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September 19, 2019

High Court admonishes Panjab University for deceitful conduct; stops short of branding it a Cheat

University, High Court

Chandigarh, 18 September 2019 — The Punjab and Haryana high court today admonished Panjab University for deceitful conduct. It just stopped short of branding it a Cheat.

The Court was giving its observations in the “PANJAB UNIVERSITY AND OTHERS VS EMANUAL NAHAR” case.

Nahar, who was removed from his post by the Vice-Chancellor (VC) after an inconclusive senate meeting, joined back after a single-judge order on his plea. Panjab University (PU) had challenged that order before a division bench of the Court.

Senior Advocate Gurminder Singh, who represented Nahar in the case, submitted that it is apparent that the University has tampered with the recorded minutes of the senate meeting.

“Certain things have been omitted and added (in the recorded minutes) to mislead the court,” he submitted. “It is a murder of a democratic institution,” he added.

During the hearing, the Court repeatedly asked PU to show the resolution based on which it removed Nahar and appointed a new DSW. “Where is the resolution recorded? If it is not there, then it is manipulation.”

“If there was no decision (in Senate meet), the university had no business to pass this order,” the Court observed.

“Who has issued this office order? If people running the University are behaving this way, then God save the country.” “Nobody is above the law.”

“If we find this has been created and did not happen in the meeting, it is a very, very serious matter.”

“Has the Registrar done this tampering? We will call him and record his statement on oath,” the Court said during the proceedings.

The judges asked the counsels representing Panjab University to make the PU VC understand the consequences of an order which could be passed by the Court.

However, the Court chose to “save the face of the university.” Accordingly, it ordered the University to appoint the seniormost PU professor as interim DSW and convene a new Senate meeting to decide the next DSW.

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September 16, 2019

India's Human Resource Development Minister launches Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) - 2019

Academic Leaders

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, at the launch of the Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) and Leadership for Academicians (LEAP), in New Delhi on 16 September 2019.

Cornell Campus

Photo: A building in Cornell Campus. Cornell University (Ithaca, New York) is an Ivy League School. Image Credit: Tom Flemming.

New Delhi, 16 September 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, launched Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) - 2019 and Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) - 2019 under Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching (PMMMNMTT) in New Delhi today.

The Minister said that teachers are the base of the education system. ARPIT is an excellent platform for teachers to learn about the latest developments in their field and develop their teaching qualities. He said that for better results, we need to increase the participation of teachers in this program.

He said that we have a vision and mission. We need better coordination, such as between the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The Minister appreciated the LEAP program and said that we could develop administrative capabilities and leadership for organizations through this program. He further said that the leaders thus produced would have the responsibility of bringing institutions to the world ranking.

• Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) -

The Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) develops leaders for Higher Education Institutions.

LEAP is a three weeks leadership development program (2 weeks domestic and one-week foreign training) for second level academic functionaries in public-funded higher education institutions. Its main objective is to prepare the second tier academic heads that are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future. The Government is implementing LEAP through the following 15 institutions:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  3. Banaras Hindu University
  4. Jamia Milia Islamia
  5. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee
  6. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata
  7. University of Hyderabad
  8. NIT Trichy
  9. University of Delhi
  10. Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
  11. Jawaharlal Nehru University
  12. Indian Institute of Technology, BHU
  13. TISS, Mumbai (CALEM)
  14. AMU (CALEM)

The mandatory eligibility conditions are a minimum of eight years of experience as Professor, three years of administrative experience, Impeccable Integrity, and high academic standing.

A maximum of Rs. 10 Lakhs per participant (including foreign training) is approved and each training institution signs MoUs with its international counterpart. LEAP training institution prepares information brochures with relevant information, such as the Structure of the Program, Curriculum, Resource Persons, Pedagogical aspects, Assessment and Evaluation, and Scheduled Dates for Indian & Foreign training. Each training module has a batch of 30 trainees. At the end of the training, the program evaluates the trainees on ten critical leadership attributes, namely, visioning & strategizing; communication skills; people management; conflict management & handling stress; decision making; teaching & learning research and innovation; financial planning and management; administrative skills; understanding students; and collaboration. In 2018-19, out of 15 LEAP approved Institutions, 12 have completed LEAP training with 280 participants.

In 2019-20, a centralized online selection process has been put in place and is now open for applying. The last date of registration is 25 September 2019, and the institution-wise selections would be available by 27 September 2019. The tentative LEAP (2019-20) Training Schedule is as follows:

LEAP Training Institution - Tentative Dates - Proposed Foreign University

• Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) -

Ministry of Human Resource Development launched the Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) in November 2018. ARPIT is a unique initiative comprising the online professional development of 1.5 million higher education faculty using the MOOCs platform SWAYAM.

The ARPIT program first identifies the discipline-specific National Resource Centers (NRCs). These NRCs are then tasked to prepare online training material with a focus on the latest developments in the discipline, new & emerging trends, pedagogical improvements, and methodologies for transacting revised curriculum.

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September 12, 2019

Oxford tops Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Oxford University

Photo: The University of Oxford. Sheldonian Theatre and Bodleian Library from beneath Balliol’s Great Beech. Image Credit: Piers Nye.

London, 11 September 2019 — Times Higher Education today announced its World University Rankings 2020. The rankings include 1,400 universities across 92 countries, standing as the largest and most diverse university rankings ever to date.

The University of Oxford tops the rankings. It is in the first place. The California Institute of Technology is second, while the University of Cambridge is in the third place.

Stanford, Yale, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and Imperial College London all appear in the top fifteen.

Times Higher Education ranks universities on 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators that measure an institution’s performance across teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

Mainland China now provides both of Asia’s top two universities, with Tsinghua and Peking universities finishing at 23rd and 24th place respectively. The country’s universities have continued to expand their influence and presence on the world stage.

Ha Wei, Associate Dean, Graduate School of Education, Peking University, says that China’s excellence initiatives have “poured billions of US dollars” into select groups of universities.” “Talent attraction programs” have also helped the institutions improve, he said.

The latest Double World-Class project, launched in 2015, includes a “monitoring and evaluation system to make it more results-oriented,” Ha Wei added. It means that “those who are deemed less efficient in using the resources will get removed from the list of beneficiaries.”

