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April 18, 2017

Five University Teams reach finals of the “Fly Your Ideas 2017” Global Student Competition

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Five student teams from Australia, China, France, Nigeria and the United Kingdom will compete in the final round of the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas global challenge, organised in partnership with UNESCO. The radical concepts selected cover a wide range of innovations going from an alternative to satellite imagery, to improved aircraft taxiing, clever ways of boarding, new areas for luggage storage or offering a new business model using existing Airbus aircraft.

Representing different nationalities and universities across Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific, the five finalist teams embody true diversity, which is a key driver of innovation and performance. The students, competing for a €30,000 prize, also demonstrate a wide variety of disciplines from Natural Sciences to Engineering and Business.

Their inventive ideas, which were selected from over 350 entries, had to answer one of five challenges identified by Airbus to provide sustainable future solutions. The innovations proposed by the five finalist teams look at alternative business models, passengers’ experience and flight operations.

The five finalist teams will soon travel to Toulouse, France, where they will spend a week at the Airbus ProtoSpace facility to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the-art equipment with personal guidance from Airbus. At the end of their week at Airbus, the students will present their innovative projects and the newly developed prototype in front of Airbus and UNESCO experts and personalities from the aerospace and academic world. The competition offers a unique opportunity for students worldwide, working in diverse teams of 3-5 members, to develop valuable skills, including teamwork, project management, communications and presentation, and to get involved in engineering.

The ideas competing for the final prize are:

• Airborne Earth Observation - Team SkyVision
University of Surrey, UK
A radical concept that turns a commercial airliner into an ‘Earth Observation Device’ by installing equipment into the belly of the aircraft to monitor ground activity during flight. An alternative to satellite imagery, it opens up new opportunities such as ecology analysis and urban planning.

• Improving Airport Taxi Flow and Efficiency - Team Nevada
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
An airport taxiing system that uses sensors and algorithms for automated Ground Traffic Control, both in the tower and on the aircraft, to significantly improve aircraft traffic at airports and thus reduce emissions.

• Compact Luggage Strategy Mobile App - Team PassEx
Institut d’Administration des Entreprises - IAE Toulouse, France
A revolutionary boarding system that uses a real-time mobile app to assign boarding status to passengers according to their luggage size. The Compact Luggage Strategy (CLS) addresses current storage issues in over-head compartments by distributing passengers across the aircraft according to the size of their baggage.

• Private Stowage Compartment - Team DAELead
University of Hong Kong, China
A clever aircraft cabin design that locates a Private Stowage Compartment (PSC) underneath passengers’ feet, utilizing the space between the cabin floor and the cargo ceiling.

• A400M Aerial Firefighting Platform - Team Aquarius
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
A fire-fighting solution that incorporates modular systems using pressurized fire retardant containers fixed to fast-loadable pallets for a network of Airbus A400M aircraft, to create a system of aerial firefighting platforms that can be used for rapid wildfire suppression.

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April 3, 2017

India's Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, Releases ‘India Rankings 2017’

India University Rankings

Photo: India’s Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, releasing the “INDIA RANKING 2017”, in New Delhi on April 03, 2017. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

New Delhi, India. April 03, 2017. India’s Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Shri Prakash Javadekar, released the India Rankings 2017 for the Educational Institutions and dedicated it to the nation in New Delhi today.

Speaking on the occasion he said that this step is a sequel of our Government’s commitment towards bringing landmark changes in the quality of education provided to students across the country for which we are working relentlessly. Shri Javadekar said this ranking is meant to have beginning of a fair competition among the institutions for achieving excellence in their efforts.

• The Minister said now institutions, parents, students, and others will have authentic information about the ranking and quality of a particular university, college, or vocational institution and this has led to the global scaling up of our credentials.

The Minister on this occasion also announced that government will extend more help to quality education institutions. It’s a vital change of policy and will motivate all the institutions to perform and excel. Factors regarding number of research papers submitted, patents obtained and campus placement figures will also count for seeking government support. He said public perception, employer perception and academic perception will also be given importance.

A very exciting feature of this year’s Rankings is the ranking of General Degree Colleges in Arts and Sciences from across the country. While many of the names appearing in the top-100 list are well known and famous, there are many others who may not be so well known but have fared well.

OVERALL INSTITUTIONS (INCLUDING UNIVERSITIES)

