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December 12, 2018

First ever Consultation of UNESCO Chairs in India

UNESCO, INDIA

Photo: A scene from a meeting of the Preparatory Group of the UNESCO Executive Board, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Image provided by and copyright © UNESCO/Cyril Bailleul. [File Photo]

New Delhi, December 12, 2018 — The UNESCO Office in New Delhi in collaboration with Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA), hosted the first-ever Consultation of UNESCO Chairs, from 10-11 December 2018 in New Delhi. The primary objective of the consultation was to build a more informed and active network of UNESCO Chairs in India and to brainstorm and share ideas on the role of UNESCO Chairs in strengthening the work of UNESCO. The two-day consultation saw the participation by all 11 UNESCO Chairs in India.

On Day 1, the UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt, welcomed all the participants at UNESCO House, which was followed by the screening of a Film on UNESCO’s 70 years in India. The reception at the UNESCO House was a unique opportunity for all the 11 Chairs present to introduce themselves and to build meaningful networking in an informal setting.

On the second day, the meeting started with an address by Dr. Rajesh Tandon who warmly welcomed all the UNESCO Chairs in India to PRIA campus. UNESCO New Delhi Director, Eric Falt made a presentation highlighting critical activities undertaken by the different sectors in the New Delhi Office. Dr. N. Saravana Kumar, Joint Secretary (ICC), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) thanked UNESCO for organizing the meeting and highlighted the need to engage meaningfully with the UNESCO Chairs in strengthening the programmes and policies of MHRD.

During the work session, the Chairs brainstormed about enhanced collaboration with UNESCO New Delhi and how they could further UNESCO’s agenda in their respective areas of specialization. The members presented key ideas which included reinforcing the network of UNESCO Chairs by setting up e-groups for enhanced networking and knowledge sharing and promoting core values of UNESCO through their ongoing courses and programmes.

The UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme consists of the establishment of UNESCO Chairs and UNITWIN (University Twinning and Networking) Networks in higher education institutions. Because of the nature and flexibility of the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, universities can respond more readily and with greater autonomy to the demands for new learning and research in a world undergoing rapid economic, social and technological change. India has established 11 Chairs on different subjects.

Following is the List of Chairs under the UNITWIN/UNESCO Programme —

  1. UNESCO Chair in Cultural Development (1994), Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi
  2. UNESCO Chair in Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (1998), Academy of Engineering and Educational Research, Pune
  3. UNESCO Chair in Teacher Education through Distance Mode (1996), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi
  4. UNESCO Chair in Biotechnology (2000), Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, Bangalore
  5. UNESCO Chair for the Promotion of the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence (1999), Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Pune
  6. UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair in Ecotechnology (1996), M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
  7. UNESCO Chair for Peace and Intercultural Understanding (2010), Banaras Hindu University
  8. UNESCO Chair on Community Media (2011), University of Hyderabad
  9. UNESCO Chair in Climate Science and Policy (2012), TERI University
  10. UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Adapted Physical Education and Yoga (2012), Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University
  11. UNESCO Chair on Education for Sustainable Development and the Human Habitat (2013), The Centre for Environment Education and CEPT University

Sources: UNESCO India Office, New Delhi; Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO

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December 7, 2018

UNESCO Global Education Meeting Sets Course for Education for the Next Four Years

UNESCO Global Education

UNESCO Global Education

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

UNESCO EDUCATION

Photo: Global Education Meeting. December 5, 2018. Brussels, Belgium. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / G Chekaiban.

Brussels, Belgium, December 6, 2018 — UNESCO convened the Global Education Meeting in Brussels, from 3 to 5 December 2018, to agree on common next steps for education. Stefania Gianini, Assistant-Director General for Education at UNESCO called for “strong political will, sustained collective action and a massive increase of resources.”

UNESCO brought together Ministers, representatives of Member States, multilateral organizations, civil society, the teaching profession, youth, and the private sector. Gianini sought consensus on building an education partnership platform engaging the gamut of development partners across industries. She highlighted the complementary roles and the strengths of partners around the table to keep education on top of the political and private sector agenda.

United Nations Special Advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals, Queen Mathilde of Belgium, and UNESCO Special Envoy on Literacy for Development, Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, called for partnerships with non-educational players and the private sector. Princess Laurentien urged development partners to make education relevant to other industries and emphasize the shared responsibility of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, adopted by the United Nations in 2015.

UNESCO announced that the WIDE (World Inequality Database on Education) platform would be further developed through the Global Education Monitoring Report and UNESCO Institute of Statistics to understand better inequalities within countries in ensuring access to education, participation, completion, and learning outcomes.

Countries, regional partners, and development agencies adopted the outcome statement - the Brussels Declaration with the following key points:

Although the Global Education Meeting only takes place every four years, partners would work on a continual basis, on the harmonization and strengthening of support to Member States and partners to achieve the education-related targets of the global agenda. This work would be carried out through the UNESCO led SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, the global multi-stakeholder mechanism for education in the 2030 Agenda.

