Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 3 (Mar)

JGU has launched a first of its kind report on “Diversity & Inclusion: Towards Building a Diverse, Equitable and Global University” and organised a seminar on “Diversity, Inclusion & Internationalisation: Comparative Perspectives” on March 19, 2019 at the Jindal Global Educational and Professional Academy, NTH complex, New Delhi.

In the report, the JGU highlighted its progress on sixteen indicators: national origin, state origin, gender parity, age, religion & caste, educational & professional background, disability, academic offerings & interdisciplinarity, pedagogy, research & disciplinary diversity, international collaborations & partnerships, governance & leadership, student financial inclusion, inclusive teaching & learning, gender identity & sexual orientation, and community outreach & engagement. The report highlights key outcomes and gaps for improving JGU’s performance on diversity and inclusion, in addition to how the university is aligned with the objectives and priorities of JGU’s Strategic Vision 2029. 

The guests of honour were: Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sabrina S. McKenna, Judge, Supreme Court of Hawai’i, USA; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Michael D. Wilson, Judge, Supreme Court of Hawai’i, USA; and Professor (Dr.) Virander S. Chauhan, Chairman, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).

Distinguished speakers and panelists included: Professor (Dr.) Stephen P. Marks, François-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, USA; Professor (Dr.) Shiv Visvanathan, Professor & Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School; Professor (Dr.) N.V. Varghese, Vice Chancellor, National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA); Professor (Dr.) Jatin Bhatt, Pro Vice Chancellor, Ambedkar University Delhi; and Professor (Dr.) Rupamanjari Ghosh, Vice Chancellor, Shiv Nadar University.

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A faculty delegation from JGU visited Australia from 3-7 March, 2019 to advance institutional and academic collaborations and partnerships. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between JGU and the University of Wollongong. The delegation was led by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, and the visit was part of JGU’s larger vision to establish strong international collaborations with universities around the world. The Australian visit also dovetailed with ongoing celebrations of JGU’s tenth anniversary year and a decade of developing Australia-India linkages. 

Professor Kumar was accompanied by the following faculty members from JGU: Professor Tom Goldstein, Dean, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication; Professor (Dr.) Ashish Bharadwaj, Dean, Jindal School of Banking and Finance; Professor (Dr.) Mohan Kumar, Vice Dean, Jindal School of International Affairs; Professor (Dr.) Saloni Khanderia, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School; and Professor (Dr.) Laknath Jayasinghe, Vice Dean, Jindal Global Business School. 

During the visit, JGU initiated strong engagements with major universities in the Australian states of Victoria and New South Wales.  Discussions were also initiated with other institutions to explore full-fledged collaborations. The delegation met senior representatives from the following nine Australian universities: Macquarie University (MQ), Sydney; University of Wollongong (UoW), Wollongong; University of Sydney (USYD), Sydney; University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney; University of Technology (UTS), Sydney; Western Sydney University (WSU), Sydney; La Trobe University, Melbourne; Deakin University, Melbourne; and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne.

In addition, the delegation also met with the Chairman and CEO of Wollongong Coal Ltd. (WCL), a recent acquisition of Jindal Steel and Power Ltd., and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WCL that enables experiential learning opportunities and internships for JGU students. 

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Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted sessions on ‘Effective Decision Making and Alternative Assessments: Rubrics’ on March 27, 2019 and March 28, 2019 respectively during a 3-day Teachers Training Program for the Bangladesh Teacher Delegates at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, O.P. Jindal Global University. 

Dr. Tithi Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted sessions on Coping with Stress and Understanding Subjective Well-Being for Effective Relationships on March 27,2019 and March 28, 2019 respectively during a 3-day Teachers Training Program for the Bangladesh Teacher Delegates at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences.

Dr. Manjushree Palit, Assistant Professor & Deputy Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted sessions on Best Teaching Practices and Emotional Intelligence on March 27, 2019 and March 29,2019 respectively during a 3-day Teachers Training Program for the Bangladesh Teacher Delegates at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences.

Ms. Sweta Lakhani, Research Fellow, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences & Teaching Fellow, Jindal Global Law School conducted sessions on Gender Sensitization and Importance of the Concept of Plagiarism in Education on March 27, 2019 and March 29, 2019 respectively during a 3-day Teachers Training Program for the Bangladesh Teacher Delegates at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences,.

