SCHOOL OF CREATIVE LIBERAL EDUCATION
After 72 years of Independence, Now we have the opportunity to reconnect with our roots and establish ourselves as life-long learners. With a need to understand, experience, facilitate, integrate and reflect upon human existence, its evolution, intellectual hereditament, life transitions, universal calling and technology-life relationships, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is proud to present the School of Creative Liberal Education as the First School in India to concentrate on the Learner’s Transformative Evolution.
Governed by the philosophy to learn and understand one’s heritage, ecosystem and innovation in order to sensitize young adults to engage in life and to enable their commitment and accountability to their ecosystems, the School of Creative Liberal Education believes that Education incorporates the mind, body and soul of the individuals, thus facilitating innovative and creative leaders of tomorrow.
Since, today’s Education revolves only around the transference of knowledge from Books to the Learner, at the School of Creative Liberal Education, learning is perpetual via Knowledge-Based, Skill-Based, Experience-Based and Experiential forms. The School aims to amalgamate the structured traditional learning ideal with the fluidity seen in modern Educational developments.Why SCLE?
About Jain (Deemed-to-be University)
Ranked among the top universities in India and considered a cerebral destination for students across the world and Bangalore in particular, for its illustrious history of developing talent, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is a hub for learning in every sense of the word.
The University which is based in Bangalore – the Silicon Valley of India, offers a conducive environment for learning, be it academically or extracurricular activities. Known for its emphasis on education, entrepreneurship, research and sports, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has some of the best minds in the educational and research fields, and centers that inspire entrepreneurship and groundbreaking work to simplify and manage life better.
15,522 Aspiring Students mentored by 667 Faculty
Publications in National & International Journals 2,948
89 International and National Collaborations
Total No. of graduates placed: 5,957
33 UG Programs
45 PG Programs
Awards and Rankings
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) is honored by esteemed AFAIRS - ASMA Awards at the 3rd ASMA Annual Convention. The award recognizes the exemplary work of the University toward the internationalization of the campus.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has been awarded 5 stars under the Young Universities category in Karnataka by KSURF iCARE.
India’s Leading Education Magazine the Knowledge Review has recognized Jain (Deemed-to-be University) as India’s 10 best Institutions of Biological Sciences.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) awarded Graded Autonomy by University Grants Commission (UGC) under the categorization of Universities for grant of Graded Autonomy Regulations 2018.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University)’s School of Engineering and Technology is awarded by EdTech Review Awards for the Best Excellence and Innovation in Engineering (South)
National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) has awarded 'A' Grade to Jain (Deemed-to-be University) with a CGPA of 3.31
Karnataka Kreeda Poshak award, a special award from the Govt. of Karnataka has been awarded to Jain (Deemed-to-be University) for its contribution in the field of sports
Awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification by TÜV Rheinland for quality management
LIBERAL EDUCATION AND ITS EXPERIENCE
A Liberal Education is that which exposes students to a broad range of intellectual approaches and content, by prioritizing logical and critical thinking, along with problem solving methodologies over information accumulation. To engage the millennial minds Liberal Education allows the student to explore a wide range of social, psychological, political, philosophical, scientific, artistic and environmental ideologies, issues and skill sets.
Since the current Educational system is unidirectional, i.e. either student-centric or teacher-centric, the School of Creative Liberal Education’s learner-centric curriculum offers interdisciplinary learning and in-depth skill development with a transferable real-life application. Concentrating on developing and maintaining one’s socio-emotional judgmental skills, personal integration and independent thought patterns, the school imparts sessions of self-reflection in order to develop an experiential learning paradigm.
