JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, delivered an address on ‘Philanthropy and Higher Education: The Indian Experience of Building a Knowledge Society through Universities’ at the 2019 World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland held on 21–25 January 2019.
Professor Raj Kumar was addressing the Caspian Ambassador Club during Caspian Week. His address highlighted the critical need for higher education institutions, both public and private, to internationalise in order to bring innovation and change to their home countries and economies. Great institutions worldwide have a direct impact on the development of economy and society. There is a need to take universities more seriously which will require significant funding, resources and better governance. Professor Raj Kumar added, “In the era of robotics, mega-data, artificial intelligence and dynamic change, only universities of global standards will prosper, equipped with the ability to innovate and grasp the latest cutting edge knowledge and research”.
Professor Raj Kumar was the only Indian vice chancellor to be invited to speak at this year’s WEF in Davos. The Caspian Ambassador is a social club of former and current senior diplomats and public officials worldwide, willing to work for the deepening of the co-operation between the Caspian countries, their neighbours and the world at large.
Caspian Week is an annual meeting point at the WEF of visionaries, market leaders and experts with a focus on the Caspian region as a vital element of the future global society and economy. The forum aims to promote interaction between the Caspian region and the world, improve cultural, political, business and scientific relations, and introduce and implement innovations and new technologies to the Caspian region.
The prestigious Careers360 Law School Ranking 2019 released this January ranked the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) as the best private law school in India for the fifth consecutive year. The ranking is based on several parameters including quality of student life, faculty members, teaching, research output and reputation.
Careers360 is India’s largest higher education and careers magazine and the largest rating company for higher education institutions. It is also India’s largest higher education portal and has more than 7 million monthly average traffic. Over the years, Careers360 has come to be known for its transparency, independence, editorial integrity and intellectual rigor, besides serving as a valuable guide for students and parents keen to receive objective views and perspectives about higher education institutions.
JGU celebrated India’s 70th Republic Day on 26 January 2019 with an event on the university campus. The event began with patriotic songs, followed by a guard of honour. Following the flag hoisting accompanied by the national anthem, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU delivered the welcome address. Professor R. Sudarshan, Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy spoke on the “Significance of the Republic Day Celebrations”. Following this, Chief Guest, H.E. Rabie Narsh, Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to India addressed the gathering. Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU gave concluding remarks.
H.E. Rabie Narsh
Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to India
Mr. Narsh has been the Ambassador of the Republic of Lebanon to India since February 2018. In his long and illustrious career, he has held many important positions which include, among others, Counselor – Embassy of Lebanon in Ankara, Turkey, Secretary – Embassy of Lebanon in Turkey, Chargé d’ affairs of the Embassy of Lebanon, Turkey, Director of the Bureau of the Secretary-General in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Beirut, Lebanon, Head of Palestine Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Chargé d’ Affairs of the Embassy of Lebanon in Freetown, Sierra Leone, member of National Committee against Money Laundering, National Committee for Fighting Terrorism Financing, Lebanese- Palestine Dialogue Committee (LPDC) and Committee for the Employment of Palestine Refugees in Lebanon(CEP). He has completed PhD prerequisite courses and dissertation final drafting (in Constitutional Laws), Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Lebanese University, Diploma in Administrative Reform and Development from the Lebanese Public Sector as a case study, from Ecole Nationale d’ Administration Et De Développementbeirut (ENAD) and B.A. in Political and Administrative Studies.
Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principle Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS), conducted an awareness programme on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ on 12 January 2019 at Delhi Public School, Lucknow. The programme was attended by 200 students and 56 school principals and teachers.
Dr. Sahni and Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS), conducted an awareness programme on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ in Nagpur on 18 January 2019. The programme saw the participation of 110 people including 26 schools.
Dr. Sahni and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS), conducted an awareness programme for school leaders on ‘Stress Management and Performance Enhancement’ in Ranchi on 28 January 2019. Around 130 school teachers participated in the awareness programme. In addition, Dr. Junnarkar delivered a talk on performance enhancement to the students of Tender Heart Senior Secondary School, Ranchi on 29 January 2019. The talk was attended by approximately around 500 students from the school.