Rank — Institution — City — State — Score

  1. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore Bengaluru Karnataka 83.28
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu 73.97
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay Mumbai Maharashtra 71.78
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur Kharagpur West Bengal 68.43
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi New Delhi Delhi 64.18
  6. Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Delhi 61.53
  7. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur Kanpur Uttar Pradesh 60.69
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati Guwahati Assam 60.37
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee Roorkee Uttarakhand 59.84
  10. Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 58.92
  11. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Bengaluru Karnataka 58.25
  12. Jadavpur University Kolkata West Bengal 57.32
  13. Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu 56.50
  14. University of Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 56.30
  15. University of Delhi Delhi Delhi 55.37
  16. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 54.70
  17. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad Ahmedabad Gujarat 54.27
  18. Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra 52.81
  19. Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Uttar Pradesh 52.74
  20. Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi Delhi 51.75
  21. Birla Institute of Technology & Science -Pilani Pilani Rajasthan 51.46
  22. Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore Tamil Nadu 51.36
  23. Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi Delhi 51.20
  24. Indian Institute of Technology Indore Indore Madhya Pradesh 50.23
  25. Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Bengaluru Karnataka 49.26
  26. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 49.07
  27. Calcutta University Kolkata West Bengal 48.90
  28. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 48.84
  29. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Pune Pune Maharashtra 48.28
  30. Manipal Academy of Higher Education-Manipal Manipal Karnataka 48.27
  31. Visva Bharati Kolkata West Bengal 48.19
  32. Indian Institute of Technology Ropar Rupnagar Punjab 47.84
  33. SikshaO Anusandhan University Bhubaneswar Odisha 46.72
  34. National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 46.57
  35. Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai Maharashtra 46.45
  36. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research Chennai Tamil Nadu 46.45
  37. Indian Institute of Technology Mandi Mandi Himachal Pradesh 45.62
  38. Osmania University Hyderabad Telangana 45.52
  39. Indian Institute of Management Calcutta Kolkata West Bengal 45.17
  40. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana Ludhiana Punjab 44.99
  41. Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai Maharashtra 44.95
  42. Jamia Hamdard New Delhi Delhi 44.84
  43. Gauhati University Guwahati Assam 44.42
  44. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Kolkata Mohanpur West Bengal 44.38
  45. Bharathiar University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 44.29
  46. National Institute of Technology Rourkela Rourkela Odisha 44.02
  47. Kerala University Thiruvananthapuram Kerala 43.95
  48. Tezpur University Tezpur Assam 43.78
  49. TATA Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai Maharashtra 43.71
  50. Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Thanjavur Tamil Nadu 43.50
  51. Indian Institute of Management Lucknow Lucknow Uttar Pradesh 43.35
  52. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Mohali Mohali Punjab 43.27
  53. Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad Jharkhand 43.21
  54. Panjab University Chandigarh Chandigarh 43.13
  55. S.R.M Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu 43.07
  56. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram Kerala 43.06
  57. Mysore University Mysore Karnataka 42.83
  58. National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 42.74
  59. Pondicherry University Puducherry Pondicherry 42.70
  60. Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Chennai Tamil Nadu 42.48
  61. Sri Ramachandra University Chennai Tamil Nadu 42.46
  62. Anand Agricultural University Anand Gujarat 42.26
  63. Indian Institute of Management Udaipur Udaipur Rajasthan 42.15
  64. University of Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu 41.85
  65. National Institute of Technology Surathkal Surathkal Karnataka 41.80
  66. Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar Bhubaneswar Odisha 41.75
  67. Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 41.73
  68. Sri Venkateswara University Tirupati Andhra Pradesh 41.48
  69. Andhra University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 41.38
  70. Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 41.37
  71. Indian Institute of Management Kashipur Kashipur Uttarakhand 41.36
  72. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu 41.30
  73. Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur Howrah West Bengal 41.28
  74. Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University Mysore Karnataka 41.18
  75. Thapar University Patiala Punjab 40.78
  76. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Pune Pune Maharashtra 40.59
  77. North Eastern Hill University Shillong Meghalaya 40.51
  78. Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar Ahmedabad Gujarat 40.48
  79. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar Odisha 40.47
  80. Sri Sivasubrmaniya Nadar College of Engineering Kalavakkam Tamil Nadu 40.31
  81. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Ludhiana Punjab 40.10
  82. National Institute of Technology Warangal Warangal Telangana 40.05
  83. Indian Institute of Technology Patna Patna Bihar 39.87
  84. Dr. Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry Solan Himachal Pradesh 39.54
  85. Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode Kozhikode Kerala 39.20
  86. AMITY University Gautam Budh Nagar Uttar Pradesh 39.17
  87. Indian Institute of Crop Processing Technology Thanjavur Tamil Nadu 39.15
  88. PSG College of Technology Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 39.07
  89. Banasthali Vidyapith Banasthali Rajasthan 38.74
  90. Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune Maharashtra 38.73
  91. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences Chennai Tamil Nadu 38.68
  92. Annamalai University Annamalainagar Tamil Nadu 38.59
  93. Calicut University Calicut Kerala 38.45
  94. Mizoram University Aizwal Mizoram 38.36
  95. Kurukshetra University Kurushetra Haryana 38.26
  96. Shiv Nadar University Chithera Uttar Pradesh 37.95
  97. Symbiosis International University Pune Maharashtra 37.67
  98. Indian Institute of Science Education & Research, Bhopal Bhopal Madhya Pradesh 37.32