Prof.(Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences, conducted session on Performance Enhancement on March 28, 2019 during a 3-day Teachers Training Program for the Bangladesh Teacher Delegates at Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences. 


Dr. Sanjeev P.  Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar conducted a training programme on ‘Best Teaching Practices: Managing Behaviour’ for teachers of Birla Public School, Doha on March 31st, 2019 in which about 300 teachers participated. 

Dr. Sahni and the delegation from JGU also called on the Indian Ambassador to Qatar, H.E. Mr. P. Kumaran on March 31, 2019. The Ambassador appreciated the philanthropic efforts of JGU and also praised the efforts of the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in conducting training programmes nationally as well as internationally for teachers and students. 

Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, was invited as a panellist at Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University on March 8, 2019. The event was organised on the occasion of Samagam 2019, Department of B.A. Programme. Through an enriching panel discussion on Understanding Happiness: Decoding India’s Dismal Happiness Quotient, Dr. Junnarkar talked about a holistic approach to lifestyle through happiness.

JGU and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) organised a conference on “Adapting Environmental Laws for Effective Climate Response” and a lecture on “Green Law-Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges”. The events took place as part of the launch of JGU’s new LL.M. programme in Environmental Law, Energy and Climate Change on March 27, 2019 at WWF-India auditorium, New Delhi.

The one-year LLM programme in a niche and futuristic area relating to environmental justice and climate change was launched following the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the two institutions in New Delhi on 27 March. The objective of the programme is to study the relationship between environment and climate change as well as the role of law, judiciary, alternate energy solutions and how people are dealing with climate change, environmental laws and the implementation of available solutions. The programme will most benefit law graduates who would like to develop specialist legal knowledge on national and global environmental issues, and law professionals working in the field of environment.

The Green Law lecture on “Environmental Justice and the Rule of Law: Role of the Judiciary and Judges” was delivered by Dr. Justice DY Chandrachud. During the lecture, he termed climate change an existential threat and the most important issue facing humanity today. He elaborated on the various threats facing the environment including greenhouse gas emissions, and the marine debris floating in the Pacific Ocean and other oceans. He also spoke of the threat posed by water scarcity in India as well as across the world and the extinction of various species due to global warming. Other issues discussed included the marked increase in natural disasters due to deforestation and climate change that has resulted in environmental refugees. 

The guests of honour were: Hon’ble Justice Mr. Swatanter Kumar, Former Chairperson, National Green Tribunal Former Judge, Supreme Court of India; Hon’ble Mr. Justice Michael D. Wilson Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii USA; Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sabrina S. McKenna Judge, Supreme Court of Hawaii USA; and Hon’ble Mr. Justice Deepak Gupta Judge, Supreme Court of India. 


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The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) and Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) based in Washington D.C. jointly organised a conference on the theme “Governance in an Era of Inequality: Training the Next Generation of Policy Practitioners in South Asia” at JGU on 25th and 26th February, 2019. The conference had a total of nine sessions based on different sub-themes. The participants included scholars, and practitioners in the field of public policy and public administration from different states in India as well as from the USA, Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, a leading Indian academician and public intellectual delivered the keynote address and Shri. Jairam Ramesh, an Indian economist and politician delivered the valedictory address of the conference. 

Mr. Mehta in his keynote address said that when we think of public policy schools, we have to ensure that public policy thinking is related back to thinking about systemic and structural issues in society and not just piecemeal interventions which are fine in their place, but they will not resolve any particular crisis. This moment of crisis is a moment of opportunity. The next day or two in this forum should return us back to questions of what would it mean to do public policy which is democratically engaged, focused on systemic transformations and can also be intellectually exciting and live up to the intellectual integrity that one expects of serious public policy education. 

JGU organised a two-day conference on ‘Sexual Harassment in Indian Universities: Challenges, Practices and Perspectives’ on the 26th and 27th of March on the university campus. Various eminent experts, journalists, academics, and students participated in debates and discussions on pertinent themes. The conference was organised as a part of a year-long study by the Centre for Human Rights Studies on sexual harassment at universities in Delhi-NCR. 

