Inside JGU 2018 - Issue 5 (June)

Monthly Spotlight : JGU conducts Aspire India Scholars Programme Jindal Global Summer School 2018 for High School Students 3-17 June 2018


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.

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences undertakes multiple initiatives to strengthen research and teaching collaborations


As part of ongoing efforts to strengthen its research and teaching collaborations, the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) at JGU undertook multiple initiatives in the month of June. These include the WSV International Symposium on Victimology; Asian Post Graduate Course on “Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice”; participation in UNODC Expert Talk in Vienna, Austria and International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) in Montreal; and Training Programme in Chennai.

Center for Victimology and Psychological Studies at JGU organises 16th Asian Post Graduate Course on “Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice” from 4-14 June & 16th WSV International Symposium on Victimology in Hong Kong from 11-14 June

The Center for Victimology and Psychological Studies of Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) organised the 16th Asian Postgraduate Course on Victimology, Victim Assistance and Criminal Justice (16 APGC) in tandem with the 16 WSV International Symposium on Victimology from 4th-14th June 2018 at City University, Hong Kong.  The Postgraduate Course was organized in collaboration with the World Society of Victimology (WSV) and with the support of Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University, Hong Kong. Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS; Professor Dr. Gerd Ferdinand Kirchhoff, Executive Director, CVPS and Professor Dr. Marc Groenhuijsen, President, World Society of Victimology served as the Co-Directors of the course and Mr. Bhanu Prakash Nunna, Doctoral Research Scholar from JIBS being the Course Coordinator.

The Resource Faculty were renowned victimologists and eminent scholars from various parts of the world and the course was attended by students from Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, South Africa, USA and Zambia. The participants got an introduction to the Social Science of Victimology from the eminent faculty.

Dr. Sanjeev Sahni delivered a lecture titled ‘Rape Victims and PTSD’ to the students  focusing on the psychological impact of rape with specific reference to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and methods to minimize the psychological harm faced by rape victims. At the Symposium, he presented a paper on ‘Systemic Response Towards Rape in India: A Critical Review’ which reviewed and critically evaluated the response of various stakeholders towards rape in India thereby providing suggestions to strengthen the existing mechanisms.

Dr. Sanjeev Sahni along with Dr. Gerd Kirchhoff, Dr. Manjushree Palit, Bhanu Prakash Nunna (Research Scholar) and Omar Faruk  (Research Scholar) also participated in a Round Table Session titled “Victim Assistance in India & Bangladesh” which discussed about the victims and their needs in India and Bangladesh and the progress made and reforms needed in that direction.

JIBS participates in UNODC Expert Talk

Dr. Manjushree, Assistant Professor at JIBS presented a paper on “Current scenario and substance abuse treatment practices in India” at UNODC Expert Talk on “Elements of family therapy for adolescents with drug use disorder including in contact with the criminal justice system: Creating societies resilient to drugs and crime” at Vienna International Center, Vienna, Austria on 4 June 2018.

JIBS conducts two teachers training programmes in Chennai on 5 June 2018

The training programmes were conducted at the Army Public School on Gender Sensitization, and at the Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan Senior Secondary School on Best Teaching Practices.

JIBS participates in International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) organized by the International Association of Applied Psychology

Dr. Sanjeev Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS and Dr. Mohita Junnarkar, Assistant Director, JIBS attend the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP) organized by International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) held at Montreal 26-30 June 2018.

The International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) is the oldest international association of psychologists. Every four years, the IAAP organizes a world congress of applied psychology which serves as a review of advances in applied psychology and unites several thousand psychologists from all over the world, the 28th ICAP being held in Paris. The ICAP offers the unique opportunity to demonstrate the societal significance of applied psychology.

At the conference, Dr. Sahni delivered a talk on “Death Penalty: Indian Attitudinal Study” in which he emphasised that though people supported the general idea of death penalty, but were cautious in voicing their opinion and wanted the administration to take decisions based on crime circumstances and the character of the defendant.

Dr. Mohita spoke on the topic “Facebook Addiction Among Indian Youth” mentioning that the excessive use of Facebook generally interferes with the person’s routine activities at school, work or maintaining relationships with family and friends and how counsellor in schools and at workplace could help youth in better utilization of time in constructive activities such as reading or involving themselves in hobbies etc.