  99. Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management Shillong Meghalaya 37.28
  100. Academy of Higher Education and Research Belagavi Karnataka 37.25

UNIVERSITIES

Rank — University — City — State — Score

  1. Indian Institute of Science Bangalore Bengaluru Karnataka 83.28
  2. Jawaharlal Nehru University New Delhi Delhi 61.53
  3. Banaras Hindu University Varanasi Uttar Pradesh 58.92
  4. Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research Bengaluru Karnataka 58.25
  5. Jadavpur University Kolkata West Bengal 57.32
  6. Anna University Chennai Tamil Nadu 56.50
  7. University of Hyderabad Hyderabad Telangana 56.30
  8. University of Delhi Delhi Delhi 55.37
  9. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 54.70
  10. Savitribai Phule Pune University Pune Maharashtra 52.81
  11. Aligarh Muslim University Aligarh Uttar Pradesh 52.74
  12. Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi Delhi 51.75
  13. Birla Institute of Technology & Science -Pilani Pilani Rajasthan 51.46
  14. Vellore Institute of Technology Vellore Tamil Nadu 51.36
  15. Indian Agricultural Research Institute New Delhi Delhi 51.20
  16. Calcutta University Kolkata West Bengal 48.90
  17. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 48.84
  18. Manipal Academy of Higher Education-Manipal Manipal Karnataka 48.27
  19. Visva Bharati Kolkata West Bengal 48.19
  20. SikshaO Anusandhan University Bhubaneswar Odisha 46.72
  21. Homi Bhabha National Institute Mumbai Maharashtra 46.45
  22. Bharath Institute of Higher Education & Research Chennai Tamil Nadu 46.45
  23. Osmania University Hyderabad Telangana 45.52
  24. Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana Ludhiana Punjab 44.99
  25. Institute of Chemical Technology Mumbai Maharashtra 44.95
  26. Jamia Hamdard New Delhi Delhi 44.84
  27. Gauhati University Guwahati Assam 44.42
  28. Bharathiar University Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 44.29
  29. Kerala University Thiruvananthapuram Kerala 43.95
  30. Tezpur University Tezpur Assam 43.78 30
  31. TATA Institute of Social Sciences Mumbai Maharashtra 43.71
  32. Shanmugha Arts Science Technology & Research Academy (SASTRA) Thanjavur Tamil Nadu 43.50
  33. Panjab University Chandigarh Chandigarh 43.13
  34. S.R.M Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu 43.07
  35. Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram Kerala 43.06
  36. Mysore University Mysore Karnataka 42.83
  37. Pondicherry University Puducherry Pondicherry 42.70
  38. Tamil Nadu Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Chennai Tamil Nadu 42.48
  39. Sri Ramachandra University Chennai Tamil Nadu 42.46
  40. Anand Agricultural University Anand Gujarat 42.26
  41. University of Madras Chennai Tamil Nadu 41.85
  42. Sri Venkateswara University Tirupati Andhra Pradesh 41.48
  43. Andhra University Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 41.38
  44. Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu 41.30
  45. Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeshwara University Mysore Karnataka 41.18
  46. Thapar University Patiala Punjab 40.78
  47. Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth Pune Pune Maharashtra 40.59
  48. North Eastern Hill University Shillong Meghalaya 40.51
  49. Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology Bhubaneswar Odisha 40.47
  50. Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University Ludhiana Punjab 40.10
  51. Dr. Y.S.Parmar University of Horticulture & Forestry Solan Himachal Pradesh 39.54
  52. AMITY University Gautam Budh Nagar Uttar Pradesh 39.17
  53. Banasthali Vidyapith Banasthali Rajasthan 38.74
  54. Bharati Vidyapeeth Pune Maharashtra 38.73
  55. Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences Chennai Tamil Nadu 38.68
  56. Annamalai University Annamalainagar Tamil Nadu 38.59
  57. Calicut University Calicut Kerala 38.45
  58. Mizoram University Aizwal Mizoram 38.36
  59. Kurukshetra University Kurushetra Haryana 38.26
  60. Shiv Nadar University Chithera Uttar Pradesh 37.95
  61. Symbiosis International University Pune Maharashtra 37.67
  62. KLE Academy of Higher Education and Research Belagavi Karnataka 37.25
  63. University of Jammu Jammu Tawi Jammu and Kashmir 37.23
  64. Goa University-Goa Goa Goa 37.16
  65. Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr.Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu 37.13
  66. Kalyani University Kalyani West Bengal 36.84
  67. Mahatma Gandhi Unversity Kottayam Kerala 36.79
  68. Rajasthan University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences Bikaner Rajasthan 36.78
  69. Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning Anantapur Andhra Pradesh 36.75
  70. Meenakshi Academy of Higher Education and Research Chennai Tamil Nadu 36.47
  71. Karunya Institute of Technology and Sciences-Coimbatore Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 36.44
  72. Dayalbagh Educational Institute Agra Uttar Pradesh 36.36
  73. University of Kashmir Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir 36.32
  74. Dibrugarh University Dibrugarh Assam 36.28
  75. Nirma University Ahmedabad Gujarat 36.21
  76. Rajiv Gandhi University Rono Hills Arunachal Pradesh 36.15
  77. Madurai Kamraj University Madurai Tamil Nadu 36.04
  78. Sri Venkateswara Veterinary University Tirupati Andhra Pradesh 35.92
  79. Rajasthan University Jaipur Rajasthan 35.85
  80. Guru Nanak Dev University Amritsar Punjab 35.83
  81. Jaypee Institute of Information Technology Noida Uttar Pradesh 35.69
  82. Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University Dwarka Delhi 35.60
  83. Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth Mahatma Gandhi Medical College Campus Puducherry Pondicherry 35.50
  84. NITTE University Mangalore Karnataka 35.50
  85. Periyar University Salem Tamil Nadu 35.44
  86. Cochin University of Science and Technology Cochin Kerala 35.42
  87. Vidyasagar University Midnapore West Bengal 35.23
  88. Bharathidasan University Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 35.14
  89. Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management (GITAM) Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 35.09
  90. Karpagam Academy of Higher Education Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 34.86
  91. The Gandhigram Rural Institute - Deemed University Gandhigram Tamil Nadu 34.56
  92. Assam University-Silchar Silchar Assam 34.38
  93. Jaypee University of Information Technology-Solan Solan Himachal Pradesh 34.14
  94. PES University Bengaluru Karnataka 33.94
  95. University of Allahabad Allahabad Uttar Pradesh 33.86
  96. Sri Krishnadevaraya University Anantapur Andhra Pradesh 33.76
  97. Alagappa University Karaikudi Tamil Nadu 33.66
  98. Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies -Mumbai Mumbai Maharashtra 33.60
  99. Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University Kakinada Andhra Pradesh 33.44
  100. B.S. Abdur Rahman Institute of Science and Technology Chennai Tamil Nadu 32.99

