Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is Liberal Arts?

Liberal Arts comprises of study of disciplines such as Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts thereby introducing the students to different perspectives. The Liberal Arts system enhances the analytical and thinking capability of a student thereby broadening their intellectual horizons. It is believed that Liberal Arts as a model of education inculcates a spirit of inquiry in the student to understand the issues concerning the society and humanity in general.

What is a Liberal Education?

Liberal Education is a system of education important for an individual to live a holistic life. It has been described as “A philosophy of education that empowers individuals with broad knowledge and transferable skills, and a stronger sense of values, ethics, and civic engagement characterized by challenging encounters with important issues, and more a way of studying than a specific course or field of study” by the Association of American Colleges and Universities. This model consists of a curriculum that offers exposure to wide and diverse array of disciplines along with focus on one academic area thereby making the model not only global but also pluralistic in nature. Further, Liberal Education model offers a student courses that enable the latter to keep pace with changing times such as creative writing, oral communications skills, critical thinking, reasoning and logic, etc along with conventional subjects.

How is Liberal Education different from Liberal Arts?

The debate around the definition of Liberal Education and Liberal Arts has been a bone of contention for centuries. The popular perception states that there is a thin line of difference between Liberal Education and Liberal Arts. Liberal Education is a broader term which covers areas of commerce, arts, science and technology. It provides students the freedom to choose their subjects of study from a wide range across the academic continuum, it also comes with the liberty to have a multidisciplinary academic experience in its real sense. Built upon the idea of intellectual freedom, Liberal Education program does believe that students require basic foundational knowledge in major fields of study. A degree in Liberal Education program, in comparison with other conventional degree courses thus provides a strong foundation for all students, regardless of their choice of specialization and elective subjects of study. Students pursuing a Liberal Education program gain a good exposure to different fields of study ranging from various arts subjects to science and technology and performing arts thereby gaining adequate skill and experiential based training.

On the other hand, Liberal Arts is believed to constitute specific disciplines namely, Humanities, Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences. In spite of Liberal Arts having a precedence over Liberal Education in terms of its origin, the latter has expanded over a period of time to include the former as one of its core bases.

What is the difference between Liberal Education of the West and Liberal Education model at the Jain (Deemed-to-be University), School of Creative Liberal Education (JU-SCLE)?

Juxtaposed to the popular western notion of Liberal Education concept, the newer and broader Liberal Education model at the Jain (Deemed-to-be University), School of Creative Liberal Education (JU-SCLE) covers domains which are linked to the development of not only mind and body but also touching upon the soul. Thus, the focus of Liberal Education model at JU-SCLE is on spiritual growth and physical fitness through its creatively tailored wide range of courses.

Tell about Jain (Deemed-to-be University), School of Creative Liberal Education (JU-SCLE) Bengaluru?

JU-SCLE is a pioneering institute in the field of Creative Liberal Education with a focus on providing holistic education to a student in order to make her/him ready and survive in the world of today. SCLE also aims to spread knowledge from the past Indian wisdom. This is a uniquely designed module to offer the education in a right way which will be India’s contribution to the other side of the globe. It is based on the S4 Model i.e. Shishya, Sastra, Shastra and Shwasha leading to Stithapragyata.

Who founded JU-SCLE?

School of Creative Liberal Education is an initiative of Jain (Deemed-to-be University), Bengaluru. Dr. Chenraj Roychand, an exemplary serial and social entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist is the President of the center. The school is initiated under the principal mentorship of Prof. Indira Parikh, who is known as the person behind Liberal Education in India. She is supported by Dr. Alok Jain who was instrumental in establishing and making the newly launched one-year MBA (PGPX) of IIM-Ahmedabad a successful and globally recognized model within 5 years of inception. More than 2 years of intellectual churning has undergone to bring the SCLE into existence.

What is the S4 Model (Shishya, Sastra, Shastra and Shwasha) and its relevance in present times which is emphasized at SCLE?

S4 Model is the guiding principle of the education model at SCLE. The core philosophy of S4 Model is to make a student physically fit, mentally active, socially balanced and a learner throughout life. Now-a-days, the parents are facing high stress levels because of their kids being on social media/games for hours together. In the light of this, S4 Model is designed to channelize the latter’s energy in the right direction keeping in mind the learning happiness of the child. Therefore, S4 Model is not only based on academics but also on ‘Self-Doing’ and ‘Experiential Learning’ touching the soul of the child. It will make them balanced in terms of ego, inter-personal relationships and social odds.

