Inside JGU 2017 - Issue 6 (Aug)

In an inspiring recognition of the outstanding work of the faculty members and students of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) in the cause of legal empowerment and social justice, the Legal Aid Clinic of JGLS won the 2017 Herbert Smith Freehills’ Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work.

The award is a testament to the passion, commitment and dedication that JGU students have demonstrated to seek social change and contribute to social engineering through law and its instrumentalities. The award comes with a cash prize of £2,000. The members of the Clinic undertake a diversity of activities and have worked closely with the community to bring sustainable social impact.

The Herbert Smith Freehills’ Community Engagement Awards recognises and champions meaningful and high impact community engagement activity led by law students in India who are trying to bring sustainable social impact in the community by using their legal knowledge. The awards programme invited entries from individuals or teams of students across all Indian law schools to showcase the contributions they are making in their communities. The two main categories were community investment through legal work and community contribution through volunteering. Entries were judged on the basis of four key parameters: social impact, project sustainability, innovation and presentation.

Congratulating student and faculty members on winning the prestigious community engagement award, JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, said, “This extraordinary achievement recognises the outstanding work of the faculty members and students of Jindal Global Law School in the cause of legal empowerment and social justice. The Herbert Smith Freehills’ Community Engagement Award for Community Investment through Legal Work is testament to the passion, commitment and dedication of our students and faculty to seek social change and contribute to social engineering through law and its instrumentalities.”

“I would like to thank all JGLS faculty members who have inspired, mentored and engaged with students in designing various initiatives and executing them in a socially impactful manner,” he added.

For community investment through legal work category, the shortlisted institutions included Legal Aid Clinic of Jindal Global Law School, Legal Services Clinic of National Law School of India University (NLSIU) Bangalore, Antashchetana of Chanakya National Law University Patna. Apart from the shortlisted entries, various other institutions had also submitted their entries, including the Legal Aid and Awareness Committee of National Law University Jodhpur, ODRways – a tech initiative of NUJS.

Lauding the efforts of JGLS faculty and students, Chris Parsons, Chairman of Herbert Smith Freehills’ India Practice, said, “The fact that the Legal Aid Clinic from JGLS has won the second edition of the Herbert Smith Freehills’ Community Engagement Award gives me immense pleasure. I have watched JGLS grow from little more than a bold dream into one of the leading law schools in India. Apart from its strong focus on social causes, the school also produces exceptional lawyers. Two of its talented students also joined the HSF Indian internship programme this year and have impressed me so much that they will be joining the firm full time as trainee lawyers in London.”

Sushant Chandra, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of the Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS, said, “The award is a huge testimony reflecting social commitment of our students to usher in social and economic justice in the society. The student members at the Legal Aid Clinic have helped in drafting PILs, setting up legal literacy camps, filing RTI applications and directly work with the communities around campus.”

“Two of our student members recently argued an RTI appeal before the Information Commissioner and the Commissioner liked them so much that he instantly offered them an internship,” he added.

The Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS has been spearheading different initiatives related to access to education, health, strengthening access to information and creating awareness through various legal awareness camps. The Right to Education initiative has already helped many children from economically weaker sections in accessing to quality education.

JGLS faculty members Sushant Chandra and Ajay Pandey have essayed a pioneering role in the establishment of the Legal Aid Clinic at JGLS since 2009, whose philosophy and mission is to advance justice through the expansion of freedom.

The formal award ceremony will be held on 7th September 2017 in New Delhi.

JGLS students now have even greater career prospects abroad after the Law Admissions Consultative Committee (LACC) and the Law Council of Australia (LCA) have recognised the Jindal Global Law School degrees (all LLB degrees) under the Uniform Principles for Assessing Qualifications of Overseas Applicants for Admission to the Australian Legal Profession.

This makes Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) the first and only Indian law school to have its law degree recognised for the purposes of admission to legal practise in Australia. The recognition opens the door to an easier transition for JGLS graduates to pursue a legal career in Australia.

The Indian and Australian legal systems share much in common. Both are democracies with a federal system of government. English is the language of the law in both jurisdictions. There are even sections of the Indian constitution that are based on similar sections in the Australian constitution. In addition, the globalised nature of the legal profession means that Indian and Australian lawyers are increasingly working together on corporate law matters that involve multiple jurisdictions.