To enable young adults to structure their roles and responsibilities to their life, nation, social and work spaces
To identify directions for their dreams and aspirations
To foster social institutions with empathy and generosity
To nurture a culture of lifelong learning
To respect diversity of thoughts, actions, faiths and regions
To learn the art and science of self and systemic discipline
To make a commitment to fulfil their dreams through determination and involvement
To share the joys of receiving and giving
To become a conscientious citizen aware of their rights and duties
To be responsive to change in a mindful manner
The purpose is to provide time and space for young people
To understand the continuities and discontinuities of the human existence and its evolution
To experience heritage through the cumulative wisdom of the centuries of the motherland and beyond
To facilitate transition from adolescence to mature young adults
To integrate the lives of the students with their calling
To reflect on the impact of technology on life and relationship processes
Our values are
To respect and cherish self, community and institutions
To analyse one's Being, Becoming and Belonging
To be sensitive to the richness and the diversity of heritage and cultivate an informed pride in their identity, roots and context
To respect diversity of race, religion, gender and ethnicity
To be empathetic individuals and responsible citizens
Our philosophy is to
To learn about heritage, ecosystem and creativity.
To enable young people to meaningfully engage in life, family and work spaces
To understand the role of the self, society, culture and traditions in nation building
Ask basic questions, about 'who am I', 'purpose of life', 'the meaning of life', 'the purpose and meaning of relationships' and how to make a difference in all
To be sensitive to the people ecosystem and discover their commitment, make choices and be accountable to their consequences
The roots of Liberal Education lies in understanding the purpose of education, in the context of the era, century, decade and the space and time of the nation. Liberal education has become relevant in India today as the nation's young generation known as millennials claim themselves to be different. Also, the power and influence of the colonizers’ education and its purpose has become obsolete and meaningless. All this has led to the need for education to be revisited and a new definition of purpose and meaning of education has become necessary. Also, the country is getting in touch with its wisdom of centuries and discovering its relevance and meaning in today's times. There are positive efforts to translate these into relevance for the times.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) was set up with a firm belief and conviction that education is a gift to society and the coming generation. So, it needs to be held sacrosanct. Students need to be prepared to become good citizens and family members who can contribute to the growth of the nation. The young need to find the occupation of their choice and passion so that they could offer their commitment and involvement and offer their devotion. If they are also committed to something then the young would give their best than better. All this adds up to the building of the institution and the nation.
Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has evolved a unique pedagogy with knowledge, attitudes, skill-building through experiential learning to provide the students with space and time for exploration. The focus is on the spirit of inquiry where the students can engage in a dialogue to discover and learn in an open environment. The focus is on diverse and multi-disciplines without losing the perspectives of wisdom available to the students. Jain (Deemed-to-be University) emphasizes the interaction between faculty and students in the capacity of mentoring so that a student is prepared for life and not just the occupation. The values and underlying philosophy are a very important part of the learning process and Jain (Deemed-to-be University) has incorporated it by creating a learning environment where the student is well prepared to manage and live his life feeling confident, courageous and generous with other people in terms of accepting them and not categorizing or creating a hierarchy, but being sensitive to the philosophy of human coexistence and ecology to create harmony and tranquility as well as wholesomeness is the main purpose of life.
President, Jain (Deemed-to-be University)
Prof. Indira Parikh
Antardisha (Directions from Within)
Principal Mentor’s Message
The purpose of Education is to create a learning environment where the students find space to explore the world, others in the world and their beings. The being needs to learn to experience the freedom to make choices based on the ability to differentiate right from wrong and to learn to manage relationships with respect, grace, and dignity.
Most important is times where the parent-child relationship has become that of barter, freedom, and licentiousness for affection and acceptance of children. The ancient traditions of India where the parent-child relationship was of respect and behaving the right way with an elder are gradually diminishing. What prevails is answering back, differences, leading to disagreements and conflicts. Differences were always there as the tides of time stormed. Many eras went by, centuries and decades passed by each generation grew to have more logic and reason but forgot the reasonableness and went into extremes of differentiation in absolute and rigid logic and rationality where faith and trust list ground and slipped away into oblivion.