Why should I send my child to JU-SCLE?

JU-SCLE offers programs which have been meticulously designed and planned to provide a holistic learning experience. It functions on the idea of transferring knowledge from East towards West through its courses. The curriculum at JU-SCLE aim at providing the students with the knowledge of our rich past to make sense of the present and future. Moreover, the focus at JU-SCLE is overall personality development of the child through its unique philosophy of S4 Model (Shishya, Sastra, Shastra and Shwasha).

In the light of this, JU-SCLE offers 27 Foundational Courses along with more than 100 electives from 7 Universes. In addition to providing knowledge based skills, SCLE encourages its students to acquire skill-based and experiential based knowledge.

What will be the influence of the S4 Model on my ward?

The current generation is mostly addicted to activities like mobile gaming, internet browsing, social media etc. Parents are finding themselves helpless to detach their kids from this addiction. Newspapers have reported the abnormal and violent behavior of the children when they were denied the above. JU-SCLE’s S4 philosophy aims to constructively channelize the energy of the child in the right direction.

How is JU-SCLE different from similar programs offered in India?

India was once the fountainhead of knowledge which gradually declined due to external invasions. The current Liberal Arts education system is based on the western educational philosophy which has major emphasis on the theoretical part leading to fear of exams. This blocks the creativity and happy learning approach of a student. JU-SCLE is an effort to revive the Indian expertise covering skill-based, experience-based and knowledge based learnings making the students decide their inner calling and areas of liking.

JU-SCLE will ensure to blend the best of both the worlds. For example, in Western liberal arts model, fine arts centres around the renaissance period whereas we had the concept of 64 Kalas which were far superior in terms of output and sustenance. This model is also in resonance with PM’s philosophy of making India a ‘vishwa guru’.

Please explain using examples the integration of Allegorical Model with the program at JU-SCLE?

Allegorical Model means ‘Gudharth’ (deep meaning). In terms of terminology, Literal is the first translation of a word but allegorical implies the core philosophical depth. For example, self-defence’s literal meaning may be learning Judo or Karate, but the immunity from viruses and bacteria and to have an immune body is also self-defence which is allegorical in nature.

What is the process of applying and selection at JU-SCLE?

Candidate with 50% or above in 12th is required to fill the online form and take D-ART or JET. An in-depth interview will be conducted in the final round of selection.

How does one best prepare for applying to JU-SCLE?

Please visit Jain university website for JET 2019 details. Candidates are also recommended to visit https://www.dalhamfoundation.org/about-dart?nav=pattern to have an idea about D-ART.

Is it possible to apply before obtaining the grade XII final/ board exam scores?

Yes, students can apply before obtaining their grade XII final/ board exam results given the fact that they should be ready to produce their certificates during the time of admissions.

What are the career prospects after JU-SCLE?

Graduates from JU-SCLE through their exposure to holistic learning process will be equipped better to take up the challenges in their future journey. The strong philosophy behind JU-SCLE is to make a student independent, entrepreneurial and professional to decide his/her future course of action. For more details, please visit JU-SCLE webpage on Jain (Deemed-to-be University) website.

How a degree at School of Creative Liberal Education (SCLE) will help the student pursue higher education?

The courses have been designed in a manner across the years taking into account future pathways at National and International level. This has been accomplished through the mapping exercise.

Curriculum & Co - Curricular

What is the basic course structure at JU-SCLE? What are the academic-based, skill-based and experiential-based components of the same?

JU-SCLE will be offering 27 Foundation Courses with a minimum of 100+ courses from 7 Universes as general electives. All courses during the first Foundation year, cover areas from Science, Arts, Commerce, Technology and Sports to enable each student to decide the future of his/her liking. Sports and Yoga along with Sanskrit and International language are compulsory courses to facilitate a student’s mental & physical fitness with strong immunity and to keep the child abreast with changing times respectively. The curriculum structure followed at JU-SCLE is based on providing a proper combination of Knowledge (68 percent), Skills and Experience-based learnings (32 percent) to students. Knowledge-based is classroom teaching, Skill-based is self-doing and Experiential-based is self-exploration and self-reflection. For example, questions such as who am I, the purpose of my life, the meaning of my life, purpose and meaning of relationships, etc. Normally, the system of education focuses majorly on academics and the courses are designed accordingly. However, JU-SCLE provides students with additional variables of Skill and Experience along with Academics to ensure holistic development.

