Inside JGU 2017 - Issue 1 (Jan-Mar)

Honourable President of India, Mr. Pranab Mukherjee, and Founding Chancellor, JGU, Mr. Naveen Jindal, at the inauguration of the international conference on “Universities of the Future: Knowledge, Innovation and Responsibility” organised by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) on 18-20 March 2017 at the JGU campus. The other Guests of Honour were Governor of Haryana, Professor Kaptan Singh Solanki; Minister of Education, Government of Haryana, Mr. Rambilas Sharma; Minister of Women & Child Development, Government of Haryana, Ms. Kavita Jain; and Member of Parliament, Sonipat, Mr. Ramesh Chander Kaushik. 

President Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the three-day international conference on ‘Universities of the Future: Knowledge, Innovation and Responsibility’ organised by the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) of JGU on March 18 and 19, 2017. The three-day conference held at the JGU campus sought to examine the future of Indian universities in the 21st century.

In his inaugural address, President Mukherjee said the requirement of today’s educational system is to focus on innovation and research, and India’s education system will have to take on the challenge of tapping its ‘demographic dividend’. “We will also have to provide a competent, skilled workforce. Interface between education and industry should be established. Another important necessity of modern universities is to have a chain of inspired teachers who can ignite the minds of students and encourage them to think out of the box,” the President said.

The President complimented JGU for emphasising research, development and innovation as its basic objective from the very beginning. He said that in his capacity as a visitor to central institutions of higher learning, he has repeatedly stressed on the need to improve the standards of higher education. “Young boys and girls should be encouraged to have problem-solving minds to enable them to solve problems through their ingenuity. Since 2014, the Festival of Innovations [FOIN] is being held in Rashtrapati Bhavan. I have seen in FOIN how a large number of persons from obscure places and remote villages have tried to solve the problems of society through innovation. However, at the same time, it was also essential to establish linkages between innovation and the market,” he added.

President Mukherjee emphasised that future universities must establish strong linkages with various stakeholders in society. “Unless we have strong foundations of basic research, our futuristic university plans will be seriously jeopardised,” he added. He called on universities and institutions of the country for creating a higher education roadmap that focusses on critical elements of research, knowledge creation, institutional excellence and global benchmarking. He said these were fundamental ingredients for setting up world-class universities in the country.

The President further noted that the Indian higher education system had lost its global competitiveness with the passage of time and lamented that no Indian university currently figured amongst the top 200 universities of the world. “Though there are 757 universities, 36000 colleges, 30 NIT’s and 116 IIT’s in the country their engagement in international research is negligible. There is an urgent need to improve education systems in terms of the quality of instruction, faculty, research and capacity building,” Mukherjee said.

Shri Rambilas Sharma, Education Minister, Haryana said, “Knowledge, innovation and responsibility have been Indian patents since ancient times. Knowledge is not only our past, but is our future.”

Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU, said, “The universities of the future must become central pillars of growth and development of a nation that churn out not only intelligent minds but also develop a strong intellect. Our universities must be transformed into sites of active learning and research which can act as launch pads for innovation and path-breaking ideas.” Chancellor Jindal also highlighted the pivotal role of the education sector, and said, “If India is to achieve a higher growth rate and improve its position in the human development index, the education sector of the country must be nurtured very carefully.”

“We must prevent our demographic dividend from becoming a demographic disaster, our universities must aim at knowledge creation and capacity building than just granting degrees,” noted Mr. Jindal.

Chancellor Jindal also announced the launch of the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication (JSJC) and Aspire India Scholars Programme (AISP). JSJC is the 6th interdisciplinary school of JGU and will offer opportunities for education, research and capacity building in media and communication studies.

AISP is a unique summer school for high school students which aims to provide students with global perspectives, holistic learning and ethical engagement for students through theme-based experiential learning modules in 6 interdisciplinary areas of Law, Justice and Democracy (LJD); Business Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship (BLE); Diplomacy International Relations & Peace (DIP); Economy, Public policy and Development (EPD); Liberal arts, Culture and Humanities (LCH); Media Communication & Public Affairs (MCPA).

Welcoming the first citizen of India to the JGU campus, Prof. C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU, observed, “As a visitor to over 116 institutions, President Mukherjee has galvanised social and intellectual consciousness towards advancing the cause of higher education. His presidency has been defined through the contribution that he has singularly made towards advancing the cause of higher education in the country. We are proud and honoured to have him amidst us today.”

Introducing the theme of the conference, Vice-Chancellor Kumar said, “The Indian higher education system is facing many challenges, as issues related to quality, quantity, accessibility and equity are simultaneously being addressed. While there has been an effort to address the challenge of expansion and provide opportunities to access higher education, a lot more needs to be done.”

Prof. Kumar further observed, “India does not have a single university in the top 25 Asian universities while China has 5 universities in those rankings, besides Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and many other countries. We need to introspect and think about the future of universities which will enable and empower us to contribute towards institution building for nation building.”

“I have always maintained that while Make in India is important for developing business and advancing economic opportunities, the future of India will depend upon the making of India through academic institutions and universities,” he said.

The Conference was a culmination of a range of ideas and perspectives that aimed to shape India’s aspirations of building world-class universities through comparative and international dimensions. 

The aim of the forum was to create higher education opportunities that will enable the future generations of students to pursue world-class education in world-class universities in India.

