Memorandum of Understanding Between GD Goenka University and National Law University Delhi
On 3rd March 2020, G D Goenka University (GDGU) and the National Law University Delhi (NLU- D), undisputedly one of the most reputed law schools in India, signed a ‘Memorandum of Understanding’. The MoU paves the way for intense and mutually beneficial engagement between the two universities in teaching, research, training and other collaborative academic endeavours and thereby establish an outstanding ecosystem for GDGU’s law students and academic staff.
Mr Nipun Goenka, the Managing Director of the GD Goenka Group, spearheaded this initiative. He described the venture as “a major milestone in the development of GDGU’s School of Law and the outcome of a well thought through and comprehensive endeavour to establish GDGU’s School of Law in the forefront of legal education and research in India”. Mr Goenka added that other important actions, including the selection and appointment of an eminent academic as the Dean of the School, are underway. Professor Ranbir Singh, NLU’s Vice-Chancellor who signed the MoU on behalf of NLU, conveyed that this is “a momentous achievement because NLU is very selective in pursuing alliances of this nature”. He added that the willingness and speed with which NLU entered into this alliance affirms the confidence that he and other members of NLU’s leadership team have in regard to GDGU’s School of Law potentially becoming a leading private provider of legal education and research in India. Professor Suku Bhaskaran who signed the MoU on behalf of GDGU affirmed that the University has embarked on several initiatives to take GDGU’s School of Law to a comprehensively different trajectory and position it as the first choice destination for high quality academics and prospective students. He explained that, more generally, the University has introduced policies, systems, processes and practices that will ensure the continued adoption of best practices in teaching, learning and research. Professor Bhaskaran explained that the MoU with NLU could not only enable resource sharing and foster teaching-learning and research collaboration between academic staff in the two institutions but also with the international partners of the two institutions. Professor Bhaskaran said that collaborations, both at the individual and at the institution-to-institution level, are critical to fostering academic excellence and help innovate, adapt and create best-in-class student and faculty experiences.