Highlight the details of 27 Foundation Courses and 100+ courses from 7 Universes as General Electives.

Since the course content is very elaborate, you are requested to contact us on Program Helpline number or our tele-callers, the details of which are mentioned on university web.

What is unique about JU-SCLE’s Foundation Year Courses?

The 27 Foundation courses are very carefully designed to cover maximum learning related to the development of holistic personality through a mix of Science, Arts, Commerce and Technology modules which perhaps are not offered by any other institute in India or abroad.

Once the Foundation courses are over, the students will have the clarity to decide the specialization through the scientific method of psychometric analysis test and hence, the career of their choice.

How do the courses at JU-SCLE reflect the East-to-West Model?

The courses at JU-SCLE are drawn from the rich Indian heritage and literature and interwoven with best of international concepts. For instance, understanding Yoga, Gita, ancient Indian business practices, Vedic Mathematics and Traditional Games are few of the vital elements of our past heritage which are blended with international concepts like Information Technology, Law, Accounting, Chemistry to name a few. One can also explain the above point by understanding the characteristic features of our traditional Taxation system. In ancient India, the Taxation system was very much similar to the process of evaporation from water sources and at the same time, the distribution of Taxation system was like rainfall, which healthily impacted everyone. The International Taxation Systems are well-designed but lack the above-described philosophy. Therefore, the courses at JU-SCLE aim to blend both.

What are the key features of Trimester model at JU-SCLE?

The basic structure of a semester is further divided into two Trimesters (of three months each) at JU-SCLE for effective learning, and the system of examination is designed accordingly. The Trimester system has been introduced for better learning and quick recapitulation.

Please elaborate on the credit system at JU-SCLE.

A graduate degree curriculum at JU-SCLE is of total 252 credits which is divided into two parts-

  • 1. Foundation courses (84 credits) covered in First Year
  • 2. Electives and Specializations (168 Credits) covered in Second and Third Year. (01 credit at JU-SCLE is equivalent to 10 sessions each being of 75 minutes).
What is the grading pattern followed at JU-SCLE? Does it fall under the UGC prescribed norms?

Yes, the grading pattern will include exams, attendance, project, class-participation, un/satisfactory for non-credit courses which is well within the UGC prescribed norms.

What degree does JU-SCLE offer?

JU-SCLE offers a three year, full-time, Bachelor of Arts (B. A), Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Bachelor of Management Studies (B.M.S), Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (BAJ) and Bachelor of Commerce (B. Com) degree programmes covered over twelve trimesters. The degree awarded shall be based on the foundational courses, electives and specializations opted for, by the student.

What is the criteria for student(s) to choose subject of specialization? Is there a flexibility to switch between the specializations while moving forward in the programme?

Based on their liking towards the Foundation courses in year I, the students will be encouraged to decide or seek guidance regarding the specializations through scientific method of psychometric analysis test that will further determine their graduation degree.

Yes, liberal education means flexibility to take inter-disciplinary electives of their choice.

According to the curriculum, several courses are being offered as electives/optional. Will they be definitely offered or is it subject to how many students opt for it?

Minimum 10 registrations are required for an elective to be floated. The upper cap for an elective is 60. However, the Institute reserves the right to decide on the final numbers.

Please highlight the relevance of Asian Studies universe at JU-SCLE and the scope of the student undertaking it?

Efforts have been made in Indian academia to develop International Relations/Politics as a discipline at par with the global standards. In the existing academic scenario in India, area study is included within the larger discipline of International Relations. However, JU-SCLE is offering Asian Studies Universe as a separate discipline to provide an in-depth analysis of the continent of Asia.

Asian Studies Universe of JU-SCLE aims at providing a holistic understanding of Asia using not only political but also social, economic, art and culture, philosophy and linguistic variables. The unique contribution of SCLE’s Asian Studies Universe is offering an Asian perspective as against the popular western knowledge to students to understand the larger global issues. It is a self-reflective inside-out approach rather than outside-in approach.

Are the 30 emerging technologies as mentioned a mandatory part of the IT Foundation Course?

Yes, they are mandatory but are spread over as core and electives. The basics and future implementations of these technologies will be explained to students by an expert deputed by the SAP-Asia Director from Singapore. For example, in the Foundation course, a student will be knowing what Cyber-Security or Medical Technological Analytics is but if s/he wants to make a career in this domain then s/he can take electives pertaining to that in following Trimesters.

Why is ‘Politics and Leadership’ necessary for youth?

