The founders of some of the leading private universities in the world have been people who were motivated with the spirit of giving back to society and actively promoting innovation and progress. Following in the footsteps of many illustrious philanthropists in other parts of the world whose benefactors helped create great institutions of higher learning such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford, JGU was established in 2009 as aphilanthropic initiative of its Founding Chancellor and benefactor, Mr. NaveenJindal in the memory of his late father, Mr.O.P. Jindal.
Through this philanthropic initiative, he made a signiﬁcant contribution to promoting excellence in higher education in India. He not only made an enormous ﬁnancial commitment but also brought to this project, his personal commitment and dedication to the ideas of academic freedom, functional autonomy and independence.
The JGU Journey
From 2008 onwards, JGU began the process of institution building. Following the construction of academic facilities on the campus, the university recruited faculty admitted students and began the ﬁrst academic session of Jindal Global Law School, with 100 students and 10 full-time faculty members in 2009.
In 2010,the university started the Jindal Global Business School; in 2011, the Jindal School of International Aﬀairs; in 2012, the Jindal School of Government and Public Policy; in 2013, the Jindal School of Liberal Arts & Humanities; in 2016, the Jindal School of Journalism and Communication, and in 2017, the Jindal School of Art & Architecture and Jindal School of Banking and Finance. Today, the university has a 100-acre fully residential campus with more than 4300 students and 356 full-time faculty members and is deeply committed to the idea of philanthropy and corporate social responsibility.
In the ten years since its founding, JGU has strived to provide a global and holistic educational experience for its students. At a time in India when we are faced with enormous challenges in our higher education sector, innovative solutions need to be found to address these challenges. Our biggest challenge has been to gain credibility as a serious institution of higher learning established through private philanthropy. We have made signiﬁcant progress and we will continue to invest our eﬀorts in addressing the issues of quality, access, equity, transparency, and accountability in higher education.