News Letter

Issue3 | May 2017

From the Founding Vice Chancellor's Desk

C.Raj Kumar

Professor and Dean, JGLS
LL.B. (Delhi), B.C.L. (Oxford), L.M.(Harvard), S.J.D (Hong Kong)

As summer nears, the last month of the Spring semester has been an eventful one for research, international student exchange and community engagement. 
 

At JGU, we are mindful that our teaching and research make a difference in the world. This month, the Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences (JIBS) at JGU illustrated this vision through its collaboration with the World Society of Victimology and Centro Nationale de Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on 24 - 25 May 2017 in Vienna. JGU was the only university which hosted two side events at the session to discuss and deliberate on victims’ rights in online crimes, internet infidelity, sextortion, data privacy and processing of personal information and digital piracy. I want to acknowledge the contributions of Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Professor and Principal Director, JIBS for his leadership in encouraging meaningful and innovative research, Ms. Garima Jain, Assistant Director, JIBS and other colleagues.
 

Also this month, we were proud to release the book The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways by Dr. Arup K. Chatterjee, Assistant Professor at the Jindal Global Law School. I congratulate Dr. Chatterjee for this important contribution and hope that his work serves as an inspiration for others to think about how large public institutions like the Indian Railways influence societies in a larger context, beyond economics.
 

We also inaugurated a new research centre - the Centre for Asia Pacific Business Research and Innovation - at the Jindal Global Business School. The Centre aims to serve the Asia Pacific business and academic communities by bringing together researchers and industry leaders to conduct high quality research on current and emerging issues in a region where dynamic economies and cultural diversities add to the complexities of business activities and innovation. 
 

Our commitment to public service is at the core of our mission and JGU's engagement with the communities we are located in forms an important part of the education we offer. I am delighted to share the several initiatives we undertook this month. The Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship hosted its latest cohort of aspiring and early-stage entrepreneurs on the JGU campus as part of the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development Initiative, a residential pre-incubation program sponsored by the Central Tibetan Administration.
 

Through a GIS mapping workshop at the Sarnath International Nyingma Institute, the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities (JSLH) extended its efforts to promote cultural and educational exchanges. The School also hosted a community outreach event for students of Manoli and Sevli villages in Sonipat district, part of an ongoing community engagement initiative that JSLH conducts through the Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 course in the Fall semester. 
 

We are keen to ensure that our international partnerships and collaborations have a real and meaningful impact on our students and researchers. The ongoing JGU-Peking University Joint Environmental Filming Project on Particulate Air Pollution serves as a good example of this. As part of the Project which is faciliated by the Center for India-China Studies at JGU, students and faculty from both universities conducted cross-country studies in India and China that will result in a documentary that highlights the causes and effects of particulate air pollution in the two countries and suggestive measures to combat air pollution. We hope that this project helps to draw attention to the effects of environmental degradation and climate change in two of the most populous countries in the world.

With warm wishes for the summer,

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar

Monthly Spotlight

Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences at JGU leads discussions at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna 

The Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences in collaboration with the World Society of Victimology and Centro Nationale de Prevenzione e Difesa Sociale organised two side events on ‘Victims of Online Communication’ and ‘Psychosocial and Cultural Factors Leading to Digital Piracy’ at the 26th session of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ), UNODC on 24 - 25 May 2017 in Vienna. JGU is the only university which hosted two side events at the session. The sessions discussed and deliberated on victims’ rights in online crimes, internet infidelity, sextortion, data privacy and processing of personal information and digital piracy.

 

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The project is sponsored by Peking University under an MoU signed on 1 April 2016 between JGU and the Department of Environment, Resources and Development Economics, Peking University.

This May, Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship (JSiE) hosted the latest cohort of entrepreneurs participating in the Tibetan Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (TEDi), a residential pre-incubation programme sponsored by the Central Tibetan Administration.

The Sarnath International Nyingma Institute (SINI) in Uttar Pradesh was founded by Tarthang Tulku in 2008 and began its operations in 2013. It is presently directed by his daughter, Ms. Tsering Palmo Gellek.