Gianini closed the Meeting saying, “2019 is the year of education. We have an opportunity that we cannot and must not waste. Beginning with the new International Day of Education on 24 January, to the High-Level Political Forum and G7 in July, to the UNGA 2019, and the UNESCO General Conference in November. It is a time for action”.

Source: UNESCO, Paris & Brussels

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November 30, 2018

UNESCO convenes Global Education Meeting

UNESCO Education

Photo: Launch of the 2019 Global Education Monitoring Report. November 26, 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

UNESCO, Education

Photo: Mobile Learning Week. March 2018. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by and Copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX. File Photo.

Paris, France, 23 November 2018 — Some 350 ministers, officials, representatives of development agencies and other partners from all over the world will take stock of progress in meeting the educational objectives of the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda during the Global Education conference, 3 to 5 December, in Brussels, Belgium.

In its mandated role as lead agency and coordinator of the Education 2030 Agenda, UNESCO has convened the Global Meeting with the support of the Government of Belgium.

It is the first Global Education Meeting since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015. The meeting would focus on the need to reduce inequalities in education. It will also examine the links between education and the Sustainable Development Goals on Decent Work, Economic Growth, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions.

Organized by UNESCO in consultation with the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, and hosted by the government of Belgium, the meeting will address urgent priorities in a world that still numbers 262 million out-of-school children, adolescents, and youth. The data also show that 617 million children and adolescents — i.e., six out of ten — are unable to read a simple sentence or handle necessary mathematic calculations.

Queen Mathilde of Belgium will officially open the meeting (4 December, 2 PM) alongside Stefania Giannini, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Education, Ambassador Inga Rhonda King, President of UN ECOSOC, and Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sports. Amina J. Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General will deliver the keynote address.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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November 19, 2018

Vice President Naidu addresses the 95th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi

Delhi University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting the Degrees and Medals to the Students at the 95th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi, in Delhi on November 19, 2018.

New Delhi, November 19, 2018 — “You have been lucky enough to gain education from this great university. However, on this day, spare a thought to those young people who did not get such an opportunity in spite of deserving it. It is up to us to take the benefits of education and the opportunities it opens up to the last mile, to the last person,” the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, told the graduating students of the University of Delhi. He was addressing the 95th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi, here today.

The Vice President congratulated the University and said that that the vision and mission of the University truly reflected its long-term commitment to nation-building and steadfast adherence to universal human values. He added that the motto of the University, ‘Nishtha Dhriti Satyam,’ Dedication, Steadfastness, and Truth justly reflected its ideals. Congratulating all the graduating students and prize winners, especially the young women, the Vice President appreciated the University’s focus on women’s education.

The Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Satyapal Singh, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Yogesh Tyagi, students, faculty and staff of Delhi University, and parents were present at the ceremony.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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November 13, 2018

India Launches Leadership for Academicians Program (LEAP) for Higher Education Faculty

Academic Leadership Program

India, Universities

Photo: The Secretary, Department of Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam, the Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh, and the Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Prof D P Singh, launching the Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP), in New Delhi on November 13, 2018.

New Delhi, November 13, 2018 — Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State, Ministry of Human Resource Development, launched a new initiative, Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) today at New Delhi. He also released an information brochure of the action. “Combining the qualities of a good teacher and an effective leader is a daunting but not an impossible task. LEAP will fulfill this critical need,” the Minister said.

Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Human Resource Development, in his video message lauded the initiative, which, he said, is set to transform the quality of teaching and improve leaders, thereby enhancing the quality of higher education institutions.

The Secretary, Higher Education, the Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), Vice-Chancellors, Directors, heads of autonomous bodies, and representatives of LEAP training institutions, attended the launch.

R. Subrahmanyam, Secretary, Higher Education, stated that this initiative is hugely significant as it will create transformative teachers and leaders.

Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) is a three weeks Flagship leadership development training programme (2 weeks domestic and one-week foreign training) for second level academic functionaries in publicly funded higher education institutions. The primary objective is to prepare second-tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in the future. The programme would provide senior faculty, with high academic credentials, the necessary leadership and managerial skills including skills of problem-solving, handling stress, team building work, conflict management, developing communication skills, understanding and coping with the complexity and challenges of governance in HEIs, financial & general administration.

In short, this Leadership Development Program aims to equip second level functionaries in Public Funded Institutions such as Deans, Heads of Departments, and Directors of Divisions/Schools with the leadership skills necessary for governance roles in higher education institutions.

Academic Leadership Program

Photo: Brochure of IIT Roorkee conducting the programme in collaboration with the University of Michigan.