JGU selected by MHRD to participate in Indian Government-led Unnat Bharat Abhiyan


JGU is one of several institutions identified by the Ministry of Human Resource Development for carrying out work in 10 villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) – an Indian Government-led initiative to involve the higher educational institutions in the country in the process of indigenous development of self-sufficient and sustainable village clusters.

As part of the implementation process, several Subject Expert Groups have been constituted. The UGC has been identified as a Subject Expert Group on Curricular Reforms and Educational Institutions Social Responsibility under UBA.  JGU Vice Chancellor Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar has been elected as a Subject Expert for Curricular Reforms and Educational Institutions Social Responsibility as part of this implementation process.

Ajay Kumar Pandey, Associate Professor and Executive Director (Clinical Programmes), Jindal Global Law School and Sushant Chandra, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Clinical Programmes, Jindal Global Law School are leading the UBA initiative at JGU.

JGU research influences development of SDG assessment indicators at BRICS-led New Development Bank


A study on “Building Infrastructure for 21st Century Sustainable Development: Lessons and Opportunities for the BRICS-led New Development Bank” led by the Center for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) at JGU has been cited as the main source in the Bank’s efforts to assess the sustainability of its projects and help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The study led by Karin Costa Vazquez, Assistant Dean for Global Engagement, Jindal School of International Affairs and Executive Director, CALACS states that a working definition of sustainable infrastructure coupled with a framework for assessing the sustainability of the New Development Bank’s (NDB) projects would equip the Bank with the necessary tools to fully articulate its mandate.

The announcement was made during the 3rd Annual Meeting of the New Development Bank (NDB) in Shanghai, on 28-29 May 2018. The event was attended by Professor Vazquez; NDB staff; and participants from academia; and civil society organizations. The event also included seminars and high-level meetings focused on measures that the NDB is taking to drive sustainable development in emerging and developing economies.

According to the report, the world’s infrastructure gap is currently estimated to be US$ 90 trillion by 2030. Recognising that this shortfall of resources will be particularly significant in emerging markets, governments of the BRICS countries decided in 2015 to create their own financial institution, the New Development Bank. The NDB’s aspiration to meet the vast and unfulfilled infrastructure requirements of its member countries, whilst retaining a deliberate focus on sustainable development, represents a bold departure from approaches currently followed by its counterpart institutions.

However, as a young institution in the process of pioneering its own approach to development financing, questions persist around how the NDB will define, build, measure and monitor sustainable infrastructure. The CALACS study claims that a working definition of sustainable infrastructure coupled with a framework for assessing the sustainability of NDB’s projects would equip the Bank with the necessary tools to fully articulate its mandate.

In an interview to the Brazilian Newspaper Valor Econômico, Professor Vazquez said that the NDB five-year strategy, released in June 2017, remains unclear on how the Bank will define, measure and monitor sustainable infrastructure, how it will incentivise investments in sustainable infrastructure, and how it will formalise its engagement with the many stakeholders both engaged in, and directly impacted by, the development process. Operationally, addressing these questions will be important to reduce project transaction costs, increase transparency, and get credit rating.

“The NDB must expand on the ‘do no harm’ approach, typically adopted by traditional multilateral development banks, to incorporate a more ‘transformative’ approach towards development,” said Professor Vazquez. Whilst the ‘do no harm’ approach uses safeguards to avoid, mitigate and compensate adverse social and environmental impacts, the transformative approach relies on creating incentives to encourage investment in infrastructure projects that consciously generate additional and positive spillovers for both the community and the environment” she said.

According to Professor Vazquez, this shift would encourage countries to think about sustainable practices not as bureaucratic formalities or risks to be avoided but as actions conducive to better development outcomes, unravelling the “new” in the New Development Bank.

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JGU students admitted to Ivy League universities for postgraduate programmes


Two outstanding students of JGU – Mishaal Nathani (JGLS) and Kanika Dabra (JSLH) – have been admitted to postgraduate programmes at Harvard University and Yale University respectively.

