NEW DELHI: The Jio institute located in Navi Mumbai started its first academic year on July 20, 2022, However, the classes will begin on July 21 2022 with two postgraduate courses – AI & Data Science and Digital Marketing & Marketing Communications with a total of 120 students.
“Jio Institute was born out of a dream I shared with my husband Mukesh, to redefine higher education in India, and carry forward the legacy of our founder, my father-in-law Shri Dhirubhai Ambani,” said Nita M Ambani, founder chairperson of Reliance Foundation Institution of Education and Research. Nita, who is the wife of Mukesh Ambani, the chairman and managing director of India’s most valuable company Reliance Industries Ltd, heads the philanthropic activities of the group. “Today marks a new beginning. An important milestone for Jio Institute, and for each one of you,” she said while addressing students at the beginning of the academic session. “Every batch of an institution is special, as they contribute to the growth and cultural fabric of these institutions. But the first one is always extra special.”
The institute is built on 800-acre land and it is estimated that to set up this institute the Reliance foundation has spent over 1,500 crores. The Institute has also tied up with top institutions like Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, Stanford University, and Nanyang Technological University. “And it is his vision to build an institution that will empower young Indians, and young people from across the globe, to develop solutions for a sustainable and better future for mankind,” she said, adding, “An institution that will prepare the next generation of global leaders, who will significantly contribute to the advancement of India and the world.”
Nita Ambani said that the institute focuses to create an environment that will encourage students, increase curiosity and will enable experimentation with real-life solutions. “As the first batch of Jio Institute, you will take the first-ever step into an extraordinary future that we hope to build together. A collaborative setting for personal growth, and a research-oriented culture that can catalyse national growth,” she said.
“Class of 2023, each one of you has the potential and responsibility of shaping not just your country’s future, but the future of our planet! So make every moment matter, and every day count. Learn with passion. Imagine without fear. Dive into our state-of-the-art labs and libraries. Enjoy the world-class sporting facilities,” she further added.
According to the institute, the first batch of students will be coming from 19 different states across India and 4 different countries such – as Bhutan, Ghana, Nepal, and South Africa.