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May 14, 2020

O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has become the first Indian university to receive e-learning Excellence for Academic Digitisaton (E-LEAD) Certification from the coveted QS IGAUGE for E-learning excellence. After a detailed audit, QS IGAUGE has certified JGU as a globally recognised and benchmarked higher education institution to offer online education programmes.

This important certification places JGU as a leading university, which has the transformation technological ability and platforms to conduct academic programmes online. Online classes and e-learning need to be benchmarked with the best in global practices and this certification ensures that JGU is meeting exceptional teaching parameters and offers the best and engaging solution to its students.

The HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ will be the chief guest at a virtual event to unveil and present E-LEAD certificates to the institutions that have successfully completed an audit. The Secretary General of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU), Professor (Dr.) Pankaj Mittal will be the Guest of Honour on the occasion.

QS IGAUGE is the Indian arm of global rankings and ratings agency QS, which established the E-LEAD: E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation. QS IGAUGE deployed its outstanding global resources to create a global best practises document and methodology, with an aim to do a readiness check of institutions in India in adopting technology and technology-enabled services for online teaching.

“I am delighted that O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) has received the E-LEAD Certification from QS IGAUGE. This is a remarkable recognition that has come at a time when online education is not just an option to consider for universities, but is an inevitable necessity to do justice to the goals and aspirations of the students. Online education and digital learning opportunities have the ability to contribute towards democratisation of the higher education system with strong emphasis on quality, accessibility, inclusivity, and excellence. This international recognition for JGU ensures that current and future students of JGU can benefit from the QS IGAUGE E-LEAD Certification that the institution is ready to continue offering programmes online, while maintaining the highest standards of excellence. But it is important to recognise that the focus on online education and digital readiness transcends the current global pandemic crisis and Indian universities need to be significantly empowered to develop online education through blended learning platforms that will promote flexibility, innovation, freedom and adaptability to all forms of learning ecosystems. This is going to the the future of higher education, both during and after Covid-19,” said Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Founding Vice Chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University. 

Karan Kumar,  Head of IT Department at O.P. Jindal Global University said, â€œWe are very excited to receive the QS IGAUGE E-LEAD Certification. The key process of promoting effective online learning involved transforming the user journey of students and faculty members from a physical classroom to an online platform, ensuring a seamless transition. The online system required video connectivity for video and audio conferencing for groups and individuals with online direct messaging, and resource sharing from any access point like phones, laptops or handheld tablets. With captive student data, we set up the virtual technology infrastructure expeditiously and efficiently with complete data protection.”

The event is now through YouTube Live: https://bit.ly/qs-elead

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