Inside JGU 2018 - Issue 11 (December)

2009 – 2019: Celebrating 10 Years of Institution Building   


                                                                                    From the JGU Archives                                                                                                                                                                                     2010 Milestones

10 April 2010 – The First Internal Mooting Competition of Jindal Global Law School was held at the JGU campus in which twenty-four students participated. There were 12 teams in the semi-final round. From among these 12 teams, 4 teams were selected for the final rounds. External experts were invited to judge the final rounds.

August 2010 – Jindal Global Business School introduced the two-year global Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme.

September 2010 – JGU formally opened the University’s Central Library, covering an area of 25,000 sq. ft.

Monthly Spotlight : JGU organises conference on air pollution in Delhi NCR


The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy organised a conference on ‘Air Pollution in Delhi NCR: What Can Be Done?’ at the Jindal Global Educational & Professional Academy, New Delhi on 22 December 2018. Participants at the conference included Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU; Mr. Vijay Kumar Dev, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of NCT of Delhi; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Swatanter Kumar, Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal; and Dr. Bhure Lal, IAS (Retd.), Chairman, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority.

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Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences signs MoU with Tilburg University, Netherlands


Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT), Tilburg University, Netherlands on 10 December 2018. The MoU was signed by Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, JGU and Dr. Antony Pemberton, Professor of Victimology, Tilburg Law School & Director, INTERVICT. The MoU will facilitate conduct joint training and capacity building programmes to support victims of crime and joint research on criminal behavior.

JIBS undertook several other academic initiatives over the past month: 

Faculty members from JIBS attend Grant Writing and Management Workshop organised by Max Planck Society and German Centre for Research & Innovation, New Delhi

Ms. Sweta Lakhani, Research Fellow and Teaching Fellow; Ms. Shivani Sachdev, Research Fellow; and Ms. Karishma, Doctoral Research Fellow, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, attended a three-day workshop on ‘Grant Writing and Management’ organised by the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), University of Cologne (UoC) and German Centre for Research & Innovation, New Delhi (DWIH) from 26 – 28 November 2018 at the JNU Convention Center, New Delhi. The workshop shed light on how to write a research proposal for acquiring a grant and what are the challenges faced in obtaining grants. 

Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni conducts awareness programme on “Best Teaching Practices for School Leaders” in Pune

Dr. Sahni conducted an awareness programme on “Best Teaching Practices for School Leaders” in Pune on 22 December 2018. Nearly 50 participants including Heads of Schools, Teachers and Counsellors participated in the programme. 

JIBS participates in multimodal interactive session at 28th Congress of National Academy of Psychology held in University of Delhi

Ms. Shivani Sachdev, Research Fellow, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, presented a paper entitled “Impact of Homesickness on Coping and General Health among College Students” at the multimodal interactive session at the 28th Congress of National Academy of Psychology. The event was organised by Ramanujan College, University of Delhi at the North Campus, University of Delhi from 19 – 21 December 2018. 

Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor, JIBS conducts interactive session as a part of the RYLA 2018 talk

Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted an interactive session with students on the importance of life skills, as a part of the RYLA 2018 talk, on 22 December 2018 at the JGU campus. Around 217 students participated in the event and the session focused on understanding self, importance of self-reflection and integrity. It further shed light on how to deal with problems such as peer pressure, distinguishing what is right from not so right and how to have a positive approach towards problem solving. 

JIBS conducts Teachers Training Awareness Programme on “Stress Management and Performance Enhancement”

Dr. Sahni along with Ms. Shivani Sachdev, Research Fellow, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted a ‘Teachers Training Awareness Programme’ on “Stress Management and Performance Enhancement” in Gurgaon, Delhi NCR on 29 December 2018. Heads of schools, teachers and counsellors participated in the programme. 

JGU signs MoU with National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russia


The Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) at JGU and National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE), Moscow, Russia signed an MoU for the establishment and promotion of academic, cultural and other types of collaborations between the universities in the field of law.  The MoU to this effect was signed by Professor (Dr.) Y. S. R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU and Ivan Prostakov, Vice Rector, HSE in Moscow. The agreement will enable students from JGU to attend HSE, Russia for bachelor and masters’ programmes.  The criteria to pursue this programme will require the students to complete the first two years of the law course by the start date of the exchange period at JGU.

National Research University Higher School of Economics is a premier Russian university in economics and social science studies in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. HSE sets itself apart with its international presence. It offers outstanding educational programmes from secondary school to doctoral studies, with top departments and research centres in a number of international fields.

JGU marks International Anti-corruption Day with international conference


JGU organised an international conference to mark International Anti-corruption Day. The theme of the conference was ‘Combating corruption in law and practice: Comparative perspectives’ and was held in New Delhi and Sonipat from 9 – 10 December 2018. The two-day conference was attended and participated by academics and practitioners from around the world, including: Mr. Sergey Kapinos, Representative for South Asia, UNODC, Regional Office for South Asia, New Delhi; Ms. Wang Liyu, Deputy Secretary General, AALCO, New Delhi & Counselor, Foreign Ministry of China, Beijing, China; and Ms. Dasho Neten Zangmo, Former Chairperson, Bhutan Anti-Corruption, Commission, Thimphu, Bhutan; Professor Paulo Dóron Rehder de Araujo, Professor of Law, FGV DIREITO SP, São Paulo, Brazil; Mr. Avi Singh, Legal Counsel, Cicero Chambers, New Delhi & Professor, IUC, Turin, Italy, among others.