Mishaal Nathani (JGLS)

Mishaal is a student of the B.A.LLB programme at Jindal Global Law School and will be graduating this year. He has been admitted to the MBA programme at the Harvard Business School.

Kanika Dabra (JSLH)

She is currently pursuing the B.A. (Hons.) programme in Liberal Arts and Humanities from the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities with a specialisation in Political Science and will be graduating this year. Kanika has been admitted to Yale University and will be pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Yale Divinity School focusing on Asian religions. Her potential research areas include Hinduism, Buddhist traditions in Tibet and the Himalayas, and the interaction between Shamanism, Hinduism, and Buddhism.

JIRICO holds seminar on ‘Transparency by Legal Design in the Platform Economy’


JIRICO organised a seminar on ‘Transparency by (Legal) Design in the Platform Economy’ by Professor Rossana Ducato, Postdoctoral researcher at UC Louvain. Dr. Vishwas H. Devaiah, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Co-Director, JIRICO; and Dr. Indranath Gupta, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School & Co-Director, JIRICO also participated in the seminar.

JIRICO was created at JGU in 2015, and focuses on initiating and complementing well-informed policy-related deliberations that can result in concrete reforms. Towards this end, JIRICO seeks to become a leading think-tank that engages in interdisciplinary and high-impact work. This involves contributions from experts in the fields of intellectual property law, competition law, economics and management. JIRICO provides a unique platform to facilitate dialogue among industry partners, policymakers, regulators, practitioners and academicians. JIRICO’s key focus areas of research are highlighted in the monthly, JIRICO Brief. The latest issue is available at:

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CNES organises ‘Politica’, A Policy Dialogue Series


The Centre for New Economics Studies (CNES) organised the policy dialogue series named ‘Politica’ during the 2017-18 academic year. This is a student led discussion forum organised by CNES on Thursdays during the academic semesters. The forum seeks to promote active public engagement from scholars working across disciplines on diverse social, political and economic issues, facilitating policy discussions around the same.

Several discussions were organised over the last two academic semesters. The video links to the discussions are available at:

  • “Legality of Healthcare Systems in India” – Dr. Nupur Tiwary and Dr. Indranil Mukopadhyay

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  • “Mediating Privacy with Social Security Benefits”- Dr. Ananth Padmanabhan

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  • “The Politics of Local Elections in India” – Dr. Neelanjan Sircar and Prof. Sukumar Muralidharan

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  • Aggression and Hope in Political Conflict: Exploring the Intricacies of Violence in Kashmir”-Dr. Sramana Majumdar

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  • “Public Advocacy to reclaim affirmative nutrition action for tribal children”- Ms. Vani Sethi. 
  • “Changing Task Contents of Jobs in India: Implications and Way Forward- Dr. Pankaj Vashisht” 
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  • “Current and Future of the Indian Economy in the aftermath of Demonetization.”-Professor Arun Kumar and Professor Rajan Harshe 
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CICS releases first issue of China-India Policy Brief


The Center for India-China Studies at JGU released the first issue of its China-India Policy Brief.

The first issue is contributed by two outstanding students: Shivkrit Rai (2014-19 BA.LLB Student, Jindal Global Law School) and Ayush Singhal (2017-19 MA Student, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy) on the topic of the Union Budget 2018.

The commentaries seek to provide deeper insight into three key policy reform areas in India’s macro-growth story, including performance in the areas of agriculture, climate change and gender equality.

The Center is a multi-disciplinary intellectual platform and resource hub for academia, practitioners and students who are interested in India and China. It also plays an active intellectual role on issues related to India-China collaborations and South-South cooperation at the regional and international level.


JGU marks International Yoga Day 2018 with Aqua Yoga classes


JGU marked International Yoga Day on 21 June 2018 with Aqua Yoga classes held at the University’s recently inaugurated state-of-the-art swimming pool. The chirping of birds in the early morning hours were combined with the chanting of students, faculty and staff members who participated in this innovative exercise.

While emphasizing the importance of yoga in our daily lives, the yoga session commenced with recitation of a prayer to rejuvenate the soul and leave a positive impact on mind, body and soul. It was followed with an extensive warm-up schedule outside the swimming pool. All the participants were made to practice “Pranayama” followed by a series of asana in order to get a feel of the schedule which was to be followed in the swimming pool.