However, despite these similarities, opportunities for Indian lawyers to work in Australian have historically been few and far between. JGLS and the Centre for India Australia Studies (CIAS) at JGU are working to create such opportunities.

The CIAS, which was inaugurated by the Australian High Commissioner to India last year, is the first Centre that focuses on the India-Australia relationship to be housed in an Indian higher education institution. Since its inauguration, the CIAS has created opportunities for young Indians and young Australians to experience the other country through work experience or short term immersion programmes. The CIAS has finalised partnerships with Australian law firms and government departments, allowing students to gain much needed work experience in Australia. Two JGLS students recently completed an internship at Mitry Lawyers in Sydney and found the experience to be invaluable.

(L-R) Professor (Dr.) Vesselin Popovski, Vice Dean, JGLS; Professor Shaun Star, JGLS; High Commissioner of Australia to India, H.E. Ms. Harinder Sidhu; and Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU and Dean, JGLS on the JGU campus at the inauguration of the Centre for India-Australia Studies.

This recognition by the LCA, coupled with the increasing opportunities created by the CIAS and JGLS, mean that students will have clear pathways to pursue a career in law in Australia. Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU and Dean, JGLS has welcomed these positive developments:

“Providing our students with international career opportunities is a key part of our global vision at O.P. Jindal Global University. The recognition by the LCA is also a part of our vision to promote opportunities for further study and work in Australia. Australia hosts numerous world class law schools and many top law firms. However, despite the similarities between our legal systems, Australia remains a relatively untouched option in terms of further studies and work. We are working to create awareness and access to opportunities for our students in Australia and the recognition of our world class degree programme by the LCA is a welcome step that we must celebrate.”

Duncan Bentley, Member of the Legal Education Committee of the LCA and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Swinburne University of Technology noted:

“India and Australia share a strong common law heritage. The legal professions and law schools have built deep and lasting connections. I am therefore delighted that Jindal Global Law School has taken these to the next level in seeking and achieving recognition for its qualifications. It will help to streamline the admission of Indian lawyers with a Jindal law degree to practise in Australia. It is a visionary approach to prepare Indian lawyers for practise in an increasingly globalised profession. Jindal Global Law School is to be congratulated.”

Shaun Star, Executive Director, CIAS and Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean at JGLS said:

“The Indian and Australian legal systems share much in common. Despite this, there has traditionally been limited access to opportunities for young lawyers to work in the other country’s legal system. A key part of the CIAS’ vision is to create opportunities for young Indians to work or study in some of the leading organisations in Australia. The recognition by the LCA of the JGLS degree is an important step towards creating opportunities for Indian law graduates to practise law in Australia.

Until now, students have been required to complete 11 subjects in Australia after graduating from their Indian undergraduate law degree. This can sometimes take years to complete. JGLS graduates now have a much simpler and clearer pathway to working as a lawyer in Australia. In addition, the CIAS has facilitated partnerships with law schools and law firms to create even more opportunities. The LCA recognition is also really exciting in light of the momentum that the Young Leaders Externship Advancement Programme (YLEAP) is building. YLEAP is an initiative run by the CIAS that is creating internship opportunities for JGLS students in Australia. A number of law firms and government departments have partnered with CIAS and JGLS for this initiative allowing our students to gain work experience in Australia during their degree.”

Typically, for a graduate of an Indian law school (or any foreign law school) to be able to practise law in Australia, they are required to complete 11 subjects (known as the Priestly 11 subjects) in addition to their foreign degree. However, the LACC has now recognised that given the standard of JGLS, students will have pre-approval of 7 of these subjects (assuming that they score more than a minimum grade in those subjects). Therefore these students will only have to complete four prescribed subjects and complete their practical legal training in order to become a qualified practising lawyer in Australia. This means that it will be considerably easier for JGLS graduates to practise law in Australia.

As the first Indian university listed in the LCA’s uniform principles for recognising foreign degrees, JGLS is once again paving the way for its students and graduates to have a global career. The global career opportunities that are being facilitated are an important supplement to the truly global education that JGLS is providing its students.