COLLEGES

Rank — College — City — State — Score

  1. Miranda House Delhi Delhi 69.39
  2. Loyola College District Chennai Tamil Nadu 68.68
  3. Shri Ram College of Commerce Delhi Delhi 67.18
  4. Bishop Heber College District Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu 61.18
  5. Atma Ram Sanatan Dharma College New Delhi Delhi 60.68
  6. St. Xavier`s College Kolkata West Bengal 59.12
  7. Lady Shri Ram College for Women New Delhi Delhi 58.28
  8. Dyal Singh College New Delhi Delhi 58.22
  9. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College New Delhi Delhi 58.06
  10. The Women’s Christian College Chennai Tamil Nadu 57.37
  11. P.S.G. College of Arts & Science District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 55.64
  12. Madras Christian College District Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu 55.44
  13. Ayya Nadar Janaki Ammal College District Virudhnagar Tamil Nadu 54.62
  14. P.S.G.R. Krishnammal College for Women District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 53.97
  15. Keshav Mahavidyalya Delhi Delhi 53.21
  16. Ethiraj College for Women Chennai Tamil Nadu 52.85
  17. Christ College (Autonomous) Thrissur Kerala 52.62
  18. Loreto College Calcutta-16 West Bengal 51.85
  19. Kongunadu Arts & Science College District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 51.84
  20. Acharya Narendra Dev College Kalkaji Delhi 51.06
  21. AU College of Science and Technology Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 50.85
  22. Sri Krishna Arts and Science College Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 50.80
  23. AU College of Arts and Commerce Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 49.73
  24. Andhra Loyola College Vijayawada Andhra Pradesh 49.41
  25. Rajagiri College of Social Sciences Dist. Ernakulam Kerala 48.90
  26. Holy Cross College District Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu 48.13
  27. Fatima College (Autonomous) Madurai Tamil Nadu 47.95
  28. Sacred Heart College Dist. Ernakulam Kerala 47.24
  29. St. Joseph`s College of Commerce Bengaluru Karnataka 47.21
  30. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Information Technology and Biotechnology (RGIITBT) Pune Maharashtra 47.04
  31. St. Joseph’s College Dist. Calicut Kerala 46.73
  32. Post Graduate Government College for Girls Chandigarh Chandigarh 46.54
  33. Ramanujan College Kalkaji Delhi 45.92
  34. Shaheed Bhagat Singh College (Evening Classes) New Delhi Delhi 45.76
  35. Fergusson College Dist. Pune Maharashtra 45.51
  36. Degree College of Physical Education Dist. Amravati Maharashtra 45.48
  37. Shri M.V. & Smt. N.V. Virani Science College Dist. Rajkot Gujarat 45.31
  38. V.V. Vanniaperumal College for Women District Virudhnagar Tamil Nadu 45.06
  39. Virudhunagar Hindu Nadars Senthikumara Nadar College District Virudhnagar Tamil Nadu 44.80
  40. St. Xavier’s College Mumbai Maharashtra 44.67
  41. Goswami Ganesh Dutta S.D. College Sector 32 Chandigarh Chandigarh 44.56
  42. St. Joseph’s College Dist. Trichur Kerala 44.35
  43. A.V.C. College-District Quaide-E-Milleth District Quaide-E-Milleth Tamil Nadu 44.29
  44. Dr. N.G.P. Arts & Science College District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 44.00
  45. St Aloysius College (Autonomous) Mangalore Karnataka 44.00
  46. Sri Guru Nanak Dev Khalsa College New Delhi Delhi 43.86
  47. Justice Baseer Ahmed Sayeed College for Women Chennai Tamil Nadu 43.77
  48. Mercy College Dist. Palakkad Kerala 43.68
  49. Little Flower College District Trichur Kerala 43.59
  50. K.S. Rangaswamy College of Arts and Science Tiruchengode Tamil Nadu 43.32
  51. MES Keveeyam College Valanchary Kerala 43.30
  52. Vimla College Dist. Trichur Kerala 43.23
  53. Government College of Arts, Science and Commerce Quepem Quepem Goa 43.18
  54. Holy Cross College District Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu 43.17
  55. St. Mary’s College Dist. Trichur Kerala 42.72
  56. Saiva Bhanu Kshatriya College District Virudhnagar Tamil Nadu 42.57
  57. Gobi Arts and Science College-Karattatipalayam Post Karattatipalayam Post Tamil Nadu 42.39
  58. Vivekanand College Kolhapur Maharashtra 42.26
  59. Shri Shankarlal Sundarbai Shasun Jain College for Women Chennai Tamil Nadu 42.07
  60. Meenakshi College for Women District Chennai Tamil Nadu 42.07
  61. Vitthalbhai Patel and Rajrathan, P.T. Patel Science College Dist. Anand Gujarat 41.99
  62. Srimathi D.N. Bhat Vaishnav College for Women District Kancheepuram Tamil Nadu 41.91
  63. Kongu Arts & Science College District Erode Tamil Nadu 41.90
  64. J.B. College District Jorhat Assam 41.81
  65. Nirmala College for Women District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 41.73
  66. Rathinam College of Arts and Science Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 41.69
  67. Mahendra Arts & Science College Namakkal Tamil Nadu 41.33
  68. Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts & Science for Women District Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 40.89
  69. SNR Sons College Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 40.29
  70. St. Teresa’s College Dist. Ernakula Kerala 40.10
  71. Sri D. Manjunatheswara College Dist. Dakshin Kannad Karnataka 39.96
  72. Nanded Education Society`s Science College Nanded Maharashtra 39.47
  73. Mannam Memroial N.S.S. College Kollam Kerala 38.99
  74. Mehr Chand Mahajan D.A.V. College for Women Sector-36 Chandigarh Chandigarh 38.84
  75. Hindusthan College of Arts and Science Coimbatore Tamil Nadu 38.65
  76. K.S.R. College of Arts and Science for Women Namakkal Tamil Nadu 38.60
  77. Bahauddin Govt. Science College Dist. Junagadh Gujarat 38.42
  78. Rama Krishna Mission Vivekananda Centenary College Rahara West Bengal 38.29 78
  79. S.D.M.S.M. Kalasala District Krishna Andhra Pradesh 38.28 79
  80. Dr. V.S.Krishna Govt. Degree College Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 38.19 80
  81. Symbiosis College of Arts and Commerce Pune Maharashtra 38.05
  82. S R M College of Arts and Science Potheri Tamil Nadu 38.03
  83. Sai College of Computer Education Dist. Osmanabad Maharashtra 37.93
  84. Assumption College Dist. Kottayam Kerala 37.92
  85. Gayatri Vidya Parishad College for Degree and P.G Courses (Autonomous) District Visakapatnam Andhra Pradesh 37.56
  86. Muthayammal College of Arts & Science Namakkal Tamil Nadu 37.46
  87. St. Josephs College for Women, (Autonomous) Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 37.15
  88. Jankidevi Bajaj College of Science District Wardha Maharashtra 37.07
  89. P.C. Jabin Science College Dist. Dharwad Karnataka 36.87
  90. Govt. College District Anantapur Andhra Pradesh 36.82
  91. Nirmala College Dist. Ernakulam Kerala 36.53
  92. K.B.N. College District Krishna Andhra Pradesh 36.36
  93. V.S.M. College Ramachandrapuram Andhra Pradesh 36.15
  94. J.G. College of Commerce Hubli, Dist. Dharwad Karnataka 36.03
  95. Sacred Heart College (Autonomous) Tirupattur Tamil Nadu 35.43
  96. Presidency College Bengaluru Karnataka 35.23
  97. National College District Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu 34.93
  98. Raja Narendralal Khan Women’s College District Midnapore West Bengal 34.73
  99. Bharti Vidyapeeth`s Matoshri Bayabai Shripatrao Kadam Kanya Mahavidyalaya Dist. Sangli Maharashtra 34.69
  100. Thanthai Hans Roever College Perambalur Tamil Nadu 34.65

• Application by a College for Autonomous Status

New Delhi, India. April 06, 2017. India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has implemented the scheme of Autonomous Colleges with a view to bring in quality reforms in higher education. The Scheme of Autonomous Colleges offers academic and operative freedom to the Colleges. The autonomy so awarded under the scheme enables a College to determine and prescribe its own courses of study and syllabi and restructure and redesign the courses to suit local needs and to devise innovative methods of teaching, examination and evaluation.

The scheme of Autonomous Colleges is open for all Colleges. Any number of Colleges under a University can apply for award of autonomous status to UGC under this scheme. However, Colleges are granted autonomous status only when they fulfill conditions as prescribed in the guidelines of the scheme of Autonomous Colleges.

This information was given by the Minister of State (HRD), Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today ( April 06, 2017), in a written reply to a question in the parliament.

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February 21, 2017

UNESCO Creative Cities Network announces Call for Applications

UNESCO Creative City, Jaipur

Photo: A Section of Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jaipur, India. Jaipur was designated a UNESCO Creative City in 2015. Image Credit: David Hamill.

Created in 2004, the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) fosters international cooperation with and between cities that have identified creativity as a strategic driver and enabler for sustainable urban regeneration and development.

Today the Network brings together 116 cities from 54 countries, working towards common objectives: placing creativity and cultural industries at the core of local development plans, and actively cooperating through inter-city partnerships at the international level.

The UCCN is a flagship programme of UNESCO for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda, and the New Urban Agenda, at the local level.

UNESCO has invited cities worldwide, who are interested in joining the Network, to submit their applications using the official 2017 Application Form. Applications must be received by UNESCO Secretariat no later than 16 June 2017, midnight CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be evaluated.

Following the evaluation process carried out by internal and external consultations with independent experts and the member cities of the Network, the Director-General of UNESCO would designate the new UNESCO Creative Cities and the announcement of the Creative Cities designated in 2017 will be published on the UNESCO website on 31 October 2017.

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February 15, 2017

Montreal Replaces Paris as World's Best Student City

QS Best Student Cities

QS Best Student Cities

Photo: University Students. Image Credit & Photographer: Francisco Osorio.

LONDON, February 15, 2017 — Montreal, Canada, has topped the QS Best Student Cities Rankings 2017.

Montreal’s success is the latest of a series of propitious signs for a city beginning to escape a period of economic stagnation, following positive growth forecasts for 2017, and the recent announcement of its selection as the ‘World’s Most Intelligent City’. Its first-place ranking is also the highlight of a series of positive performances from Canadian cities.

Paris drops to second place, receiving reduced rank for Affordability and Desirability.