The beginning of Aqua Yoga was highlighted with the “Hastauttn Asana” (Surya Namaskar pose) which synched with the rising sun. The spectacular scene during “sun rise” set the tone for the entire programme.

As the participants got used to performing asana in water, the master trainer increased the difficulty level by moving from simple to complex. A series of different postures of yogasanas were performed with great ease in the swimming pool like ‘Taadaasan’, ‘Vajrasana’, ‘Makaarasana’, ‘Shavaasana’. ‘Kapalabathi’, ‘Bhrahmari Pranayama’, ‘Dhyana asana’ etc.

At the end, a warm gratitude was extended to all the participants for making the event a huge success. The session concluded with the recitation of the mantras.

JGU organises Jindal Football League


The University’s Sports Department organised the Jindal Football League (JFL) from 30 May –  14 June, 2018 in order to promote camaraderie and fitness among faculty and staff members. The entire tournament witnessed some nail-biting matches as five teams battled hard for the coveted trophy.

The final match was termed as the “Clash of the Titans” as the “Warriors’ led by Dr. Sahni played against the “Royal Tigers” led by Gen. Kochhar. Both the teams exhibited great stamina and guts throughout the match and kept all the spectators glued to their seats. In the end, Dr. Sahni’s tactical acumen paid dividends to the “Warriors” team as they won the tournament comprehensively by 2-0.

During the presentation ceremony, Mr. Jitu Mishra, Sr. Director, HR presented the Runner-up trophy to the Royal Tigers. He emphasised the benefits of such sports activities. The Champion’s trophy was presented by Mrs. Monica Sahni to the Warriors team. She appreciated both the teams for the wonderful show. Dr. Sahni applauded the efforts of the Sports Department and also urged that such events be organised in the future as well.

Results of the Grand Final of Jindal Cricket League

The Jindal Cricket League (JCL) for faculty and staff members of JGU was organised by Department of Physical Education in collaboration with the HR Department. The entire tournament witnessed eleven thrilling matches in total. The colored T-shirts, live commentary and music created an atmosphere which had no substitute. The “Grand Final” was won by the Royal Tigers as they beat the Warriors in a hard fought game of cricket.

Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS, Member Governing Body JGU and Advisor to the VC presented the Champions Trophy to the winners and also directed the Sports Department to organize Jindal Football League in near future. He also suggested different ways to improve the quality of the tournament and also appreciated the efforts of Sports Department. The game of cricket developed a feeling of camaraderie and brought the entire JGU community together.

Faculty Spotlight : Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee, Assistant Director, IIHEd participates in research symposium & conference at Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education, University of Johannesburg


Dr. Mousumi Mukherjee, Assistant Director of IIHEd and Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Comparative and Global Education at JGU was invited to participate in a research symposium & conference organised by the Indian Ocean Comparative Education Society (IOCES) and the World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES) at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, June 20-22, 2018.

Dr. Mukherjee is a Congress Standing Committee Member of WCCES. During the General Assembly of IOCES and WCCES at Johannesburg, she was also inducted as an Executive Committee Member of the IOCES regional society. Dr. Mukherjee deliberated with the other executive committee members of WCCES, IOCES and Oceania Comparative Education Society (OCIES) about the possibility of bringing the World Congress of WCCES (which is organized every 3 years through a competitive voting process) to India in the future and JGU as possible Congress venue. She produced documentation of the international research symposium that JGU already hosted in December 2017 sponsored by OCIES, IOCES and WCCES. 

At the meeting, the committee members came to a consensus that for 2022 World Congress, IOCES will support OCIES for its bid to host the World Congress in Cairns, Australia. Likewise, for 2025 World Congress IOCES will seek OCIES support to host the Congress in India at JGU. This will allow some time for IOCES to grow as a regional society and also garner the support of OCIES (which is a much older and stronger regional society) to bid for hosting the 2025 World Congress in India.