A delegation from Vietnam National University visited JGU on 14 January 2019. The delegation comprised Dr. Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, Director, Collaboration and Development Department, Vietnam National University, Hanoi; Ms. Le Yen Dung, Deputy General Director of Social Science and Natural Science of Ministry of Science and Technology; Ms. Nguyen Lan Huong, Deputy General Director of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environmental, Department of Ministry of Planning and Investment, Vietnam; and Mr. Truong Ngoc Kiem, Deputy Director, Collaboration and Development Department, Vietnam National University, Hanoi.
The purpose of the visit was to gain first hand on-campus information about JGU and focus on expanding cooperation between JGU and VNU in higher education management and training for advanced and talented graduate and post-graduate students and co-research programmes.
Mrs. Tashii Lhamo, Chief Program Officer, Teacher Professional Support Division (TPSD), Ministry of Education, Bhutan and Mr. Cheku Dorji, Education Attaché, Embassy of Bhutan, New Delhi, visited JGU on 21 January 2019. The purpose of the visit was to discuss collaboration with JGU in the areas of higher education, faculty exchange, research and conducting training programmes.
Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences organises a 5-day certificate course for JGU students on ‘Management Consulting Fundamentals’ from 21-25 January 2019
Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) organised a five-day certificate course for JGU students on ‘Management Consulting Fundamentals’ to understand the fundamental concepts of consultancy from 21-25 January 2019. The intended outcome of the course was to learn and practice essential consulting qualities and skills necessary with the ability to respond to business problems, and to propose creative and effective solutions.
Thirty-two students from three JGU schools (JGLS, JSGP and JGBS) attended the five-day certification course. The course commenced on 21 January with an Inaugural Address by Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev Sahni, explaining the concept of Management Consulting. Lt. Gen. Rajesh Kochhar who also addressed the students at the Inaugural Session and outlined the importance of Consultancy in today’s era. On 25 January 2019, Mr. Sanjeev Arora, Managing Director, Accenture Consulting was invited to deliver the valedictory address and share his views on the future of consultancy.
JIBS participates in International Round Table Discussion held at G.S Kostiuk Institute of Psychology of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Ukraine
Dr. Tamara Hovorun, Associate Professor & Joint Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) and Dr. Manjushree Palit, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) participated in the International Round Table Discussion titled “Ukraine-India: Challenges in Cross-cultural studies in the field of Social Psychology” at the G.S Kostiuk Institute of Psychology of the National Academy of Pedagogical Sciences, Ukraine on 17 January 2019. Dr. Hovorun discussed on “Cross-cultural Dimensions: A Comparison of Indian and Ukrainian Culture.” During the talk, she focused on comparative cultural notions of gender, patriarchal, and collectivistic traditions and implications for cross-cultural studies in this area. Dr. Palit spoke on “Gender and Intimate Partner Violence in India”, which elaborated on the social and public health problem of intimate partner violence (IPV), prevalence and resources available for the IPV survivors in Indian cultural context.
JGU faculty addresses a group of MSW Students and Faculty from the North East Institute of Social Science & Research (NIESSR)
Dr. Manjushree Palit, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) and Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) addressed a group of students from Master of Social Work (MSW) programme and faculty members from the North East Institute of Social Science & Research (NIESSR) on 29 January 2019. Dr. Palit talked on ‘Basic Skills of Counselling’ and Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar talked about ‘Subjective Well-being’.
JGU inaugurated two new facilities, ‘Chai Tapri’ and ‘The Hangout’ for the JGU community on 26 January 2019 during the celebration of the 70th Republic Day. The new facilities aim to better facilitate the social connect and camaraderie among the students while providing more common spaces for the larger university community. The new facilities were established based on feedback from the Student Council.
The Office of International Affairs & Global Initiatives at JGU organised the ASEAN and Indian Higher Education Leaders’ Conference on the theme “Achieving Research Excellence” within ASEAN & Indian Universities, at JGU on 28 January 2019. The conference was attended by higher education leaders from the ASEAN region, Europe, UK, USA, Middle East and Australia. The discussion at the conference was themed around novel approaches to funding research, industry-academia interface for research and innovation, and creating an institutional environment supporting interdisciplinary research.