Since its inception, the Jindal Global Business School has been committed to promoting rigour and quality in its research.

The Jindal School of Liberal Arts and Humanities (JSLH) hosted a community outreach event for students of Sevli and Manoli villages in Sonipat district on 20 May 2017.

Celebrating our Students

 

Ankit Malhotra (16 JSIA) won first place at the photo competition held at the Panjab University, Chandigarh, Rose Festival in April 2017 with his photograph "In /On Reflection, Things Look More Clear". He also won a consolation prize at the St. Johns Old Boys Association My City My School Photo Competition in May 2017 for his photograph "Lake View: Paradise on Earth". Congratulations Ankit! 

Yazad Maneck Udwadia (15 JGLS) was awarded the Kumite Judge "B" rank of the Karate Association of India (KAI) at the National Level which also includes an automatic Referee and Judge Rank by the Karate Maharashtra Sports Association at the State Level. Yazad was the youngest member to participate among the Senior Black Belts in the KAI Referee Course & Exam of the World Karate Federation conducted by the KAI in January 2017. Great news, Yazad! 

Thomas George (15 JSIA) represented India as part of the Junior National Shooting Squad at the 27th Meeting of the Shooting Hopes 2017 Championship held in Plzeň, Czech Republic. Keep it up, Thomas! 

Divij Kadan (14 JGLS) and Pitamber Yadav (12 JGLS) were runners-up at the Negotiation segment of the National Law School of India Negotiation, Mediation and Client Counselling Competition 2017. The competition witnessed teams participating from around 30 universities across the country. Congratulations Divij and Pitamber!

The Jindal Debate Society reached the quarterfinals and semifinals of the 15th edition of the Debate Tournament at the National Law School of India University and the 12th edition of the Debate Tournament at the Shri Ram College of Commerce, respectively. Both tournaments featured between 40-60 teams participating from universities across the country. Congratulations to Krishnesh Bapat (16 JGLS), Vibhuti Dikshit (16 JGLS), Pratik Krishnan Manoj (14 JGLS), Abhishek Nevatia (15 JGLS), and Rohan Talwar (16 JGLS)!

The Legal Aid Clinic (LAC) at JGU provided legal counselling and support to women in two low-income households. The Clinic was founded in 2009 at the Jindal Global Law School and works to promote legal awareness and literacy, provide free legal aid services and engage with important issues facing neighbouring rural communities. Its other projects include the Village Adoption Programme, Labour Colony Project in Jagdishpur, Case Study of the Citizen Participation Clinic conducted jointly by the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic and the Jindal Good Rural Governance and Citizen Participation Clinic, and a Sanitation Awareness Camp in Jatheri. The LAC is led by its core committee members: Nipun Arora (14 JGLS), Himani Bhatt Gautam (14 JGLS), Narayan Gupta (13 JGLS), Shreya Kapoor (15 JGLS), Mrigank Shekhar Mehta (15 JGLS), Shivkrit Rai (14 JGLS), Shine Varghese Saji (15 JGLS) and Veda Singh (15 JGLS), and mentored by Sushant Chandra, Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Clinical Programmes, Jindal Global Law School. Additional information on the LAC is available at https://www.jgu.edu.in/JGU/CMS/Community-Engagement/Legal-Aid-Clinic.

Events Diary

May 2

The Centre for International Legal Studies and the Jindal Global Law School hosted the launch of the book "Liber Amicorum: In Honour of a Modern Renaissance Man (His Excellency Guðmundur Eiríksson)". The book brings together 33 prominent colleagues, friends and former students to honour jurist, diplomat and educator Guðmundur Eiríksson, Professor, Jindal Global Law School and Executive Director, Centre for International Legal Studies at JGU. The wide spectrum of subjects covered in the book reflects the variety of Professor Eiríksson's roles over the course of his illustrious career in international law, of interests he has cultivated and of institutions he has honourably served. A brief biography of Professor Eiríksson is available at: https://jgu.edu.in/JGLS/faculty/mr-gudmundur-eiriksson.