While London rises from fifth place to third place suggesting that UK cities remain excellent study destinations in the face of Brexit, with rises in QS’s Affordability indicator a major contributor to all eight of its ranked cities improving their rank.

Affordability issues adversely affect American cities: though Boston places eighth, ten of its twelve ranked cities drop.

Australia’s high cost-of-living and tuition fees are proving disadvantageous: all of its seven ranked cities drop, with Sydney plummeting from fourth to thirteenth, and Melbourne falling from second to fifth.

Seoul is Asia’s best student city, rising to 4th, followed by Tokyo (7th) , Hong Kong (11th) and Singapore (14th).

Berlin rises to 6th; while Munich (9th) and Vancouver (10th) complete the top 10.

For the first time, two cities from India, Mumbai and New Delhi, get included in the World’s Best Student Cities.

This year’s ranking features a ‘Student View’ indicator for the first time.

Over 18,000 students responded to QS’s inaugural survey for this ranking, providing input about their own student experiences, and, for prospective students, the relative desirability of a city.

QS BEST STUDENT CITIES 2017

RANK — CITY — COUNTRY

  1. Montreal — Canada
  2. Paris — France
  3. London — United Kingdom
  4. Seoul — South Korea
  5. Melbourne — Australia
  6. Berlin — Germany
  7. Tokyo — Japan
  8. Boston — United States
  9. Munich — Germany
  10. Vancouver — Canada
  11. Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  12. Toronto — Canada
  13. Sydney — Australia
  14. Singapore — Singapore
  15. Zurich — Switzerland
  16. Vienna — Austria
  17. Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe — Japan
  18. Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  19. New York — United States
  20. Brisbane — Australia
  21. Taipei — Taiwan
  22. Canberra — Australia
  23. Barcelona — Spain
  24. Manchester — United Kingdom
  25. Shanghai — China
  26. Ottawa — Canada
  27. Prague — Czech Republic
  28. Auckland — New Zealand
  29. San Francisco — United States
  30. Beijing — China
  31. Dublin — Ireland
  32. Madrid — Spain
  33. Milan — Italy
  34. Glasgow — United Kingdom
  35. Lyon — France
  36. Amsterdam — Netherlands
  37. Copenhagen — Denmark
  38. Washington DC — United States
  39. Coventry — United Kingdom
  40. Moscow — Russia
  41. Kuala Lumpur — Malaysia
  42. Buenos Aires — Argentina
  43. Nottingham — United Kingdom
  44. Adelaide — Australia
  45. Brussels — Belgium
  46. Chicago — United States
  47. Los Angeles — United States
  48. Stockholm — Sweden
  49. Lisbon — Portugal
  50. Perth — Australia
  51. Mexico City — Mexico
  52. Warsaw — Poland
  53. Gothenburg — Sweden
  54. Oslo — Norway
  55. Birmingham — United Kingdom
  56. Budapest — Hungary
  57. Newcastle Upon Tyne — United Kingdom
  58. Bangkok — Thailand
  59. Brno — Czech Republic
  60. Philadelphia — United States
  61. Helsinki — Finland
  62. Pittsburgh — United States
  63. Santiago — Chile
  64. Riyadh — Saudi Arabia
  65. Atlanta — United States
  66. Rome — Italy
  67. Athens — Greece
  68. Toulouse — France
  69. Sao Paulo — Brazil
  70. Valencia — Spain
  71. Istanbul — Turkey
  72. Quebec — Canada
  73. Bogota — Colombia
  74. Christchurch — New Zealand
  75. Hsinchu — Taiwan
  76. Monterrey — Mexico
  77. Sharjah — United Arab Emirates
  78. Gold Coast — Australia
  79. St. Petersburg — Russia
  80. Nanjing — China
  81. Ankara — Turkey
  82. Daejeon — South Korea
  83. San Diego — United States
  84. Johannesburg — South Africa
  85. Mumbai — India
  86. New Delhi — India
  87. Baltimore — United States
  88. Cairo — Egypt
  89. Manila — Philippines
  90. Montpellier — France
  91. Tomsk — Russia
  92. Houston — United States
  93. Novosibirsk — Russia
  94. Rio de Janeiro — Brazil
  95. Tampere — Finland
  96. Vilnius — Lithuania
  97. Kiev — Ukraine
  98. Lille — France
  99. Lima — Peru
  100. Wuhan — China

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January 20, 2017

Preparing for Fourth Industrial Revolution Requires Deeper Commitments to Education

World Economic Forum

World Economic Forum

Photos: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2017, Davos, Switzerland. Images provided by & Copyright © World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo / Valeriano Di Domenico.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Interaction during the session: Davos Insights: Strengthening Systems for Global Collaboration, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 20, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Greg Beadle.

World Economic Forum

Photo: The New Lead Characters. Karan Johar, Head, Dharma Productions, India, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Jakob Polacsek.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Ask About: The Psychology of Populism. Molly Crockett, Associate Professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, at the Annual Meeting 2017 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries, India, “Preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution” Session at the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 17, 2017. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Valeriano Di Domenico.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland - January 20, 2017 — The accelerating pace of change driven by emerging technologies threatens to create wider income and opportunity gaps, warned business and technology leaders in a session on preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution on the opening day of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting. “We are at a point where it is possible that technological development can accelerate and increase digital refugees,” warned Marc R. Benioff, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Salesforce in the US. Added Vishal Sikka, Chief Executive Officer of Infosys in the US: “We have to put in an extra effort so that we don’t create a bigger society of have-nots. That means a deep commitment to education and to addressing the displacements.”

The key to preparing for the Fourth Industrial Revolution lies in the technologies themselves, argued Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director of Reliance Industries in India. “These technologies really are all-inclusive and will benefit all. In a sense they are great equalizers.” The rapid growth of e-commerce and digital cash in India is an example, he observed. “And the fastest way to transmit education in a big country like India is through technology.” Making these technologies inclusive will require designing them so that they benefit everybody and not just a few, Sikka said. “That requires empathy. I’ve always wondered why every company isn’t a technology company.”

Focusing on education and promoting innovation are not new solutions to the challenges of inequality and marginalization. “Education and entrepreneurship are the answers,” Sikka stressed. “We just haven’t been doing enough of it.” And what is required are fresh approaches or new models shaped through debate and collaboration among all stakeholders, Benioff said. He proposed that CEOs each adopt a public school. For initiatives to be effective will require building trust and articulating a vision, explained Mary Barra, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the General Motors Company in the US. “You need to be incredibly transparent for people to have trust.”

To prepare for the disruptions of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, leaders will require radar to pick up on displacement and discontent and a compass to set the values and vision needed to succeed, Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford in the UK, told participants. To weather the challenges will require more collaboration among countries, said Shu Yinbiao, Chairman of the State Grid Corporation of China. “Globalization is inevitable and is good for the development of the global economy. We will need more international cooperation.”

