committed and passionate team members of the JGU Buddy Project, the student-run pre-orientation programme which over the past two years has not only helped to ease the transition of new students to the JGU campus, but has also created a welcoming and sociable environment for them. We are also welcoming 62 new full-time faculty members across our six schools. We are proud to have so many accomplished and experienced academics and practitioners join us in our efforts to build a transformative educational experience for our students.
 

As JGU begins the 2017-18 academic session, its six schools held Commencement Lectures delivered by distinguished academics, practitioners and artists. Mr. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group, Chennai, delivered the Commencement Lecture of the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC) on “Journalism in Context and the Digital Disruption”. The School began its first academic session on 1 August, and we are excited about the new opportunities that JSJC will create for students, faculty, and researchers, and in fostering a renewed sense of community on the JGU campus. 
 

As we begin this semester, we also have several new additions to the University's physical infrastructure and new initiatives that are aimed at improving the overall quality of life on the JGU campus for teaching, learning, research and living. The heart of this effort is to create new, innovative and transformative imaginations within JGU.
 

The last month witnessed several important events and initiatives at JGU. President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the edited book The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives at an event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 July where Nobel Laureate Professor Amartya Sen released the book. The volume was inspired by a March 2013 international conference that was inaugurated by President Mukherjee on the JGU campus, and the chapters are authored by leading scholars in the fields of law, management, educational theory, liberal arts, international relations, and science and technology studies.
 

Our efforts to strengthen JGU's institutional partnerships continued through this summer, with visits to universities and institutions in Eastern Europe, the United States and the United Kingdom. I want to commend the extraordinary efforts of Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, and Mr. Jitu Mishra, Senior Director, Human Resources who travelled to Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland for strategic meetings to explore new institutional partnerships. JGU's international collaborations have resulted in the organisation of summer and winter school programmes at leading global universities. This year, JGU students participated in summer schools at Oxford, Columbia, Harvard and at top universities in Eastern Europe. 
 

I want to congratulate Jeremy Wade, Isabel Salovaara and the rest of the team at the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship for leading JGU's efforts to promote social entrepreneurship, leading to JGU receiving a global higher education award last month at the UnLtd SEE Changemakers Recognition Awards 2017 held at the University of Oxford.
 

I am pleased to welcome the new Director of the Taiwan Education Centre (TEC) at JGU, Hsiang Chun Li. I wish her and the TEC team a successful semester. I thank Kaiyun Peng for her dedicated efforts in encouraging Mandarin language learning and promoting cross-cultural interactions on the JGU campus through the TEC.

With warm wishes,

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar

Monthly Spotlight

Monthly Spotlight: President Pranab Mukherjee receives first copy of the book "The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives" edited by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU

The book “The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives” edited by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, was released at an event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 July 2017.

President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book “The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives” at a book release event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 July 2017.

President Pranab Mukherjee receives the first copy of the book “The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives” edited by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, from Professor (Dr.) Amartya Sen.
The volume was edited by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and brings together leading scholars in the fields of law, management, educational theory, liberal arts, international relations, and science and technology, reflecting the multiple approaches that are necessary to address challenges facing the global higher education system. The volume provides international and comparative perspectives on higher education, and the contributors argue for fundamental reforms to bring about a renewed sense of purpose.

JGU Chancellor, Mr. Naveen Jindal, presents a memento to Former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The book was released by Nobel Laureate Professor (Dr.) Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor & Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University. Professor Sen also delivered the Special Address at the event. The book release was attended by Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU; Professor (Dr.) Virander S. Chauhan, Acting Chairman, University Grants Commission; and Mr. Sivaramakrishnan V., Managing Director, Oxford University Press India.

Watch the Address by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee at the book release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6L1zkU_0Ko

JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, presents a memento to Professor (Dr.) Amartya Sen. 

The event was jointly hosted by JGU’s International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) and Oxford University Press India.

 Read the full press release here: http://indianexpress.com/article/education/president-pranab-mukherjee-varsities-need-to-compete-globally-to-become-world-class/  

About the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd)

 The vision of the IIHEd is to contribute to promoting excellence in higher education in all its dimensions. IIHEd conducts research and offers advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education. The vision of IIHEd is to contribute towards institution building for nation building. For more information, please visit: http://iihed.edu.in/.

Celebrating our Students

Aishwarya Singh (14 JGLS), Coordinator, Legal Entrepreneurship Cell (LEC) at JGU, was interviewed by Startup Success Stories. The LEC at JGU was founded by Suprotik Das (12 JGLS) and Mishaal Suhail Nathani (13 JGLS) and is a pro-bono initiative aimed at providing holistic legal research solutions to early stage ventures, NGOs and individuals who may not be able to afford legal services. It is the first initiative of its kind at an Indian law school. 
 

Merlin Elizabeth Joseph (15 JGLS) cleared the DELF A2 Level exam in French. The DELF exam is an international certification in the proficiency of French language. It is conducted by the Centre international d’études pédagogiques (CIEP), France and is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). Merlin was enrolled in DELF classes taught by Ms. Shilpa Gupta, Senior French Instructor at JGU's Global Language Centre. Congratulations Merlin! 
 

Yuvraj Lamba (16 JGLS) won two silver medals in Men's Trap Shooting in two categories at the Haryana State Shooting Championship 2017 held in New Delhi. Yuvraj received his medals from Haryana Education Minister, Mr. Ram Bilas Sharma. Keep it up, Yuvraj!

Raveena Sethia (12 JGLS) was awarded a full scholarship from the Cambridge Trust by Justice Pratibha M Singh and Wolfson College to pursue the LL.M. programme at the University of Cambridge beginning in the Fall semester this year. We're proud of you, Raveena!

JGU Delegation Visits Eastern Europe to Strengthen Institutional Collaborations

A JGU delegation comprising Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, and Mr. Jitu Mishra, Senior Director, Human Resources travelled to Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland for strategic meetings to explore new institutional partnerships. The visit resulted in substantial progress on establishing various forms of collaborations with leading institutions in the three countries, including student exchange at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels, faculty exchange, joint research, joint conferences, and dual degree programmes. [Read the full report]

Watch
Professor Amartya Sen delivers the Special Address at the release of the book
The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives

The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives’, a book edited by Professor (Dr) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) was released by Nobel laureate Amartya Sen at Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17th July 2017. President Pranab Mukherjee was presented with the first copy of the book which has been published by Oxford University Press.

Articles
Events Diary

July 3

The Jindal School of International Affairs co-hosted an international conference on "Emerging Horizons in India-Vietnam Relations" to discuss 45 years of India-Vietnam relations. The Conference was hosted in association with Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) and the South Asia Research Group, Department of Political Science, University of Delhi, and was held at the NMML.


 

July 6

 

The Jindal Institute of Leadership Development and Executive Education hosted an event to celebrate the 82nd birthday of His Holiness The Dalai Lama.


 

July 27

 

The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) and the Centre for Comparative and Global Education at JGU hosted a research seminar on "Intertwined Narratives of Higher and Shadow Education in India: Re-conceptualising Educational Spaces and Policies in the Emerging Indian Knowledge Economy" by Dr. Jakob Williams Ørberg, Co-founder and Manager, Centre for Higher Education Futures, Danish School of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.


 

July 28-29

 

The Jindal Global Law School hosted a two-day Faculty Development Workshop that serves as a platform for faculty members to mutually share experiences and ideas on academic life at the university, and discuss emerging and persistent issues in research and teaching.

 

July 28-29

 

The Global Language Centre at JGU hosted a two-day workshop on "Academic and Research Writing".