The implementation of the LEAP Programme will be through the following 15 select Indian Institutions:

  1. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
  2. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur
  3. National Institute of Technology (NIT) Trichy
  4. Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata
  5. Jawaharlal Nehru University
  6. Indian Institute of Technology (BHU)
  7. University of Delhi
  8. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  9. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai
  10. University of Hyderabad
  11. National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA)
  12. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur
  13. Jamia Milia Islamia
  14. Banaras Hindu University
  15. Aligarh Muslim University (AMU)

The Government of India has identified the leading foreign Universities for the training. The international collaborating institutions are:

Prof D. P. Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission (UGC), has urged all Vice-Chancellors and Directors to encourage their eligible faculty across all disciplines to register and complete this refresher course.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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October 30, 2018

President Kovind attends the 24th Convocation of Himachal Pradesh University at Shimla

Himachal University, India

ENLARGE

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the degree to a student at the 24th Convocation of Himachal Pradesh University, at Shimla, in Himachal Pradesh, India, on October 30, 2018.

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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October 29, 2018

Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, releases the book ‘Prominent Sikhs of India’ authored by Dr. Prabhleen Singh and published by Panjab University Chandigarh

Book on Sikhs

ENLARGE

Photo: Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, releasing the book ‘Prominent Sikhs of India,’ authored by Dr. Prabhleen Singh and published by Panjab University Chandigarh, in New Delhi on October 29, 2018. On the extreme right is Panjab University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Raj Kumar.

New Delhi, October 29, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, has said that he salutes the valor, commitment and contribution of Sikhs to the humanity especially in the turbulent contemporary times of mistrust, prejudice and intolerance. He was addressing the gathering after releasing the book ‘Prominent Sikhs of India,’ authored by Dr. Prabhleen Singh and published by Panjab University Chandigarh, here today.

More than 100 distinguished Sikhs were present on occasion.

The Vice President said that the Book highlights the achievements of 50 living Sikh legends from various walks of life and it is a fitting tribute to the founder of Sikhism Shri Guru Nanak Dev Ji.

The Vice President said that Guru Nanak Ji had made an immense contribution to this great nation with his commitment to serve the poorest of the poor, irrespective of caste creed and religion. He had laid the foundation to build a society whose primary duty lies in helping the people and participating in nation-building, he said. Sikhs have always shielded the nation whenever the need arose, he added.

The Vice President said that the youth must draw inspiration from the life and stories of great leaders who have made their mark. It is our essential duty to motivate the child to stay put in the nation and contribute to development, he added.

“I am happy that a young doctor, Prabhleen Singh, has put in much efforts to bring out the stories of valor, service and hard work of 50 great living Sikhs.

“I am sure this book will inspire and instill confidence in youth and encourage them to take the lead in scripting the country’s growth story.

“My compliments once again to Dr. Prabhleen Singh, and the publisher — Panjab University, Chandigarh — for bringing out the stories of great men and women!” Mr. Naidu said.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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October 24, 2018

QS Announces Asia's 500 Best Universities for 2019

QS University Rankings

QS University Rankings

Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, inaugurates the new building of the Department of Energy Science & Engineering and Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering, at IIT Bombay, in Mumbai on August 11, 2018. [File Photo]

London, October 24, 2018 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds has released the rankings of Asia’s 500 best universities. The National University of Singapore takes back the leadership of the Asia ranking from Nanyang Technological University, and the University of Hong Kong moves three places to second. However, it is Mainland China’s universities that have made the most significant impact with five in the top 20 - two more than last year - all improving their position. Japan is the second most represented country, followed by India and South Korea.

Number of ranked universities by location

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 — Top 10

  1. National University of Singapore (Singapore)
  2. The University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  3. Nanyang Technological University Singapore (Singapore)
  4. Tsinghua University (China)
  5. Peking University (China)
  6. Fudan University (China)
  7. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (Hong Kong)
  8. Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (South Korea)
  9. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
  10. Seoul National University (South Korea)

The 2019 list features over 400 universities from 17 countries in Asia and adopts a methodology that consists of 11 indicators:

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 — INDIA

QS RANK — INSTITUTION

Led by Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT Bombay), India has eight universities among the top 100 universities in Asia. IIT Bombay is ranked 33 followed by IIT Delhi (40), IIT Madras (48) and Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (50).

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 — PAKISTAN

QS RANK — INSTITUTION

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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October 23, 2018

Girls’ Education should be the Centre of Women Empowerment: Vice President of India

India Jamia University

Photo: Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, addresses the 13th convocation of Jamia Hamdard University, in New Delhi on October 23, 2018.

New Delhi, October 23, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, has said that girls’ education should be the center of women empowerment. Addressing the 13th convocation of Jamia Hamdard University, here today, he stressed the need to empower students, especially girls by providing skills, apart from academic excellence to compete in the global job market.

The Vice President appreciated the efforts of Jamia Hamdard Management and faculty for having almost 50% enrolment of female students in its Hamdard programs and said that educating girls of all sections of society is a vital factor in the overall development of the nation.