“I believe the upward trend for Chinese universities will continue,” he said.

• Times Higher Education World University Rankings — Top 30

  1. University of Oxford, United Kingdom
  2. California Institute of Technology, United States
  3. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  4. Stanford University, United States
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
  6. Princeton University, United States
  7. Harvard University, United States
  8. Yale University, United States
  9. University of Chicago, United States
  10. Imperial College London, United Kingdom
  11. University of Pennsylvania, United States
  12. Johns Hopkins University, United States
  13. University of California, Berkeley, United States
  14. ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  15. UCL, United Kingdom
  16. Columbia University, United States
  17. University of California, Los Angeles, United States
  18. University of Toronto, Canada
  19. Cornell University, United States
  20. Duke University, United States
  21. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, United States
  22. Northwestern University, United States
  23. Tsinghua University, China
  24. Peking University, China
  25. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  26. University of Washington, United States
  27. Carnegie Mellon University, United States
  28. London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom
  29. New York University, United States
  30. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Source: Times Higher Education

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September 3, 2019

High Court Censures Panjab University Vice-Chancellor and Registrar for Irresponsibility, Incompetence, and Dishonesty.

Court of Law

Chandigarh, 03 September 2019 — Punjab and Haryana High Court today censured the Vice-Chancellor and the Registrar of Panjab University Chandigarh for their irresponsible, incompetent, and dishonest conduct in the administration of the institution.

Panjab University

The Court was delivering the interim order in “Professor Emanual Nahar versus Panjab University, Chandigarh” case. The court will announce the final judgment on 16 September.

The petitioner, Professor Nahar, had contended that the Vice-Chancellor had gone against the rules to remove him from the post of Dean Student Welfare (DSW). Professor Nahar, through his counsel, had claimed that 48 senators had favored his extension during the Senate meeting before providing written information to the Vice-Chancellor.

After hearing the arguments from both sides, the Court observed that the irrefragable position emerges that the Senate is the Supreme Body of the Panjab University. The Syndicate constituted by members of the Senate follows it. The Vice-Chancellor follows the Syndicate. The Vice-Chancellor is also a member of the Syndicate as well as the Senate.

“Record produced by the University before this Court reflects that Senate resolution is merely signed by Vice-Chancellor, as a single vote. It does not bear signatures of any other member of the Senate,” the court said.

“Prima facie, it appears that the Vice-Chancellor was the only one who had expressed dissent on the continuation of the petitioner as DSW although the Syndicate had recommended his extension. The tearing haste in which the Vice-Chancellor passed the impugned order, at first flash, is indicative that the Vice-Chancellor wanted his dissent to prevail,” the Court concluded.

According to the Court, “Another redeeming factor, that weighs in favor of the petitioner, Professor Nahar, is that 15 members constitute the Syndicate, of which Vice-Chancellor is just one vote. The Syndicate recommended the petitioner’s continuation by 14 votes in his favor and only one dissenting vote, that of the Vice-Chancellor.”

“To suggest that Syndicate or Senate can not disregard recommendation or non-recommendation by the Vice-Chancellor for the post of DSW flies in the face of the reasoning the University has itself adopted,” the Court noted.

Commenting on the role of the Registrar, the Court observed, “It is incumbent for the Registrar to record the minutes of the Senate meeting/proceedings for the approval by the Chairman/Vice-Chancellor. The record produced before the Court does not contain any such minutes either draft or approved. Even otherwise, general prudence warrants the Registrar to prepare the minutes of any meeting/proceedings before passing of a resolution conveying the discussion/decision taken therein and not the vice versa. In the present case, while the resolution is on the record, the minutes to be recorded by Registrar are discernibly missing. Further, the video of the Senate proceedings is contrary to what has been produced on record by the University.”

The Court, in its order, directed Panjab University to restore status quo ante as it existed a day before the date of the meeting of Senate. Doing this allows the petitioner, Professor Nahar, to continue as Dean Student Welfare (DSW).

Further, the Court instructed the University to convene a meeting of the Senate within seven days to consider the recommendations of the Syndicate, and put the matter to vote, if need be, per the law.

Source: Punjab and Haryana High Court, Chandigarh.

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August 18, 2019

New York Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut Aboard Space Station.



Photo: Russia’s Progress 73 resupply ship approaches the International Space Station’s Pirs docking compartment packed with almost three tons of food, fuel, and supplies for the Expedition 60 crew. Image provided by NASA.


Photo: International Space Station, a variety of solar arrays criss-cross the view. Image provided by NASA.


Photo: Official portrait of NASA astronaut Christina Koch. Image provided by NASA.

WASHINGTON, Aug. 14, 2019 — SciGirls viewers from New York will have an opportunity on Monday, Aug. 19, to talk live with NASA astronaut Christina Koch aboard the International Space Station. The Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Koch will answer questions beginning at 10:55 a.m. EDT from girls ages 8 to 14 participating in the “SciGirls in Space” program. SciGirls is a PBS Kids television show, website and educational outreach program engaging more than 14 million girls in STEM learning and careers. The “SciGirls in Space” program includes partners and girls in six states who will participate in the event. The event will take place at the Challenger Learning Center of Ramapo, 225 Route 59, Airmont, New York.

The International Space Station (ISS) is a space station (habitable artificial satellite) in low Earth orbit. The ISS program is a joint project between five participating space agencies: NASA (United States), Roscosmos (Russia), JAXA (Japan), ESA (Europe), and CSA (Canada).

Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance, and interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Astronauts living in space on the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Network’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).

Through NASA’s Artemis program, the agency will send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 and then on to Mars.

Source: NASA

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August 7, 2019

India's University Grants Commission (UGC), asks Universities to Report Recruitment of Faculty, Vacant Posts, Reservations, and Advertisement Details. DEADLINE: 10 AUGUST 2019.

UGC India

New Delhi, 31 July 2019 — The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) has, today (31 July 2019), sent a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities. UGC has asked them to “ensure that the details of all vacant posts, along with the reservations and advertisement details are uploaded” on the website of the National Higher Education Research Center (NHERC).

Earlier, in a bid to address the issue of shortage of quality teaching faculty in higher education institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued guidelines for the recruitment of faculty.

