Inside JGU 2017 - Issue 5 (Jul)

The book “The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives” edited by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, was released at an event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 July 2017.

President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of the book “The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives” at a book release event held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on 17 July 2017.

President Pranab Mukherjee receives the first copy of the book “The Future of Indian Universities: Comparative and International Perspectives” edited by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, from Professor (Dr.) Amartya Sen.

The volume was edited by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and brings together leading scholars in the fields of law, management, educational theory, liberal arts, international relations, and science and technology, reflecting the multiple approaches that are necessary to address challenges facing the global higher education system. The volume provides international and comparative perspectives on higher education, and the contributors argue for fundamental reforms to bring about a renewed sense of purpose.

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JGU Chancellor, Mr. Naveen Jindal, presents a memento to Former President Pranab Mukherjee.

The book was released by Nobel Laureate Professor (Dr.) Amartya Sen, Thomas W. Lamont University Professor & Professor of Economics and Philosophy, Harvard University. Professor Sen also delivered the Special Address at the event. The book release was attended by Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU; Professor (Dr.) Virander S. Chauhan, Acting Chairman, University Grants Commission; and Mr. Sivaramakrishnan V., Managing Director, Oxford University Press India.

Watch the Address by outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee at the book release: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6L1zkU_0Ko

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JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, presents a memento to Professor (Dr.) Amartya Sen.

The event was jointly hosted by JGU’s International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) and Oxford University Press India.

Read the full press release here: http://indianexpress.com/article/education/president-pranab-mukherjee-varsities-need-to-compete-globally-to-become-world-class/

About the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd)

The vision of the IIHEd is to contribute to promoting excellence in higher education in all its dimensions. IIHEd conducts research and offers advice on all aspects of higher education with a strong focus on curriculum development; pedagogical innovations; faculty engagement; faculty recruitment, retention and development; research and knowledge creation systems; promotion of scholarship and building research capacities; developing international collaborations; benchmarking and assessments of institutions; and providing institutional support on law, policy and regulations relating to higher education. The vision of IIHEd is to contribute towards institution building for nation building. For more information, please visit: http://iihed.edu.in/.

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, JGU and Mr. Jitu Mishra, Senior Director, Human Resources, JGU with Professor Olesia Otradnova, Professor of Law and Vice Dean (Research and International Relations), Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

A JGU delegation comprising Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor, JGU and Mr. Jitu Mishra, Senior Director, Human Resources, JGU travelled to Ukraine, Bulgaria and Poland for strategic meetings to explore new institutional partnerships.

As the 2017-18 academic year begins at JGU, 62 new full-time faculty members have joined the University. As a result, JGU has reached an important milestone of having 270 full-time faculty members across the six schools of JGU. In its short history of eight years, JGU has strived to demonstrate excellence and diversity in its faculty hiring process, drawing on scholars and practitioners across different disciplines and backgrounds. This milestone marks an increase by 27 times the faculty strength since 2009, when JGU began its first academic session with close to 10 full-time faculty members.

The launch of new schools and new programmes at JGU has always been linked with the recruitment of new faculty members. JGU has maintained a stellar faculty-student ratio, which never exceeded 1:15 and mostly remained at 1:13.  

The University has sustained the process of hiring faculty members with outstanding educational qualifications, global orientation, stellar publication record, relevant work experience, including in the world of practice, and with a strong commitment to institution building.

Nearly 75% of JGU’s faculty members have international qualifications from the leading universities of the world. Our focus on global orientation towards diversity is further strengthened by the fact that nearly 20% of our full-time faculty members are international coming from countries and regions including Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, United Kingdom, Ukraine and USA.

To strengthen JGU’s efforts to ensure gender diversity among its community, nearly 45% of full-time faculty members at JGU are women and nearly 40% of women faculty members hold leadership positions across all the schools of JGU ¾ a balance that few universities in the world have consistently committed to.

JGU was awarded at the See Change Recognition Awards 2017 held at the University of Oxford for supporting social entrepreneurship through the Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE). The new award, introduced this year, is for staff and social leaders across the community of global universities creating impact and innovation through social entrepreneurship and who have made exemplary progress in embedding a culture of social entrepreneurship across their institution and wider partnerships. 

Jeremy Wade, Founding Director, Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE), O.P. Jindal Global University, receiving the award at the See Change Recognition Awards 2017 held at the University of Oxford.

The awards were announced as part of this year’s SEE Changemakers Conference convened by the Oxford Social Enterprise Partnership on 28 June 2017 at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.

JGU was recognised as an institution that is creating waves across the wider higher education sector in India and globally through digital partners, online curriculum and collaborative partnerships. JGU competed for this award with universities from a number of countries, including two Indian institutions – Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and the Institute of Rural Management Anand, Gujarat. The winner was Ryerson University in Canada. UK universities that were awarded included: Kings College London, Oxford Brookes University, Queen Mary’s University of London and Coventry University.