The 47th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting is taking place on 17-20 January in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, under the theme Responsive and Responsible Leadership. More than 3,000 participants from nearly 100 countries are participating in over 400 sessions.

The Co-Chairs taking a principal role in shaping the discussion at the meeting are:

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January 10, 2017

UN Security Council Debates Conflict Prevention, Sustaining Peace

United Nations, Peace

Photo: A view of the Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations

Photo: A view of the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Manuel Elias.

United Nations

Photo: Nobuo Kishi, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, addresses the UN Security Council ministerial-level open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United nations, Peace

Photo: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (right) addresses journalists with Margot Wallstrom, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Sweden and President of the Security Council for January, on the Council’s open debate on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. 10 January 2017. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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— Napoleon Bonaparte.

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December 22, 2016

Airbus Shortlists 50 University Teams for Fifth Fly Your Ideas Global Student Competition

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

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Photo: The first A350-900 for Lufthansa, which performed its maiden flight in November 2016, is part of a 25-aircraft order placed by the German flag carrier. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

ENLARGE

Photo: Team Retrolley from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Runners-up of Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paulo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Airbus, Fly your Ideas

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TOULOUSE, France, Dec. 20, 2016 — A record 5,499 students from around the world registered to participate in the fifth edition of Airbus’ Fly Your Ideas, the global student challenge organised in partnership with UNESCO.

A group of 60 Airbus experts and innovators assessed the ideas submitted by 356 teams from 89 countries. The rigorous evaluation process took place at four different Airbus locations in France, Germany, Spain and the UK, with 50 student teams selected to reach Round Two of the competition, starting in January 2017.

The competition is led by teams registered in the Asia-Pacific region. The 50 teams comprise 202 students representing 38 different nationalities. With 52% of teams mixing male and female students, two thirds of all teams are diverse in some way, for example with members coming from different countries or studying different subjects.

Innovative ideas from the 50 chosen teams include robotic luggage trolleys, passenger seats which can be boarded outside the aircraft, new solutions for energy harvesting and virtual reality applications.

“Fly Your Ideas is unique and we are proud of the company-wide engagement of Airbus employees who support the competition, either as assessors, mentors or experts”, says Charles Champion, Airbus Executive Vice President Engineering. “We are offering students the rare opportunity to interact directly with senior specialists from across the business. In turn, these experts will benefit from their direct interaction with talents from across the globe, all sharing the same passion for one of the world’s most exciting industries.”

Each of the teams has 100 days to refine and develop their ideas. The top five teams to make it through to Round Three will spend a week at the “ProtoSpace” based at the Airbus HQ in Toulouse to prototype, test and visualise their ideas using state-of-the art equipment with personalised guidance from Airbus. The winning team will receive a €30,000 prize and the runner up team will receive €15,000 at a live prize giving event in May 2017.

Key figures Fly Your Ideas 2017:

Number of ideas submitted: 356

Number of ideas chosen: 50

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December 16, 2016

India Minister updates Parliament on Universities in the Country

India, Universities

Photo: A Section of Parliament House, New Delhi. Image Credit: Ankur Gallery.

New Delhi, India - December 15, 2016 — India Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Mahendra Nath Pandey, today, in separate written statements, gave the following information to Rajya Sabha (upper house) about universities in the country.

• “As per All India Survey on Higher Education 2015-16, the number of universities in the country is 799, and out of them 386 Universities came into existence since 2001. The number of students and teachers in the institutions of higher education in the country during academic year 2015-16 are 3.46 Crore (one crore= ten million) and 15.19 Lakh (one lakh= one hundred thousand) respectively.”

• “The University Grants Commission (UGC),” the Minister explained, “is responsible for promotion and co-ordination of University Education, determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination, and research in Universities. To ensure adequate quality teaching faculties in Universities/Colleges, the UGC has notified rules and procedures containing Academic Performance Indicators (APIs). API scores are mandatory qualifying benchmarks for Career Advancement Scheme and for direct recruitment of teachers and other academic staff in Universities and Colleges.”

• The Minister gave the following information on Central Universities.

“Central Universities,” the Minister stated “are statutory autonomous bodies which are established under their respective Acts of Parliament. Subordinate legislation in respect of Central Universities includes Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations framed under the respective Acts by the Universities from time to time.”

“Along with the Act, the First Statutes of the Central Universities are passed by the Parliament. The Central Universities can amend, add or repeal any Statute with the approval of the Visitor. Ordinances and Regulations are also made by the Universities which should be consistent with the Act and Statutes of the university concerned,” the Minister explained.

The Minister said that at present there are 41 Central Universities in the country.

“In a meeting held with the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities,” the Minister elaborated, “the issues relating to improvement of quality of education, promoting research and innovation, faculty development, collaboration with the industry and research laboratories, effective use of technology in teaching learning process, and mandatory accreditation were discussed at length.”

The Minister elucidated that the University Grants Commission (UGC) has introduced the following schemes/regulations/guidelines/programmes for the improvement of quality and standards in the Central Universities:

  1. Mandatory accreditation of Universities with National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
  2. Periodic updation of curriculum.
  3. Prescription of minimum qualification for appointment of teachers and other academic staff.
  4. Establishment of Internal Quality Assurance Cell.
  5. Introduction of Semester System.
  6. Introduction of choice-based credit system.
  7. Introduction of Faculty Recharge programme to augment research and teaching resources.
  8. Liberal financial support under the schemes of University with Potential for Excellence.

• Cashless Society - Digital Financial Literacy Campaign

India, Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, launching the Digital Financial Literacy Campaign, called Vittiya Saksharta Abhiyan - VISAKA, at a press conference, in New Delhi, on December 15, 2016. Image provided by the Press Information Bureau, Government of India.

Meanwhile, the Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Mr. Prakash Javadekar, today launched Digital Financial Literacy Campaign at a Press Conference in New Delhi. Mr. Javadekar said that about 25,00,000 students of higher educational institutions are expected to volunteer to be associated with the campaign.

Mentioning this campaign as biggest digital transformation of country after Independence, Minister said that Government officers, Bankers and administrators will be roped in to impart training to students. Students, in turn, will educate their family members and other families in their neighbourhood, motivating them to go in for digital payment.

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December 5, 2016

Circular Economy Principles could help India realise $624bn

Unctad, India

Photo: UNCTAD 10th Debt Management Conference. Over 350 participants from over 100 countries, regional institutions and from the civil society participated in the 10th UNCTAD Debt Management Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.

UNCTAD, India

Photo: UNCTAD 14 - 1st hearing with civil society. The hearing with civil society, held on 6 April 2016, provided a platform for organizations to contribute to discussions on what UNCTAD’s work priorities should be for the next four years. Image provided by & copyright © UNCTAD.