The UGC has set a time-frame of six months for the entire recruitment process for the faculties, which includes:

  1. Identification of Vacancies.
  2. Permission for filling up Vacancies.
  3. Release of Advertisement for Vacancies.
  4. Constitution of the Selection Committee.
  5. Fixing of Dates of the Selection Committee Meetings.
  6. Scrutiny of Applications.

UGC Secretary, Rajnish Jain, in his previous (04 June 2019) letter to the Vice-Chancellors, had asked the institutions to comply with the UGC guidelines in letter and spirit and complete the recruitment at the earliest.

Main Points of UGC Guidelines for Recruitment of Faculty in Universities and Colleges:

• HEIs should follow the selection process as per their Acts, Statutes or constituent documents and per the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018.

• HEIs should, however, ensure that all the vacant posts, along with the reservations details, are uploaded on the NHERC online portal.

• The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) would do the monitoring of the filling up of the vacancies through the above portal.

• HEIs should initiate and complete the selection process within six months.

• The selection process should be strictly per the University Grants Commission (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018 and as amended from time to time.

• Violations of the Guidelines described above may lead to appropriate action by the UGC against the institution, including withholding the grants.

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.


• The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) is a statutory body charged with coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education. It recognizes universities and disburses grants to such recognized universities and colleges.

UPDATE — New Delhi, 07 August 2019.


The Universities and Colleges may please note that the UGC has today fixed 10 August 2019 as the deadline for filing information on Recruitment of Faculty, Vacant Posts, Reservations, and Advertisement Details.


• UPDATE — 19 August 2019.

The UGC has, today, sent a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all higher education institutions funded by the State/UT Governments.

The letter reminds them of the MHRD Office Memorandum dated 17 January 2019. The Memorandum had asked for immediate implementation of Reservation for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS’s) for Admission in Higher Educational Institutions per the One Hundred and Third Amendment of the Constitution.

The letter asks the concerned universities to implement the above instructions from the Academic Session 2019-2020 in consultation with the respective State/UT Governments.

Today’s UGC letter, signed by Dr. Dev Swarup, Additional Secretary, has been dispatched to the Vice-Chancellors of the concerned universities, with a copy to their Registrars. It would reach them by 20 August 2019.

Following Vice-Chancellors from Punjab would receive the letter:

Following Registrars from Punjab would receive a copy of the letter sent to their respective Vice-Chancellor:

The UGC letter asks the involved universities to display the implementation of the EWS Scheme on their websites as soon as possible.

Earlier, UGC had sent a copy of the MHRD Memorandum to the States/UTs. They were requested to see that the EWS Reservation becomes operational from the Academic year 2019-2020 in all the higher educational institutions directly or indirectly funded by them.


27 August, 20l9


• Establishment of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Chair and Four Rajya Sabha Fellowships under the “Rajya Sabha Research and Study Scheme.”

UGC has written to all universities, informing them that Rajya Sabha has initiated the process for the establishment of Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Chair and Four Rajya Sabha Fellowships.

Rajya Sabha Secretariat has invited Applications for awarding the Chair and Fellowships. The details of the Scheme including eligibility criteria, grants, suggestive broad themes of research for Chair/Fellowships, terms and conditions for the Chair and Fellowship, and the Application Forms are available on the Rajya Sabha website.

Duly filled in applications may be sent to Shri S. D. Nautiyal, Joint Secretary, Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Room No. 517 (Fifth Floor), Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi - 110 001, on or before 31 August 2019.

Dr. S. Radhakrlshnan Chair

The chair is open to an eminent researcher/academic of repute/expert with a proven record of research or scholarship and publications ln the study of the political system, democratic institutions and socio-economic challenges facing the nation. Former Members of Parliament/State Legislatures and retired officers of Parliament/State Legislature Secretariats are also eligible to apply. Duration of the chair is two years, extendable up to one year. The occupant of the chair is entitled to a grant of Rs. 20 lakh plus Rs. 2.50 lakh as contingency grant.

Rajya Sabha Fellowships

The Fellowship is open to scholars who have relevant educational qualification/experience for undertaking the study in line with the objective of the Scheme. Former Members of Parliament/State Legislatures and retired officers of Parliament/State Legislature Secretariats are also eligible to apply. Duration of the Fellowship is 18 months, which is extendable for up to six months. The fellows are entitled to get a grant of Rs. 8 lakh plus Rs. 50,000 as contingency grant.

Rajya Sabha Student Engagement Internships

Students pursuing graduation and post-graduation courses in any discipline would be eligible for the internship program. There would be ten Internships for two months during summer vacation. The interns would get a consolidated amount of Rs.10,000/- per month as stipend.

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August 2, 2019

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, selects 10 Public and 10 Private Universities for "Institution of Eminence" Status.

UGC, India

UGC Members


Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank,’ with the University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman, and the Members. He held a meeting with them. New Delhi. 02 August 2019.

New Delhi, 02 August 2019 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recommended the following universities for the coveted “Institution of Eminence” Status:

Delhi University


  1. IIT Bombay
  2. IIT Delhi
  3. IISC Bangalore
  4. IIT Madras
  5. IIT Kharagpur
  6. Delhi University
  7. University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad
  8. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  9. Anna University, Chennai
  10. Banaras Hindu University (BHU), Varanasi

(UGC will finalize the names of Jadavpur University and Anna University after consultation with the respective state governments.)


  1. BITS Pilani, Rajasthan
  2. Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka
  3. Jio Institute (Reliance Foundation, Maharashtra) [Greenfield Category]
  4. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Bangalore
  5. VIT Vellore, Tamil Nadu
  6. Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi
  7. Kalinga Instt. of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar
  8. OP JINDAL University, Haryana
  9. Shiv Nadar University, Uttar Pradesh
  10. Bharti University (Satya Bharti Foundation), Delhi [Greenfield Category]

Among the Public Universities, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune; Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Aligarh; Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam; Panjab University, Chandigarh; and Andhra University, Visakhapatnam were also in the race. They all, however, failed to make the cut as their World Ranking was beyond 800 or they did not figure in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

Following private universities were also in the race: Azim Premji University, Bangalore; Ashoka University, Sonepat; KREA University, Chennai; IIHS (Indian Institute for Human Settlements), and Indian Institute of Public Health, Gandhinagar. These institutions have not been given the IoE status as they did not figure in the NIRF Rankings 2018 and 2019.

