Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 8 (August)

JGU hosts commencement lectures at all eight schools

Mr. Sudhir Mishra delivers JGLS commencement lecture on The Future of First Generation Lawyering: Disruptions in the Landscape of Legal Practice

Mr. Sudhir Mishra, Advocate, Supreme Court of India; Founder & Managing Partner, Trust Legal, Advocates & Consultants delivered a Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) commencement lecture on The Future of First Generation Lawyering: Disruptions in the Landscape of Legal Practice on 31 July 2019 at JGU.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Sudhir Mishra is one of the leading & eminent Media, Broadcasting, Music Infrastructure and Environmental lawyers in India. Mr. Mishra has also developed considerable practice in the field of Music Laws having advised key industry players on issues involving transactional IPR. Mr. Mishra is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA) and the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA). He has also been appointed as the “India Coordinator” and “Co-chair” of the International Section of the NYSBA. Mr. Mishra is on the advisory board of publications of Business World and Exchange4Media.

Mr. Mishra is the Founder & Managing Partner of the full-service law firm, Trust Legal, which specialises in media laws, infrastructure laws, music law, ADR, health & environmental law. The firm’s litigation practice is growing phenomenally well, with more than 500 cases filed in TDSAT, representing various media and broadcasting giants of the field. The firm’s High Court and Supreme Court practice is highly respected in the field of Media broadcasting, Environment, Infrastructure and Healthcare Laws.

In 2018, the firm was awarded as the “Emerging firm in Media Broadcasting and Music Laws” by Legal League Consulting. In 2017, World Health & Wellness awarded Trust Legal as Law Firm of the year under the category Healthcare. Mr. Mishra is invited to speak at various conferences such as the 5th Smart Cities Conclave & Awards, 2017 and Enviro – Health Conference, 2017, etc. Indian Medical Association- Med Achievers Awards, by India Healthcare Excellence Awards 2014 In 2013, the firm was awarded as the “Best Law Firm of the year” by World Health & Wellness Congress and Awards.

Mr. Mishra had also been selected for one of the US Government’s most prestigious professional exchange programmes for foreign opinion makers offered to very few people across the world called International Visitors Leadership Programme sponsored by the USA May 2005. Mr. Mishra has a vast experience in representing clients both on the corporate and litigation side. He regularly appears before the SC, various High Courts, NGT, various statutory bodies such as SPCBs, CPCB, and Committees of MoEF. Mr. Mishra is a corporate strategist advising MNCs on environmental, infrastructure, music laws, merger & acquisitions, strategy etc. He is also an avid writer who regularly writes for publications like The Hindu, The Sunday Indian, The Economic Times, India Today etc.


Mr. Navin Gulia delivers JGBS commencement lecture on Leading Yourself

Mr. Navin Gulia, Founding Director & President of ADAA Welfare Society- for special children delivered a Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) commencement lecture on Leading Yourself on 1 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

An Ex-Army Officer and a World Record Holder in Adventure Sports, Navin Gulia is a multiple award winning, internationally acclaimed, Author, Adventure, Thinker, Orator and Social Worker.

He is a World Record Holder in adventure driving, for driving non-stop from New Delhi to the world to the world’s highest mountain pass Marsimik La at 18,632 feet height, in 55 hours of non-stop driving. A record that stands unbeaten till today.

He is a writer and writes in three languages. His English book ‘In Quest of the Last Victory’ published by Pearson Longman is a best seller in its category and so is his Hindi book ‘Veer Usko Janiye’ published by Prabhat Prakashan.

He is a social worker and runs an organisation called ‘Apni Duniya Apna Ashiyana’ for the welfare of unprivileged children.


