Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University, Dean of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and Director, International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building ( IIHEd)
In the seven years since O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) was founded in 2009, our aspiration to be a research-intensive institution has been supported by the academic autonomy afforded to us by JGU’s Founding Chancellor, Mr. Naveen Jindal. This has enabled our talented research community to fulfil our institutional commitment to create knowledge and contribute to research through publications. It has also facilitated our engagement with local and national communities through pursuing socially-relevant research.
Our aim is not only to contribute to ongoing disciplinary debates, but also to lead and shape debates on important national and global issues, including vulnerable subject areas that may not be prioritized for governmental and larger public attention.
Our researchers have explored issues relating to the LGBT community in India, the right to contraceptive services and information for women in the state of Haryana, the effectiveness of the death penalty, and ethics in business, among many others. Our research interests are pluralistic in nature and our faculty members have pursued research relating to public policy, urban planning, intellectual property rights, humanitarian intervention, and several other themes that have significant interdisciplinary relevance.
Our interdisciplinary research centres have significantly enabled these efforts. Housed within one of JGU’s six schools, each research centre draws on faculty members and students from across the University on issues ranging from health law, human rights, and climate change, to area studies, development issues, entrepreneurship, and the storytelling arts. Research at JGU is supported through a framework of policies and committees that encourage and facilitate internal and external research funding, incentivize high-quality research, and promote the professional development of our researchers.
The best research outcomes often emerge at the intersection of disciplinary boundaries, and JGU has encouraged intellectual and academic collaborations among and between our six schools, 42 interdisciplinary research centres, and three research and capacity building institutes.
Through our partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations– including various ministries of the Governments of India, Japan, and Afghanistan, Qualcomm, the Australian Research Council, United Nations agencies, Jindal Steel and Power Limited, the State governments of Haryana and Punjab, and the European Union–our researchers have explored and addressed issues of public concern. These include energy security, public health, urbanization, agrarian policy, digital piracy, civil society, behavioral studies, trade and investment, human rights and other public policy concerns.
In the years ahead, we hope to consolidate our past experiences and invest greater resources and efforts to enlarge our research programmes; promote greater interdisciplinary research; incentivize research projects that emphasize social impact; encourage research efforts that engage directly with local societies in the Sonipat district and greater Haryana state; strengthen collaborations with the central and local governments; and participate actively in global knowledge creation opportunities in various disciplines.
JGU’s ongoing collaboration with the Karnal District in Haryana to develop a District Gazette is a good example of our current initiatives to create sustainable partnerships with our local communities. Promoting rigor and relevance in our research work will also be key to achieving our goals, and strengthening JGU’s doctoral programme over the next five years will spearhead that objective.
JGU’s aspiration to support the establishment of world-class universities in India can only be achieved by a deep and pervasive commitment to research through publications.
The heart and soul of university life is the possibility of generating new ideas that can address the most fundamental problems of humankind. Our effort at JGU through the work of the interdisciplinary schools and the contribution of the outstanding faculty members and students is to promote research at JGU in all its manifestations.