There is nothing more important than educating women - it is the one sure shot, a consistent gauge of progress for practically every development indicator, from mortality declines to economic growth, democracy, and justice, he said.

“Jamia Hamdard currently houses one of the pioneering colleges in the field of Nursing Education. I understand that there is a fierce competition happening to obtain a seat in the prestigious Rufaida College of Nursing at Jamia Hamdard. I appreciate that graduates and teachers of the Nursing College of Jamia Hamdard have won global recognition for their committed service,” Mr. Naidu stated.

Mr. Naidu told the students in the medical profession not to let technology and gadgets overtake people and relationships. “Always respond sensibly, sensitively, reservedly and mildly to people who come to you suffering from ailments of the mind, body, and spirit. Always be kind, for there is no virtue like kindness,” he advised.

“The world is now truly a global village, and you are all ready to take a global journey,” the Vice President said. “Each step you take in the right direction will make you, your family, and your nation proud. The University expects you to remain forever worthy of the degree that is being conferred upon you today, and become ambassadors of your alma mater.”

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat.

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President of India Addresses 15th Convocation of Symbiosis International University

Universities, India

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the degrees to the students, at the 15th Convocation of the Symbiosis International University, at Pune, in Maharashtra on October 23, 2018.

The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 15th convocation of the Symbiosis International University in Pune, today, October 23, 2018.

The President said that India had been a center of learning for centuries. From Taxila to Nalanda, the subcontinent’s age-old universities attracted students from different parts of Asia and beyond. In modern times as well our campuses have been open to and welcoming of talented young people from many countries, especially those in our neighborhood and Africa.

The President said that it is worth noting that 46,144 international students from 166 countries study in various colleges, universities, and institutions of higher learning in India. Symbiosis plays a significant role in this process. He was happy to note that over 1,000 international students study in Symbiosis. Of those who are graduating today, 329 students are from 33 countries other than India. He said that this adds to the multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Symbiosis’s campus, and promotes goodwill among nations.

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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October 22, 2018

Vice President of India addresses Convocation of Lovely Professional University at Phagwara, Punjab

Vice President Naidu, Professional University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, arrives at the 12th Asia-Europe Meeting, at the Europa Building, in Brussels, Belgium on October 18, 2018. [File Photo]

Phagwara, Punjab, India. October 22, 2018 — The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, today exhorted universities and higher educational institutions in the private sector to earmark a certain percentage of seats for the weaker sections and subsidize their education.

Mr. Naidu was delivering the 9th Convocational Address of the Lovely Professional University at Phagwara, Punjab.

The Vice President pointed out that the public sector alone cannot provide quality higher education for all and the private sector must pitch in. He said that industries and the private sector, in general, should supplement the efforts of the government in making quality education available to all. “Our challenge is to ensure the spread of knowledge to every section and every corner of our country,” he added.

Calling for a complete overhaul of our education system, the Vice President said that majority of our colleges had become breeding centers for producing students with degree certificates rather than individuals with critical analytical skills.

“In the 2019 Times Higher Education’s global rankings, no Indian University has figured in the top 200 institutions. These rankings underscore the need for higher education institutions to improve the standards by leaps and bounds to make them globally competitive,” Mr. Naidu stated.

“Dear graduating students, today is an occasion to remember fondly for the rest of your lives. Strive to become independent thinkers and use your knowledge and competencies for the betterment of society for building a strong, modern and prosperous India,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I am quite happy to be in this beautiful and imposing campus of Lovely Professional University to participate in its Convocation. I want to congratulate LPU, a young university, for its enthusiasm to provide quality education and prepare students to face the challenges of the global society in the 21st century,” the Vice President concluded.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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October 20, 2018

University of Pennsylvania's Kleinman Center for Energy Policy awards 4th annual Carnot Prize to India Minister, Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal

Photo: Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal, Government of India.

PHILADELPHIA, October 19, 2018 — The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design has awarded its fourth annual Carnot Prize to Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Coal and former Minister of Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Government of India. The award recognizes the pathbreaking transformations in India’s energy sector under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Carnot Prize is the Kleinman Center’s annual recognition of distinguished contributions to energy policy through scholarship or practice. The most prestigious award in the energy sector, Carnot Prize is named after French physicist Nicolas Sadi Carnot who recognized that the power of the steam engine would “produce a great revolution” in human development. The Carnot Prize is intended to honor those leading revolutions in energy policy to further progress and prosperity.

“We applaud the Honorable Minister Goyal for his courageous work in crafting policy capable of meeting the biggest challenges in energy,” said Frederick Steiner, dean and Paley Professor at PennDesign.

“It is a testament to the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that this work energizing the lives of 1.3 billion Indians is being globally recognized with the Carnot Prize by the University of Pennsylvania,” said Goyal.