The first day included expert panels on the definition and scope of sexual harassment, invisible barriers to the functioning of Internal Complaints Committees in universities, and the relevance of the #MeToo movement for evidentiary standards, redressal measures, and justice delivery systems. Speakers were invited from across India and a variety of professions, perspectives, and fields of work.

Dr. Rukmini Sen, Associate Professor, Ambedkar University, Delhi, started the day with a discourse about the evolution of the Sexual Harassment Committee and the meaning of sexual harassment, articulating the importance of universities in giving freedom to students and staff by conducting a process of enquiry that is democratic, stating, “Collective articulation of azaadi comes with a need to move beyond the committee.” Dr. Sen pushed for a renewed model of handling sexual harassment, speaking of the need for caring, listening, and conversing as a practice in politics, and the need to go beyond speech as is understood by the law. Saptarshi Mandal, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School continued the discussion, with a twist, speaking of same-sex sexual harassment and its treatment in universities. Cases of sexual misconduct that did not qualify as sexual harassment were discussed. The politics of ‘remorse’ was touched upon. Finally, Dr. Nivedita Menon’s (Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi) talk included three important dynamics that covered the need to desexualize the work and education space, consent within power dynamics, and the debate of sexuality as desire versus sexuality as violence. 

The discussion on the functioning of Internal Complaints Committee’s (ICC) began with Dr. Albeena Shakil, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School speaking of the need for democratic consensus in the composition of an ICC body, and the importance of movements such as #MeToo to break the barrier of self-blame that makes it impossible to complain to an official body. Vqueeram Aditya Sahai, a queer activist from Delhi, began with questions about the masculinity of the act of sexual harassment and the binary between invisibility, visibility, and how this informs redressal measures. Integrating caste perspectives with the treatment of sexual harassment, Vqueeram spoke of how the failure of ICCs could build feminist discourse. Ruchika Rao, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School delivered a riveting talk on the nature of ‘Watchlist’ politics, and the parallel moralities in play, as well as the practical constraints of budget scarcity, unbiased external members, and the need for nuanced deliberation methods during ICC processes. Ms. Madhu Mehra, Lawyer, Executive Director, Partners for Law in Development concluded the panel with comments on the nature of complaints that are reported, and the issue of limitation periods for complaints.

Regarding social media movements and their influence on justice processes, Vaishnavi Suresh, a journalist from Bangalore, touched upon the reasons why students hesitate with approaching college ICCs, and mentioned the need for sensitivity while dealing with narratives and elements of abuse and trauma. Rahul Jayaram, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities followed, with comments on how the #MeToo Movement, as a social media phenomenon, has overwhelming power as a social ritual in defining what sexuality is. The news cycle, and how the #MeToo movement was left out of it, was an important point in his presentation.

Oishik Sircar, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School concluded the day’s discussion with an intricate study of the difference in perception and treatment of sexual harassment in public universities and private universities. He observed an oscillation that occurs between exceptionalism and isolation. He spoke of the theoretical oppositions that have arisen in the evolution of sexual harassment as a notion within and without the law, and the way we think of sexual harm, stating finally, that even within the oppositions, there are more similarities between oppositionist positions.

The second day of the conference hosted doctoral, Master’s, and senior students from across India, including Ashoka University (Sonipat), Delhi University, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohiya National Law University (Lucknow), Amity University, National Law University-Delhi, and Aligarh Muslim University. Ms. Malavika Parthasarathy from National Law University-Delhi received an award for Best Presentation. 

The conference will publish its inputs shortly on a public forum, and the discussions will inform the research project on sexual harassment in Indian universities. The organisers and projects leaders are Rohini Sen and Alliya Anjum, law faculty at the Jindal Global Law School.

The English Literary Society organised the fifth edition of the annual international literary conference at JGU on March 1-2, 2019. This year’s edition was devoted to the theme “Comparative Literature: For a Harmonious World.” Around 125 academics and researchers from different parts of the country and from abroad took part in the two-day event. 


Professor B.K. Kuthiala, Chairman, Haryana State Higher Education Council inaugurated the event as chief guest. The leading Indian poet writing in English, Padmashri Keki Daruwalla presided over the inaugural and former Vice Chancellor of Vikramshila University, Nellore, Professor C.R. Visweswara Rao delivered the keynote address. Earlier, Professor Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU, welcomed the distinguished guests and delegates. He also gave a detailed introduction of the university.