As the ‘Politics and Leadership’ Universe invites a comprehensive understanding of political affairs, it presents Political Ideas, Ideology, Philosophy, Thought, Issues and Concerns, Comparative Studies, Indian Constitution, Political Systems, Political Culture, Ethnic Issues, Identity Politics, Psephology, Political Oratory, Public Administration and Public Policy, Governance, Development Politics, Democratic Decentralization, International Relations, Foreign Policies, International Organizations and Regional Organizations, Peace and Conflict Studies, and many more. The attempt to have such a holistic study is to educate the young minds and make them be the face of representation in the future. This emphasizes that politics is a serious affair, and a better understanding of the political system needs to be taken care of. It is also important to take note that in any country’s progress, the role of youth is pivotal and their entry into politics in a polished form will add to a countries vision. In this direction, ‘Politics and Leadership’ of JU-SCLE welcomes the young minds from all the corners of the world with an aim to train and explore the leadership qualities within them and facilitate them in providing a platform to be a voice of the unheard voices. Besides this, the study opens up to larger avenues in developing once career, one can look for better progress even in diplomacy, social- entrepreneur, academician, political analysts, orator, psephologist, data analyst, writer, journalist, very importantly a sensible citizen and a subject of society and many more.

What are the future prospects of a student choosing Mathematics as a specialization at JU-SCLE?

A student choosing Mathematics can opt for a Master’s degree in Basic Science and further a Ph.D. in order to pursue an academic career (For example: Professor, Scientist). Mathematics as a subject enhances management skills of a student which can help him/her to take up a career in science administration and management. Further, mathematics through its various topics facilitates financial and entrepreneurial skills of the ward thereby providing an opportunity in the fields of technology and innovation in a company or help establishing one’s own company.

The knowledge of Mathematics can result in gaining skills in Science Policy and become a policy advisor to various companies or government agencies. A basic knowledge of Mathematics and an understanding of technologies such as Machine Learning, Deep Learning, ANN, AI, Coding and Decoding increases the possibility of students entering into the IT world.

One can also explore the field of Statistical Analyst through statistics. There is also an organic link between mathematics and physics which can help students to become Astrophysicists, Plasma Researcher, Nanotechnologists, etc. The subject of Mathematics enhances individual’s critical thinking, reasoning power, provides tools in decision making, in developing analytical mind if one chooses entrepreneurship.

What career opportunities does a specialization in Sociology offer?

Sociology as a discipline studies human behavior, human culture, institutions, social problems, social development, and all human activities in a society. At JU-SCLE, Sociology course provides wide range of areas of research in Sociology- Sociological theories, Indian Society, Social Pathology, Sociology of Social Development, Research Methodology, Sociology of Gender Issues, Industrial Sociology, Political Sociology, Rural and Urban Sociology, Environmental Sociology, Social Inequality, Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Policy, Sociology of Inclusion and Exclusion, Sociology of Globalization, Social Media and Culture, Gerontology, Social Demography, Social Marketing and many more. Thus, students who opt for Sociology at JU-SCLE will gain not only sociological knowledge in pure form but will also develop perspective and skills to analyze and propose solutions to Indian and global social problems with applied knowledge by the end of his/her degree.

In the present post-Industrial society, Sociology becomes truly a liberal education subject where students will get wide scope in career in both Government and Private including teaching, counselling, social work, policy analyst, organization manager, market research analyst, public relation specialist, media planner and entrepreneur.

What are the international languages taught at JU-SCLE?

International languages taught at JU-SCLE are Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, German, French, Slavic (Russian and East European) and Arabic. Only non-Indian students can opt for Hindi as an International language. Likewise, international students are not allowed to choose their mother tongue as an International language.

What are the specific details regarding programs such as Discover Heritage, Rural Immersion, Leadership Boot Camp and Role and Identity Lab?

Discover Heritage: In this program, we plan to send students in groups to Indian historical locations with the support of Archaeological Survey of India. The output will be a documentary/project report/research based on students’ experiential learning.

Rural Immersion: This will be a visit to a nearby rural area to identify their socio-economic problems and giving solutions related to them. This activity will be supported by an NGO. Leadership Boot camp: This will be a rigorous and adventurous set of army-like fitness activities to be conducted under an expert’s supervision.

Role and Identity Labs: These are highly specialized in-house behavioral labs designed by our principal mentor Prof. Indira Parikh for students. These labs will make the students come out of their fears, limitations and anxieties.

