In an unprecedented effort to support and ensure the future of the graduating students of the 2020 Batch at the O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), the university has announced the Graduate Research Immersion Programme (GRIP) Scholarships, providing an opportunity to 2020 graduating students of JGU to augment their research capabilities in order to support them in their overall career progression and transition into their higher education or professional careers.
The GRIP programme addresses the challenges faced by the graduating students, enabling them to navigate the ongoing crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The ensuing lockdown and lack of opportunities or clarity to pursue learning or career streams has created uncertainty for millions of students.
"The launch of this new and transformative scholarship programme aims to provide opportunities for selected graduating students of JGU to undertake a research immersion programme at JGU. In the uncertain scenario of the academic world grappling with the Covid-19 crisis, it is impossible to predict the return of normalcy and lifting of restrictions. The GRIP Scholarship programme assists our students to ensure continuity and consistency in their learning and educational aspirations," said Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor of O.P. Jindal University. The GRIP Scholarship Programme is a unique initiative that aligns with the founding vision of JGU to build a world-class university in India that will transform the landscape of higher education. Our students are at the heart of this vision, and the GRIP Scholarships are intended to be an opportunity for JGU to provide leadership and support at this time of crisis," He said.
The GRIP Scholarship Programme is a six-month programme, which is expected to commence from September 1, 2020 (subject to change and any alternate date will be notified). Under the initiative, 100 GRIP Scholars will be selected through a competitive process from among JGU students graduating in 2020.
"The GRIP Scholars to work closely with our most experienced and highly qualified global faculty and will be provided with comprehensive support from the university to further develop their intellectual competencies, academic and professional capacities, and entrepreneurial skills," said Dr Sridhar Patnaik, Chief Proctor and Senior Additional Registrar.
During the programme, GRIP Scholars will benefit from one-on-one supervision and guidance from our outstanding faculty in the disciplines of law, management, international relations, public policy, liberal arts and humanities, and journalism. Scholars will also be encouraged to take active part in advancing JGU's research programmes through the university's 50+ research centres and three research and capacity building institutes.
Apart from the scholarship, JGU will provide accommodation and other benefits and privileges to the GRIP Scholars for the duration of the programme. The selected GRIP Scholars will need to be on the University campus for the duration of the programme as this not an online scholarship programme.