In the case of the Private Institutions proposed as Institutions of Eminence, there will be no financial support. They will, however, be entitled to more autonomy as a select category Deemed University.

Each of the ten Public Institutions selected as Institute of Eminence (IoE) will get financial assistance up to Rs. 1000 Crore over five years.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

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July 31, 2019

QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2019: London Named World's Best Student City. Bangalore Best Student City in India.

QS Best Student Cities

Bangalore, QS Best Student Cities

Photo: Bangalore. Bangalore is QS Best Student City in India. Image Credit: M. R. Gears.

QS Best Student Cities

Photo: London. Big Ben, and Westminster Abbey. London is the World’s Best Student City. Image Credit: Duane Wessels.

LONDON, July 31, 2019 — London is the world’s best student city for the second consecutive year, according to the latest guide to the globe’s top urban study destinations. The sixth edition of the QS Best Student Cities Ranking, compiled by global consultancy QS Quacquarelli Symonds, sees London outrank competition from Tokyo and Melbourne.

London remains the world’s leading student city due to the high number of top universities present in the city, its high levels of employer activity and student diversity. Further, the global student body holds it in high regard. These positive elements outweigh London’s low ‘Affordability’ score.

QS ranks Student Cities according to:

Feedback from over 87,000 current and prospective international students also impacts the results.

QS Best Student Cities

Rank — City — Country

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

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “The fact that London has again been ranked the best city in the world in which to be a student is fantastic news. It is no surprise given that London is home to world-leading higher education institutions and a vibrant cultural life. London is open to students and talent from around the world.”

Debuting at 81st position globally, Bangalore has been ranked India’s best city for students. In terms of affordability, Bengaluru is ranked seventh globally.

The other top Indian cities include Mumbai (85), Delhi (113), and Chennai (115). Among these, Mumbai has gained ground, moving 14 places up from last year.

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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July 24, 2019

India's Commerce & Industry Minister Launches Global Innovation Index Rankings 2019, authored by Cornell University, INSEAD, and WIPO.

Global Innovation Index

Global Innovation Index

Photo: The Union Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, launching the Global Innovation Index - 2019, in New Delhi on 24 July 2019.

Cornell, Global Innovation Index

Insaid, Global Innovation Index

New Delhi, 24 July 2019 — Union Minister of Commerce & Industry and Railways, Piyush Goyal, launched the Global Innovation Index (GII) 2019 in New Delhi, today.

India jumped five places to improve its position from 57th last year to 52nd in 2019.

The Minister, Piyush Goyal, congratulated all those involved in the process. He said that India has made significant progress to 52nd rank in the GII-2019 and now the culture of innovation is coming to the center-stage. Mr. Goyal further said that India would not rest on past laurels until it achieves its target of positioning itself among the top 25 countries of the Global Innovation Index. To achieve this ranking, he urged all stakeholders to work in mission mode.

Piyush Goyal urged the R&D institutions, universities, and the private sector to transform the country into a hub of innovation.

The Commerce and Industry Minister in his address said that the improvement in the rankings should inspire Indians to help marginalized and underprivileged section of society. He said India needs innovative solutions to problems like rising pollution levels in cities, water crises, depleting natural resources, climate change, and food wastage.

“The rise in the GII by economic powerhouses like China and India have transformed the geography of innovation,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

Mr. Gurry thanked the Government of India for hosting the global launch of the GII. “India’s high-level focus on using innovation to foster economic development makes the country an ideal location for the GII 2019 launch,” Mr. Gurry said.

• The GII rankings are published every year by Cornell University, INSEAD and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The GII rankings of 129 economies use 80 indicators ranging from intellectual property filing rates to mobile-application creation, education spending, and scientific and technical publications.

Switzerland remains number one in the GII index. Sweden follows it. The United States of America, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Finland, Denmark, Singapore, Germany, and Israel come after that.

Top 20 in Global Ranking

  1. Switzerland
  2. Sweden
  3. United States of America
  4. The Netherlands
  5. The United Kingdom
  6. Finland
  7. Denmark
  8. Singapore
  9. Germany
  10. Israel
  11. Korea, Republic of
  12. Ireland
  13. Hong Kong (China)
  14. China
  15. Japan
  16. France
  17. Canada
  18. Luxemburg
  19. Norway
  20. Iceland

Sources: India Ministry of Commerce & Industry, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University.

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July 19, 2019

High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York concludes that Education is Everyone's Responsibility.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres (right), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 16 July 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

United Nations, UNESCO


Photo: Group photo of participants of the 57th UN Geneva International Graduate Study Programme during the closing ceremony. The participants are displaying the certificates awarded to them. 12 July 2019. United Nations, Geneva. UN Photo/ Jean-Marc Ferré.

New York, 19 July 2019 — The voices of governments, donors, international organizations, youth, and teachers struck a universal chord in calling for stepped-up action to achieve relevant, equitable and inclusive quality education. They were participating in an event organized by UNESCO, the Group of Friends for Education and the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee during the High-Level Political Forum at UN Headquarters in New York.

“Education is a fundamental right and the supporting structure for the entire 2030 Agenda,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, opening the event. “It is urgent that we act together and step up efforts to invest more in education.” “Governments hold the primary responsibility, but civil society, multilateral and international actors must join their efforts to achieve this common goal,” she said. Ms. Azoulay asserted that UNESCO would continue to make education a top priority to accomplish its global coordination and monitoring role.

Government representatives gave examples of how Sustainable Development Goal 4 on education is influencing national policy, demonstrating its relevance to all contexts. The Minister of Research and Higher Education of Norway, Ms. Iselin Nybo, proposed actions to integrate sustainable development across all school subjects and university programs. To achieve the SDGs and build better societies, she called for the “democratization of knowledge” to ensure that the fruits of research are widely shared.

Argentina has placed a priority on ‘leaving no one behind” through affirmative actions at all levels, explained Oscar Ghillione, the country’s deputy Minister of Education. Having hosted the first G20 conference of education ministers in 2018, Argentina is also striving to “place education at the heart of the global debate,” he said.