Australia is an important part of the global narrative. This landmark development will provide JGLS graduates with the opportunity to pursue a career in law in Australia.

(L-R) Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU; Mr. Naveen Jindal, Founding Chancellor, JGU; Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India; Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India; Ms. Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank, and Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU, at the Sixth Convocation Ceremony and Founder’s Day celebrations on 7 August 2017.

Students of seven different programmes from five of JGU’s schools graduated earlier this month. Over 400 students graduated from the following batches: B.A. LL.B. 2012, LL.B. 2014, LL.M. 2016 (Residential), LL.M. 2016 (Taxation), M.B.A. 2015, M.A. (DLB) 2015, M.A. (PP) 2015 and the first batch of students from B.A. (LH) 2014.

The Sixth Convocation Ceremony and Founder’s Day celebrations were held in New Delhi and was attended by Ms. Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO, Axis Bank, Mr. Rajiv Pratap Rudy, Union Minister of State Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India and Dr. Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, Judge, Supreme Court of India as Guests of Honour. Founding Chancellor, Mr. Naveen Jindal delivered the Chancellor’s Address and Founding Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar presented the Welcome Address and the University Report.

Graduating students from the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy at the Sixth Convocation Ceremony and Founder’s Day celebrations on 7 August 2017.

Further details of the Sixth Convocation Ceremony and Founder’s Day celebrations are available at:

In an amazing achievement, Thomas George Karimpanal, a final year student of the BA (Hons.) Global Affairs programme at the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), won 15 medals at the 50th Kerala State Shooting Championship 2017, organised by the District Rifle Association of Palakkad at the DRAP Shooting Ranges, Palakkad, Kerala. Thomas won 11 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze, in a record breaking performance.

In a repeat performance, Thomas continued the record breaking streak at the 9th South Zone Shooting Championship 2017 conducted by the National Rifle Association of India and organised by the Tamil Nadu State Rifle Association at the Police Shooting Ranges of Tamil Nadu Special Police 3rd Battalion at Veerapuram – Avadi near Chennai in Tamil Nadu from 21 to 26 August 2017. Thomas won 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze and received his medals from Mr. Edappadi K. Palaniswami, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at the Awards Ceremony.

Thomas is awarded for his record breaking performances by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Mr. Edappadi K. Palaniswami, at the 9th South Zone Shooting Championship 2017 in Chennai.

Thomas has been a member of India’s elite Junior National Shooting Squad since 2015, and is the only pistol shooter from Kerala to have ever reached the national squad. He is also a top ranked international shooter  as per the Asian Ranking of Shooters dated 1 February 2017 declared by the Asian Shooting Confederation, his Asian Ranking is 24 in the Senior category and 1 in the Junior category in the 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, which is an Olympic event.

Thomas began his career as a shooter in 2013 when he first competed at the Idukki District Shooting Championship and his talent was spotted by Professor V.C. James, Secretary of the District Rifle Association of Idukki. Aged 14, Thomas went on to the 2013 Kerala State Shooting Championship as a junior shooter representing the District Rifle Association of Idukki. He made his debut as a medal winning shooter when he competed against senior shooters and broke the Senior and Junior State Record in 25m Rapid Fire Shooting. Following the 2014 National Championship, Thomas was declared as a “Certified Renowned Shooter”. He subsequently went on to repeatedly reset his own records in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and has remained unchallenged in Pistol Shooting at the State/Zonal level even in the Senior Category ever since he took up the sport in 2013.

Thomas with coach and mentor, Professor V C James, Secretary of the District Rifle Association of Idukki, Kerala.

In a stunning achievement, in 2015, under the guidance and training of his coach, Professor James and the shooting fraternity of Kerala, Thomas was able to secure a berth on the National Squad within a short span of less than a year and half.