The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that in the year 2000, less than half of India’s population had access to electricity. Now, more than 80 percent of the population has access to power. If this pace continues, India will have universal electrification by 2020, “one of the largest successes in the history of electrification.”

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy operates within the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to create the conditions for policy innovation that support a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy.

The University of Pennsylvania is an Ivy League school.

Sources: University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Ministry of Railways, Government of India.

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October 15, 2018

QS Announces India University Rankings 2019; its First-ever Exclusive Ranking of India's Higher Education Institutions

QS India Rankings

QS India Rankings

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi presenting the awards at the Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay in August 2018. [File Photo]

LONDON, October 15, 2018 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, the global higher education think tank responsible for the world’s most-consulted world university rankings, released their first standalone ranking of India’s higher education institutions.

The inaugural edition of the QS India University Rankings is designed to offer an independent analysis of the performance of Indian institutions. The rankings include Public Universities, Private Universities, and H.E. Institutions or Deemed Universities.

IIT Bombay is named India’s leading institution. IITs take up seven of the top-10 places. IIS Bangalore takes the second spot. Twenty Indian institutions receive full marks in the Staff with Ph.D., the indicator designed to identify the extent to which institutions are cultivating a highly-qualified faculty body. In the research productivity indicator, nine institutions achieve a score between 98.4 and 100.

IIT Bombay, Madras, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and the University of Delhi enjoy outstanding regard among the nearly 43,000 international employers surveyed, while IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, and the IIS Bangalore were the most voted by 83,000+ international academics polled.

On a metric-by-metric basis, other institutions also stand out such as the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, which achieves the highest score of the QS’s indicator of research impact, adjusted for faculty size.

Ben Sowter, Research Director, QS, said: “This inaugural table evaluates the Indian institutions through independent and international lenses. The results reveal that research productivity at leading Indian institutions is increasing and the impact of such research is gradually rising. They also enjoy a good standing with employers while they achieve less recognition with their international academic peers, perhaps suggesting the need to intensify regional and global collaborations.”

Institutions have been scored on academic reputation (30 per cent), employer reputation (20 per cent), faculty-student ratio (20 per cent), proportion of staff with PhD (10 per cent), papers per faculty from Scopus database (10 per cent), citations per paper from Scopus database (5 per cent), proportion of international students (2.5 per cent) and proportion of international faculty (2.5 per cent).

QS India University Rankings 2019

  1. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB)
  2. Indian Institute of Science
  3. Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM)
  4. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD)
  5. Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP)
  6. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK)
  7. University of Hyderabad
  8. University of Delhi
  9. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR)
  10. Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG)
  11. University of Calcutta
  12. Jadavpur University
  13. Anna University
  14. University of Mumbai
  15. Banaras Hindu University
  16. Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad
  17. Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
  18. Indian Institute of Technology Indore
  19. Savitribai Phule Pune University
  20. Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  21. Indian Institute of Technology Ropar
  22. Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar
  23. Symbiosis International (Deemed University)
  24. Institute of Chemical Technology (UDCT), Mumbai
  25. Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) - Allahabad
  26. Manipal Academy of Higher Education
  27. National Institute of Technology Rourkela
  28. Jamia Millia Islamia
  29. National Institute of Technology Tiruchirappalli
  30. Tamil Nadu Agricultural University
  31. Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology
  32. G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Pantnagar
  33. Aligarh Muslim University
  34. OSMANIA UNIVERSITY
  35. Indian Institute of Technology Patna
  36. Tezpur University
  37. Bangalore University
  38. SRI VENKATESWARA UNIVERSITY
  39. University of Calicut
  40. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  41. Amity University
  42. INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES), DHANBAD
  43. Mangalore University, Mangalore
  44. Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT)
  45. Dr. Harisingh Gour University (University of Sagar), Sagar
  46. Andhra University
  47. University of Kerala
  48. Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  49. Panjab University, Chandigarh
  50. The University of Mysore.

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October 10, 2018

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) Cracks the Whip on Universities; Directs Each to Streamline its Admission Process and Disclose its True Worth to the Public, Or Face the Prescribed Punishment

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University Grants Commission, India

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Photo: The Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh; Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Dr. Satya Pal Singh; and the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the Higher Educational Profile 2017-18, at the National Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Directors, in New Delhi on July 27, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, October 10, 2018 — India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) is cracking the whip on universities by issuing stern directions on how they should treat the Admission Seekers. This was disclosed by the Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, at a press conference in New Delhi today. The University Grants Commission (UGC) would issue a Notification on refund of fees and non-retention of original certificates by Higher Education Institutions to facilitate students in their admission.

The University Grants Commission Notification on Refund of Fees and Non-Retention of Original Certificates is being brought out for the facilitation of the students. Now no student will be required to submit an original academic and personal certificates at the time of submission of admission form and Students’ will get the refund of fee from the Institution if they withdraw their admission from the programme. This notification shall apply to Under Graduate, Post Graduate and Research Programmes run by Universities included under Section 2(f) of the UGC Act, all Colleges under their affiliating domain and Institutions declared as Deemed to be Universities under Section 3 of the UGC Act.