(L-R) Professor Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale University and Chair, International Board of Advisors, JGU; Professor Tom Goldstein, Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, and Former Dean, Columbia Journalism School; Mr. Rajdeep Sardesai, Consulting Editor, India Today Group; and Dr. Pankaj Mittal, Additional Secretary, University Grants Commission at the inauguration of the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication on 20 December 2016.

JGU marked a new milestone with the launch of its sixth school, the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication (JSJC), on December 22, 2016. The School was inaugurated by senior journalist Rajdeep Sardesai and a distinguished panel at a ceremony held at the India International Centre in New Delhi. The panel included Professor Tom Goldstein, Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, and Former Dean, Columbia Journalism School, Dr. (Mrs.) Pankaj Mittal, Additional Secretary, University Grants Commission, and Professor Peter H. Schuck, Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law Emeritus, Yale University and Chair, International Board of Advisors, JGU.

JSJC will begin offering the three-year full-time B.A. (Hons.) in Media & Communication programme from the Fall (August) 2017 semester. The undergraduate programme will train students to hone their journalistic and communication skills as reporters, editors, web editors, TV producers and anchors. Admissions to the programme have begun. For more information on admissions, the programme and the school, visit www.jsjc.edu.in.

Professor Tom Goldstein, Dean Emeritus, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California, Berkeley, and Former Dean, Columbia Journalism School speaking at an interactive session at JGU on 20 December 2016.

Professor Goldstein formerly served as Dean of the journalism schools at Columbia and Berkeley and board member of the Pulitzer Prize.

 

Honourable Justice, Ms. Gita Mittal, Delhi High Court; Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences; and Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU, at the valedictory address of the 18th World Congress of Criminology organised by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology on 15-19 December 2016 at the JGU campus.

The 18th World Congress of Criminology (WCC) was held from December 15 to 19, 2016 on the JGU campus. The three-day WCC was hosted by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology (ISC). The central theme of the WCC, which was held for the first time in India, focused on criminological opportunities and challenges of the 21st century in light of the current trends in urbanisation, globalisation, development and crime. Panel discussions focused on issues including ‘Extremism, Terrorism and Warfare: Mass Violence and its Impact on Society’, and ‘Victimisation of Vulnerable Populations: Crimes against Women and Children’.

The Congress brought together leading academicians, researchers, professionals and policymakers from across the globe to engage in discussions and debates on the universal challenges faced in developing crime prevention policies for effective intervention and prevention. The Congress also featured some of the most important voices on the challenges faced by the criminal justice systems in developing economies and addressed critical issues surrounding criminological research in great detail.

The prestigious forum has been organised since 1938 under the auspices of the ISC. 

(L-R) Professor (Dr.) Jianhong Liu, President, Scientific Commission, International Society of Criminology; Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences; Honourable Dr. Justice Dhananjaya Yashwant Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Professor (Dr.) Emilio C. Viano, President, International Society of Criminology; and Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU, at the inauguration of the 18th World Congress of Criminology organised by the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology on 15-19 December 2016 at the JGU campus.

The prestigious Careers360 Law School Ranking 2017 released this January ranked the as the best private law school in India for the third consecutive year. JGU is extremely proud of this achievement particularly since it comes at a time when there is widespread concern about quality and excellence in the Indian higher education system. More than 1,450 law schools are currently recognised by the Bar Council of India.

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. Careers360 has acquired a stellar reputation over the years 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. The Careers360 rankings methodology for law schools has used six parameters: student quality (20%); faculty quality (15%); living (10%); learning (15%); research (20%); and alumni (20%)

(L-R) Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, and Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights Studies, JGU; Dr. Colin Gonsalves, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India & Founder Director, Human Rights Law Network, New Delhi; Mr. Babloo Loitongbam, Executive Director, Human Rights Alert, Manipur and Extra-judicial Execution Victims’ Families Association, Manipur; and Ms. Ranjita, Member, Extra-judicial Execution Victims’ Families Association, Manipur at the launch of the JGU Human Rights Clinic on 10 December 2016.

JGU’s  launched the JGU Human Rights Clinic on December 10, 2016 at an event to observe Human Rights Day. The Clinic aims to affect small changes in our surroundings while broadening the human rights knowledge and experience of JGU students. Students, under the guidance of experienced faculty coordinators at the Clinic, will assist victims of institutional violations of human rights with the focus on furthering academic research and bridging the practical divide in the present human rights curriculum. 

About the Centre for Human Rights Studies (CHRS)

The mission of CHRS is to undertake rigorous academic research, teaching, training and policy making in the field of human rights. Though there have been impressive and far-reaching developments at the domestic as well as international level relating to human rights, there is a dearth of academic research, quality teaching and training. CHRS aims to bridge this gap through interdisciplinary research with an emphasis on promoting the exploration of human rights issues amongst its students for the larger contribution to the society in the field of human rights.

The Centre focuses on the full range of human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and has a particular focus on human rights challenges and issues within India and the South Asia region. Through its activities, the Centre aims to contribute to the protection and promotion of international human rights law within this region and to raise awareness of these issues at the international level. CHRS aims to bring together academics, policy makers and administrators in the government, human rights institutions and non-governmental organisations to generate discussions, scholarship and publications on human rights.