U-M and India university expand joint research center in Delhi

By Frank Weir

Legal News

The University of Michigan Law School has announced that its 2010 cooperative effort with a university in India will be getting a funding boost from India's government.

According to a U-M spokesperson, the Jindal Global Law School (JGLS) of O.P. Jindal Global University agreed recently with India's Infrastructure Development Finance Company (IDFC) to develop courses, workshops, and joint research projects through the Michigan-Jindal Centre for Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy, which was established by the two schools in 2010.

The Centre is located at O.P. Jindal Global University just outside Delhi in India's national capital region.

The funding by the government through the IDFC is a part of a "five-year, trilion-dollar effort" to improve the country's infrastructure.

"The infrastructure initiative will be led by professors Vikramaditya Khanna of Michigan Law and Charles Maddox of JGLS, two leading academics studying Indian corporate and financial law," the spokesperson said.

"This is another important milestone for the Michigan-Jindal Global Corporate and Financial Law and Policy Centre," said Prof. C. Raj Kumar, vice chancellor, O.P. Jindal Global University and dean of Jindal Global Law School.

"It provides a unique avenue for teaching, research, training and capacity-building initiatives for the study of infrastructure law and policy."

The arrangement with the IDFC "puts the Centre in the midst of a huge development boom," the spokesperson noted adding that "as early as next month IDFC will be helping develop curriculum and lend teaching expertise for an intensive course on infrastructure development and project finance being held at JGLS."

Ultimately, that work will lead to the development of a series of courses and executive workshops designed to help educate people around the world on how to contribute to the construction of India's infrastructural backbone.

''India's infrastructure needs are large and pressing. Addressing those needs is critical to continuing the country's impressive levels of economic growth," said Khanna, the Centre's co-director.

"However, there are myriad important and often complicated legal issues involved in the infrastructure field.

"By developing courses, research programs and events, we'll be able to rely on the considerable expertise at Michigan, Jindal and IDFC to begin to address these important issues."

Published: Thu, Sep 29, 2011