Salient features of the Notification:

The HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) can charge fees in advance only for the semester/ year in which a student wants to engage in academic activities. Collecting advance fees for the entire programme of study is strictly prohibited.

The institute will be required to refund the fees, in case a student withdraws from the programme, in the following manner:

No student will be required to submit an original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, and school leaving certificates at the time of submission of admission form. In case it is needed, the institution concerned will only ensure verification of the same with the original certificates and these shall be returned to the students immediately. No institution can take an original document into their custody.

No HEI can make it mandatory for applicants to purchase the institutional prospectus at any time during the time of the study.

To make an applicant choose an institution wisely, all HEIs will be required to disclose on their website and prospectus the following information:

All HEIs will be mandatorily required to have a Grievance Redressal Mechanism (GRM), according to the provisions of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulations, 2012. This GRM shall be available on the HEI website, and the HEIs will be required to ensure that all grievance received are addressed within 30 days.

This notification provides for initiation of the following strict punitive actions by the Commission against defaulting HEIs:

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

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World Investment Forum, Geneva, 22-26 October 2018 — Heads of State, Private Sector and International Leaders to Boost Investment in Sustainable Development

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Photos: Students from Chinese university during the visit to UNCTAD. Group photo in front of the Place des Nations, at the UN’s European Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. August 16, 2018. Images provided by & Copyright © UNCTAD.

Geneva, 9 October 2018 - More than 5,000 participants from 160 countries will meet in Geneva to thrash out major new investment-for-development initiatives at UNCTAD’s World Investment Forum 2018 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland from 22-26 October.

The high-level conference comes amid mounting disquiet about declining investment flows and their impact on efforts to meet the ambition of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community three years ago.

“Global flows of foreign direct investment fell by 23% in 2017,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said. “Cross-border investment in developed and transition economies dropped sharply, while growth was near zero in developing economies. With only a very modest recovery predicted for 2018, this negative trend is a long-term concern for policymakers worldwide, especially for developing countries.”

Private sector investment in developing countries, totaling $3.9 trillion a year, is needed to generate economic activity to meet the Sustainable Development Goals - the core of the 2030 Agenda -according to UNCTAD research. Current levels leave an investment gap of some $2.5 trillion.

Marking its 10th anniversary, the biennial World Investment Forum remains the premier venue to forge partnerships between investment and development stakeholders to close this gap.

A unique gathering of high-level players from the global investment-development community, the forum provides an opportunity to hold an open dialogue, brainstorm solution-oriented initiatives and foster global alliances to advance prosperity for all. This year’s event comprises some 60 functions, including three summits, five ministerial roundtables, private-sector led sessions and several awards ceremonies.

Besides giving participants a chance to spotlight priorities for attracting and channeling investment that will drive sustainable development, the forum sessions will also focus on transformative actions and innovative financing modes for growth, such as blockchain, sustainability bonds, and blended finance.

Speakers from business and special guests include more than 30 top executives of multinationals, among them Aviva, De Beers, Coca-Cola, ContourGlobal, Jumia, Lavazza, PwC, Siemens Financial Services, UBS, and the heads of stock exchanges including those in Bombay, Johannesburg, Luxembourg, Nasdaq Nordic, SIX and Shenzen, as well as the leaders of sovereign wealth and pension funds.

Fourteen heads of state and government have confirmed they will attend, including those from Armenia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Cambodia, the Central African Republic, Kenya, Lesotho, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malawi, Mongolia, Montenegro, Namibia, Sierra Leone, and Switzerland.

More than fifty ministers from developed and developing countries and 21 heads of international organizations will join them.

In addition to United Nations entities, 50 other organizations will be at the event, including the Commonwealth, the International Labour Organization, the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Organization of Securities Commissions, the International Telecommunication Union, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Economic Forum, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank Group.

These partnerships have generated exciting new content for this year’s participants, including an in-depth look at the relationship between sport and development, co-hosted with the International Olympic Committee and, on the annual United Nations Day, 24 October, a session on the role of investment in peace and security.

Five independent tracks will run in parallel with the main forum, with a special programme for parliamentarians, a multidisciplinary academic conference, an investment village, the 35th anniversary session of the Intergovernmental Working Group of Experts on International Standards of Accounting and Reporting (ISAR), and the 2018 UNCTAD Youth Forum, taking youth entrepreneurship as its theme.

Previous World Investment Forums took place in Accra, Ghana (2008), Xiamen, China (2010), Doha, Qatar (2012), Geneva, Switzerland (2014) and Nairobi, Kenya (2016).