Liberal Education is that approach to education which is inclusive of the ancient wisdom of the heritage which is still relevant and meaningful. The colonizers created a mindset and psychology of Indian society where the Indian civilization began with the arrival of the colonizers and created an environment of amnesia of a few thousand years of anything being positive in the country. School of Creative Liberal Education, Jain (Deemed-to-be University) attempts to restore the knowledge in the Indian Psyche that there existed a great culture and civilization of India. That everything colonial is not and has not been good and that everything of the ancient heritage is not primitive and useless. That there existed a great nation a wealthy nation and there was a period of darkness where we got waylaid and lost our way. It is time to wake up so that each individual of this generation discovers his/ her potential and has an education which frees the mind to make choices based on differentiating right from wrong and a value system of the culture, society, and family and learns to make a difference by contributing to the space the individual is in. Be the space of family, society, culture, work and the nation.
In a world of intense contact through social media and isolation of the soul School of Creative Liberal Education attempts to foster human sensitivity, tolerance for both similarities and differences. As well as accept the diversity of multi-cultures, race, religion, color, and gender. It also ensures that wealth and poverty are not the only determinants of friendship and togetherness. There is something more which is respect for human existence and parity of acceptance-based in emotions and emotive responses.
The curriculum is designed based on a percentage of knowledge, some percentage on developing life skills and some percentage on self-reflective explorations of the being and becoming of the individuals. There are explorations of the cultural heritage and wisdom to generate a sense of amazement at the wealth of knowledge which existed in the country and the kind of idealism of values that were prevalent in the country. This is to make an individual a contributing citizen, a wonderful family member and a created opportunities for others in the environment of work, business and occupation my most important time and space for the reflective process of being and becoming, of spirituality and discovering the purpose and meaning of life and living.
Prof. Alok Jain is Chairman’s representative at the School of Creative Liberal Education. He is Ph.D., MBA and MA with 26 years+ experience in Education, Administration & Corporate. He is associated as Member of Chairman’s Council and Head of New Initiatives with JGI Group, Bangalore. He is also a Member of Advisory Board, JUiNCUBATOR (Jain University Incubation Center).
Prof. Jain was the founder head of IIM, Ahmedabad’s PGPX (Executive MBA) which, under his stewardship, got globally ranked as 11 by FT for 2 successive years within 5 years of its inception. He had also worked as the Director of Kirloskar Institute of Advance Management Studies, Director of International Linkages at NMIMS University Mumbai and as a Professor of Marketing and Director of Corporate Engagement & Communication at Great Lakes, Chennai. Prof. Jain had worked closely with Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam for 3 years at IIMA.
Prof. Jain has taught and lectured on Integrated Marketing Communication, Entrepreneurship, Business Communication, Sales & Distribution, and Retail Management etc. at nationally reputed institutions like National Institute of Design, National Institute of Fashion Technology, Mudra Institute of Communications, Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India and more. He was Member of Academic Advisory Committee at EDII, Ahmedabad.
Prof. Jain has been the guest of honor and keynote speaker at national and international seminars and conferences and has worked in the corporate sector, national and international, in the areas of Strategy, Sales, Marketing, Channel Creation, Export and Retail. Prof. Jain has extensive contacts with few top 400 global Universities and Institutions. His project ‘Gift of Knowledge Transfer Leveraging Technology’ with international faculties was recognized with the Silver award by Quality Council of India in August 2016.
Dr. Alok Jain’s dream is to create a new academic model that helps in shaping the all rounded personality of a student apart from the blending of Indian wisdom and best practices of the western world. He has been actively associated in conceptualizing, designing, reviewing and bringing into shape the School of Creative Liberal Education.
