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The India Centre for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development

India's Aspirations to Build World Class Universities, Professor (Dr) C. Raj Kumar (OP Jindal Global University, India) Event

11 December 2019
Centenary Building (B100), Room 8013, Highfield Campus, University of Southampton, SO17 1BJ

Event details

The talk will focus on the attempts to develop a world class higher education system in India that addresses issues relating to quality, quantity, accessibility, and equity at the same time. The focus on the need for the expansion of the higher education system through the establishment of universities and degree awarding colleges to increase the gross enrolment ratio has resulted ininstitutionalisationof mediocrity across Indian universities and colleges.

The talk will address the fundamental causes for why no single Indian university is not featuring in the top 100 in the worldinallrecognisedglobal rankings and how it is impacting the quality of teaching, research and scholarship. It will critically examine the existing regulatory regime and its effect on the establishment of institutions of excellence in India. It will throw light on the contemporary efforts to address the challenges of higher education and the need for promoting excellence in research and scholarship leading to publications and knowledge creation. The talk will discuss the issues relating to funding of higher education sector including the role of philanthropy and the private sector in higher education.

The talk will conclude by providing a specific set of suggestions to improve the functioning of Indian universities and what canbe learned from the best practices and experiences from around the world, with greater attention to universities in Asia. The talk will critically examine India's current aspirations to build world class universities through the efforts of recognising 10 public and 10 private universities as "Institutions of Eminence".

Speaker information

Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in India, is an accomplished legal scholar and works in the fields of human rights and development, comparative constitutional law, terrorism and national security, corruption and governance, law and disaster management, legal education and higher education. He has seven books and over hundred and fifty publications to his credit and has published widely in peer reviewed journals, and law reviews in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan and the USA. Professor Kumar conceived the idea of establishing India's first 'Global University' and with the visionary leadership and philanthropic support of Mr. Naveen Jindal, established JGU in Sonipat, Haryana in 2009. JGU has completed ten years and has grown into a multidisciplinary and research-oriented university with eight different schools relating to law, business, international affairs, public policy, liberal arts & humanities, journalism & communication, art & architecture and banking & finance. JGU has acquired a stellar reputation in India and abroad for its effort to promote excellence in teaching, research, capacity building and community service. In recognition of its contributions, JGU was awarded the highest grade “A” by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). In 2018, JGU was granted “Autonomy” by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India becoming one of only two private universities in India to achieve this coveted recognition. JGU is also the Youngest Indian University to feature in the QS World University Rankings by breaking into the QS BRICS Rankings 2019 and QS Asia Rankings 2019. In September 2019, JGU was selected as an 'Institution of Eminence' (IOE) by the Government of India, making JGU one of only eight private universities in India to be awarded this status. Professor Kumar has academic qualifications from the University of Oxford, Harvard University, University of Hong Kong, University of Delhi and Loyola College. He served as a faculty member at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong, where he taught for many years. Professor Kumar was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford, UK, where he obtained his Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree; a Landon Gammon Fellowship at the Harvard Law School, USA, where he obtained his Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree and a James Souverine Gallo Memorial Scholarship at Harvard University. He received the Doctor of Legal Science (S.J.D.) from the University of Hong Kong. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from the University of Delhi, India; and a Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) degree from the Loyola College, University of Madras, India. Professor Kumar's scholarly articles have been published in the American University International Law Review, Asia Pacific Law Review, Australian Journal of Asian Law, Columbia Journal of Asian Law, Corporate Governance International, Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, Georgetown Journal of International Law, Hong Kong Lawyer, Human Rights Quarterly, Indian Journal of Criminology, Indian Journal of International Law, Indian Journal of Public Administration, ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law, Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies, Journal of the International Peace Research Institute, Journal of the National Human Rights Commission, Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review, Michigan State Journal of International Law, New England Journal of International and Comparative Law, Proceedings of the American Society of International Law, San Diego International Law Journal, Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law, Tulsa Journal of Comparative and International Law and UC Davis Law Review. He has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited seven books: The Future of Indian Universties (2017) (Editor-Oxford University Press); The Education President: Institution Building for Nation Building (2016) (Co-Author-Universal Law Publishing & LexisNexis); The President of India and the Governance of Higher Education Institutions (2016)(Co-Author-Universal Law Publishing & LexisNexis); Corruption and Human Rights in India: Comparative Perspectives on Transparency and Good Governance (2011) (Author-Oxford University Press); Human Rights and Development: Law, Policy and Governance (2006) (Co-Editor-LexisNexis); Tsunami and Disaster Management: Law and Governance (2006) (Co-Editor-Sweet & Maxwell Thomson); Human Rights, Justice and Constitutional Empowerment (2007) (Co-Editor-Oxford University Press). Professor Kumar has contributed articles in newspapers and magazines published from Hong Kong, India and the UK, which include, South China Morning Post, The Standard, Frontline, The Hindu, Hindustan Times, Financial Express, The Tribune, The Pioneer, Seminar, Global-is-Asian, The Economic Times, The Times of India, Indian Express, Deccan Herald, Deccan Chronicle, Economic & Political Weekly and Open Democracy. He has been interviewed on issues relating to law and justice, human rights and governance, and education by the media in Hong Kong, Japan and India, including radio and television: India Today TV, CNN IBN, News Now, Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV, Star News, ATV, All India Radio, RTHK and NHK. Professor Kumar has held consultancy assignments in the field of human rights and governance. He has been a Consultant to the United Nations University (UNU), Tokyo; United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, Geneva; and the International Council for Human Rights Policy (ICHRP), Geneva. He has advised the Commission to Investigate Allegations of Bribery or Corruption (CIABOC) in Sri Lanka and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India on issues relating to corruption and good governance. Professor Kumar is an Attorney at Law and is admitted to the Bar Council of Delhi, India and the Bar of the State of New York, USA. Professor Kumar also serves as the Founding Dean of Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) and Director of the International Institute for Higher Education Research & Capacity Building (IIHEd).

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