Jaime Saavedra, head of Education Global Practice at the World Bank, called for a “completely different level of political commitment.” He warned that “many kids are in learning poverty” as proven by assessments showing that over half cannot understand a simple story. “This is morally unacceptable,” he said.

UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education, Stefania Giannini, wrapped up the event by stressing urgency, accountability, solidarity, and political engagement to accelerate global action for education.

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July 17, 2019

Times Higher Education (THE) announces its World University Reputation Rankings 2019. India Absent.

World University Reputation Rankings

World University Reputation Rankings

Photo: A building at the University of Chicago. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

London, 17 July 2019 — The most valuable asset in a crowded market is reputation. Times Higher Education (THE) today announced the World University Reputation Rankings 2019 comprising the world’s top 100 most prestigious universities.

According to Times Higher Education, its World University Reputation Rankings are created using the world’s largest invitation-only academic opinion survey.

The Times Higher Education (THE) World University Reputation Rankings 2019 are based on the world’s largest invitation-only opinion survey of senior published academics. It asks scholars to name no more than 15 universities that they believe are the best for research and teaching in their field, based on their own experience.

The US continues to dominate the table in 2019, with 42 representatives in the overall top 100, led by Harvard University in first place for the ninth consecutive year.

The UK has ten institutions in the rankings, up from nine last year, headed by the University of Cambridge in fourth place.

Australia has doubled its representation this year, claiming six spots, up from three. Its most prestigious institution, the University of Melbourne, is now ranked joint 44th, up from joint 47th.

Meanwhile, Japan’s University of Tokyo sits just outside the top 10 in 11th place, up from 13th last year. It is the top-ranked university outside the US and UK.

Elsewhere, a Canadian university features in the top 20 for the first time since 2015; the University of Toronto is ranked 19th, up from joint 22nd last year.

Brazil’s University of Sao Paulo is back in the ranking in the 81-90 band; it was absent last year.

Overall, 19 countries are represented across the top 100 list of the most influential global university brands, down from 21 last year.

This year, no institution from India figures in the Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings. Last year, the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bangalore has made it to the list in the 91-100 band.

According to Times Higher Education, the 2019 rankings are based on a survey of 11,554 respondents in 135 countries, across all core academic disciplines, carried out in the spring of 2019.

• World’s Top 100 Most Prestigious Universities in 2019


  1. Harvard University — United States
  2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  3. Stanford University — United States
  4. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  5. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  6. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  7. Princeton University — United States
  8. Yale University — United States
  9. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  12. California Institute of Technology — United States
  13. Columbia University — United States
  14. Tsinghua University — China
  15. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  16. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  17. Peking University — China
  18. UCL — United Kingdom
  19. University of Toronto — Canada
  20. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  21. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  22. Cornell University — United States
  23. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  24. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  25. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom
  26. New York University — United States
  27. Kyoto University — Japan
  28. University of Washington-Seattle — United States
  29. Duke University — United States
  30. University of California, San Diego — United States
  31. Carnegie Mellon University — United States
  32. The University of Texas at Austin — United States
  33. Northwestern University — United States
  34. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  35. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign — United States
  36. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States
  37. University of British Columbia — Canada
  38. Lomonosov Moscow State University — Russian Federation
  39. McGill University — Canada
  40. Paris Sciences et Lettres - PSL Research University Paris — France
  41. King’s College London — United Kingdom
  42. University of California, San Francisco — United States
  43. LMU Munich — Germany
  44. Georgia Institute of Technology — United States
  45. University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  46. University of Melbourne — Australia
  47. Seoul National University — South Korea
  48. University of California, Davis — United States
  49. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  50. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill — United States






The Times Higher Education World University Reputation Rankings list the world’s top 100 universities purely on their Academic Prestige as distinct from their Academic Performance.

According to Times Higher Education rankings editor Phil Baty, “A university’s reputation for academic excellence is vital for its success.”

A university’s brand - crucial in helping to attract students, staff, and funding - is built on esteem.

Source: Times Higher Education

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July 14, 2019

World's Best Cultural Cities for Students

Sao Paulo students


Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

Sao Paulo students


Photo: College students, downtown, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Image Credit: Fernando Stankuns.

Santiago, Chile

Photo: Auto show, Santiago, Chile. Image Credit: Francisco Osorio.

LONDON, July 13, 2019 — The UK and US are home to the most cultural cities for students. A new study by Oxford Summer Courses examined the towns that are home to some of the world’s most prestigious colleges and ranked them according to the number of museums, cinemas, libraries, theaters and street markets per 100,000 people. The UK and US lead the list, with the American city of Berkeley in California coming out on top.

Second in the ranking was Ithaca, home to the Ivy League Cornell University. Ithaca, New York, is ranked high for its museums and theaters. Cambridge (UK) follows Ithaca. Cambridge (UK) is ranked highly across all categories, in particular, public libraries and theaters. The UK overall is well represented, with six cities - Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Glasgow, Bristol, and Manchester - featuring in the top 20.

The United States and the United Kingdom both ranked highly in the top 20, with eight and six cities featured, respectively.

Cambridge (3rd place) beat out old-time rival Oxford (8th place) in the ranking.

Continental European cities outside the UK also performed well, with Amsterdam, Paris, Lausanne, and Zurich making to the top 20.

The top 10 cities, according to the research, are:

  1. Berkeley, CA, USA
  2. Ithaca, NY, USA
  3. Cambridge, UK
  4. Cambridge, USA
  5. Amsterdam, Netherlands
  6. Edinburgh, UK
  7. Paris, France
  8. Oxford, UK
  9. Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  10. Lausanne, Switzerland

Paris’s inclusion on the list - in 7th place - is no surprise. It has some 300 museums and 132 theaters. Amsterdam and Edinburgh have been rated two spots above Paris for their collections of museums and bold cultural identities.

The results show that the UK has much to offer students from a cultural perspective. Historic cities such as Oxford and Cambridge not only rank highly in traditional cultural categories, such as theaters, museums, and libraries but also live music venues and street food markets.

Interestingly, despite their reputations as cultural beacons of the world, metropolises London and New York come in at relatively low 25th and 42nd positions, respectively. Although neither are short of cultural places to visit, their large populations mean that each scored relatively small on a per capita basis.

