JGU has been awarded the prestigious Jean Monnet Chair by the European Union (E.U.) for teaching and research for the project ‘Multi-dimensional Approaches to the Understanding of the E.U. Data Protection Framework’.
JGU is one of the two universities in India and the only private university to receive the Chair in 2020, the other being Jawaharlal Nehru University. JGU also secured the largest grant amount awarded by the E.U. for a Jean Monnet Chair in India.
The Jean Monnet Chair that received the grant for JGU includes Prof. (Dr.) Indranath Gupta (Jean Monnet Chair – Academic Coordinator), Professor, Jindal Global Law School and Dean of Research (Projects, Grants and Publications); Prof. Avirup Bose, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Law School; Prof. (Dr.) Chitresh Kumar, Associate Professor, Jindal Global Business School; and Prof. Krishna Deo Singh Chauhan, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School. The JGU Jean Monnet Chair has been given €35,640 for its application by the E.U.
A Jean Monnet Chair recognises excellence in teaching and research and are open to leading academics worldwide whose work is of particular relevance to the E.U. The Chairs are named after Jean Monnet (1888-1979), a French politician and diplomat who was an ardent advocate of European integration. He helped draft the Schuman Plan (1950) that underpinned the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), a precursor to today’s E.U. He was the first President of the High Authority of the ECSC (1952-55), which would later become the European Commission.
The Jean Monnet Modules, Chairs, and Centers of Excellence intended for teaching and research are awarded annually through a competitive process by the European Commission of the E.U. through its Erasmus + programme since 2014. This year 1,447 grant applications were submitted. India received five modules and chairs in three universities.
The Jean Monnet activities are aimed at galvanising the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance and oversight of E.U. policies. Key activities of the Jean Monnet Chair spread over three years include teaching courses, research, holding conferences, networking activities and publications.
The award of Jean Monnet Chair is a step in the direction of establishing a Center of Excellence in a higher education institution. These Centres are designed to draw upon their teaching expertise and research strengths to support students, policymakers and the public on E.U. affairs as well as to forge partnerships with similar institutions across the world.
There are 162 Jean Monnet European Centres of Excellence, 875 Jean Monnet Chairs and 1,001 Jean Monnet Teaching Modules worldwide in 72 countries in five continents. These projects bring together 1,500 university professors, and reach approximately 500,000 students every year.
Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor of JGU said, “This is indeed a proud and historic moment for JGU to have received the much coveted and prestigious award — a truly remarkable achievement. The award of the Jean Monnet Chair for JGU reflects the outstanding contribution of the faculty members of JGU in teaching, research and institution building. The Chair has created a new intellectual imagination with adequate funding and resources for advancing the cause of knowledge creation and dissemination of European studies in India. It is also an opportune time to pursue this work when the vision of multilateralism is facing a global challenge and new visions of collaboration, partnership and global engagement needs to be created for the future.”
Professor Gupta, the Chair holder, said the award of the Chair is a testament to the institutional leadership of JGU in supporting research and scholarship. “JGU has been at the forefront of teaching and research in a range of disciplinary areas, including European Studies. I am indebted to my university and delighted to have received this exceptional recognition. I am truly fortunate to have received the extraordinary support of all my colleagues (Chitresh, Avirup, Krishna, Sreejith, Sweta and Jitender) who have been instrumental behind the Grant Application.”
The JGU Jean Monnet Chair will contribute towards strengthening, deliberating, and implementing E.U. studies, and in particular E.U. Data Protection Framework, by creating a specialized project with the overall objective of institutionalising it within the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic framework of the university. The vision of the ‘Multi-dimensional Approaches to the Understanding of the E.U. Data Protection Framework’ project is to create an extensive and rigorous academic resource pool in the given area and to facilitate capacity-building exercises for different stakeholders. The wider implications of the courses and research conceived under this project will not be limited to a particular discipline but will add value to the understanding of a wider audience connected to different disciplines.
The Chair will undertake the dissemination of specialised new courses such as ‘Understanding the E.U. structure of Informational Privacy’, ‘Building a Global Consensus through E.U. GDPR: An Assessment of Data Privacy Legislation in Asia (India, China, Philippines, and Thailand)’, ‘The Demands of Business: Data Needs v/s Data Privacy; Privacy, and New Technologies – The E.U. Paradigm’ and ‘Data, Platforms and the Digital Economy: An E.U. Competition Law Perspective’. Besides, an edited volume and proceedings of events will be published following the open access model.
The Chair will also organise three dissemination events, a conference, roundtable and workshop, on the following topics: (a) Protecting personal information on different platforms: Challenges and way forward, (b) Testing Durability and Flexibility features of E.U. Data Protection Framework, and (c) Deciphering E.U. Data Protection Framework.