Thomas has been a Team Member on the Kerala State Shooting Squad and the Idukki District Rifle Association’s shooting squad and has represented the State of Kerala at the Zonal & National Championships since 2013. Thomas has been spotted and marked by the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and Sports Authority of India (SAI) as an emerging talent of the Indian shooting fraternity with the potential for an Olympic medal. He is presently being coached by Mr. Jaspal Rana and the team of coaches of the SAI and NRAI, alongside his mentor and coach, Professor James. Thomas was also selected by and trained under the legendary 25m Rapid Fire Pistol Shooter, Ralf Schumann, who is the only person to have won 10 Olympic medals and over two dozen world championships.

Thomas says he prides in having received the JGU college colours and a memento from Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and Registrar, Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy at a reception that was hosted in his honour on the JGU campus for his Outstanding Performance at the 48th Kerala State Shooting Championship in 2015.

Thomas receiving a memento from Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar and Registrar, Professor Y.S.R. Murthy on the JGU campus in 2015.

Thomas is the second son of Rekha & George Kurian Karimpanal of Kanjirapally in Kottayam District, Kerala. Prior to joining JSIA, he attended the Bishop Cottons Boys School, Bangalore, and the Choice School, Cochin. He has been an avid sportsperson since he was young and has won numerous medals at school and inter-school games in relay, triple jump, broad jump, javelin throw, swimming, badminton and football. In addition to shooting, Thomas’s hobbies include angling, trekking, wildlife, travel and photography. Over the years, he has assisted in organising and lead groups of students and teachers on numerous camping and field trips into the wildlife reserves and sanctuaries in Kerala. His aim is to represent India and win an Olympic Medal.

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, JIBS and his team with the Jeevan Kaushal Ratna Award

Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) was felicitated with the Jeevan Kaushal Ratna Award – The Life Empowerment Awards for Schools 2017 at the “Promotion & Recognition of Holistic Development in Schools Life Empowerment Awards for Schools 2017, Well-being Schools …Well-being India” event. Professor Sahni received the award for his unstinting support and efforts towards promoting mental health awareness.

On behalf of JIBS, Ms. Garima Jain, Assistant Director, JIBS, coordinated in organising the event with Expressions India.

Expert members of JIBS were also invited to present at the symposium on “Every Childs Matter: Emerging Constructivist Paradigm” held on 17 August, 2017 at the India International Center in New Delhi. The expert panel was chaired by Professor Sahni. The following papers were presented by other distinguished JIBS members:

  • “Strengthening Peer Support Group and Recognizing the Role of Multiple Systems in the Mental Health of Children” – Dr. Manjushree Palit
  • “What’s in a name? Child Rights and Mental Health: Psychological Labels and Self-fulfilling Prophecies.” – Dr. Rakshi Rath
  • “Mental Health and Psychosocial Functioning of School Going Children” – Dr. Mohita Junnarkar.

The Office of International Affairs & Global Initiatives finalised university level partnerships for student and faculty mobility, research collaboration with a number of foreign universities over the past few weeks. Substantive institutional partnerships have been signed with Monash University, Australia; Otago University, New Zealand; University of Applied Sciences, Denmark; Birmingham City University, England; and University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria.

(L-R) Professor (Dr.) Y.S.R. Murthy, Registrar, JGU; Professor Shaun Star, Jindal Global Law School; and Professor Bryan Horrigan, Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia at the signing of a collaborative agreement between the two institutions.

Professor Mette Greisen, Director of Education & Professor Jacob Mentz, Director, International Affairs, Lillebaelt Academy, University of Applied Sciences, Denmark recently visited JGU for signing the Agreement for Academic Cooperation and Exchange with JGU. The signing of this agreement opens up possibilities of student exchange and faculty exchange programmes for students and staff. Both the universities agreed to collaborate for short term visit study programmes, the possibility of collaborative research, organising joint conferences and teaching assignments. Lillebaelt Academy is the largest business academy in the Southern Denmark region and offers 30 higher educational programmes aimed at employment in the world of business.

Expanding its reach further in the United Kingdom, JGU and Birmingham City University, England began a bilateral collaboration by entering into a formal cooperation agreement based on mutually beneficial objectives. On August 17, Professor Graham Upton, Vice-Chancellor and Professor Alison Wells, Director of Academic Services, signed the Agreement for Academic Cooperation and Exchange with JGU in the broad areas of student and faculty, joint research and conferences.