The cities selected for rating are home to Top Global Universities and lead in providing the following cultural facilities:

The study concludes that the culture offered by a city forms an integral part of the student experience.

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July 11, 2019

Nadia Nadim designated as UNESCO Champion for Girls' and Women's Education.

Unesco Education

Unesco Education

Photos: Nomination of Nadia Nadim as UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Images provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 12 July 2019 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay on 5 July named Nadia Nadim, the Afghan-born Danish football striker for the French women’s Paris Saint-Germain team, UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Ms. Azoulay designated Ms. Nadim in recognition of her role in promoting sport and gender equality, her contribution to UNESCO’s educational action in favor of young people, advocacy for girls and women’s education and support for the Organization’s work worldwide.

The designation took place as UNESCO launched a significant initiative, “Her Education, our Future” to mobilize political and financial support for girls and women’s education. UNESCO is working to improve the quality of data that education policymakers require to accelerate gender parity.

Ms. Nadim was born in Herat, Afghanistan. Following the execution of her father, an Afghan National Army (ANA) general in 2000, the family sought refuge in Denmark where Ms. Nadim began her career in football. In 2018, she published a book, My Story.

While pursuing her career in football, Ms. Nadim is a student of medicine at the University of Aarhus (Denmark).

The star football player shares UNESCO’s conviction that education can improve girls and women’s future. Ms. Nadim subscribes to UNESCO’s belief that knowledge can enhance their economic independence, self-confidence, and ability to assert their rights. Ms. Nadim’s award comes in recognition of her inspiring ability to serve as a role model, and her determination to put her heart and reputation at the service of girls and women everywhere.

As a UNESCO Champion for Girls’ and Women’s Education, Ms. Nadim joins UNESCO’s family of distinguished champions, committed to the Organization’s ideals and objectives, like the football players Edson Arantes Do Nascimento (Pelé) and Rabah Madjer.

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July 7, 2019

UNESCO and G7 Countries Raise the Alarm about Bullying, Join Forces against Violence in Education.

UNESCO, Paris, Education

Photo: Concrete staircase, UNESCO building, Paris, France. Designed in 1958 by Marcel Breuer & Pier Luigi Nervi. Image Credit: David Crowley.

Unesco, G7, Education

Paris, 04 July, 2019 — During their meeting in France, the Education Ministers of the G7 countries, with the participation of the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, adopted a declaration to “unite against bullying in all of its forms, proclaim respect as a fundamental principle for all, and help ensure that our schools are safe and welcoming for all students.”

G7, or the Group of Seven, is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These countries, with the seven largest IMF-described advanced economies in the world, represent 58% of the global net wealth.

“Bullying is unacceptable and is getting even worse. UNESCO is committed to combat this educational scourge, which costs lives, ruins childhoods, and jeopardizes the future. We have big data and practical guidelines in place. We now must intensify efforts with all Member States, including G7 countries, to end this plague,” said the Director-General of UNESCO during the ministerial meeting.

As the United Nations’ lead agency for education, UNESCO works to measure and assess the prevalence and many forms of bullying and its impact. UNESCO built a global indicator to compare situation among countries and is committed to helping strengthen legislation, train, and support teachers in the fight against school violence and bullying.

UNESCO welcomed the G7 declaration and called on all countries to intensify efforts against bullying and violence in schools. Bullying takes place in all states and affects many children and young people. According to the recent UNESCO report, “Behind the Numbers: Ending School Violence and Bullying,” almost one in three students worldwide (32%) has been bullied by their peers at school at least once in the last month. With the growing presence of online social networking platforms, cyber-bullying has extended the scope of bullying. Bullying, whether psychological, physical or sexual, including online, is a severe issue and a global threat to quality education and self-confidence, UNESCO said.

According to UNESCO, several factors contribute to effective national responses, including political leadership, the collaboration between the education sector and other sectors, evidence-based approach, and training for teachers.

Meanwhile, UNESCO has joined the French proposal to organize an international conference in Paris on this issue. UNESCO will also propose to its Member States the adoption of an international anti-bullying day.

In a related development in India, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has notified “Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions.” These regulations are mandatory for all higher educational institutions in the country.

UGC has written a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities. It has warned, “Any violation of UGC Regulations or failure to suitably punish the perpetrators of ragging, will attract punitive action under the UGC Act.”

Meanwhile, on 23 July 2019, UGC issued a Public Notice listing 23 “fake,” “self-styled” universities that are “functioning in various parts of the country in contravention of the UGC Act.”



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July 2, 2019

Human Resource Development Minister of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, felicitates heads of IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi and IISc Bangalore for getting included in the Top 200 of QS World University Rankings - 2020.

QS World University Rankings, India

QS World University Rankings, India

Photo The Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, congratulated the heads of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for securing ranks in top 200 of QS World University Rankings- 2020, in New Delhi on July 02, 2019.

New Delhi, 02 JUL 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, felicitated the heads of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore for securing ranks in top 200 of QS World University Rankings- 2020 in New Delhi today.

The Minister said that the progress of a nation depends upon the status of education in that country. He said that all the higher educational institutions should focus on quality, research, and innovation. The training should find solutions to the problems of society at all levels and contribute to the overall development of the nation.

The Minister said that the research and innovation is the foundation for making developed, prosperous New India. He added that the Ministry is taking various steps to promote research and innovation and prepare young scientists in the country.

Earlier, the senior officials of the Ministry had a brainstorming session with the representatives of QS World University Rankings on improving the ranking of the Indian Educational Institutions at the global level.

Mr. R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Department of Higher Education, MHRD and Mr. Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director for QS Intelligence Unit in Middle East, North Africa & South Asia, took part in the discussion.

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June 30, 2019

The Department of Higher Education of India's Ministry for Human Resource Development has released the Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP).


Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, chairing a meeting with the Directors of all IITs and IIITs, in New Delhi on June 14, 2019. Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, is on his left.

