After successful stints in the telecom and broadband space, Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio is planning to venture into academics through Jio institute. The first academic session of the Jio Institute commences from 2021, and the institute is set to offer undergraduate courses in emerging technologies like Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, data science, digital media, and marketing. For this, Jio institute is looking to rope in eminent faculty from reputed institutes across the world that include Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT), Stanford University, Northwestern University, and Nanyang technological institute. The Jio Institute would be located in Navi Mumbai in an area spanning 800 acres.
Jio Institute has Set Up Power Packed Global Advisory Board
Jio Institute has set up a seven-member Global advisory board that includes Michael Keller, vice provost of Stanford University; Jean-Lou Chameau, president emeritus of California Institute of Technology (Caltech); Rick Levin, former president of Yale University; Subra Suresh, president of Singapore’s Nanyang Technology University, Nadhmi A Al-Nasr, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s futuristic habitat project NEOM; Frank J Mulhem and Vinayak P Dravis of Northwestern University.
The undergraduate courses will be offered by Shailesh Kumar, the Chief data scientist officer at Reliance Jio. The marketing communications course will be developed by Mulhem from Northwestern University. Keller from Stanford heads the Jio State-of-art Digital library project. The institute is set to commence the recruitment of university staff and prepare an academic curriculum by October 2020. The Human Resource Development Ministry has already granted eminent status to the Jio Institute considering the future prospects.
A high-powered governing council has also been set up for the first greenfield project. The governing council comprised of Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani, and daughter Isha Ambani Paramel and R Venkatraman, the former managing trustee of Tata Trusts to lead the social initiatives of the Jio Institute. The company has selected Bimal Patel, the president of CEPT University in Ahmedabad and director of HCP design planning and Management, to redevelop New Delhi’s Central Vista.