Member - Chairman's Council
Dr. Sonam Mansukhani
Dr. Sonam Mansukhani has served the academia for 25 years. She pursued her PhD in Sociology from the University of Mumbai on ‘Informal Relationships in formal organizations: Relevance of informal relationships to decision making in a structured organization’. She taught Sociology and Management Studies at Kishinchand Chellaram College, Mumbai for twenty years. She was also the coordinator for B.M.M. (Bachelor of Mass Media) in the same institution. For three and a half years, she worked as Associate Professor and Chair, Summer Immersion Program at FLAME University, Pune. She taught courses in Sociology, Public Speaking and Debating Skills. As faculty, FLAME University, Pune, she also mentored students, advising them in academic and related matters. She mentored students for research for the Discover India Program, guiding them on projects – 'Tholpavakoothu: Shadow Puppetry in Kerala' and 'Qawwali' in Delhi. She also mentored students for Graduation Projects in FLAME School of Communication.
She has also taken workshops in Public Speaking and Debating Skills at Harvard Model United Nations. She is the recipient of the Award for Teaching Excellence by the Indus Foundation, Indo-American Summit, 2016 and for Outstanding Contribution to Education (for Excellence in Education, Leadership, and Teaching) by World Education Congress, 2019-20. She has presented papers at several conferences and has many publications to her credit. She was one of the keynote speakers at the World Education Congress, 2018 and 2019. She also provided consultancy services to Xavier Institute of Social Research & Action for a project on 'Denotified Tribes in Mumbai'.
In the last two years, she has served as faculty at Anant National University, Ahmedabad. She has been teaching courses such as 'Written and Verbal Communication' (she was the course director), 'Organizational Dynamics', and 'Research Methodology' for UG students and for the Anant Fellowship Program. She headed the Film Club at AnantU. This served as a platform to foster a ‘liberal’ space, thereby encouraging faculty and students to use films as a pedagogical tool for active discussion. As an active proponent of liberal education, she believes that teaching cannot be a one-way traffic; reciprocal interaction across disciplines and levels is the key to an effective teaching-learning paradigm.
SCLE Faculty Brief Vita
Dr. B Gayathri Devi, Professor
Dr. B Gayathri Devi (formerly Director & Principal, Maharshi Institute of Management) with 3 decades of academic, research and administrative experience from school, college to university level, has taught Mathematics for Degree, Diploma, Engineering, MCA, MBA, M.Sc. students, guided projects.
She has completed many research projects, a few among them include Project for ISRO, Bengaluru on Quaternion Interpolation, Project for NAL CSIR, on Weather forecast modeling - VARSHA with data analysis, Matlab, FORTRAN and Netcdf codes on supercomputers, Project for CCMMACS, CSIR, on Oceanographic model (biogeochemical model), GOTM (General Ocean Turbulence Model) with CFD codes.
Her important publications are Brahmagupta polynomials arising from the skew-field of quaternions, South East Asian Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences in Vol. 3, No. 2 (2005), pp. 59-65 (Appeared in AMS Bibliographic Review), Geometric model for the multiplication of Octonions and Sedenions, Journal of Analysis and Computation Dec. 2007 Vol.3, No. 2, 2007: 147 – 152. (Appeared in AMS Bibliographic Review, MR2475382), Elementary Functions of Quaternion and other Algebras of the Caley-Dickson series, Journal of Ultra Scientist of Physical Sciences (An International Journal) Vol.19, No.3, Dec. 2007.
She has been invited to address faculty and students at various colleges on innovative teaching methodology in mathematics, active learning, and critical thinking. She has memberships with Indian Series of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, IIT Kharagpur (Life Member), Swadeshi Mahilā Vignāna Andolana - A Unit of Vijnāna Bhārathi (Life member), Women in Science, Indian Academy of Science (Life Member), Indian National Science Academy for women, (Life Member), International Society for Research and Development, ISRD, London Press.
Her research areas are code development of VARSHA GCM model - a medium-range weather forecasting model, analysis of rainfall and temperature data in the Indian Ocean region, developing the MATLAB codes for time series analysis, Oceanographic model (biogeochemical model), GOTM (General Ocean Turbulence Model), 1-D water column model coupled with 3-D circulation model used as a module for the computation of vertical turbulent mixing, concentrated on modelling the annual cycle at Arabian Ocean using seven compartments like Phytoplankton, zooplankton, Bacteria, Nitrate, by developing the plankton growth by supplying the nitrate and CO2 in turn resulting in reducing the atmospheric CO2.
