Inside JGU 2019 - Issue 9 (September)

Special Feature: Alumni Success Stories

The first batch of JGU students graduated in 2012. Since then, our alumni have gone on to comprise a community of talented, driven and committed individuals who are challenging horizons within their domains of work and study, in every corner of the world. As part of tenth anniversary commemorations, JGU celebrates the success of its alumni. We feature 14 alumni who have gone on to make a mark in the final feature in this series.

Dev Chaudhary, BA LLB (Hons), 2014   After obtaining his degree from JGU, he practised in District and Sessions Court at Hisar, Haryana, for around three years as a Junior Advocate. He then worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Prosecution Department of the Government of Haryana for two years. In February 2019, he joined as a Civil Judge (Junior Division)-cum-Judicial Magistrate in Punjab. Later in 2019, Dev successfully completed the challenging Delhi Judicial Service Examination with second rank.   He co-authored a paper that was published in The Indian Police Journal published by the Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) of the Ministry of Home Affairs at JGU. This paper was the outcome of the course ‘Policing and Law Enforcement’ that he took. The course was taught by Prof. Sanjeev P. Sahni and Prof. Ashwani Kumar (Former Director, Central Bureau of Investigation).   Dev gained from his internships at the Office of Solicitor General of India, Office of Hon’ble Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh, Jyoti Sagar Associates, Office of Additional Solicitor General of India, and Office of Hon’ble Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha). He was a semester exchange student at Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, Canada.   He was a founding member of the Legal Aid Society and a part of JGU’s Career Development and Placement Division of JGU.  

Arman Sood, BA LLB (Hons), 2015 and Ashwajeet Singh, BA LLB (Hons), 2015

Interestingly, beyond law, there was a budding entrepreneurial talent in them as well. After law school, Arman and Ashwajeet (Alumnus of JGU) despite taking up different jobs, had their heart set on entrepreneurship. Soon, they quit their jobs to start the Sleepy Owl Coffee business.

With some financial support from their parents, Sleepy Owl Coffee came into being. Arman and Ashwajeet have not looked back since then, and were able to attract $500,000 (Rs. 3.26 crore) in seed money recently from a venture capital firm. Although they diverged from a potential career in law, Arman says the experience in JGU and the law school had taught them to research, think out of the box and brainstorm.

Apoorvi Jha, BA LLB (Hons), 2017


Apoorvi was a professional lawn tennis player and the love for the game prompted her to choose JGU because of its brilliant sports infrastructure and peer learning opportunities.


The field of sports law is still niche in the Indian legal market but that did not stop Apoorvi from joining the legal world of sports. She was brave enough to enter this field, and now clearly stands tall with a successful career as an associate in one of Brazil’s biggest sports law firms, Tannuri Ribeiro Advogados. The firm is based in Sao Paolo in Brazil, and handles high profile cases of famous sports personalities like Mohammed Salah, the Liverpool forward and several high-profile football teams like Al Kharaitiyat Club in Qatar, Albirex Niigata in Japan, and many more. Apoorvi credits her consistency and determination, to stay connected to her sports interest (Lawn Tennis) and for her achievements.


She keeps a low key and down to earth approach and is an epitome of girl power. She has been the winner of the University Blues Award for her outstanding contribution to Lawn Tennis in JGU and has been a recipient of multiple medals while representing JGU in inter-varsity and other such sports competitions. Her determination to pursue such an unconventional career in law speaks volumes about her determination. She has left a permanent mark for those who wish to pursue a career in an unconventional field in law and her story will continue to inspire and motivate them to move forward in their respective field.

Devasheesh Bais, BA LL.B (Hons), 2014

Devasheesh completed his LLM from University of Oslo, Norway in 2018.


Awards/ Achievements in JGU:

  • President, Moot Court Society 2011-2012.
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition 2012.
  • 4th AsianSIL Biennial Conference Student Workshop in International Law 2013 (Asian Society of International).
  • International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition 2014

Melbourne Summer School in International Criminal Justice, 2015 and 2016.

Shama Banoo Hussain Abbasi , B.A. LL.B. (Hons.) (JGU), 2014.

After completing her BA LLB, Shama completed her BCL from the Oxford University, UK in 2015. Currently, she is working as an Assistant Professor at JGLS.

Awards/ Achievements in JGU:

–        Savitri Jindal Merit Scholarship 2009

Dean’s Merit Scholar 2009-2014.

Punkhuri Chawla, BA LLB (Hons), 2017


Punkhuri completed her LLM from the National University of Singapore in 2019 with Ella Cheong LLM (IP and Tech. Law) Scholarship.


Awards/ Achievements in JGU:

  • Savitri Jindal Studentship (2012).
  • Naveen Jindal Young Global Scholarship, (2012).
  • 3rd position on the Dean’s List for Year One at Jindal Global Law School. (2013).
  • Vice President of the JGLS Student Council 2014-15 (Elected).
  • Leadership Award 2015.
  • President of the JGLS Student Council 2015-16 (Elected)
Best University Citizen Award (2016).

Mishaal Nathani, BA LLB (Hons), 2018


Currently, Mishaal is pursuing his MBA from the Harvard Business School, USA. He spent Semester Abroad in Sciences Po, France in 2016 (while at JGU).