The chief guest at the Valedictory Session was Professor R.K. Anayath, Vice Chancellor, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science & Technology and the Guest of Honour was Professor P.M. Gaur, Director, Haryana Sahitya Akademi. Dr R.K. Dhawan, President, of Indian Society for Commonwealth Society, presided over the session.

Inaugurating the conference, Professor Kuthiala, former Vice Chancellor, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism & Communication, Bhopal lauded the theme of the conference which, according to him, fitted in well with the ethos of Indian culture. Poet and novelist Keki Daruwalla, in a separate address, dwelt on the theme ‘Poetry as Revolt’ in the context of world literature. Also Professor CRV Rao dealt in detail with world literature drawing parallels of various types.

Among the creative writers were present Mr Rajat Mitra, novelist, Ms Roswitha Joshi, Indo-German novelist, poets Dr Poonam Dwivedi and Dr Rashmi Bajaj. Among the noted academics who attended the program were UGC Prof. Emeritus Nibir Ghosh, Prof. Pankaj Sharma (CDLU), ace commentator and critic Novy Kapadia, Dr Eliza Binte Elahi (South Asian University, Dhaka), Professor Sujata Rana, DCRUST, Dr Suman Bala, Delhi University, Dr Deepinderjeet Randhawa, Associate Professor, Khalsa College, Patiala, Dr Monali Bhattacharya, Associate Professor, Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, Noida et al.

Different dimensions of the theme of the conference were dealt with by the delegates. Literature in different languages of the world were taken up for comparison of themes, stylistic elements, ideologies, theories, cultural reflections, etc. The canvas of the conference being wide, many genres like poetry, novel, drama, autobiography, folk literature, travelogues, cinematic literature, children’s literature were talked about.

Writings of all strands – Feminist, Subaltern, Marginalized, Queer writing, Diasporic, Dystopian – were discussed. Occidental and Oriental literatures and Theories across Space and Time found due place too. The passionate involvement of young researchers and academics was especially heartening and the quality of papers quite appreciable.

Some of the other highlights are as follows: Psychologist-turned-novelist Rajat Mitra gave engrossing reading from his recently published novel The Infidel Next Door. Dr Eliza Binte Elahi of South Asia University, Dhaka presenting paper on “Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain: A Fierce Feminist Critic to Deplore Patriarchy for Muslim Women in Colonial Bengal.” Dr Poonam Dwivedi, poet and academic, conducted a lively creative-cum-cultural session in the evening. Professor Pankaj Sharma of Chaudhary Devi Lal University addressed the plenary on the topic: “Nation: There and Here.”

Dr Monali Bhattacharya’s talk on “Children’s Literature: Then and Now” was another show stealer. Prof. Emeritus Nibir Ghosh presided over this important session. Professor Sujata Rana, HOD Humanities, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University Of Science And Technology (DCRUST), compared Lord Byron and Mathew Arnold’s poems. Professor Dipa Chakrabarti, HOD Humanities, Amity University, Jaipur spoke on Simone de Beauvoir’s notion of Feminism and compared it to present thinking on the subject. Among the session chairs were Dr Gopa Nayak, Director, English Language Centre besides professors from different colleges and universities: Dr Jayshree Singh, Dr Priyanka Lamba, Dr Jyoti Raj, Dr Aparna Batra, Dr Karan Singh Yadav, Dr Seemant, Dr B.K. Singh, Dr N.K. Saini, et al. 

At the Valedictory session, the Chief Guest Professor R.K. Anayath, Vice Chancellor, DCRUST, underlined the need for the litterateurs to keep themselves abreast of developments in the field of technology so as not to be outpaced in the fast changing world. Prof. P.M. Gaur, Director, Haryana Sahitya Akademi exhorted the delegates from Haryana to submit their literary creations to the Akademi for the awards of various types. Prof. R.K. Dhawan praised the quality of papers, time management and other arrangements. Dr Jagdish Batra, the Convener of the Conference thanked all the literary luminaries, delegates, JGU management and staff, and the volunteer force led by Kushal Saini, student, JGU.