Another significant partnership has been signed with Otago University, New Zealand by the Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) for a dual Masters programme. Up to five students of JGBS would be eligible each year to spend their second year of Masters at Otago University and would also be eligible to compete for generous scholarships.

JGU collaborated with three prestigious European Universities ¾ Uniwersytet Jagiellonski, Poland, Università degli Studi di Catania, Italy, and Kliment Ohridski University in Sofia, Bulgaria ¾ in a grant application under the Erasmus+ Capacity Building programme of the European Union. The project “European Studies Revitalized across Asian Universities” aims to develop a comprehensive modern curriculum of new courses and update existing ones in European Law, Politics, European Integration, History, Economics and other European Studies for four partner Universities in India and China.

Professor (Dr.) Vesselin Popovski, Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School, drafted the part of the proposal establishing the needs of Indian universities in revitalised European Studies. 

Professor (Dr.) Vesselin Popovski, Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School

In a competitive selection with 756 applicants, the consortium was successful in receiving a 3-year grant of EUR 770,000.

The project will begin in October 2017 and the donor (EU) will ensure that top expertise is utilised to develop the curriculum in European Studies. The obligation of the Asian partners is to accredit and teach the courses in the third year of the project (2019-20 academic year). During the first year, syllabi and teaching materials will be prepared; during the second year, extensive supervised training in Europe of selected junior faculties from the Asian universities will be undertaken; and during the third year, the courses will be delivered to the students in Asia.

The Centre for African, Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) at the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), hosted the BRICS Week from August 21-25.

BRICS experts, JGU students and faculty deliberate on the nine-years of BRICS Summit and its meaning for the different regions.

‘In 2016, we took 80 JSIA students to the BRICS Civil Forum and to a special briefing session with the Deputy Heads of Mission of the BRICS countries in India, MEA Joint Secretary Alok Dimri, and Ambassador Yogendra Kumar. This year, we are taking the BRICS to JGU’, said Professor Karin Costa Vazquez, CALACS Executive Director and Assistant Dean of Global Engagements at JSIA.

In the run up to the 9th BRICS Summit in China, the BRICS Week began with a roundtable on the future of the grouping. Dr. Jiejin Zhu, Center for BRICS Studies at Fudan University (China), Ms. Faith Mabera, Institute for Global Dialogue (South Africa) and Mr. Caio Borges, Conectas Human Rights (Brazil) joined a discussion moderated by Professor Vazquez on the legacy of the Summit in China and the hopes for the South African presidency in 2018 – when the BRICS will complete 10 years. The round table presented itself as a unique start-off to the event, allowing for wide participation by JGU faculty and students, and a true people-to-people exchange amongst the BRICS countries. 

The following two days created space for dialogue and engagement around the ‘BRICS Sustainability Index’ project, an initiative between CALACS and Conectas in collaboration with Fudan University and the BRICS Feminist Watch. The workshop ‘Building Innovative and Inclusive South-South Institutions’ was opened by JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor C. Raj Kumar, and JSIA Dean, Dr. Sreeram Chaulia. The introductory remarks touched upon the need for multi-stakeholder engagements to shape policy at the multilateral level. Understanding the urgency to go beyond the myopic vision of development and acknowledging the BRICS diversity, a new Track 2.5 diplomacy was initiated through the workshop.

JGU Vice Chancellor, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and JSIA Dean, Professor (Dr.) Sreeram Chaulia give welcoming remarks to the BRICS civil society and academia experts.

Deep-diving into pressing issues of how BRICS countries articulate sustainability and defining criteria for sustainable infrastructure financing, participants analysed how the New Development Bank (NDB) can go beyond the traditional ‘do no harm’ approach taken by established multilateral development banks to unleash transformational impact on the environment and the people. Methodologies such as ‘world cafe’ and breakout sessions allowed for stimulating, innovative engagement among experts from the Asia Foundation, Heinrich Boll Foundation, Oxfam, Institute of Global Dialogue, South Africa Institute for International Affairs, Conectas, Action Aid, Accountability Counsel, and the BRICS Feminist Watch. JGU faculty and JGU students engaged in the ‘BRICS Sustainability Index’ project also contributed to the exercise.