May 3

The Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence hosted a seminar on "The Significance of Consent: Against the Metaphor of Transformation" by Dr. Arudra Burra, Assistant Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.


May 3

The Jindal Global Business School inaugurated a new research center, the Center for Asia Pacific Business Research and Innovation, accompanied by a Public Lecture on "The Origins of the Indian Capitalist Class" by Dr. Aditya Mukherjee, Professor, Center for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. 


May 4 - 6

The Centre for Health Law, Ethics and Technology organised a three-day Legal Literacy Workshop as part of the Gender, Law and Difference Clinical Course for transgender, Hijra and gender variant activists. The Workshop was a collaborative effort by multiple organisations, CBOs, NGOs and INGOs including Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), Transgender Welfare Equity and Empowerment Trust (TWEET) India, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ). 


May 4

JGU hosted a Book Discussion on "Hope in a Challenged Democracy: An Indian Narrative" with author Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Lawyer, Former Minister for Law and Justice and Former Member, Rajya Sabha, in conversation with Dr. C. Raj Kumar, Professor, Dean, Jindal Global Law School and Founding Vice Chancellor, JGU and Dr. Shiv Visvanathan, Professor and Vice Dean, Jindal Global Law School. 


May 4

The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) and the Centre for Comparative and Global Education at JGU hosted a research seminar on "The Role of International Faculty in Indian Higher Education" by Dr. Hannah Marie Morris, Faculty, Young India Fellows Programme, Ashoka University, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.  


May 4

The Jindal School of International Affairs hosted a Public Lecture on "Modern War, Conflict Management and Multilateral Disarmament: Experiences from the Field" by Nabila Jamshed, Programme Officer, United Nations Resident Coordinator's Office, India.


May 4

The Centre on Public Law and Jurisprudence hosted a Book Discussion on "Courting the People: Public Interest Litigation in Post-Emergency India" with author Dr. Anuj Bhuwania, South Asian University. 


May 4

The Centre for Human Rights Studies hosted a Public Lecture on "Drug Control, Health and the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985: Considerations in Law" with Anand Grover, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Director, Lawyer's Collective and Tripti Tandon, Advocate, Supreme Court of India and Deputy Director, Lawyer's Collective.


May 5

The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a Public Lecture on "The Fourth Estate in the Age of Modi" by Dr. Siddharth Varadarajan, Founding Editor, The Wire and Former Editor, The Hindu.


May 8

The Jindal School of Journalism & Communication organised a "Curriculum Development Workshop" focusing on four interactive thematic sessions - Humanities and Social Sciences, Media and Society: Theory and Practice, Real World Skills and Interdisciplinary Inquiry.


May 8

The Centre for Law and Humanities hosted a Talk on "State and Class in India, 1939-1945" by Dr. Indivar Kamtekar, Associate Professor, Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University.


May 11

The International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd) and the Centre for Comparative and Global Education at JGU hosted a research seminar on "Contemporary Relevance of J. Krishnamurti's Worldview and Educational Thought" by Dr. Meenakshi Thapan, Professor, Faculty of Sociology and Coordinator, D.S. Kothari Centre for Science, Ethics and Education, University of Delhi, as part of Thinking Thursdays: IIHEd Research Seminar Series.  


May 12

The Jindal Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship organised a Legal Workshop focusing on issues faced by start-ups with Anirudh Rastogi, Managing Partner at TRA.


May 18

The Centre for Women, Law and Social Change organised a Roundtable Discussion on "Recognising the Rights of Domestic Workers in India".


May 22

JGU hosted a Book Launch and Panel Discussion on "The Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways" with author Dr. Arup K. Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Jindal Global Law School, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Honourable Union Minister for Railways, Government of India as Chief Guest and Shakti Sinha, Director, Nehru Memorial Musuem and Library as Guest of Honour. 


May 24

The Jindal School of Government and Public Policy hosted an Open Lecture on "Success Stories in Sustainable Agriculture" by Dr. K. Purushotham Reddy, Former Head, Department of Political Science, Osmania University, Hyderabad, as part of its Open Lecture Series.