At the conference, Dr. Mukherjee presented a paper titled- “Creative Resistance: Establishing a world-minded Indian University in Colonial British India” based on her current research. She also presented a co-authored paper with current IOCES President & WCCES Treasurer, Dr. Kanishka Bedi and IOCES founding President, Dr. Nina Dey Gupta (Delhi University).

During the conference, she had meetings and conversations with Prof. Michael Cross, Director, Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education and Prof. Ihron Rensburg, Former Vice-Chancellor, University of Johannesburg and Chairperson, the South African National Commission for UNESCO. She received great interest from them in establishing partnership between the Ali Mazrui Centre at UJ and IIHEd at JGU. At the conference, she also initiated conversations with the keynote speaker, Prof. Moeketsi Letseka, University of South Africa and UNESCO Chair in Open Distance Learning about possible collaboration with JGU.

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Student Testimonials


Chetan Krishna Palicherla
Fiitjee World School, Hyderabad

It has been a wonderful journey. The classes, workshops and AISP Ambassador talk series helped us to explore many things. In AISP, I somehow got attached to the interior designing. The foreign faculty were awesome specially Prof. Sean P Bala, Prof. Nichola De Zamaroczy and Prof. Esther Schimdt. I also learnt a lot about money. The cultural activities and student mentors were really awesome. Last but not the least, the new friends I made were really the best. I am really going to miss this place. I felt time went too soon. Thank you so much.

Garima Agrawal
N.H. Goel World School, Raipur

Before the summer school, I was almost certain that I want to pursue law as my career, but coming here I experienced the diversity of learning and realized that I am also interested in International Relations and Public Policy, courses that were earlier alien to me. It was also an experience to meet children of my age coming from across the country and cherish the love that I received from them. I also got to know that how it is to stay in a residential college. Thank you so much for this wonderful experience.

Kashish Chhabra
Sacred Heart School, Moga

I got to experience the life in a residential campus. I received knowledge about many courses that are offered, with Art and Architecture being one of my favourite subjects, and decided on the courses I want to pursue after 12th and the stream I want to choose after 10th. All the teachers, coordinators as well as professors were highly educated and I felt lucky to be part of this summer school. I developed a great bonding with my new friends. The student mentors were really nice and helped us in each and every task. They made sure we never felt lonely. At last, I feel very happy to be here. Thank you to all.

Akarsh Chowdhary Chalasani
Johnson Grammar School, Hyderabad

I would not say that AISP changed me or AISP transformed me into something else because it did not. Rather, AISP introduced me to myself and my interests. The professors, mentors and fellow Aspire scholars helped accelerate this process of understanding myself, what I am and where my interests lie. It also helped me understand how subjects and disciplines that seem like the same are far different from each other. Thank you.

Anusha Ajay Jain
Oakridge International School, Hyderabad

This Summer School has been a wonderful experience for me. There has been a lot of learning as well as a lot of fun. I made new friends and lots of unforgettable memories. I learned about different subjects, streams as well as career options. It has broadened my point of view and helped me understand how things go about. It has taught me the value of time, home-food, confidence and communication among other important things. I am extremely grateful to all the mentors and professors for their time, help and support. It has been a beautiful journey that cannot be forgotten. Thank you so much!

Saloni Verma
Christ Raja Convent School, Jind

I feel very blessed to be part of the Aspire India Scholar Summer School. I gained a lot of knowledge from the workshops conducted by AISP Ambassadors. The Professors who taught us were very good and kind hearted. I loved the Law, Democracy and Justice module the most. I want to thank Prof. Yugank Goyal for spending his precious time with us. The German and Spanish classes were fabulous. I made many new friends and learnt many new things which will surely help me in future. The overall management of the programme was very good. I want to thank all the staff for making these 14 days of my life memorable. Thank you everyone.

Eswar Grandhi
Fiitjee World School, Hyderabad

During the course of the AISP programme I got to know about different modules like International Relations; Diplomacy and Peace; Media Journalism and communication; Skills; Business Management and Entrepreneurship. In International Relations module I got to know about different things which happened in the period of World Wars. I was introduced to the Art & Architecture module, where I learned about the difference between the Interior Designer and the Architect. I also learned how to play basketball and eventually I learned how to be independent.