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Inside JGU 2021 - Issue 3 (March)

JGU launches India’s first University Administrative Service programme

JGU has announced India’s first University Administrative Service (UAS) programme for its graduates. This unique programme will redefine leadership and management services at universities and create a group of highly talented and qualified individuals who will be fast-tracked into the university’s executive management and leadership teams for the internal governance and administration of the university.

The UAS will offer graduating students direct access to a highly recognised and reputed career paths within JGU.

Announcing the launch of UAS, Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor, JGU, said, “The purpose of the UAS programme is to enable highly skilled young leaders to work within the administrative departments of JGU and to provide a fast-track career path to these talented individuals so that they can assume administrative leadership positions early in their career. Through this programme, the UAS executives will get a rare opportunity to be working closely with the senior management in key specialist disciplines at an early stage of their careers. The UAS will also be a platform to groom talent for a life-long career in academic administration, while attracting and employing high-potential individuals, and to create a long-term succession plan for leadership positions within the organisation. It will indeed be a path-breaking journey in university administration and institution building.” 

The UAS programme requires the applicants to undergo a very transparent and robust application process. Commenting on the multiple-level selection process uniquely designed for the programme, Jitu Mishra, Senior Director, Human Resources and Chief Operating Officer, JGU said, “The applicants will not only be assessed on their academic credentials and overall experience, but will also undergo a unique UAS Aptitude Test, apart from going through multiple other stages of the interview and selection process. The objective is to assess potential candidates on various leadership competencies, including strategic thinking, quality orientation, action and result orientation, teamwork abilities, domain knowledge, professional integrity, ability to manage change, and capability of building best people within the organisation.” 

The UAS Executives will be selected through a transparent and rigorous selection process, which includes submission of a Statement of Purpose, a uniquely created UAS Aptitude Test, group discussions and a personal interview. After their selection, the UAS Executives will undergo three months of structured training and will be mentored by the members of the senior administrative leadership. The tentative joining date for UAS executives will be in June/July 2021. After successful completion of three months of training and assessment, the UAS Executives will be appointed as Assistant Directors at JGU. They will have the prospect to reach the Director level position in about eight years of joining JGU, based on their performance and demonstration of leadership competencies.

The JGU UAS is open for the graduating students and JGU Alumni of BA/BBA LL.B. (Hons.), LL.B, LL.M, MBA, IBM, M.A.(DLB), and M.A.(PP) programmes. The vision is to identify graduates of terminal and Masters’ degrees. To apply for the UAS, applicants must not be more than 25 years of age, and must have an outstanding academic record. They will need to send in a detailed resume with details of education and work experience (if applicable), their academic records and a Statement of Purpose. The short-listed candidates will undergo a screening test, the UAS Aptitude Test (UAT), to assess Values & Ethics, Verbal Ability, Analytical Skills, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Sufficiency, Quantitative Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs, followed by a group discussion and an interview.

Successful candidates will be directly inducted as Assistant Directors and will be offered a generous and attractive remuneration package with benefits and perks that competitively match the best global standards.

They will undergo a rigorous induction process and training programme before being placed in specific departments, which included the Office of Career Services, Finance & Accounts, Office of Rankings, Benchmarking and Institutional Transformation (ORBIT), General Administration, Strategic Initiatives (Office of the Vice Chancellor), Office of Online Education, Admissions & Outreach, Human Resources, International Relations, Communications, Legal and Procurement.