She specialized in teaching Quaternions and Ancient Indian Mathematics. Her interests also lie in the blend of hypercomplex numbers and Ancient Mathematical techniques. She believes in teaching mathematics artistically and strengthening student’s analytical and logical skills to face the mathematical and life problems solved with ease.
Dr. Aradhana Shampal Talwar, Assistant Professor
Dr Aradhana Shampal Talwar has previously taught Political Science at undergraduate level at St. Xavier’s college, Mumbai. During this tenure, she has played an important role in organizing national seminar, international conference and workshop on politically and socially relevant themes.
Being a doctorate with specialization in West Asian affairs (title of PhD thesis- Role of Ba`th Ideology in Syrian Foreign Policy, 1970-2000), she has three publications related to issues concerning the continent of Asia. She has written an article titled “Armed Conflicts in West Asia: Comparative Study of Libya and Syria” published in ‘Indian Journal(s) of Research Studies (IJORS) in Social Sciences’ (Volume II, Issue 1&2) (January-April, 2014), ISSN:2320-9771. Her chapter titled “India-Sri Lanka Relations in a Changed Environment” was published in an edited book “India’s Relations with the World under the Leadership of Narendra Modi.” She has also contributed a chapter titled “The Unheard Voice of Syrian Refugees” in an edited book “West Asia in a Changing World: The Emerging Regional Architecture and India.”
In order to complete her Ph.D. research, she has undertaken Ph.D. field-trip to UK wherein SOAS library, LSE Library, St. Anthony’s College Oxford and British Council Library were visited. She has also interviewed experts from Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) London and faculty of City College, London during her field-trip. She has also been an awardee of ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship and has also qualified NET Exam in Defence and Strategic Studies. She has chaired a national seminar, presented papers in international seminars (2) and national seminars (2), discussant in centre seminar (1) and attended workshop on defence and strategic studies by CPR.
Currently working in Department of Asian Studies at School of Creative Liberal Education, she believes in living the philosophy of liberal education. The model of liberal education is the need of the hour which acquaints students with knowledge of not only present but also our rich past. Her focal area at present is to introduce an element of Indian-ness in the courses and themes of the department to ensure the flow of knowledge according to east-to-west model.
Dr. Megha Dhadoti, Assistant Professor
Dr. Megha Dhadoti having a year of teaching experience in Sociology at the level of pre-university, graduation and post-graduation, has proven her skill of teaching Sociology for different streams of students like law and nursing. She completed her Doctorate in Philosophy (2019) in Sociology entitled “A Study on Changing Process of Socialization from Symbolic Interactionist Perspective” and her areas of interest lie in Sociological Theories, Rural Sociology, Gender Studies, Sociology of Youth.
Besides presenting papers at National (12) and International Conferences (03), Dr. Megha has also been Rapporteur in two National Conferences and one International Conference. She also has three national and one International Publication.
Having bagged all ‘Three Gold Medals’ in Sociology for standing highest for the University and standing highest in two specialized papers - Sociological Theory and Rural Sociology, Dr. Megha has made a record in the Department of Sociology in Karnataka University (2013). She is also an awardee of ‘Two Cash Prizes’ for the year 2011 and 2013. She was also upgraded from Junior Research Fellow-JRF (2014) to Senior Research Fellow-SRF (2017) by UGC.
Dr. Megha has also given talks as Resource Person and Chief Guest in different colleges on Occasions like ‘International Women’s Day’, ‘Annual traditional Week’ and so on. She is also a life member of Three Professional Organisations.
Besides, her academic achievements in Sociology, Dr. Megha also made her mark as first Women Representative and Secretary of ‘Karnatak University Research Scholars Association’ in Karnatak University till date. Having varied interest, she has also qualified herself- Diploma in Human Resource Development, Diploma in Information Technology and Diploma in Jainology.