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Geneva

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October 1, 2018

Keep Your Campus Clean! — India's Human Resource Development Minister presents Swachhata (Cleanliness) Ranking Awards 2018 for Higher Educational Institutions

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Photos: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, presented the Annual Swachhata Rankings Awards for the cleanest and most hygienic higher educational institutions, at a function, in New Delhi on October 01, 2018.

India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, conferred Swachhata (Cleanliness) Ranking Awards 2018 for higher educational institutions in New Delhi today. The Ministry has selected 51 higher educational institutions for Swachhata Ranking Awards in 8 different categories.

Javadekar said that cleanliness must be a habit in students and it can be developed only in educational institutions. Therefore, his Ministry is promoting and rewarding cleanliness efforts of educational institutions.

The Minister emphasized that we should educate our society about solid waste management, electronic waste management, and water harvesting techniques so that we may make our country more eco-friendly and clean.

The Union Minister also released two books during the event — 1. Elective Course Curriculum on Swachhata and Waste Management, 2. Booklet on 60 HEIs campus and Village Swachhata Activities.

Minister of State for HRD, Dr. Satya Pal Singh; Secretary, Higher Education, R. Subrahmanyam; Chairman UGC, Prof. D.P.Singh; and Chairman AICTE, Anil Sahasrabudhe were also present during the event.

Maharishi Dayanand University in Rohtak, Haryana, has been ranked the cleanest government university followed by Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Among the residential campuses of private universities, Pune’s Symbiosis International University leads, followed by OP Jindal Global University in Sonipat.

In the Residential Colleges Category, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh, tops in the country.

FINAL LIST OF INSTITUTIONS FOR SWACCHATA RANKINGS 2018

CATEGORY: GOVERNMENT UNIVERSITIES

  1. Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak
  2. Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
  3. Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi
  4. Alagappa University, Karaikudi
  5. Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur

CATEGORY: UNIVERSITY (RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Symbiosis International University, Pune
  2. O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat
  3. KLE Academy of Higher Education & Research, Belagavi
  4. Manipal University, Jaipur
  5. Sri Ramachandra Medical College & Research Institute, Chennai
  6. Reva University, Bengaluru
  7. Shiv Nadar University, Gautam Buddha Nagar
  8. Lovely Professional University, Kapurthala
  9. Dravidian University, Kuppam, Chittoor
  10. Koneru Lakshmaiah Educational Foundation, Guntur

CATEGORY: UNIVERSITY ( NON-RESIDENTIAL)

  1. ITM University, Raipur
  2. The Northcap University, Gurugram
  3. Dr. C.V. Raman University, Bilaspur
  4. R.K. University, Rajkot
  5. Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi

CATEGORY: COLLEGE ( RESIDENTIAL)

  1. MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh
  2. PSG College of Arts & Science, Coimbatore
  3. St. Aloysius College, Mangalore
  4. Sri Krishna Arts & Science College, Coimbatore
  5. G.D.C. Memorial College, Bhiwani

CATEGORY: COLLEGE ( NON-RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Sri Parasakhti College of Education for Women, Courtallam, Madurai
  2. Prince Academy of Higher Education, Sikar
  3. Prince Shikshak Prashikshan, Sikar
  4. Mahendra College of Education, Namakkal
  5. Kautilya Mahila T.T. College, Kota

CATEGORY: TECHNICAL INSTITUTIONS /UNIVERSITIES ( RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Coimbatore
  2. Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
  3. Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, Bhubaneswar
  4. Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology, Delhi
  5. Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences Deemed University, Karad
  6. NIIT University, Neemrana
  7. Kalasalingam Academy of Research & Higher Education, Srivilliputhrur
  8. Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
  9. Atal Behari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, Gwalior
  10. National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirapalli

CATEGORY: TECHNICAL COLLEGE (RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Panimalar Engineering College, Chennai
  2. Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore
  3. Sri Sai Ram Institute of Technology, Chennai
  4. Sri Shanmugha College of Engineering and Technology, Salem
  5. National Institute of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship & Management (NIFTEM), Sonipat
  6. ABES Institute of Technology, Ghaziabad

CATEGORY: TECHNICAL COLLEGE ( NON-RESIDENTIAL)

  1. Easwari Engineering College, Chennai
  2. Christ Institute of Management, Ghaziabad
  3. Mahatma Gandhi Mission’s Medical College, Mumbai
  4. Sri Nandhanam College of Engineering and Technology, Vellore
  5. Onkar College of Pharmacy, Sangrur

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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September 29, 2018

Prime Minister of India addresses the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence in New Delhi

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Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the inauguration of the Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence, in New Delhi on September 29, 2018.

New Delhi, 29 September 2018 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed a Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence, in New Delhi, in which the Vice-Chancellors and Directors from more than 350 universities in India participated.

Mr, Modi said that when one thinks of resurgence or revival, the first image that comes to mind is of Swami Vivekananda, who presented before the world, the strength of Indian thought.

