JGU, led by the Jindal School of International Affairs (JSIA), has achieved a significant milestone by bidding for and winning a competitive grant worth $81,750 (over Rs 60 lakh) from the US State Department to deliver a high-quality massive online open course (MOOC) on ‘Understanding US Foreign Policy and US-India Relations’.
This MOOC will draw upon the expertise of faculty at JSIA and other schools of JGU where there are specialists on various aspects related to political, economic and cultural ties between the US and India.
JGU will produce and deliver the MOOC and also liaise with colleges and universities across north India to enroll students in this course. Under the terms of this Grant, the MOOC designed and produced by JGU will be enrolling at least 100 college students in the age group of 20-24 from educational institutions spread across the six states and one Union Territory of north India – Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. The MOOC will be semester-long in duration and will commence on February 1, 2022. The MOOC, whose video lectures and assignments will be prepared in the coming months, is expected to be hosted on the Coursera platform and fits into the larger goals of JGU to raise the stature of online learning in India.
JSIA and other schools of JGU have taken efforts to bring greater attention to the study of the US in their curricula, especially by encouraging students to pursue study abroad programmes with over 50 partner universities in the US. There are over 20 full-time American faculty members in JGU, including those holding senior leadership positions. Approximately 20% of full-time faculty members of JGU have received advanced degrees from the US.
JGU is also actively engaged with the US Embassy, New Delhi, to set up a wide-ranging Institute for American Studies that will advance bilateral ties at the social level, especially among young people and the Indian diaspora in the US.
In previous years, JSIA had led the efforts at JGU to win grants from the World Bank and the US State Department for training programmes for civil servants and college teachers of developing countries.