Inside JGU 2020 - Issue 1 (January)

Faculty Spotlight 

Professor R Sudarshan invited to speak at the 63rd SKOCH Summit

Professor R Sudarshan, Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy was invited to speak at the Public Policy Forum & LITFest at the Panel Discussion on ‘The Art and Science of Economic Policy’ of the 63rd SKOCH Summit: Public Policy Forum at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.

Dr. Milindo Chakrabarti invited to first Think20 (T20) meet in Riyadh

Dr. Milindo Chakrabarti, Professor, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy was invited by the Think20 (T20) meet to attend their inception meet held in Riyadh on 19-20 January 2020. Under Saudi Arabia’s G20 presidency in 2020, King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC) and King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (KFCRIS) are coordinating the activities of the T20 Saudi Arabia. The T20 is the G20 think tank engagement group, bringing together organisations and researchers from around the world to write policy briefs to support the G20 priorities for 2020.

Professor Thomas Mical co-authors book Architecture and Ugliness: Anti-Aesthetics in Postmodern Architecture

His co-authored book, with Wouter van Acker, “Architecture and Ugliness: Anti-Aesthetics in Postmodern Architecture” was published by Bloomsbury (London, UK) in January 2020.


In addition, Professor Mical delivered a lecture on “6 Pathways for Doctoral Research” and participated in a ULB Master Class. In December 2019, he led a Roundtable to discuss design research methodologies and international mobility for doctoral design researchers. This is part of his appointment in 2019 for multiple visits at the Université Libre de Bruxelles School of Architecture to help develop their practice-led PhD in Architectural Design and PhD in Artistic Methods.


He was also invited to University College London Bartlett School of Architecture to deliver a lecture on “Pataphysics of the Brutalist Surface” for the Masters and PhD students in Architectural History and Theory. Possible future visits to UCL for the end-of-year exhibitions for JSAA students were discussed. He visited the Architectural Association, British Library, and London School of Economics where he was previously affiliated, and documented architectural works by Nicholas Hawksmoor and Sir John Soane for a future psycho-geography project. 


In December 2019, in Chicago, he documented modern designs by Bertrand Goldberg and Frank Lloyd Wright, and SOM. He discussed the exchange of doctoral students and scholars with the PhD program in Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology College of Architecture. Here Dr. Mical had first taught the first doctoral Research Methods Proseminar back in Mies van der Rohe’s Crown Hall when he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the History of Modern Thought in Architecture.