Dr. Megha at present working in the Department of Social Sciences (Sociology) strongly holds the view for the need of developing and spreading Liberal Education system in India as, young minds needs to develop the ability of multi-perspective and synthesize the perspectives for solving today’s challenging issues.
Dr. Kaveri Tandon, Assistant Professor
Dr. Kaveri Tandon has 2 years of teaching experience in Criminology, Law, and Order, Indian Penal Code and Indian Constitution among others through Police Administration discipline. Dr. Kaveri has completed her Ph.D. in Police Administration on “Traffic Police and Road Safety in Himachal Pradesh: A Study” from Panjab University. She was also M.Phil. gold medalist. Her M.Phil. the dissertation was on “Police- Public Interface: A Case Study of Chandigarh”.
Dr. Kaveri has worked as a research investigator for the project of Chandigarh Police, titled, “An Evaluation of the Community Policing Initiative of Chandigarh Police on Gully Cricket”. She also had done a project on “Crime Against Women: A Case Study of Chandigarh”.
Dr. Kaveri has undergone the ‘Capacity Building Training Workshop for Young Faculty/ Research Scholars in Social Sciences’ organized by ICSSR North-Western Regional Centre. Besides this, she also had one-week training with Chandigarh Police as an internship. She has published 5 papers in various journals. She has presented many papers on various topics in national, international, state and regional level conferences, seminars and workshops.
Dr. Kaveri believes that liberal education in India is the need of an hour. Liberal education did have a presence in ancient Indian universities such as Takshila University and Nalanda University. Liberal education is not just the model of survival but also a model of innovation and institutional diversity. It helps in promoting intellectual curiosity and the process of creating knowledge in a range of subjects from humanities, social sciences to natural and applied sciences and technology.
Dr. M Arun Prem, Assistant Professor
Dr. M Arun Prem holds a Ph.D. in hockey training. He has his UG, PG, and M.Phil. in Physical Education. He has completed his PG diplomas in Sports Management and Yoga. He also holds an M.Sc. in Yoga from Tamil Nadu Physical Education Sports University, Chennai. He is a young and dynamic sportsman who played hockey at University, State and National levels. He carries 9 years of experience as a Physical Education Director and hockey coach at the Thirunagar hockey club and also at Adhiyaaman Engineering College, Hosur. He has represented and won laurels at various College and State and National level tournaments. Among the students he had given training, a lot of them are now serving in the Defence sector. While serving as the Physical Education Director, he has produced various sportsmen at University, State, National and International level in multiple sports.
Dr. Arun has a black belt in karate representing at the national level. He has won various medals in all India karate tournaments. He has trained state level and national level players in karate and martial arts. He is an expert in the traditional martial art called silambam. Besides, he has served as a technical official at the state, national and international level athletic events and he has passed the referee exam and carries a qualification as a state-level referee to officiate in athletics and handball tournaments.
Dr. Arun has also been actively involved in teaching self-defensive techniques to students as part of women’s safety awareness. His mission is to create and promote awareness about the importance of traditional martial arts. For five years he had taught theory classes on Yoga and Wellness for MBA, MCA and other PG programs affiliated to Bangalore University and has achieved hundred percent results for five years. On the occasion of the world ‘Yoga Day’, he conducted demonstrative yoga classes to the faculty and the students. He has a great passion for sports, especially Hockey. Besides, he also promotes the practice of yoga for a healthy and balanced life. He has written and published papers on sports training.
Dr. Karthikeyan Damodaran, Assistant Professor
Dr. Karthikeyan completed his Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh. He was a Principal’s Scholar and Special Merit Award holder and his Ph.D. research focused on caste processions and commemorations in Tamil Nadu.
His research and teaching interests include identity politics, social movements, caste, space, films, and urban culture. It intersects South Asian Studies, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Media Studies.
