At JG UNI we believe that learning should be viewed as an organic process, while education is the necessary condition for learning to emerge and thrive. Just like a plant grows in a conducive environment, our effort must be to create an enabling atmosphere. Learning will follow.
This requires curricular design innovations. Students joining JG University for any degree must go through a compulsory two year foundation programme in the intellectual tradition of liberal studies. In doing so, certain salient features of the curriculum become important. They are manifested in the following:
Foundational Common Curriculum
The curriculum for the first two years is common for all the students (with some flexibility), aiming to employ all their mental Faculty, and helping students realize their true passions.
Assessment as a way of learning
For evaluation, the focus is on innovative methods for assessment, continuous feedback which allows for deepening of learning experience
Connecting with one’s own world
Exposure to wide diversity of global worldview and narratives, and contrasting them with local/Indian ways of thinking and doing, thus advancing the unique ideas of the ‘self.’
Thinking and acting is encouraged in groups and teams to allow for learning amongst peers
Academic and intellectual integrity
The choice of courses by students must exhibit their sincerity towards the field of inquiry, manifested in academic integrity, honesty and rigor
Interdisciplinary cohesion amongst subjects
Despite following seemingly disparate intellectual trails, these courses will talk to each other, thus allowing for a truly interdisciplinary experience
Students will be encouraged to develop original ideas and use diverse media to articulate their findings
Enriching rural and industry immersion programmes that will unlock both emotional and cognitive sensibilities of the students
Building skills and capacity
Strong emphasis on learning outcomes geared towards a broad range of skills and capacity building in the first two years, while specialization in the last two.
Body and not just minds
Students engage in physical activities for a fit body, and also are able to do things by hand (do-it-yourself)