Awards/ Achievements in JGU:

  • Outstanding Contribution to Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation, 2016.
  • Outstanding Academic Performance Award, 2015.
  • Started the Legal Entrepreneurship Cell on campus

Started the Start-Up Academy initiative on campus.

Pavithra Jaidev, BBA LLB (Hons), 2018


Pavithra completed her LLM from the University of New South Wales, Australia in 2019 with UNSW Future of Change Scholarship and the Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarship.

She also spent Semester Abroad, East China University for Political Science and Law (ECUPL), China in 2017 (while at JGU).


Awards/ Achievements in JGU:

– Savitri Jindal Studentship, 2015

Kush Makkar, LLB, 2014


Kush completed his LLM from the University of Cambridge, UK in 2015.

Awards/ Achievements in JGU:

  • Certificate of Academic Excellence, 2012 and 2013.
  • Gold Medal for Overall Academic Excellence 2014.

Other Awards:

  • Commonwealth Shared Cambridge Scholarship, 2014.

Yoomin Lee, LLB, 2015


Juris Doctor, Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea, 2019

Waliullah Zadran, LLM, 2015


At present, Waliullah works as Deputy Minister – Policy & Programs for Ministry of Mines & Petroleum, Government of Afghanistan. He came to India to pursue a BA LLB at the University of Mysore. His decision to join JGU for the LLM programme was quick, and the need to pursue higher education to reach his goal of working with the government gave him the impetus to take this decision firmly.


Right after finishing his studies in JGU, Wali started working with the Government of Afghanistan. His focus and persistence brought him academic and professional success.  His experience and academic qualifications helped in passing a competitive recruitment exam for the position of Senior Legal Adviser in the concerned Ministry.  Later, after passing his country’s rigorous Civil Service Examination, he was appointed as Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry. At a young age of 28, with his hard work, determination and goal-oriented approach, he was serving a post that had the presidential decree, meaning that the president trusted him for his professional knowledge and advice.


His post as the Director of Legal Affairs at the Ministry of Mines & Petroleum, Government of Afghanistan included representation of the Ministry in certain cases in courts of law, as well as presentation of project reports to government authorities, including, Council of Ministers, High Economic Council and National Procurement Commission, all of which are chaired by the President of Afghanistan. Studying International Trade and Investment Law at JGLS helped him perform his tasks with utmost sincerity. He says, “it gives him a fresh perspective about the work at the Ministry, especially in its dealings with other countries

Rupinder Bhalla, MA (DLB), 2014


While at JGU, she was selected as a fellow from among the students from Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, Sciences PO, Tsinghua, and De Tella University. Her project on “Political Empowerment of Women through capacity building of Elected Representatives at the grassroots” was chosen from India for the fellowship. The fellowship consisted of a clinical seminar in Budapest, Hungary, and an internship with the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) in Warsaw, Poland.

Subsequently, as an exchange student, Rupinder spent a semester at the School of Public Policy and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), Indiana University.


Based on her experience in Poland, the Polish Embassy in New Delhi offered her a job at the Polish Institute. After a year at this job, Rupinder decided to work on social issues in India at the grassroots level. To promote gender equality, she started an NGO, Udaan, in Rudrapur, Uttarakhand with the support of Prof. R. Sudarshan, Dean of JSGP, as Chief Patron and Jeremy Wade, Director of Jindal Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as Strategy Advisor.


In 2018, Rupinder organised a similar programme for Indian social change makers and grassroots organisation leaders. Jeremy Wade, Jindal Centre for Social Innovation + Entrepreneurship supported this initiative by running it as an Executive Education Program, called People Power Change (PPC) Program in Delhi, in September 2018.


In 2019, Rupinder received an offer as a Teaching Assistant to the 2019 Leadership, Organising and Action Program at the Harvard University. At present Rupinder is one of the seven Teaching Assistants running this online program for 156 students with Prof. Marshall Ganz.


In December 2018, she was chosen as a member of the OSIRG Alumni Executive Committee. In January 2019, she was elected as the President of the Open Society Alumni Executive Committee for two years at a meeting in Berlin.


Irchard Mahomed, MA (DLB), 2016


After the completion of MA (DLB), in the subsequent two years, Irchard went on to receive training in areas of his specific interest, i.e., Maritime Security (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (Chile)), and Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais), Psychopedagogy (Pedagogical University Foundation), Sukuk – Shariah and Operational Aspects (Islamic Research and Training Institute, Islamic Development Bank and the Higher Institute of communication of Mozambique). He has simultaneously been working as a part-time faculty member at Instituto Superior de Comunicação e Imagem de Moçambique (ISCIM), teaching Public Relations and Negotiations, and Instituto Superior de Relações Internacionais – ISRI, teaching Energy Diplomacy and Security and International Relations Theory, for the last three years. Evidently, Irchard has dedicated

himself full-fledged in areas of his interest for personal growth and development.


Irchard not only represented the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Maputo Office) at the Maputo International Trade Fair (FACIM), but also founded AIMEI, S.I (Academia de Investigação Marítima, Energética e Internacional) in 2018, a private institution dedicated to research, consulting and publishing in international affairs, Maritime and energy studies