UNCTAD, India

ENLARGE

Geneva, Switzerland — 5 December 2016 - India could save $624 billion a year by 2050 if it adopts circular economy principles rather than following a conventional but more wasteful development path, according to a new report on India produced by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in association with UNCTAD.

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation, an economic research and innovation think tank, promotes the concept of a “circular economy”, which is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.

“Today’s linear ‘take, make, dispose’ economic model which relies on large quantities of cheap, easily accessible materials and energy, is increasingly challenged in the long term. A circular economy is an attractive and viable alternative that businesses are already exploring,” the Ellen MacArthur Foundation said.

Pilot projects have already shown these practices contributing towards cost savings of hundreds of millions dollars per year.

“Increasing circularity can help unlock efficiencies, opening up urgent investment opportunities and delivering environmental, economic and social gains,” Guillermo Valles, Director for International Trade in Goods, Services and Commodities, UNCTAD said. “Lessons from this work in India serve as an important example for other developing countries seeking to meet both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments in the Paris Agreement.”

India’s ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Ajit Kumar, said: “India is earnestly working towards finding ways to improve the living standards of its citizens, compatible with its resources. Sectors such as mobility, agriculture and construction will play a crucial role in the future growth of India. The suggestions contained in the report are therefore, noteworthy and timely.”

Dame Ellen MacArthur, founder of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, said: “This report builds on the Foundation’s previous analysis of the circular economy opportunity for Europe, by exploring for the first time the potential of applying the circular framework in a fast-growing market context. With its existing circular mindset and strong digital backbone, India can reap significant economic and societal benefits, embarking on a positive development path as it focuses on regenerative practices.”

The report says that better product design and innovative business models could generate cost savings and increase profits for businesses, in parallel with the shift to digitally enabled platforms for asset sharing, such as Zipcar, in which procuring services replaces owning goods.

A shift from selling cars to providing vehicles as a service could create new revenue streams for India’s car industry. Only about 2% of the Indian population currently owns a car, but the demand for mobility is increasing, the report says.

Using data from UNCTAD, the report estimates that India could save costs amounting 11% of its current GDP in 2030 and 30% of GDP in 2050 if proven circular approaches were adopted by the public and private sectors. Greenhouse gas emissions could be cut by 44%.

The report was launched in New Delhi, India, on 5 December, and an international briefing will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12 December.

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December 2, 2016

China and India Lead in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

BRICS University Rankings

Photo: Entrance to the Science Building, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China. Image Credit: Milan Tvrdy.

London — India has increased its share of the top universities in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017, but China still has the highest density of leading institutions in the developing world.

The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, breaks into the top 15 for the first time this year, in 14th place, thanks to an improved teaching environment and greater research influence.

Panjab University, Chandigarh, which had topped in India at No. 13 in 2014, and had later slipped to No. 39 in 2015 and to No. 121 in 2016, has, however, further slipped and is now placed at No. 135.

Meanwhile, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay has reached its highest position after climbing three places to 26th, boosted by improved scores across all the five pillars underlying the methodology.

Overall, the country has 27 universities in the top 300 ranking, 19 of which make the top 200 (up from 16 last year), making it the second most-represented nation in the table.

Anurag Kumar, director of the Indian Institute of Science, said that increased government science funding in recent years has enabled the university to enhance grants for new hires, invest in state-of-the-art infrastructure and encourage interdisciplinary research. The institution is working hard to attract more scientists from other countries, he added.

“This growing talent pool augurs well for the country,” he said. “The government is doing its part by enhancing its education and research budget across the board.”

However, Richard Everitt, director of education at British Council India, warns that “reform is slow in India”, and although the country has one of the biggest higher education systems in the world and “some good institutions”, it still “doesn’t perform well on a global platform”.

Despite India’s gains, however, China still dominates the list, taking 52 - or more than one in six - places in the top 300. Six of these make the elite top 10, including Fudan University, which rose 11 places to reach sixth place this year, and Peking and Tsinghua universities, which hold on to the top two spots for the fourth year running.

While the two Asian giants have improved their showing, the performance of the other BRICS nations is waning, largely because of increased competition as a result of expanding the list to rank 300 universities from 41 countries, up from 200 institutions in 35 nations last year.

Brazil no longer has a university in the top 10, as the University of Sao Paulo slips four places to 13th, its lowest ever position, while half of South Africa’s eight universities have fallen.

Russia’s performance is more mixed; while 10 of its 24 universities have dropped places, Lomonosov Moscow State University holds on to third place amid increasing competition from China, and the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology climbs 81 places to 12th, thanks to an improved performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

The THE BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the flagship World University Rankings but are re-calibrated to reflect the development priorities of universities in emerging economies.

BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

TOP 10

  1. Peking University — China
  2. Tsinghua University — China
  3. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  4. University of Cape Town — South Africa
  5. University of Science and Technology of China — China
  6. Fudan University — China
  7. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China
  8. University of the Witwatersrand — South Africa
  9. Zhejiang University — China
  10. National Taiwan University — Taiwan

BRICS & Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017

INDIA

BRICS RANK — UNIVERSITY

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December 1, 2016

United Nations Secretary-General at New York Society for Ethical Culture

UN New York Ethical Society

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (at podium) speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN New York Ethical Society

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at the New York Society for Ethical Culture. 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

UN New York Ethical Society

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) attends Ethics in Action: “The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals” at New York Society for Ethical Culture. On the left is Jeffrey Sachs, Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 29 November 2016. New York, USA. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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― Aesop (621 - 564 BC).

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November 24, 2016

UN Secretary-General Addresses Disarmament Event at NYU

New York University

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivers a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General also took part in a Q&A session moderated by Edith Lederer, chief UN correspondent for the Associated Press. 22 November 2016. New York, United States. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

New York University

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a keynote address on “The Future of Multilateral Disarmament” at an event hosted by the Centre for Global Affairs (CGA) of New York University (NYU). The UN Secretary-General (right) with NYU President Andrew Hamilton on the occasion. 22 November 2016. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas.

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“There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.”

— Victor Hugo.

Quote

“Victory belongs to the most persevering.”

— Napoleon Bonaparte.

Quote

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November 19, 2016

UNESCO names filmmaker & music producer Deeyah Khan as its Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity

Unesco Goodwill Ambassador Deeayah Khan

Photo: Music producer, composer, documentary film director, and human rights activist, Deeyah Khan, at Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. Photo by Violaine Martin. Image provided by & copyright © United Nations Office at Geneva.

Paris, France - November 18, 2016 — UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova will designate the Norwegian film director of Punjabi (Pakistani) and Pashtun (Afghan) origin Deeyah Khan a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity. The ceremony will take place on Monday, 21 November at 1:00 pm at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

According to UNESCO, Deeyah Khan is being appointed in recognition of her commitment to promote art as a universal language and a force for development, dialogue and social cohesion, for her contribution to the improvement of fairer and freer societies through her work as a film director, and for her commitment in favour of the Organization’s ideals.

