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Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010

Indiana University and O.P. Jindal Global University of India announce institutional collaboration

Nov. 1, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today (Nov. 1) the formation of a collaboration with O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), a private university in Haryana, India, just outside New Delhi.

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The collaboration will establish, maintain and enhance interaction between JGU and three of IU's professional schools: the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business, and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, along with the IU Center on Philanthropy.

"As the world's largest democracy, India presents enormous opportunities for our professional school students to prepare for leadership roles in today's global economy," McRobbie said. "With its commitment to research excellence, international recruitment of faculty, and rigorous admissions standards, we believe JGU offers an ideal environment for graduate study."

"We are honored to enter into this collaboration," said Professor C. Raj Kumar, vice chancellor of JGU. "It will create knowledge and develop the professional skills of our students by introducing them to a wide variety of graduate-level experiences within the U.S. educational system, while giving American students first-hand interaction with the rapidly growing Indian economy."

"Jindal Global University is in the forefront of new private universities in India. In many ways, it is the best example of the future of private higher education in India," said Patrick O'Meara, IU's vice president for international affairs. "With a clear commitment to academic excellence, Vice Chancellor Raj Kumar has assembled an excellent faculty and is establishing outstanding schools of law, business, public administration and international affairs, all with a global focus. Indiana University will benefit significantly through its partnership with JGU."

Professor Jayanth Krishnan, who heads the Maurer School of Law's India Law Program, added, "To my knowledge, this is the first time that an Indian and a U.S. university have entered into such a wide-ranging collaboration across several professional disciplines. The partnership is especially timely given the Indian government's current attention to educational collaboration with U.S. institutions and President Obama's visit to Delhi in early November."

The collaboration will consist initially of the following activities:

  • At the Maurer School of Law, non-degree student exchanges between the Law School and the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS); internships for Maurer School of Law students in India and JGLS students in the U.S.; research, academic collaboration, and conference opportunities; and recruitment into the Maurer School's international LLM program
  • At the Kelley School of Business, collaboration with the Jindal Global Business School on its new master's in business and law degree, a joint executive education program and a possible collaborative undergraduate initiative
  • At the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, a summer program at IU for master's degree students at the Jindal School of International Affairs and a non-credit executive program for Indian professionals on the Bloomington campus
  • At the Center on Philanthropy and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in Indianapolis and Bloomington, collaboration with JGU on social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, and research on the comparative experiences of philanthropy in the U.S. and India.

"The Law School is seeking highly qualified Indian law students to join our LLM program," said Lauren Robel, Maurer School of Law dean and Val Nolan Professor of Law. "JGLS will provide us with excellent candidates."

Kumar added that the Indian legal profession is a point of research strength for the Maurer School's Center on the Global Legal Profession. "The rule of law is a matter of serious concern and major reform in India," he said. "The Center on the Global Legal Profession has the greatest critical mass of expertise in the empirical study of the profession, which will be of immense benefit to our students as they work to enact judicial reforms."

"As one of the few schools of public affairs in India, Jindal offers unmatched access to the field in a key area of the globe," said John D. Graham, dean of IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. "The Jindal School of International Affairs is a vital addition to our network of international partners."

"We are honored to have the opportunity to work with JGU on emerging issues in philanthropy," said William M. Plater, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and director of international community development for the Center on Philanthropy. "As a university that has received one of the largest private philanthropic gifts in modern Indian history, JGU is in a unique position to collaborate on several activities that will benefit both schools."

JGU was established in 2009 to promote global education. Its benefactor, Naveen Jindal, the founding chancellor, provided the groundbreaking resources to launch the university.