JGU celebrated its Eleventh Anniversary and University Day on 30 September, marking the day the University’s first academic session began in 2009. In this virtual event, Dr. Joanna Newman, Chief Executive & Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities, United Kingdom, and Dr. Virander S. Chauhan, Chairman, National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC), India, were the Guests of Honour.
Dr. Newman delivered the University Day Lecture on the theme “How can Universities shape the Future of the World” and Dr. Chauhan delivered the Presidential Address.
Dr. Newman said: “Challenging old ideas and having your own ideas challenged is what makes attaining a university education all the more necessary, and at JGU, with its focus on critical thinking skills, students are exposed to this and a lot more. Universities also teach you how to accept ideas you do not agree with. Having a global outlook can help address pre-existing prejudices as it makes students think and see beyond their biases, into new horizons. A university like JGU plays a critical role in fostering solutions to solve socioeconomic challenges and improving the education ecosystem of the country. Students of JGU are looking at the impacts of poverty and hunger, at the impact of the climate crisis, public health, at conflict and hence JGU is part of an important education ecosystem that aims to tackle global challenges.”
Dr. Chauhan said the autonomy of a university is crucial in ensuring that it becomes a space for critical thinking to create responsible young leaders. Commending JGU for its commitment towards serving society, Dr. Chauhan said: “JGU has an impressive and hardworking faculty and it has averaged one new school a year which is a remarkable achievement. University education sets you free, gives you choices, informs you about your rights and those of us who are fortunate to be educated at a good university have a certain amount of responsibility on our shoulders. COVID-19 has laid bare the protectionist sentiments of nations across the world but the pluralistic principles of JGU serve as an example of how a university must inculcate values which promote brotherhood and globalism. JGU has set an example which other universities will look to follow.”
The day marked the culmination of year-long celebrations at JGU in its anniversary month. Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU; Professor (Dr.) Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) and Advisor to the Vice Chancellor of JGU; Professor Dabiru Sridhar Patnaik, Registrar, JGU; and founding faculty and staﬀ shared their reflections on 11 years of institution building at JGU.