Dr. Arvind Gupta delivers JSIA commencement lecture on National Security and Foreign Policy

Dr. Arvind Gupta, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation and Former Deputy National Security Adviser of India (2014-2017) delivered a Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) commencement lecture on National Security and Foreign Policy on 2 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Dr. Arvind Gupta is the Director of Vivekananda International Foundation, a Delhi based independent, nonpartisan think-tank focusing on research on foreign policy, defence, and security related issues from an Indian perspective. From 2014-17, he was the Deputy National Security Advisor and headed the National Security Council Secretariat in the Government of India. During 2012-14, he was Director General of the Institute for Defence Studies & Analyses, New Delhi. He was Lal Bahadur Shastri Chair on National Security at the IDSA during 2008-2014.  He is a former diplomat. He is also an Honorary Professor in the Department of Defence and National Security Studies, Punjab University, Chandigarh. His interests are in India’s foreign policy, security, history, culture and civilisation.

Having had 20 years of policy level experience in national security issues, he has published several books and articles on global, regional and national, security issues as well as foreign policy. 

His book How India Manages its National Security was published by Penguin India Ltd in 2018.


Dr. Ganesh N Devy delivers JSGP commencement lecture on Language and State

Dr. Ganesh N Devy, Thinker and Cultural Activist delivered a Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) commencement lecture on Language and State on 2 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Dr. Ganesh N Devy was educated at Shivaji University, Kolhapur and the University of Leeds, UK. Among his many academic assignments, he held fellowships at Leeds University and Yale University and has been THB Symons Fellow (1991-92) and Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow (1994–96). He was a Professor of English at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda from 1980 to 96. In 1996, he gave up his academic career in order to initiate work with the Denotified and Nomadic Tribes (DNT) and Adivasis. During this work, he created the Bhasha Research and Publication Centre at Baroda, the Adivasis Academy at Tejgadh, the DNTRights Action Group and several other initiatives. Later he initiated the largest-ever survey of languages in history, carried out with the help of nearly 3000 volunteers and published in 50 multilingual volumes. He is a thinker, cultural activist and an institution builder, best known for the People’s Linguistic Survey of India and the Adivasi Academy created by him. He is credited to start the Bhaashaa research and Publication Centre. He writes in three languages—Marathi, Gujarati and English. His first full length book in English After Amnesia (1992) was hailed immediately upon its publication as a classic in literary theory. Since its publication, he has written and edited close to ninety influential books in areas as diverse as Literary Criticism, Anthropology, Education, Linguistics and Philosophy.





Mr. Rahul Ram delivers JSLH commencement lecture on Life Can Be Fun

Mr. Rahul Ram, Indian Bass Guitarist, Social Activist and Music Composer delivered a Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH) commencement lecture on Life Can Be Fun on 1 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Rahul Ram was born into a family of academics and teachers a long long time ago. He was a steady student in school, managing to stay around the 75th percentile without undue effort. He took part in dramatics, music and debating while in school. Rahul then embarked on a marathon 5 years of chemistry, first a B.Sc. from Delhi University (St Stephens College) and then a M.Sc. from IIT Kanpur. Like most IITians, he went to the US for further studies and completed a PhD in Environmental Toxicology from Cornell University in 1990.

On returning to India as an unemployed post-graduate, Rahul joined the Narmada Bachao Andolan. The first direct consequence was relative poverty! The second, and more important consequence, was a life-transforming experience working with tribals and farmers and learning about the workings of the Indian State from close-up.

Meanwhile, Rahul learnt how to play the guitar in school, and started playing bass with the school band. He continued to play with several semi-professional bands while in college, and played with various in-house bands during his two years in IIT. At Cornell, he did not play but was exposed to music from all around the world. On returning to India Rahul joined Indian Ocean in 1991, and has been with them to date. He has performed over 1100 concerts across 5 continents. In addition, he has, along with the band, composed and performed songs for five Indian films. In addition, he has sung songs for 8 Indian films independently of the band.

Rahul has been part of the political satire group Ai si Taisi Democracy since its inception in May 2014, and has performed dozens of shows all across India, and in Nepal and Dubai.