As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Deeyah Khan will promote freedom of creation for artists and the creative industries in developing countries in line with the principles of UNESCO’s 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors are an outstanding group of celebrity advocates who spread its ideals.

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October 26, 2016

Ending Modern Slavery

John Kerry, State Department

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Photo: U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, takes a selfie with an outstanding individual who is fighting to end human trafficking at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (PITF) at the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 24, 2016. (State Department Photo).

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October 18, 2016

UN Secretary-General Attends Opening of Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador

United Nations Habitat III

Photo: QUITO, ECUADOR — UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon (left), attends opening of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, HABITAT III. Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador, is seated on the right. 16 October 2016. Quito, Ecuador. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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October 14, 2016

United Nations — Secretary-General meets with Secretary-General-Designate

United Nations New Secretary General

ENLARGE

Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with António Guterres, Secretary-General-Designate. The UN General Assembly has appointed Mr. Guterres as the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. 13 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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October 12, 2016

85 COUNTRIES IN COMPETITION FOR 2016 FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Poster of “Son of Saul”, winner of the 88th Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Image Credit: © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Actor Danny Trejo (left) and Moderator Christopher Nolan prior to a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Todd Wawrychuk / © A.M.P.A.S.

Foreign Language Film Oscars

Photo: Actress Amy Brenneman and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson following a screening of “Heat” presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Image Credit: Richard Harbaugh / © A.M.P.A.S.

LOS ANGELES, CA - Eighty-five countries have submitted films for consideration in the Foreign Language Film category for the 89th Academy Awards. Yemen is a first-time entrant.

The 2016 submissions are:

The competitive Foreign Language Film category was introduced in 1956 for the 29th Academy Awards. In celebration of its 60th anniversary, the Academy has created a complete playlist of acceptance speeches and a poster gallery of all the Foreign Language Film Oscar winners.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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October 6, 2016

U.S. Postal Service Commemorates Festival of Diwali with a Forever Stamp

Diwali Stamp USA

Diwali Stamp USA

Diwali Stamp USA

New York City — October 5, 2016 — The U.S. Postal Service commemorated the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali by dedicating the Diwali Forever stamp. The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place at the Consulate General of India in New York City.

“The Postal Service is honored to issue this Forever stamp that celebrates the Festival of Diwali,” said U.S. Postal Service Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology Pritha Mehra. “We hope these stamps will light up millions of cards and letters as they make their journey through the mailstream.”

Joining Mehra in the dedication ceremony were: Ambassador Riva Ganguly Das, Consul General of India; Diwali Stamp Project Chair Ranju Batra; India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Member of the United Nations Security Council (Ret.) Ambassador Hardeep Singh Puri; Sand Hill Group Managing Director M. R. Rangaswami; and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY).

“While this journey may have taken years, the Postal Service has issued a Diwali stamp that will continue to resonate forever,” said Ranju Batra. “Now for the first time there is a stamp that celebrates Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as Americans forever. Our heartfelt thanks to all of those who have supported this stamp. The Diwali stamp will be a matter of pride for generations to come.”

The stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, Diwali is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Before the festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, create intricate rangoli — a vibrant floor pattern traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, colored sand and flower petals — and light diyas with hopes that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit.

In some regions of India, people play games, just as Hindu lore says that the god Shiva did. On the festive main day of the holiday, families pray for Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, enjoy lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light fireworks. Diwali also marks the new year for people in Gujarat and a few other states of India. Diwali also is celebrated as a major holiday by followers of the Jain and Sikh faiths.

The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp is always equal to the value of the current First Class Mail — 1 Ounce price.

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October 5, 2016

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards 2017 Announced

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photo: Prof. Emmanuelle Charpentier, 2016 Laureate, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science. Image Credit: Thierry Bouët for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photo: A trainee at the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Rising Talents Training Session, Paris. Image Credit: Stéphane Cardinale for L’Oréal Foundation. Image provided by & Copyright © L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science.

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Unesco L'Oreal Women in Science Awards

Photos: France L’Oréal-UNESCO 2016 Awards Ceremony. Images provided by & Copyright © Fondation L’Oréal.

The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO today announced the laureates of the 2017 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards in the physical sciences. They will receive their awards at a ceremony in Paris on 23 March 2017.

Proposed by an international community of more than 2,000 leading scientists, the five laureates were selected by an independent international jury of 12 renowned scientists presided this year by Professor Christian Amatore, of the French Académie des sciences.

Each laureate will receive a prize of €100,000 as reward for her contribution to science.

Unesco Loreal AwardWinners

Laureates are as under:

CONTINENT
Name of the Laureate
Nationality
Designation
Field

• AFRICA AND THE ARAB STATES

Professor Niveen KHASHAB
Lebanese
Associate Professor of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), SAUDI ARABIA

Analytical Chemistry
“For her contributions to innovative smart hybrid materials aimed at drug delivery and for developing new techniques to monitor intracellular antioxidant activity.”

• ASIA PACIFIC

Professor Michelle SIMMONS
Australian
Professor, Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology - University of New South Wales, AUSTRALIA

Quantum Physics
“For her pioneering contributions to quantum and atomic electronics, constructing atomic transistors en route to quantum computers.”

• EUROPE

Professor Nicola SPALDIN
British
Professor and Chair of Materials Theory, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND

Solid State Physics
“For her groundbreaking multidisciplinary work predicting, describing and creating new materials that have switchable magnetic and ferroelectric properties.”

• NORTH AMERICA

Professor Zhenan BAO
USA
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, USA

Material Chemistry
“For her outstanding contribution to and mastery of the development of novel functional polymers for consumer electronics, energy storage and biomedical applications.”

• LATIN AMERICA

Professor Maria Teresa RUIZ
Chilean
Professor, Department of Astronomy, Dept. / Universidad de Chile, CHILE

Astrophysics
“For her discovery of the first brown dwarf and her seminal work on understanding the faintest stars, including stars at the final stages of their evolution (white dwarfs).”

Through its “For Women in Science” programme, a worldwide partnership with UNESCO, the L’Oréal Foundation motivates girls in High School to pursue scientific careers, supports women researchers and rewards excellence in a field where women remain underrepresented.

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October 3, 2016

Commemoration of International Day of Non-Violence at the United Nations

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: Syed Akbaruddin, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: Peter Thomson, President of the seventy-first session of the UN General Assembly, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

United Nations, Gandhi

Photo: UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, speaks at the special event marking the International Day of Non-Violence, organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations.

The Day of Non-Violence is observed on 2 October, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the non-violence philosophy, as an occasion to disseminate the message of non-violence. 02 October 2016. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

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