The workshop ended with taking its first step in the uphill climb towards creating a civil society coalition on sustainable infrastructure financing. An online consultation with think-tanks, academia, non-governmental organisations, foundations, and grassroots movements will be launched after the workshop and the results of the research are planned to be discussed with the NDB during a meeting in Shanghai in October.

JGU faculty, students and invited guests discuss the future for the BRICS grouping at a round table hosted by CALACS.

The BRICS Week concluded with CALACS participation in the Delhi Conference on South-South and Triangular Cooperation, organised by the Indian think-tank Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries in partnership with the United Nations and the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. Professor Vazquez brought her insights on some of the most pressing issues to the future of development cooperation. “Southern countries took a long time to engage in discussions on how to monitor and evaluate South-South cooperation. Multiple frameworks are being proposed by think-tanks, governments and non-governmental organisations. Now we need to find a minimum common ground among and build on it,” said Professor Vazquez. This is an urgent step to measure countries’ contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals based on the perspectives and voices of the Global South, she added.

Professor Karin Costa Vazquez of JSIA engages with other members of the Network of Southern Think-Tanks.

CALACS also participated in a meeting with the Network of Southern Think Tanks, a global platform to generate, systematise, consolidate and share knowledge on South−South cooperation approaches to international development. JSIA Vice Dean, Dr. Mohan Kumar and Professor Vazquez also met the UN Special Envoy on South-South Cooperation and Director of the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation, Mr. Jorge Chediek, to explore partnership opportunities. The events around the BRICS Week were the first steps of CALACS and JSIA at a multilateral platform, on its journey towards increasing South-South Cooperation.

The Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE) was inducted into the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network (GSEN), the international network for organisations supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs.

This member-led network is an impressive group of organisations based across six continents and have been recognised for their pioneering work in building the social enterprise ecosystem. Last year, GSEN member organisations supported 2600 social entrepreneurs worldwide.

Some of the noteworthy member organisations include:

  • Yunus Social Business – Muhammad Yunus founded non-profit venture fund that turns philanthropic donations into investments in sustainable social businesses.
  • Teach for All – A global network of 45 independent, locally led and funded partner organisations
  • Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) – An initiative of the Aspen Institute, ANDE is an international network of organisations that works to promote entrepreneurship in developing countries
  • European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) – EVPA is a membership association made up of organisations practising venture philanthropy and social investment across Europe.
  • NPI China – With a presence in 30 cities and nearly 200 staff and advisors, Non Profit Incubator (NPI), a nonprofit intermediary supporting more than 1,000 nonprofit organisations and social entrepreneurs in China since 2006.
  • Other members include: Oxford Brookes University, Echoing Green, and UnLtD

One of the key benefits to membership is joint fundraising support and strategic partnerships, in addition to knowledge sharing and data sharing for research.

The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy hosted a three-day workshop on the European Union titled “The Light at the End of the Tunnel” by Mr. Andrea Zorzetto, formerly Policy Advisor for the UK Treasury. The workshop focused on the importance to the world of a united Europe, on the crises of the last decade from the Euro to Brexit, and the new hopes raised by Emmanuel Macron, who was elected as the French President in May. Other issues discussed included the multiple crises of the last decade, the improving economy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel signalling her openness to integrate further.

More than 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students participated in the workshop. The workshop was an engaging and interactive experience for students as Mr. Zorzetto was able to draw on his first-hand experiences between London, Brussels, and Rome.

Mr. Andrea Zorzetto with Professor (Dr.) Vinod Vyasulu, Vice Dean, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy at the end of the three-day workshop on the European Union.

Key issues addressed by the workshop included:

Why this workshop

  • Historical political project – The building of a political union through peaceful and democratic means is a first in history. The whole world will gain from its success, and suffer if it fails.
  • Model – Large union of a countless number of cultures and languages, a fragmented market, large economic and political differences, states with rising fiscal deficits despite a 3% ceiling, English as the lingua franca, a connected metropolitan elite distant from the rest of the population. This description fits both the EU and India. Learning from each other will benefit both.
  • New world order – US unilateralism is being replaced by chaos. For a prosperous future, we need a multipolar world. The EU and India are both seen as behind the US, China and Russia. But they are both essential to world peace and prosperity.