New Delhi, June 28, 2019 — Following the decision of the Prime Minister for finalizing a five-year vision plan for each Ministry, the Department of Higher Education of HRD Ministry has released a five-year vision plan named Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP). The experts have prepared EQUIP covering the following ten areas:

Group Number. Group Focus — Chairperson

  1. Strategies for expanding access — Hasmukh Adhia, Chancellor, Central University Gujarat
  2. Improving teaching/learning process — Dr. K. Kasturirangan, Chancellor, Central University of Rajasthan & former Secretary, Dept of Space; former Chairman - ISRO
  3. Promoting Excellence — Pawan Goenka, Chairman, BoG, IIT Madras
  4. Governance reforms — Prof M S Ananth, Chairman, National Testing Agency (NTA)
  5. Assessment, Accreditation & Ranking systems — Prof Surendra Prasad, former Director, IIT Delhi
  6. Promotion of research & innovation — Dr. Vijaya Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to PM
  7. Employability & entrepreneurship — Ajit Balakrishnan, former Chairman, IIM Kolkata
  8. Using Technology for better reach — Prof Deepak Pathak, Chairman, NIT Goa & Prof IIT Bombay
  9. Internationalization — Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog
  10. Financing higher education — Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO, Infosys.

The ten Expert Groups, which consist of senior academicians, administrators, and industrialists, have suggested more than 50 initiatives that would transform the higher education sector completely. Groups have set the following goals for the higher education sector:

  1. Double the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in higher education and resolve the geographically and socially skewed access to higher education institutions in India:
  2. Upgrade the quality of education to world standards
  3. Position at least 50 Indian institutions among the top-1000 global universities
  4. Introduce governance reforms in higher education for well-administered campuses
  5. Accreditation of all institutions as an assurance of quality
  6. Promote Research & Innovation ecosystems for positioning India in the Top-3 countries in the world in matters of knowledge creation
  7. Double the employability of the students passing out of higher education
  8. Harness education technology for expanding the reach and improving pedagogy
  9. Promote India as a global study destination
  10. Achieve a quantum increase in investment in higher education

For each initiative, the Groups have recommended modalities for implementation, investments, and timelines. The proposal would now be taken for inter-departmental consultations before being taken to Cabinet for approval.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India

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June 29, 2019

A Pioneering Student Team from the Netherlands wins UNESCO - Airbus "Fly Your Ideas" Global Competition.

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Photo: Fly Your Ideas 2019 Winner Team, Zero Hero, from the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

UNESCO, Airbus

Photo: Airbus A330neo - a highly-innovative aircraft that delivers superior quality and efficiency - takes to the skies above Le Bourget Airport for a Paris Air Show flying display. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

UNESCO, Airbus

Photo: Airbus H175 static display ambiance at Paris Airshow 2019. Showcased at the 2019 Paris Air Show, the H175, a performance record-setter with a time-to-climb 6,000 meters in 6 minutes 54 seconds. Image provided by & copyright © AIRBUS.

Paris, 28 June 2019 — Team “Zero” Heroes from the Delft University of Technology, (the Netherlands) has won the top prize of 25,000 euros of the 2019 Airbus Fly Your Ideas global student competition organized by Airbus in partnership with UNESCO. In recognition of their easy to use battery-less wireless smart switch application to replace traditional wired systems in aircraft.

Team “Zero” Heroes got selected from among 269 projects and a subsequent shortlist of seven. The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity, designed to inspire young people to get involved in sustainable innovation and engineering.

All seven finalist teams spent the last week of the competition in Toulouse, France, prototyping their idea in Airbus’ cutting-edge Innovation and R&D facilities with support from dedicated Airbus mentors and experts using state-of-the-art equipment. On 27 June, the teams presented their projects to a panel of aerospace and academic experts, and the general public through live streaming.

The jury of aerospace and academic experts from Airbus and the International Space University (Strasbourg, France) was impressed by the innovative spirit and economic understanding of the students of the “Zero” Heroes Team. Their development of wireless systems solves the main limitation of using the Internet of Things (IoT) in aircraft by removing battery integration, current safety, and regulatory challenge. Their innovation furthermore reduces fuel consumption and weight while simplifying aircraft retrofit and maintenance needs.

The runners up, Team Airfish from the University of Cambridge (UK), also presented a persuasive project with their ocean monitoring system using a satellite and video imaging technology. Their development can help governments combat illegal fishing, reduce the bycatch of endangered species, and generally decrease damage to the marine habitat.

Airbus Fly Your Ideas is a global competition challenging students to innovate for the future of aerospace in six key areas: Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Mixed Reality.

Since its launch by Airbus in 2008, and the signing of a partnership agreement with UNESCO in 2012, over 22,000 students from over 700 universities in 100 countries worldwide have registered for Fly Your Ideas.

This year’s finalist teams represent 11 countries and eight different universities from Asia, Europe, and South America.

The winning team received a prize of €25,000 and €10,000 were awarded to the runner-up project. The remaining finalists shared an additional €10,000.

Source: UNESCO

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June 25, 2019

The World's First Smart Life Creator Award presented at University of Oxford

Oxford University

Photo: John Frater, Professor, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, makes a point during the session ‘Ideaslab / Oxford - ‘Reinforcing Critical Systems’ at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Monika Flueckiger. [File Photo]

Oxford University

Photo: Aoife Bennett, DPhil Candidate, School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, during the Session “Future-Proofing the Planet” at the World Economic Forum, Annual Meeting of the Global Future Councils. Image provided by and copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

Oxford, England — SEED AWARD 2019 - the world’s first creativity award, kicked off its global convening tour’s first leg at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, inviting “those who have a passion of life and are willing to embrace innovative ideas.”

An excellent research team with Oxford alumni showcased at the event their invention of Routemaster systems, a novel combination of deep learning technology and air balloons to observe and predict traffic flows in the often jammed streets of Lagos, Nigeria, to help the city move faster.

Defined as “the world’s first creativity award that highlights the integration of technologies and everyday life,” SEED AWARD, sponsored by Guangzhou-based real estate Seedland Group, aims to encourage the innovative application of technology in everyday life.

SEED AWARD features a grand cash prize of RMB 1 million, three Prizes for Excellence and 30 Talent Awards. It is open to all individuals, teams, research institutions, and start-ups, regardless of age, nationality, or background.

“Contestants will benefit from an expert mentoring program with some of the world’s leading scientists and inventors to help them test and bring their creations to fruition,” said Lu Chuyang, CEO of Fast Company China, business media partner of the award.

