Presided over by the Australian High Commissioner to India Ms Harinder Sidhu, the MoU underlines DD’s commitment to support the Sports Law and Governance programme at JGU. The ceremony was preceded by a public lecture by Melanie Jones, Former Australian Women’s Cricketer and IPL Commentator on “Women in Sport” at JGU campus.
Founding Vice Chancellor of Jindal Global University (JGU), Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Hemant Dua, CEO, Delhi Daredevils and Professor Shaun Star, Director of CIAS signed the MoU.
Ricky Ponting, former Australian Cricket Captain and current Delhi Daredevils Coach was also present at the MoU signing.
The MoU encourages DD to actively participate and contribute in educating students and academics about sports law and governance issues that arise in one of the biggest sporting leagues in the world – the IPL.
DD will assist by providing guest lectures for programmes run by the CIAS and facilitate tours and site visits to its facilities. In addition, DD will encourage interactions with team management and players as it is hoped that this will catalyse a more practical insight into the business and governance of sports from the perspective of a leading IPL franchise.
Speaking at the launch event, Ms Sidhu hoped the MoU will further strengthen the bond between India and Australia.
“India and Australia share a longstanding relationship and have been constantly working together in sports, a field that is a natural fit between our two countries. This MoU will offer an opportunity to further expand sports partnership beyond the cricket field – allowing academics and students to work in this emerging area of collaboration. I hope that this partnership between Delhi Daredevils, the Centre for India Australia Studies and Jindal Global University will act as a stepping stone to help build stronger sporting ties between our nations,” said Ms Sidhu.
Professor (Dr.) C Raj Kumar pointed out that its association with DD will help in the exchange of knowledge in the field of sports law. Students and academics will be able to interact with the best in the business of sports and strengthen their awareness of significant issues that exist in practice.
“The MoU will provide insights into practical experiences of the sporting world to our university students. This is a significant step forward in building on the existing Sports Law and Governance course which we have at JGU. This will also help build and strengthen awareness and opportunity of key challenges and opportunities in the field of sport. The practice of sports law and governance is global, and while DD’s insights will I’m sure be invaluable, it is important that we also consider other sports and other jurisdictions when teaching our students about this area of law” explained Professor Raj Kumar.
Led by Professor Shaun Star, Executive Director at CIAS, the course aims to create better opportunities for students who want to pursue a career in this field. “The Centre for India Australia Studies is excited about the partnership with Delhi Daredevils and we look forward working with them to add value to students and academics interesting in sports law and governance.
The Sports Law and Governance course will provide young people from around the world who are interested in gaining practical insights into sports law an opportunity to interact with practitioners and leading researchers in the field. We have already worked with leading Australian academics and Test cricketers on previous iterations of the course and this MoU seeks to strengthen our commitment towards contributing to the development of sports and adding value to the dialogue on sports law, governance and policy in India,” said Professor Star.
JGU & the CIAS’s association with Delhi Daredevils will create opportunities for students and faculty from India and Australia to gain a practical perspective of how sports law and governance work in the Indian Premier League, one of the largest sporting leagues in the world.