JGU’s efforts in social innovation and entrepreneurship are led by the JSiE, established in September 2014 as a hub for catalysing social impact through innovation challenges, research and early-stage social startup incubation. A unique aspect of JSiE’s approach is its efforts to develop data-driven tools to identify and support aspiring and early-stage social entrepreneurs as well as reach diverse communities.

JGU has built significant national and global partnerships to promote this type of work. One example is its partnership with the British Council. Through this, the JSiE launched a series of online courses on social enterprise through the FutureLearn platform in partnership with Middlesex University Business School and the social enterprise, Living in Minca. This free series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) brought together an international teaching team to develop course materials with global relevance, presented to learners from all over the world through an interactive, online interface. Since 2016, 28,325 students have registered and 7,697 students have actively participated in the three-course series.

More information about the award is available at: https://see.unltd.org.uk/hfe/hfe_news/public/announcing_the_winners_of_the_seechangemakers_recognition_awards_201

Learn more about JSiE and its work at: http://www.jsie.in/

Created two years ago, the Buddy Project is JGU’s pre-orientation programme for Freshers, and is uniquely tailor-made for both academic as well as social introduction and inclusion into the student community on campus. This year’s Buddy Project was the third edition, with an intriguing theme that combined both the past and the present. The Buddy Project was scheduled between 28 and 31 July, immediately after the admissions process when new students arrived on campus.

Started and completely run by student volunteers with support from the university, JGU’s senior students volunteer to assist Freshers with their admissions process once they arrive on campus, helping them settle into their hostels, and organising events and activities that break the ice and familiarise them with both their seniors and peers.

Apart from this, multiple orientations are organised for all the new students on gender and sexuality sensitisation, strict action against physical violence and ragging, college policies and redressal mechanisms. The Buddy Project workshops, activities and orientations have been designed and revised every year, taking reference from pre-orientation programmes of various Ivy League colleges.

JGU is a one-of-a-kind campus space, with zero tolerance of ragging by both the student community as well as the administration. The Freshers learn to view their seniors as equals, but also as people from whose experiences they can learn from. The senior “Buddy’s” also provide the new students with realistic advice about life on and off the campus, including safe practices as well as essential details. This helps senior students to develop a bond with the Freshers. 

Every year, the Project has a distinct theme based on which the activities, as well as the Houses that the Freshers are sorted in for the duration of the Project, are based on. Every House also has leaders who will be the point of contact for the new students for assistance they require. Senior students in the Buddy Project are selected from hundreds of applicants from all Schools of JGU, and are equipped to deal with specific queries and doubts regarding the particular Schools.

More information on the Buddy Project at JGU are available on its social media pages: www.facebook.com/buddyprojectjgu/ and www.instagram.com/buddyprojectjgu/.

The Taiwan Education Center (TEC) at JGU was established by the National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, with the backing of the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan, in 2011. This is the first such Centre to be established in India. The Center offers Mandarin language courses and imparts beginner, intermediate and advanced level Mandarin lessons to Indian students. The Mandarin courses offer not only language knowledge but also provide an in-depth understanding of Chinese culture and history.

The TEC aims to promote learning of Mandarin Chinese and culture among Indian students in higher education and thus improve understanding between Taiwan and India. Learning is promoted in an atmosphere which will increase students’ participation and confidence in a non-threatening, whole-Mandarin learning environment. Students are encouraged to participate in interactions with dialogues, role play, discussions, written quizzes, and many other activities to engage and put the language to use. The TEC also organises language classes for government officials from different parts of India.

The TEC at JGU has two full-time dedicated native Mandarin instructors. Since its establishment, over 200 students have enrolled and participated in language and cultural classes, and more than 500 people on the JGU campus have enjoyed cultural events with the Centre. Cultural events are held annually, and the whole university community is invited to celebrate and explore customs and traditions in Taiwan.

Upcoming cultural events organised by the TEC include the Moon Festival, Chinese calligraphy workshops, Double Tenth National Day celebration and Taiwan higher education workshops. The Centre also provides information on scholarship opportunities for students from Southeast Asia and India to study in Taiwan.

In order to fulfill the demand for Mandarin courses, the TEC also plans to offer courses in New Delhi soon, with courses on Business Mandarin, Basic Mandarin and one-on-one customised courses.

Business opportunities among Taiwan, China and India have increased over the past few decades, and there is a growing demand for business professionals who speak both languages fluently. The Business Mandarin course will be useful for those who wish to build confidence in the Mandarin language and to develop fluency. The one-on-one customised course will be tailored to the needs of the students, with the learning pace and content individually designed to the learner’s requirements.

More information on the TEC is available at: http://www.jsia.edu.in/TECentre/Index.html

http://www.facebook.com/TECJGU

http://www.studyintaiwan.org/