The Indian government’s Ministry of Human Resources has officially recognised the OP Jindal Global University (JGU) as an `Institution of Eminence.’ With this recognition, JGU has now joined the select list of top 10 private institutions in the country, which will be freed from regulatory control and given full autonomy.
Reacting to the development, the Founding Chancellor and benefactor of the JGU, Naveen Jindal said, “I am immensely pleased with the recognition of JGU as an Institution of Eminence. I would like to thank the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India for recognising our efforts to provide world-class education in India. JGU was founded in memory of my father, Shri OP Jindal as an educational institution that will create new opportunities for empowering the youth of India and the world. Our commitment to excellence is deeply embedded in the vision and mission of our university. The recognition of JGU as an IoE in a decade of its existence is a tribute to the outstanding contribution of its faculty, students and staff. This will create new opportunities for expanding the university while breaking new grounds in promoting excellence and innovation in institution building. It heralds a new era in our journey towards nation-building.”
Immensely pleased with the recognition of @JindalGlobalUNI as an Institution of Eminence. This is a tribute to the outstanding contribution of our faculty, students & staff. I would like to thank @HRDMinistry for recognizing our efforts to provide world class education in India. pic.twitter.com/ACwIMKWlUl
— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) September 17, 2019
Professor C Raj Kumar, Founding Vice-Chancellor of the JGU called it a ‘red-letter’ day for the university. He said, “The recognition of JGU as an ‘Institution of Eminence’ has come during our 10th-anniversary celebrations. Our entire university community is strongly committed to achieving the IOE mandates and targets, and to meet the overall goal of JGU being ranked a top global university.”
Kumar thanked Naveen Jindal for his ‘visionary leadership and inspiring contribution’ to building an institution of excellence in India. “Chancellor Jindal had established JGU through a generous act of philanthropy while ensuring academic freedom and institutional autonomy. This is a befitting occasion for us to thank and express our profound gratitude to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India; University Grants Commission; and the Empowered Experts Committee for reposing faith in our institutional capabilities. Our faculty, students, and staff deserve our deepest appreciation today, as they placed their trust in a young, growing university.”
Based in Sonipat in the National Capital Region of Delhi, the JGU consists of eight inter-disciplinary schools. As a part of its application, the JGU had submitted a detailed 15-year ambitious vision plan to enter the world university rankings. The plan seeks to address, among other things, academic matters, faculty recruitment, student admissions and scholarship, research, collaborations, infrastructure development and governance. Detailed implementation plans have also been drawn up with clear targets.
In July 2019, the JGU was ranked by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in the global top 150 amongst all young universities that are under 50 years of age. The QS Young University Ranking 2020 ranked universities that have been established in and after 1969. The JGU became the only private university from India and the only university with a focus entirely on social sciences, arts and humanities to be featured in the QS Young University Rankings 2020.
In June 2019, the JGU became the youngest and the only new Indian university to break into the top 1000 in the QS World University Rankings 2020. Out of 50 new entrants globally, JGU was the youngest university, which achieved this distinction. Out of more than 28,000 universities in the world, only top 1001 were ranked by the QS in terms of their performance criteria. In the university’s tenth year of existence, the JGU was placed amongst the top 2.67% of all universities globally, making it the youngest Indian university to break into the world ranking of universities.