Jagran Lakecity University (JLU) Bhopal, one of the leading universities of central India, has launched its prestigious annual academic event “International Igniting Minds Lecture Series 2020”. This year, the university has taken the event to a global level by inviting more than 30 international faculties from 12 countries like the USA, UK, Greece, Italy, Germany, Australia, Russia, to name a few.
The event is organized especially for the new batch which has joined the university for the present academic year. JLU is the only university in Central India to initiate the new academic session without any commencement delays, despite the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19.
With a vision to aid international collaboration and exposure for its students, ‘International Igniting Minds Lecture Series 2020’ will be driven by renowned faculties with expertise across Law, Media, Management, Hospitality, and Public Policy in line with the programs offered at the university.
The month-long initiative includes some of the eminent personalities like Dr. Evelin G. Lindner, whose initiatives focusing on human dignity and conflict resolution have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times, Ms. Regina Paulose, an international attorney specializing on refugee and genocide law.
Other names include Dr. Joam Evans Pim, Director of the Center for Global Non-Killing, Dr.Eva Cano Fernández, Director of International Relations and Director of the Language Lab, Universidad Camilo José Cela, Spain; Prof. David Bassett, Leadership Development. Leeds Business School, Leeds Beckett University, UK; Dr. Dipra Jha, Asst. Director – School of Hospitality Business, Carson College of Business, Washington State University USA; Mr. Robert Fedrick Buchanan, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Dr. D Balaganesh, Dean Faculty of Computer Science and Multimedia, Lincoln University College, Malaysia
JLU along with only a handful of institutions in India has been able to ensure on-time commencement, due to extensive investments made towards digital readiness. A recent UGC report stated that only 200 out of a total of 800 universities across India were able to adhere to ongoing examination and admission schedules.
Last month, JLU was also awarded the prestigious QS I.GAUGE e-LEAD Certification for the implementation of a robust digitally enabled ecosystem, imparting quality education on a host of virtual platforms. It has scored 150/150 points in all assessment parameters ensuring digital readiness, in areas such as live tutorial sessions, real-time streaming of seminars/lectures, pre-recorded lectures/tutorial sessions, virtual one-to-one student-faculty meetings, and feedback exercises.
The QS I.Guage assessment team also stated that JLU had proactively taken a host of steps to ensure adequate IT support, enabling it to successfully conduct online teaching and learning, along with adequate disaster recovery mechanisms, necessary for operational continuity and remote function.
Abhishek Mohan Gupta, Pro-Chancellor, JLU, said, “It is our utmost responsibility to ensure that students enrolling in JLU gets the maximum out of their academic year. I am excited to announce that despite facing massive difficulties due to unprecedented circumstances, the university was able to not only stick to its academic calendar for this year but has initiated unique initiatives such as the “International Igniting Minds Lecture Series 2020”.
“JLU is on a mission to change the face of digital and hybrid learning in Central India and by employing the advanced learning management systems,” Gupta said. The university has a web, and mobile-based e-learning management (eLMS) system, which aids to keep students updated with curriculum, campus news, competitions, session calendar, and other such academic events.
It also facilitates pedagogical discussions among students and faculties. Through its eLMS, JLU has enabled 100% contactless digitized process required for the smooth functioning of the academic institution.