Why the EU is in Crisis and What Lies Ahead

  • Why it matters – What do Europeans get from the Union? Why is the EU important for the world? What are the historical similarities with India?
  • Crisis – Euro and debt, refugees and Schengen, Russia and Syria. Why has the EU faced so many challenges in just the last 5 years? Can it come out stronger?
  • Future – What should the EU do? Is Macron a new hope, or even our last chance? What role should the EU play in the world, and how can a stronger partnership with India help?

nts affiliated with JSiE launched the ‘institution re:building’ initiative. Institution re:building seeks to use inclusive strategies that involve students, faculty, administration, and community leaders in developing innovations for a truly world-class JGU campus. The initiative was born out of the realisation that creating an innovative, sustainable and inclusive campus requires creators, innovators, designers, dreamers and leaders working together from across the University. The myJGU chatbot is among the first institution re:building projects to go live.

Launched on 3 August, 2017, this text- and image-based virtual assistant has so far fielded over 90,000 messages and responded to queries of over 850 users. Says Anish, “The challenge was using a platform which is already familiar to target users. Access to information on that platform should be fast, intuitive and precise.”

Statistics on the usage of myJGU in its initial weeks.

Anish and other members of the institution re:building initiative are already exploring ways to improve the chatbot through expanded offerings and collaboration with the JGU campus app, CollPoll. Their future vision is to contribute directly to groundbreaking JGU initiatives to foster sustainability, innovation, and community engagement throughout the university. 

You can try out myJGU at 

The new JGU Health Centre being inaugurated by (L-R) Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU; Mr. Jitu Mishra, Senior Director, Human Resources; Sister Beena Reji, Chief Nurse & Health Centre Manager; Lt. Gen (Retd) Rajesh Kochhar, Chief Administrative Officer, JGU; and Dr. Naveen Ravi, Medical Officer, Health Centre.

A new JGU Health Centre was inaugurated on the University campus on 23 August 2017. The new Centre will cater to the needs of the expanding JGU residential community comprising students and staff. The Centre is built over approximately 6,000 square feet area and is equipped with a 20-bed capacity with an ICU facility, an OT for minor surgeries and augmented services including physiotherapy and counselling. It will also have a separate section for OPD and in-patient treatments. Multi-para monitors are being installed to monitor five parameters of body functions of serious patients at one go. The Health Centre will be functional 24X7 and manned by doctors and paramedical staff at any given point of time. The new Health Centre is a result of valuable feedback received from students and staff.

Global Kids, the new day care facility and play school being inaugurated by (L-R) Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU; Ms. Rosemary Thomas, Assistant Director, Administration; and Dr. Sameena Dalwai, Associate Professor, JGU.

A new day care facility was also inaugurated on 23 August on the University campus. The 2,000 square feet day care and play school, named “Global Kids” has spacious rooms, play areas and an open garden for children. Certified and trained employees will be available in the facility to care for infants and children. The facility will host activities ranging from music and art to storytelling.

JGU’s 9th academic session began on 1 August 2017 with commencement lectures held across all six schools. The University’s youngest school, the Jindal School of Journalism & Communication (JSJC), commenced its first semester with an inaugural batch of 60 students.

This academic year, 1,241 new students were admitted to various programmes across the schools. Out of the total, 45% are women students.

Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) had the highest number of admits with 573, Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) admitted 331, Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA) admitted 123, Jindal School of Government and Public Policy (JSGP) admitted 85, Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH) admitted 69, and 60 students were admitted to JSJC.

In terms of national geographical origin, the highest number of students admitted were from Delhi, followed by Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat.

The JGU Admissions and Outreach team spearheaded the admissions process, branding, and outreach across India and internationally.

Members of the JGU Admissions and Outreach team, Mr. Arjun Puri, Head, Admissions and Outreach and Ms. Nishi Mishra, during an outreach campaign.

School students attend an outreach event hosted by the JGU Admissions and Outreach team.