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City strengthens links with India

City collaborates with Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi, to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi

by City Press Office (General enquiries)

In July 2020, City participated in an event hosted by Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi. The event attracted a large audience of over 250 participants.

JNU is a prestigious institution located in New Delhi, ranked the 2nd best university in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework, and facilitated by the Association of Commonwealth Universities. It was one of a series of commemorative events planned to mark the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, who led the long campaign for Indian independence from British rule, and whose values of non-violence, focus on mental health, secularism, and work on uplifting marginalised sections of society remain influential today.

City’s Vice President (International), Professor Stan Newman, opened the event alongside the Vice Chancellor and other senior representatives from JNU.

Two City Law School scholars spoke at the event. Sandhya Drew, Lecturer in BPTC, reflected on Gandhi’s legal education at the Council of Legal Education 1888-1891 and the influence this had on his later thinking. She commented

It was an honour to give a lecture commemorating Mahatma Gandhi. I took the opportunity to dig into the Council of Legal Education records and was able to view the lectures he took and the exam papers he sat.  Mahatma also explored life in London and although he came to see law as a tool of Imperial control, perhaps some of the legal thought he was exposed to remained with him even after 1922.

Dr Enrico Bonadio spoke about Gandhian philosophy in relation to Indian Intellectual Property (IP) Law. He said:

My talk focused on how Indian IP regimes are based on the very notions of Gandhian philosophy, especially the Mahatma's trusteeship theory. While such regimes grant IP owners exclusive rights, they also aim at safeguarding public interests, including public health, biodiversity conservation and access to education.

City already has a number of research collaborations with Indian institutions, including in Engineering, Optometry, Law and Social Sciences. The University is deepening and expanding its partnerships across India.

We hope this event will develop our links with JNU and help to raise City’s profile in India as part of our increasing engagement with the region.

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