Dr. Dov Moran, the inventor of the USB Flash Drive and Eric Frank, a founding member of Uber AI Labs, among other leading figures, are judges for the awarding committee.

Technological innovation is vital for humankind to live a better, more sustainable life, opined Dr. Carl Benedikt Frey, co-director of the Oxford Martin Program on Technology and Employment and Economics Associate of Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

During his presentation titled “Technology for a better life” at the event, Dr. Frey walked the 100-strong audience through his research on the transformation of industrial nations to digital economies, and subsequent challenges for economic growth, labor markets, and urban development.

Shimon Whiteson, professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and Chief Scientist and co-founder of Latent Logic Ltd., demonstrated how to design algorithms for computational systems to acquire and execute intelligent behavior, learn from experience and reason about their goals and deduce behavioral strategies to maximize their utility.

SEED AWARD tour will also stop at Peking University, China and Stanford University, the United States before the award selection enters its next stage.

According to the organizers, SEED AWARD 2019 will organize its semifinals in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe as a further step in helping creators to bring their ideas to life.

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June 19, 2019

QS World University Rankings 2020 Announced

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings

Photo: A building at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Image Credit: Shih-Pei Chang.

QS World University Rankings

Photo: Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Meta-Council on the New Architecture of Governance at the World Economic Forum Summit. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell. [File Photo]

LONDON, June 18, 2019 — The sixteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings was released today by global higher education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is the world’s best university for the eighth consecutive year.

QS says it ranked 1000 universities from 82 different locations, surveyed 94,000 academics and 44,000 hiring managers and analyzed 11.8 million research papers and 100 million citations. QS measures universities on academic standing, employed graduates, student/staff ratio, research impact, and international outlook.

Key Facts

QS World University Rankings 2020: Global Top-30

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  2. Stanford University — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  5. California Institute of Technology — United States
  6. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  7. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  8. University College London — United Kingdom
  9. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. Nanyang Technological University — Singapore
  12. National University of Singapore — Singapore
  13. Princeton University — United States
  14. Cornell University — United States
  15. University of Pennsylvania —United States
  16. Tsinghua University — China
  17. Yale University — United States
  18. Columbia University — United States
  19. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne — Switzerland
  20. University of Edinburgh — United Kingdom
  21. University of Michigan — United States
  22. Peking University — China
  23. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  24. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  25. Duke University — United States
  26. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong
  27. The University of Manchester —United Kingdom
  28. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  29. The Australian National University — Australia
  30. University of Toronto — Canada

QS World University Rankings



  1. 152 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  2. 182 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  3. 184 — Indian Institute of Science
  4. =271 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  5. =281 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  6. =291 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  7. =383 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  8. =474 — University of Delhi
  9. =491 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  10. 651-700 — Jadavpur University
  11. 701-750 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  12. 751-800 — Anna University
  13. 751-800 — Jamia Millia Islamia
  14. 751-800 — O.P. Jindal Global University
  15. 801-1000 — Aligarh Muslim University
  16. 801-1000 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  17. 801-1000 — Banaras Hindu University
  18. 801-1000 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  19. 801-1000 — Savitribai Phule Pune University
  20. 801-1000 — Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  21. 801-1000 — University of Calcutta
  22. 801-1000 — University of Mumbai
  23. 801-1000 — Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)

India has 23 universities in the just-announced QS World University Rankings. IIT Bombay (152), IIT Delhi (182), and IISc Bangalore (184) are in the Global Top 200.

The Vice-Chancellor of O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU), Prof. (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar and the Dean of Jindal School of Banking & Finance, Prof. (Dr.) Ashish Bharadwaj met with India’s Minister of Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

Vice-Chancellor Professor C. Raj Kumar presented the minister with the QS Certificate of Achievement awarded to JGU for being ranked between 751-800 globally. JGU is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year.

Dr. ‘Nishank’ congratulated JGU for breaking into QS World University Rankings 2020 for the first time.

QS evaluates the universities according to the following six metrics:

QS World University Rankings

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June 3, 2019

Government of India selects 10 High Performing State Universities for Mentoring by Leading U.S. Schools.

Cornell University

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RUSA, India, Universities

New Delhi, June 3, 2019 — Under the Ministry of Human Resource Development’s Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), ten high-performing state universities are set to undergo a significant improvement.

The chosen colleges will get a special grant of Rs 100 crore each this academic year. Further, as part of this program, these universities will be mentored by seven leading US universities, including Cornell, UPenn, and UC Berkeley.

The ten state universities picked for this global association are:

  1. Osmania University, Hyderabad
  2. University of Jammu, Jammu
  3. Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
  4. Sri Venkateshwara University, Tirupati
  5. Jadavpur University, Kolkata
  6. Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  7. Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra
  8. Savitri Bai Phule University, Pune
  9. Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar
  10. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar

Broad agreements and advanced plans have already been drawn up with University of California, Berkeley; University of Pennsylvania; Purdue University; Northeastern University; Drexel University; Cornell University and the University of South Florida for the collaboration.

The Selected 10 Indian State Public Universities and their U.S. Guides/Associates are as follows:

State — University — U.S. Guide/Associate — Area Of Collaboration

The National Higher Education Resource Centre ((NHERC) will monitor the international collaborations to achieve the objective set for each of the selected ten universities.

In one of the first instances of the implementation of this program of the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, and its decided mentor/partner Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, are building a plan of exchange and collaboration in Agriculture. GNDU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jaspal Singh Sandhu, and Cornell University Vice-Provost for International Affairs, Professor Wendy Wolford, signed a formal “MoU.”

Prof. Sandhu said, “This is the first time in the history of Guru Nanak Dev University that it has established an international partnership of this magnitude and significance with a top university of the world.”

UC Berkeley

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The University of California Berkeley will mentor the University of Jammu, Jammu; Jadavpur University, Kolkata; Savitri Bai Phule University, Pune; and Utkal University, Bhubaneshwar. The idea is to make all the 10 Selected State Universities as World-Class Universities.

• Meanwhile, the Government of India has determined that Panjab University Chandigarh is Unfit and Ineligible for this Pivotal Project.

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