He was previously working as a Visiting Lecturer at the Centre for Modern Indian Studies, - Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, in Germany.
Karthikeyan is the author of numerous sole and joint authored articles on Dalits, Dalit politics, Dravidian Movement and Tamil cinema for a range of outlets including The Wire, The Law School Policy Review, Asia Dialogue, NDTV.com, Indian Express, The Hindu, and Frontline.
His major publications include Damodaran, K & Gorringe, H 2017, 'Madurai Formula Films' South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal (SAMAJ), pp. 1-30, Gorringe, H. and Karthikeyan, D., 2015. ‘Real Estate.’ South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, Karthikeyan.D., 2016. ‘Contentious Spaces: Guru Pujas as Public Performances and the Production of Political Community.’ In: Hugo Gorringe, Roger Jeffery, Suryakant Waghmore (ed.,) From the Margins to the Mainstream: Institutionalising Minorities in South Asia. SAGE Publications: 194-216, Damodaran, K. and Gorringe, H. (Forthcoming 2019) “Contested Narratives: Filmic Representations of North Chennai in Contemporary Tamil Cinema,” in Selvaraj and Devadas (ed.,) Tamil Cinema in the 21st Century: Politics, Genre and Technology. Routledge: London.
Prof. Sudarshan Kumar
Mr. Sudarshan has 7 years of teaching experience and pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Mangalore, on the “European Union (EU) as a Political Actor: The study of EU’s role in Conflict Resolution” under the supervision of Professor Jayaraj Amin.
He has accomplished specialization in International Relations with special focus to European Union Studies, South Asian Studies and Peace and Conflict Studies. He was privileged to have international academic exposure during his academic journey by being a participant and also by presenting papers in the International seminars, conferences, round-table discussions, interviews, and radio live shows. He was the recipient of the Erasmus Mundus Ph.D. Scholarship from the University of Warsaw, Poland, for 13 months, which truly gave a platform to explore the academic avenues. This exposure facilitated in developing a collaboration with Dr. Agata Dziewulska, Associate Professor, Center for Europe, University of Warsaw, developed a joint paper on ‘Power-sharing against conflict resolution. Peacebuilding strategy for the EU’. He has also published articles and books. He is also a reviewer in two international academic journals.
He had also interviewed Dr. Piotr Lukasiewicz, (former Ambassador of the Republic of Poland, in Afghanistan) and Professor Tobias SCHUMACHER (Chairholder, the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, European College, Natolin, Poland).
He had conducted a national conference on ‘European Studies’. He had also conducted a study tour to Bylukkuppe, Tibetan Refugee camp, to study on the status of ‘Tibetan identity status’, also conducted a survey study on ‘Tamil repatriates from Sri Lanka to India’ at Koudichar. Adding to this pilot study was conducted on the local-self-government and its operation. He also conducted tours to Vidhana Soudha to attend assembly sessions and also visit Lokayuktha to get students first-hand knowledge about the political system and its functioning. He trains students on ‘mock-parliament’. All these were conducted by making student-centric academic exercises.
His association with sports, NCC, NSS, and camps tuned his lead characters and molded into a disciplined person. All his associations are truly an outfit towards the creative liberal mind-set, which strongly believes in the holistic development of once personality.
Dr. Tanni Moitra, Assistant Professor
Dr. Tanni Moitra has completed her Postdoc from Ludwig-Maximilian University (LMU), Munich, Germany. During her term as a fellow at LMU, she worked on the religious history of ancient Gandhāra (the region has been identified with the modern city of Peshawar, Pakistan). She is currently preparing her research work for publication as a monograph. Besides working with archaeological records and ancient manuscripts, she has also taught modern Indian Languages at the Institute for Indology and Tibetology, LMU for 2 years.