In its 10th anniversary year, JGU has announced the JGU Alumni Scholarship of 20% of the tuition fees to any student who has completed a degree programme at JGU and secures admission in a second degree program of the university from the academic year 2019-20 onwards.

This scholarship will apply prospectively and will be available only to students joining JGU academic programs w.e.f. the academic year 2019-20 onwards.

If a JGU alumni secures another scholarship on merit as per the existing scholarship rules and policies, he/she will receive the scholarship amount whichever is higher.

The Scholarship aims to encourage current students to pursue a wide range of postgraduate and advanced degrees offered at JGU

Jindal School of Journalism & Communication and The Indian Express and organised a panel discussion on “New Media and Indian Elections 2019” on March 29, 2019 at C.D. Deshmukh, India International Centre, Delhi. The panel was moderated by Professor Tom Goldstein, Dean of the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication. 

The panelists were: Richard Koci Hernandez, Associate Professor, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Jeremy Rue, Assistant Dean for Academics, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Pamposh Raina, Project Lead, UC Berkeley’s Human Rights Centre; Ravish Tiwari, National Chief of Bureau, The Indian Express; Nandgopal Rajan, Editor, New Media, 

JGU organised an edition of Candid Conversations on “Careers in Law and Justice: Judges as Conscience Keepers of Democracy” with Hon’ble Mr. Justice Michael D. Wilson Judge, Supreme Court of Hawai’i, and Honorary Adjunct Professor, Jindal Global Law School, JGU, and Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sabrina S. McKenna Judge, Supreme Court of Hawai’i and Honorary Adjunct Professor, Jindal Global Law School, JGU on March 18, 2019. 

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Hon’ble Mr. Justice Michael D. Wilson Judge, Supreme Court of Hawai’i United States of America & Honorary Adjunct Professor, Jindal Global Law School, JGU: 

Associate Justice Michael Wilson was appointed to the Hawai’i Supreme Court on April 17, 2014, after serving as a Circuit Court judge of the First Circuit since May 10, 2000. Prior to his appointment as a Circuit Court judge, Justice Wilson was the director of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Chair of the Board of Land and Natural Resources, Chair of the State Water Commission and a Trustee of the Kahoolawe Island Reserve Commission. Previously, he was a partner in the law firms of Pavey Wilson & Glickstein and Hart Wolff & Wilson. Justice Wilson received his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C., and bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was raised in Kailua and graduated from Kailua High School.

Hon’ble Ms. Justice Sabrina S. McKenna Judge, Supreme Court of Hawai’i United States of America & Honorary Adjunct Professor, Jindal Global Law School, JGU: 


Sabrina S. McKenna was sworn in as Associate Justice on March 3, 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and a 1982 graduate of the University of Hawai’i William S. Richardson School of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Justice McKenna was a civil litigator, corporate counsel, and law professor before becoming a Hawai’i state trial court judge in 1993. As a trial court judge, she presided in District, Circuit, and Family Courts, and also served as Senior Judge of the Family Court of the First Circuit.

The Centre for Human Rights Studies and Jindal Global Law School organised a National Seminar on “Contemporary Challenges to Communal Harmony in India” at JGU on March 9, 2019. 


The distinguished speakers and panelists included: Professor R. Sudarshan, Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy; Dr. Upasana Mahanta, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Executive Director, Centre for Women, Law & Social Change; Prof. Deepanshu Mohan, Assistant Professor of Economics, Jindal School of International Affairs; Dr. Rakshi Rath, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities; Ms. Shama Banoo Hussain Abbasi, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Assistant Director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies; Mr. Sukumar Muralidharan, Associate Professor, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication; Dr. Sameena Dalwai, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School; Assistant Director, Centre for Women, Law and Social Change; Mr. Oishik Sircar, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School; Dr. Ishan Mukherjee, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of Journalism and Communication; and Mr. Mohsin Raza Khan, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs. 


The Centre for Post Graduate Legal Studies organised distinguished public lecture on “Corruption of the US Presidency and Constitutional Remedies: The State of US Law and Policy” with Professor Lauren Kay Robel Val Nolan Professor of Law Provost, Indiana University, Bloomington Executive Vice President, Indiana University at JGU on March 14, 2019. 