The primary objective of the conference was to provide a platform where leaders from various regions, in particular the ASEAN, can share and express their experiences and ideas in order to achieve academic excellence in the emerging national, international as well as local context. The platform also aims to develop a mechanism to support and encourage meaningful dialogue and mutual cooperation among the universities across borders for better outcomes in teaching and research.
The Jindal Centre for Israel Studies (JCIS) organised a joint international conference on ‘Israel-India Academic Dialogue: Political & Socio-Cultural Crossings’ in association with Tel Aviv University, Israel. The two-day long conference was organised at the JGU campus from 16-17 January 2019. The conference was attended by Professor Raanan Rein, Vice President, Tel Aviv University; Dr. Ori Sela, Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel-Aviv University; and Professor Sreeram Chaulia, Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs among others. The topics during the discussions included comparative legal and constitutional histories, democratic systems, and trades of Israel and India. The event ended with a round table discussion titled ‘Teaching India in Israel and Teaching Israel in India’.
Centre for India Australia Studies at JGU organised a distinguished public lecture on ‘India Australia: Unlocking the Potential’ by The Hon. Jason Clare MP, Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment, Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Member for Blaxland. The lecture was conducted at the JGU campus on 16 January 2019.
Hon Jason Clare MP
Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment
Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia
Member for Blaxland
Mr. Clare was born and raised in Western Sydney where he attended Cabramatta Public School and Canley Vale High School before graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales. Before entering Parliament, he worked as a senior adviser to NSW Premier Bob Carr and as an executive at Transurban, one of Australia’s top 20 listed companies. He was elected as the Federal Member for Blaxland in 2007 while in 2009, he was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary for Employment. In 2010, he was appointed Minister for Defense Materiel. In 2011, he was appointed Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice. Following the 2013 election, Mr. Clare was appointed Shadow Minister for Communications. In 2016, he was appointed Shadow Minister for Trade and Investment and Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia.
About the Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS)
The Centre for India-Australia Studies (CIAS) is the first and only Centre with a focus on the India-Australia bilateral relationship that is embedded in an Indian Higher Education Institution.
The vision of CIAS is to emphasise the important bilateral relationship existing between India and Australia. Our success is gauged by developing mutually beneficial outcomes for both nations. We do this by harnessing the synergies between important focal points of the bilateral international relationship and JGU’s competencies in International Affairs, Business, Public Policy, Law, Arts and Humanities. This stresses stronger links and more meaningful engagement between numerous higher education stakeholders such as Institutions; Researchers and Academics; Students and Youth; Businesses; and Government and Policy-makers”.
As the India-Australia relationship grows from strength to strength, encouraged by the convergence of common interests in various areas such as education, regional security, energy and resources and international trade, both nations have taken extraordinary steps to strengthen bilateral ties. Since November 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi completed a state visit to Australia, the first by an Indian Prime Minister in almost three decades, the governments of both countries.
Encouraged by the growth of the bilateral relationship at a Government-to-Government level, the CIAS hopes to encourage other stakeholders to embrace the India-Australia relationship.
The International Institute for Higher Education Research and Capacity Building (IIHEd) at JGU in association with Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP), Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) and Ball State University, Indiana, USA, organised a workshop for the ‘Afghan Faculty Training Programme’ on ‘Clustering: From the Big Bang to the Current Globalization’ on January 15, 2019. The workshop was conducted by Anil K. Bera, Professor of Economics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign’s Department of Economics.
Professor Anil K. Bera
Professor of Economics, University of Illinois
Urbana–Champaign’s Department of Economics
Professor Bera is an eminent econometrician, best known for developing the Jarque-Bera test of normal distribution in collaboration with Carlos Jarque. Professor Bera is a post-graduate from ISI Kolkata and completed his doctoral research at Australian National University. He has published extensively and is named in the List of Teachers Rated as Excellent almost every semester he teaches. He received the Economics Graduate Students’ Organization (EGSO) Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching eight times since 1989, the College of Commerce Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award for Graduate Teaching in 1991 and Honorable Mention of the Campus Award for Excellence in Graduate and Professional Teaching in 2005.