These are self-reflective explorations to facilitate life-long learning, choice making and sensitivity to the world and the people around.

Where are the students going to play Sports including the traditional ones?

The students will be playing Sports within the University set-up.

Please mention the list of 17 sports which will be offered at JU-SCLE. Is there any minimum batch size for particular sport(s) to commence?

List of 17 Sports:

  • 1. Badminton
  • 2. Basketball
  • 3. Table Tennis
  • 4. Squash
  • 5. Billiards and Snooker
  • 6. Bowling Alley
  • 7. Taekwondo / Karate
  • 8. Swimming
  • 9. Diving
  • 10. Tennis
  • 11. Volleyball
  • 12. Golf Course
  • 13. Football
  • 14. Frisbee
  • 15. Horse Riding
  • 16. Cricket
  • 17. Hockey

For the above-listed games, we have both male and female trainers. A batch size depending upon the game will be needed to be offered.

What type of self-protection training is organized at JU-SCLE? Are there separate programs for boys and girls?

Under Sports and Yoga at JU-SCLE, special attention is given to self-protection training for all the students (both- girls and boys) which will be conducted separately (each for Boys & Girls). The programmes that are offered under self-protection training are as follows-

  • *Karate
  • *Silambam (Traditional martial sport practiced with long sticks)

Students will be trained on few special Defensive techniques from an Indian Army Major and her Team.

Are there different student committees? What is the nature of activities undertaken by them?

Yes, there are a variety of student committees catering to different activities on campus. Few examples of student committees are as following:

  • 1. Academic Committee
  • 2. Cultural Committee
  • 3. Photography Committee
  • 4. Astronomy Committee
  • 5. Sports Committee
  • 6. Library Committee
  • 7. Food Committee
  • 8. Newspaper and magazine Committee
  • 9. Hiking and mountaineering Committee
  • 10. Nature’s club
  • 11. Film and performing arts Committee

These committees are interactive and participative and contribute to the self-governance of the campus. These committees also help the students to take different decision-making and analytical roles.

What are Institutional and Faculty Retreats?

Institutional and Faculty Retreats are activities where the JU-SCLE advisors and Faculty will meet at a neutral place each year to assess all courses and their expertise in their respective academic domain. This exercise is generally conducted once in 5 years in institutions of national and international reputation.

Retreats are catalysts to generate new ideas and review the state of existing institutions.

Do you offer financial aid for international students?

As of now we do not have financial aid for international students. However, they are encouraged to apply through international scholarship of their country, if any.

What will be the daily schedule of a student at JU-SCLE?

The daily routine of a JU-SCLE student will consist of sessions in Yoga and Sports, Class-Room sessions, Co-curricular activities, assignments, case-studies, skill-based activities to keep them creatively and constructively occupied from morning till evening. We are in the process of creating a short-video covering all the above.

Infrastructure

What are some of the key features of the JU-SCLE campus?

JU-SCLE ensures catering to the parents’ needs of their wards for residential facilities like clean accommodation, medical facilities, CCTV monitoring, double security gates, biometrics, pickup & drop facilities, homely vegetarian food and round-the-clock security personnel.

What measures has JU-SCLE University taken to ensure safety on campus?

JU-SCLE is committed to creating a safe and tolerant campus for its students. Security personnel will be present 24x7 inside the campus. CCTV surveillance also forms an integral part of effective monitoring in the campus.

Where is the boys and girls hostel located? What are the facilities available in the hostel?

A professionally run experienced agency- ‘Campus Student Communities’ takes care of the separate facilities for Boys and Girls near to the place of study.

What are the reporting timings for students at JU-SCLE?

The movement of the students will be monitored through biometrics starting from their place of stay to the place of study.

Can the student visit his/her family during the weekends and the short-break in between the Trimesters?

JU-SCLE plans weekend activities which are must for the holistic development of a student. However, Trimester-breaks will be provided.

Where is JU-SCLE located?

JU-SCLE is located in the heart of Bangalore city on Sheshadri Road which is opposite to Race Course, Gandhinagar, Bengaluru. The location is well-connected with metro, railways and roadways. The airport is 45-60 minutes by car.

What is the transport connectivity to the campus?

Located in Central Bengaluru, the JU-SCLE campus is well connected to all parts of the city. The nearest metro station Majestic and Kempegowda Bus Station are just 10 minutes’ walk from the campus. Apart from these modes of transport, there is adequate frequency of autos, Ola and Uber.