Dr. Moitra did her Ph.D. in Ancient History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2017) where she submitted her thesis titled “Extraordinary Circumstances: A Study of Ᾱpad and Ᾱpaddharma in the Early Indian Literary Traditions.” Her research interests include studying ancient legal systems, Sanskrit epics, Buddhist, Jain and Brahmanical texts and narrative traditions. Some of her publications relating to the themes include Region through Text: Representation of Gandhāra in the Mahābhārata and A Semantic History of Āpat: Exploring the Vedic Texts, the Rāmāyaṇa and the Arthaśāstra. She has also given talks on various themes some of which include: A Historiography of Gandhāran Studies and representation of the region in Sanskrit epics at Jadavpur University, (Kolkata 2017); Conceptualizing Ᾱpaddharma in the Mahābhārata: Resolving the Conflicts of Kṣatriyadharma (Banaras Hindu University, 2012); Dharma in Distress: Deviant Brāhmaṇas in the Mahābhārata (Punjabi University, Patiala, 2011) Dr. Moitra has a teaching experience of 3 years in India. She taught History at pre-university level in Delhi and Indian Culture and Tourism at graduation level at Indira Gandhi National Open University in Kolkata. She believes that a vibrant research culture is an integral part of higher education and that Liberal Studies provides students a conducive academic environment by introducing them into critical/analytical thinking and research. According to her, Liberal Education by being a multidisciplinary field of studies facilitates a meaningful convergence of a range of disciplines by relaxing rigid disciplinary boundaries.
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors comprises of eminent global/ national achievers. They represent various sections of business, academics, sports, social services etc. to name a few. The Board of Governors is going to give the future direction to School of Creative Liberal education (SCLE).
Mr. R Gopalakrishnan
Mr. Gopalakrishnan studied physics at Kolkata University, engineering at IIT Kharagpur and attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He has been a professional manager from 1967. He has served as Chairman of Unilever Arabia, as MD of Brooke Bond Lipton and Vice Chairman of Hindustan Lever, as Director of Tata Sons and several Tata companies. He serves as an independent director and non – executive chairman of Castrol India and also as an independent director of Hemas Holding PLC, Sri Lanka. He is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. He has also authored nine books.
Gopal is an international speaker and is actively engaged in both instructional and inspirational speaking. Over the last few years, he has spoken at conferences, both internationally and in India. He serves as Executive in Residence at the SP Jain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai. He is a Distinguished Professor of IIT Kharagpur.
Academic Advisory Council
The Academic Advisory Board of the Jain (Deemed-to-be University), School of Creative Liberal Education (SCLE) consists of proven people in academia and fields related to Liberal Education. The members have been practitioners of Liberal education concept and are passionate about taking Liberal Education to new heights. The Academic Advisory Board will evaluate, assess and monitor the academic quality, current global trends in academia and will advise on the changes to be made in academic output to take School of Creative Liberal Education to new horizons. The Board includes:
Ms. Misrak Elias
Ms. Misrak Elias is the Founder of the YeBen Endowment Fund. In 2015 she set up the Ye Ben Endowment Fund in memory of her son Dr. Benyam Asefa. Misrak has over 30 years of professional experience at the senior level in UNICEF, other UN agencies, regional organizations and academia covering a whole spectrum of areas from policy advocacy, capacity building, and training to program development and implementation at the field level.
She has over 15 years of experience as a lecturer/trainer at Addis Ababa University and the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute where she developed and led the first-ever training program in Africa on integrating gender issues in the development and promoting gender equality.
As a global advisor on gender for UNICEF, she led the development of UNICEF policy and strategy on gender, advocated for priority focus on girls’ development. As a diplomat, she has served as UNICEF country representative in Jordan and South Africa.
On retirement from the United Nations, Misrak worked on a variety of consultancy services setting up her own company MESA. She also served as Team Leader for a Program to End Child Marriage in Ethiopia. Much of her time after retirement was devoted to voluntary services with NGOs in Ethopia. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Addis Abba West. Misrak obtained her BBA from Haile Selassie University, Ethiopia and her MBA from Columbia University, New York.