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Jindal Global Law School organises consultation on potential transitional justice framework for Manipur


The Centre for Human Rights Studies (CHRS) & the Centre for the Study of Knowledge Systems at Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) organised a consultation on a potential transitional justice framework for Manipur at the Jindal Global Educational & Professional Academy, Qutab Institutional Area, New Delhi on 1 December 2018. The sessions focused on the current situation in Manipur; components of transitional justice models in India and across the world; and application of transitional justice principles in Manipur.

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JGU organises international conference on Earth Constitution


JGU organised an international conference featuring Earth Constitution and Building the World Parliament under its authority, in association with World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA) and International Philosophers for Peace in Partnership (IPPNO). The theme of the conference was “Human Rights, Resistance to Empire, and Establishing a World Parliament” and the event was held on the JGU campus from 10-11 December 2018. During the two-day long conference, WCPA also presented Global Peace Awards honoring Mr. Amit Paul, Vice-President, WCPA “Interfaith Unity, the Oneness of Mankind, and World Governance” and Mr. P Narasimha Murthy, Vice-President Bangalore Chapter, WCPA, “The Way Forward through World Education.”

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JIRICO conducts seminar on Quantum Modelling in Social Science, Game Theory, Econometrics


Jindal Initiative On Research in IP and Competition (JIRICO) conducted a seminar on ‘Quantum Modelling in Social Science, Game Theory, Econometrics’ by Professor (Dr.) Sudip Patra, Assistant Professor of Management Practice, Jindal Global Business School. The event was held on the university campus on 29 November 2018.

Abstract: The presentation summarised the main findings of the new rising paradigm of quantum like modelling in social sciences, mainly in decision making theory relevant for economic, finance, political science and allied fields. This new paradigm is an alternative to the standard Neoclassical decision theory, which has been the main stream thinking for last two centuries or so. The standard paradigm came to power with the rise of marginalism and utility maximisation theory, which slowly replaced the classical political economy theory. However, since 1960s we have been presented with huge amount of real data sets, i.e., choice making of real people under scenarios of uncertainty and ambiguity which routinely violates even basic simple predictions of standard decision theory. Behavioural economics or finance later on has dubbed such violations as irrational behaviour, as if there is always a stereotyped rational model in the background. Hence their approach has been to modify somehow the standard theory based on cognitive biases, heuristics, and Bayesian learning models. However, we, who work in the field of Quantum like modelling believe that there can be a true alternative decision making model, which can explain the deviations termed as irrational with ease. Surprisingly this emerging paradigm is based on the mathematics and logical structure of Quantum theory, which was historically designed for microcosmic physical world. But then Quantum theory itself has evolved over last few decades. This is really an exciting time: time to challenge standard paradigms amidst recurrent crises. The presentation focussed on bringing some insights and future possibilities in that direction. 

  • About the Speaker 

Professor (Dr.) Sudip Patra, Assistant Professor of Management Practice, Jindal Global Business School

Mr. Patra is an Assistant Professor in JGBS specialising in economics. He completed his doctoral study in finance from Glasgow University, Adam Smith Business School, United Kingdom. He has also completed his M.Sc. (Finance) with distinction from Coventry University, UK. He is currently an Associate Fellow at Higher Education Academy, UK. He has previously worked as an Assistant Lecturer in Finance at Coventry University Business School in the UK. His past teaching responsibilities include undergraduate and masters’ module in the areas of econometrics, economic modeling and corporate finance theory as well as dissertation supervision. His research interests encompass dividend signaling theory under information asymmetry, quantum modelling in Social Science, game theory for applied corporate finance, econometric modeling, and allied areas. His research activity involves producing academic papers in corporate finance and signaling in mergers and acquisitions with senior co-authors at Coventry University, some of which have been presented in peer-reviewed conferences, including BAFA, LSE, FEBS and the University of Surrey.

Centre for Comparative and Global Education releases second issue of Working Paper Series on “Thinking Thursdays”


The Centre for Comparative and Global Education (CCGE) at the International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) released the second issue of the Working Paper Series on “Thinking Thursdays”. This issue of Working Paper Series brings forward works-in-progress of senior, as well as young and promising researchers at JGU. The papers examine global educational issues from comparative perspectives.

