The pursuance of a global research agenda lies at the centre of our goal to build a world-class institution of learning. Faculty research at JGU has been encouraged through five important and interrelated initiatives.
First, teaching responsibilities of faculty members are appropriately balanced with their research aspirations. Secondly, the University’s Staff Development Policy has supported faculty participation in national and international conferences for presenting their research. Thirdly, the University’s research centres also provide a sharper focus to specific aspects of research for faculty members who while pursuing their research agenda are able to bring together other researchers in India and around the world to participate in collaborative research with their Centres. Fourthly, through the University’s Research Grants Committee, faculty members are awarded research grants to pursue individual research. And finally, the University has encouraged and incentivized faculty research and publications through the annual Research Excellence Awards, and through monetary awards for outstanding publications.
Our institutional, academic and administrative functioning is geared towards enabling, supporting and encouraging our faculty members to undertake rigorous, transdisciplinary, and collaborative research. Over the past six years, JGU’s faculty members have collectively produced over 600 publications. These include research papers and articles published in national and international journals, edited and authored books, book chapters and several research reports, many of which have been in some of the world’s most prestigious journals and publishing houses. Over 50% of these publications are international publications and over 50% are published in other journals.
A mark of our success relates to JGU faculty research being increasingly referred to by scholars and practitioners around the world. Our growing impact is also evident in the increasing number of research projects and consultancies that our faculty members, and research centres and institutes are collaborating on with external agencies and organizations.
In addition to institutional mechanisms to support faculty research, JGU has been committed to preserving institutional autonomy and academic freedom for our scholars, researchers, and students. Professor Stephen Marks, François – Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, a member of the JGU Governing Body and visiting professor at JGU, speaking at the inauguration of the Times Higher Education BRICS and Emerging Economies Universities Summit in December 2015 reiterated this commitment when he stated: “Academic freedom consists in protecting the intellectual independence of professors, researchers and students in the pursuit of knowledge and the expression of ideas without interference by anyone inside the university, or by legislators or other authorities outside the institution itself”.
In addition, as the Sonipat Declaration on World-Class Universities in BRICS and Emerging Economies resulting from the Summit states, “academic freedom requires that students, faculty, and other researchers have freedom to teach and disseminate ideas and information, however inconvenient to university or state authorities, without fear of reprisals from university or state officials, including providing legal safeguards where appropriate.”
Between 2009 and 2015, JGU faculty members across our six schools have published in more than 200 reputed national and international journals, in addition to contributing to national and international dailies and magazines. A selected list of these journals, newspapers, and magazines is listed below.