The Prime Minister recalled Swami Vivekananda’s emphasis on self-reliance, character building, and human values, as elements of education. The Prime Minister said innovation is another vital element of culture today.

Recalling the ancient Indian texts, the Vedas, the Prime Minister said that we could not imagine our society, our country, and even our lives, without knowledge. He said that our ancient universities such as Taxila, Nalanda, and Vikramshila, gave importance to innovation, besides knowledge.

Narendra Modi said that today, no country or person could live in isolation. He mentioned the importance of thinking concerning ‘global citizen’ or ‘global village.’ He said our Universities and Colleges should be leveraged to find solutions to the challenges facing us. We should “Interlink Institutions to Innovate and Incubate,” he added.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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September 28, 2018

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, will inaugurate Conference on Academic Leadership tomorrow

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Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, with the Vice Chancellors of Central Universities and Visitor’s Awardees, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on May 02, 2018. [File Photo]

New Delhi, September 28, 2018 — A “Conference on Academic Leadership on Education for Resurgence” is being organized on 29th September 2018 in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, in which the Vice-Chancellors and Directors from more than 350 universities are participating.

The theme of the Conference is to deliberate on the challenges facing the Indian education system and to work out a plan for a paradigm shift both regarding achieving academic outcomes and the regulation of education.

The Conference would be inaugurated in the morning by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, which will be followed by breakout sessions covering following eight thematic areas:

Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, will chair the valedictory session, in which each of the eight groups will make the presentation on their opinion on the best course of action. It will be debated further in the Plenary Session to arrive at a comprehensive action plan for the advancement of higher education in India.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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September 26, 2018

Oxford tops Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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Photo: Sheldonian Theatre (built in 1668), University of Oxford. The University of Oxford tops Times Higher Education’s this year’s list of the best universities in the world. (Image Credit: Harry NL).

LONDON — Times Higher Education (THE) today announced its World University Rankings 2019, which includes more than 1,250 universities, making it THE’s biggest international league table to date.

This global universities performance table judges research-intensive universities across all of their core missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. “We use 13 carefully calibrated performance indicators to provide the most comprehensive and balanced comparisons, trusted by students, academics, university leaders, industry and governments,” Times Higher Education said after the announcement.

According to THE, “The calculation of the rankings for 2019 has been audited by professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), making these the only global university rankings to be subjected to full, independent scrutiny of this nature.”

• The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge lead this year’s list of the best universities in the world.

Yale University is the only newcomer to the top 10, joining at eighth place, up from 12th. Meanwhile, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich has fallen out of this elite group, dropping from joint 10th to 11th place.

Tsinghua University is now the top university in Asia, after rising eight places to 22nd, becoming the first Chinese institution to lead the continent under the current methodology.

Elsewhere in Asia, Japan has overtaken the UK as the second most-represented nation in the world, with 103 institutions (the UK has 98).

France has a top 50 university for the first time since 2011, while several leading universities in Italy, Spain, and Canada have risen.

Overall, 86 countries are represented, including Iraq, Jamaica, Nepal, Tanzania, and Kazakhstan for the first time.

THE World University Rankings 2019: Top 30

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

THE World University Rankings 2019

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Source: Times Higher Education (THE)

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September 24, 2018

AIRBUS and UNESCO challenge Youth to create Sustainable Solutions for Global Problems

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Photo: Airbus Fly Your Ideas 2015 runners-up Team Retrolley from University of São Paulo Brazil. From left: Fausto Mascia, Academic mentor University of Sao Paolo, Denise Ikuno, Lucas Otsuka, Tadeu Omae, Maki Shintate, Lucas Neumann.

The next generation of innovators can now submit their proposals tackling one of the six challenges set out by Airbus for its sixth global Fly Your Ideas competition (Electrification, Data Services, Cyber Security, Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence and Mixed Reality).

The biennial competition is a celebration of creativity and innovation to solve real industry challenges. Open to university teams from across the world, including all disciplines from engineering and information technology to marketing and design, the competition is an opportunity for students to unleash their pioneering spirit, working at the cutting edge of digital technology alongside industry experts. UNESCO granted patronage to Fly Your Ideas in 2012.

“Fly Your Ideas is an inspirational endeavor for students around the world and UNESCO is proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. “The new challenges will allow students to think outside the box and come up with sustainable solutions for global problems beyond aerospace - exactly what the world needs from our future generations!”

The submission phase would end on 16 November 2018. A team of Airbus specialists from across the business will review and evaluate all submitted ideas. The live final of Fly Your Ideas will be held in 2019, where students will have the opportunity to showcase their ideas to an audience of industry experts.

Airbus is seeking ideas that could change aerospace in the decades to come and create a safer, cleaner and better-connected world. The competition is an opportunity for students to build valuable employment skills including teamwork, project management, and presentation skills and to apply their classroom learning to real-world challenges.

Sources: AIRBUS and UNESCO

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