Mr. Harish Damodaran delivers JSJC commencement lecture on How to make Economic and Business Reporting Interesting

Mr. Harish Damodaran, National Editor (Rural Affairs and Agriculture) of The Indian Express delivered a Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC) commencement lecture on How to make Economic and Business Reporting Interesting on 1 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Harish Damodaran is National Editor (Rural Affairs and Agriculture) of The Indian Express. A journalist with over 27 years of experience, including previously with The Hindu Business Line and the Press Trust of India, much of his career has been devoted to agribusiness and rural reporting. Damodaran is also the author of India’s New Capitalists: Caste, Business and Industry in a Modern Nation (Permanent Black/Palgrave Macmillan, 2008 & Hachette, 2018), a book that looks at the ethnic origins and evolution of India’s business class, especially in the post-Independence period. He has been a Fellow of the New India Foundation, Bangalore (2004), Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania (2008) and Poynter Fellow at Yale University (2009). Damodaran is currently working on a business biography of the founder of India’s third largest industrial house at the time of Independence.


Mr. Aman Nath delivers JSAA commencement lecture on Waste to Value: Engaging Architecture

Mr. Aman Nath, Founder & Chairman of Neemrana Hotels delivered a commencement lecture on Waste to Value: Engaging Architecture on 2 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

In 1986, Aman Nath acquired Neemrana Fort-Palace and began its restoration. The hotel opened in 1991.

Aman Nath is a historian by education. From an early age he has written poetry, as also practiced graphic design and copywriting for several path-breaking advertising campaigns. He has co-written and authored thirteen large-format illustrated books on art, history, architecture, corporate biography and photography, two of which have won national awards. His Jaipur book was the first Indian book chosen by Christie’s for worldwide distribution. Two of these books are also used as the official gifts of the President and the Prime Minister of India.

Aman Nath the youngest founder member of INTACH was also the curator of Art Today, the contemporary art gallery of India Today for seven years where he had earlier looked after the arts pages of the magazine. Actively involved in the restoration of India’s lesser-known architectural ruins, he is the co-founder of the Neemrana non-hotel Hotels, which were nominated in 2004 for the Aga Khan Award, and have won awards from Unesco, the Indian travel trade industry, as well as National Awards from the Government of India. The word ‘Neemranification’ has now come to symbolise a viable and sustainable heritage tourism involving the local communities so that their rural pride resurges to win the battle to counter migration to urban slums.

Aman Nath is an inveterate traveller and has contributed to several travel magazines: after walking 400 kms to Mount Kailash in Tibet; to a hidden monastery between Rohtang and Leh; or to the sub-Antartic in an ice breaker, just after the film Titanic was released! Among the many prizes he has received, the latest was the Condé Nast Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017.


Mr. Anand Chandrasekhar delivers JSBF commencement lecture on Reimagining Banking –  Change, Competition, Culture, Connected & Clients

Mr. Anand Chandrasekhar, Managing Director & Head, Global Subsidiaries Group, Citibank India delivered a Jindal School of Banking & Finance (JSBF) commencement lecture on Reimagining Banking-Change, Competition, Culture, Connected & Clients on 1 August 2019 at JGU.

About the speaker:

Mr. Anand Chandrasekhar is the Head for Citi’s Global Subsidiaries Group in India and manages one of the largest client groups for the Corporate Bank in India. With Citi since June 2002, he has undertaken several roles within Citi in India. From 2002 to 2010, he essayed various roles in Citi’s Commercial Bank before heading the business in South India. In April 2010, he moved to the Corporate Bank as the Head for the Global Subsidiaries Group for Southern India, covering the key markets of Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. In April 2014, he was appointed as the Head for the Global Subsidiaries Group in India. He has over 23 years of banking experience and is currently based in Mumbai. The Global Subsidiaries business in India is the largest for Citi globally. As one of its key architect, he has been instrumental in re-inventing and reenergizing the business into a client focused, industry aligned unit. His business unit of 50 is considered to be the crème-de la-crème when it comes to corporate bankers/teams. Mr. Chandrasekhar is a Graduate in Physics and has done his MBA from the School of Management Studies in Cochin, Kerala. A keen sportsman, Mr. Chandrasekhar is married with two kids.