On June 3, 2018, the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) at JGU launched the second edition of the Aspire India Scholars Programme (AISP) – Jindal Global Summer School 2018. The second cohort of the AISP Summer School comprised 74 students from CBSE, ICSE, State Board and IB schools across a number of Indian cities and towns, including Gangtok, Kolkata, Lucknow, Pathankot, Ludhiana, Alwar, Dehradun, Jammu, Jind, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Delhi, Noida, Gurugram, and Chandigarh.
The summer school is designed to guide the transition of students from high school to higher education. During the two-week intensive residential programme, the students engaged in experiential learning about eight interdisciplinary modules through lectures and workshop sessions. They also participated in special innovation and leadership workshops led by the faculty members of JGU.
The summer school also included varied recreational and sports activities, including workshops on foreign languages; forensic science; 3D printing; aerodynamics and robotics; movie screenings; and DJ night. Furthermore, a cultural excursion was organised to ‘Chokhi Dhani’ and an industry field visit to ‘Yakult’ plant.
The students also had the opportunity to listen to Aspire India Ambassadors – young achievers from the fields of social entrepreneurship; sustainability; blockchain and artificial intelligence; and digital media and communication. These young achievers shared their experiences of working in non-traditional fields of work to inspire the students to think out of the box about their future higher education and career.