The following researchers presented their papers as part of the second issue of the Working Paper Series:

Prof. Kathleen Modrowski, Professor and Dean, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, JGU

Ms. Divya Patpatia, Executive Assistant, Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities, JGU

Dr. Rekha Datta, Professor of Political Science, Monmouth University in New Jersey

Professor Shruti Jain, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director for Teaching German, Global Languages Centre, O.P. Jindal Global University

CIPTEL organises 2018 Scholar’s Roundtable on New Perspectives on IP and Health: Conversations about Law and Society


Center for Intellectual Property and Technology Law (CIPTEL), organised 2018 scholar’s roundtable on New Perspectives on IP and Health: Conversations about Law and Society, on 21 December 2018 at the university campus. A special guest lecture was also delivered during the roundtable on “The More Things Change: Improvements Patents, Drug Modifications, and the FDA” by Professor Dmitry Karshtedt, Associate Professor, The George Washington Law School, USA during the scholar’s roundtable.

The Scholar’s Round table began with Prof. Sunita Tripathy, Associate Professor, JGLS positioning the ideal of ‘social justice’ within the health-regulation narrative in her thought-provoking presentation of the differing approaches adopted by the likes of Rawls and Sen while explaining the value of ‘social production of health.’ Her paper “The What, Why and How: Regulating for Health, the theory of it all” kick-started the deliberations by introducing several interesting questions to challenge the attendees’ minds. With enough food for thought about the philosophy behind the relation of IP and health, special invitee speaker, Prof. Dmitry Karshtedt, Associate Professor, The George Washington University School of Law took on the mantle to steer the round-table through some practical understandings of health regulation. He presented a critical overview on the United States’ approach to regulating the practice of ‘product hopping’ by pharmaceutical patent owners. His paper “The More Things Change: Improvement patents, Drug modifications and the FDA” discussed the challenging role of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for health regulation and offered interesting solutions to enhance transparency by proposing to empower them to induce pharmaceutical companies to generate comparative data indicative of therapeutic distinctiveness between related versions of drugs. This scheme he argues will aid in aligning the overall market and lead to improvements in patient care and promote downstream clinical research based on scientific evidence gathered under the proposed directives. The presentation was followed by an interactive Q&A where attendees from the disciplines of Law, Public Policy, Economics, Psychology and Business brainstormed about the potential impact of the proposals made. The discussions concluded with a unanimous agreement to encourage transparency in regulatory processes and invite critical evaluation from various stakeholders including academia. Robust and independent research, doctrinal and empirical is quite needed in the area.

The scholars from the ‘IP Expressions working group’ followed thereafter to discuss their draft papers and engage with the questions posed by the mentors and attendees. Prof. Aashita Dawer, Assistant Professor, JGLS was the invitee discussant for these papers. Akshat Agarwal of JGLS comprehensively discussed about various ‘pricing models employed across jurisdictions that consume CAR-T cancer therapies’ and presented his analysis on the rationale behind such pricing strategies. The mentors helped Akshat clarify his stance and gave suggestions on how to make a nuanced argument especially while evaluating such a niche area of health innovation. He is now working to develop the draft on the suggested guidelines. The final presentation was made by Shubhangi Khandelwal of JGLS. She discussed about the ‘non-mention of gender in the IP discourse’ and proposed the need to embrace a feminist critique of IP law and policy. Essentially, she argues that the ultimate threat posed by the system of IP, as currently conceptualized, is that it may further erode the values that can be found in creative endeavors by women. The mentors and attendees appreciated the effort and advised on how to approach topics that are interdisciplinary and emphasized on procuring hard data to back any assumption regarding societal values and gender dynamics. Accordingly, Shubhangi is now reworking the paper.

The main idea of designing a Scholars’ Roundtable in such a format is to offer an opportunity to openly discuss new societal concerns through presentations by scholars who are intentional of chiselling their work into valuable products for academic reference. With that goal in mind, the first edition turned out to be an extremely satisfying experience and a positive start to what is going to become a prominent feature of the activities of the working group. We hope that several other scholars from within JGU as well as those outside it will participate in the upcoming editions of the Scholars’ Roundtable and join the Conversations about Law and Society.

  •   About the Speaker

Professor Dmitry Karshtedt, Associate Professor, The George Washington Law School, USA
Dr. Karshtedt’s primary research interest is in patent law. He holds a Ph.D. in chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and worked as a staff scientist for a semiconductor materials startup. He is a co-author on five scientific publications and a co-inventor on ten U.S. patents. Professor Karshtedt received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he served as the Senior Symposium Editor for the Stanford Law Review. Professor Karshtedt practiced in the Patent Counseling and Innovation Group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and clerked for the Honorable Kimberly A. Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Immediately prior to starting his position at GW, Professor Karshtedt was a Fellow at the Center for Law and the Biosciences at Stanford Law School.

About the Centre 

The Center ’s objective is to lead research in the area of intellectual property, open-source and technology law.  In particular, the members of the Center focus their research on new and evolving areas such as patent prosecution, technology transfer, patent protection in the pharmaceutical and software industry, trademark protection to non-standard marks, development of copyright law in the digital era, protection for community rights and indigenous know how as well as alternatives to traditional forms of IP protection and open science understandings. The Center encourages collaborative work with an interdisciplinary approach, the use of economic analysis and empirical methods to resolve complex social problems.