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Lauren Robel was named provost of Indiana University Bloomington and executive vice president of Indiana University in 2012. She is the Val Nolan Professor of Law in the Maurer School of Law, where she served as dean from 2002 to 2011 and as associate dean from 1991 to 2002. She joined the Law School faculty in 1985. 

In fall 2013, Robel initiated a strategic planning process aimed at reimagining and invigorating academic programs across the Bloomington campus in anticipation of Indiana University’s Bicentennial in 2020. Robel’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan for Indiana University Bloomington includes ambitious initiatives for the Bloomington campus such as a new School of Art and Design, a new program in engineering, and the integration of health sciences programs into a new on-campus Academic Health Center. The plan also calls for initiatives to promote student and faculty success in a variety of areas, from financial literacy and career development to work-life balance and diversity recruitment.

As the chief academic officer for the Bloomington campus, Robel oversaw the campus wide implementation of the 2011 New Academic Directions report. The recommendations outlined in the report led to the formation of several new schools and programs on the Bloomington campus, including The Media School, the School of Informatics and Computing, the School of Public Health, the School of Global and International Studies, the Integrated Program in the Environment, and the Office of Scholarly Publishing.

Robel’s tenure as provost has seen a number of construction and renovation projects to key buildings on the Bloomington campus, including Hodge Hall of the Kelley School of Business, the East Studio Building of the Jacobs School of Music, the Global and International Studies building, the repurposing of Franklin Hall to house The Media School, and the creation of the Learning Commons and Scholars Commons in the Wells Library. Upcoming projects include expansions for the School of Informatics and Computing and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and renovations to Wells Quad and the Indiana Memorial Union.

Robel has worked to solidify IU Bloomington’s reputation as a renowned international partner for collaborative research and academic initiatives, as well as a preferred destination for undergraduate and graduate students from around the globe. In recent years, Robel has traveled to Brazil, Chile, South Korea, and Taiwan to explore new partnerships and reaffirm existing partnerships with leading universities in those nations.

Robel received her J.D. from the Maurer School of Law in 1983 and her B.A. from Auburn University in 1978. Her scholarly work focuses on the role of federal courts and addresses issues such as procedural reform and sovereign immunity. Her articles have appeared in numerous leading law journals. She is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from procedural reform to sovereign immunity and co-author of Federal Courts: Cases and Materials on Judicial Federalism and the Lawyering Process (LEXISNEXIS 2005), a casebook on federal jurisdiction written with Arthur Hellman. Robel has also been a visiting faculty member at Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II), where she published a book, Les États des Noirs: Fédéralisme et question raciale aux États-unis, (Presses Universitaires de France, 2000), with Professor Elisabeth Zoller, a frequent visitor to the Law School.

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Law Schools and served as its president in 2011–2012. She has been a member of its Executive Committee since 2006. She is also a member of the Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Devansh Jalan, a 2016 batch student of the Jindal Global Law School, was one of only two Indian students invited to present at the 2019 McDonald Conference for Leaders of Character (MCLC) hosted at the US Military Academy, West Point (USMA). The conference had participation by 21 student fellows from 17 countries and about 60 from US universities. The MCLC was organised by the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership of the USMA. 

Hawai’i Supreme Court selects five JGLS students for externship

Five students of the Jindal Global Law School have been selected for summer judicial clerkships at the Supreme Court of Hawaii, United States starting in June 2019. Sajal Mendiratta, Tanshi Bajaj, Suhas Putta, Siddharth Sharma, and Kartikeya Jaiswal of JGLS were selected for the externship.

Six JGU students complete Swachh Bharat Summer internship

Six students successfully completed the Swachh Bharat Summer internship. The students were: Arya Deshmukh, Ankit Kamboj, Ram Pandit, Gunraj Veer Singh Bakshi, Shubham Jain and Abhinav Das. The students are eligible to earn 2 curriculum credits for completing the internship as per MHRD guidelines. 

Mr. Tomar is Joint Director, Admissions and Outreach at JGU. He received the award for ‘Excellence in Student Counseling’ from Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament and Professor M. Moni, Advisor (IT), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) in New Delhi.


The 2019 Indo-Pacific Regional Dialogue was organised by the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi, on 5th and 6th March 2019. The event was coordinated by Professor Dr. Pankaj Jha, Assistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs.