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April 6, 2020

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) asks University Vice-Chancellors and College Principals to look after the Mental Health and Psycho-Social Concerns of the Student Community in the wake of the COVID-19.

UGC, Students

New Delhi, April 6, 2020 — In a letter to the university vice-chancellors and college principals issued today, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked them to take the following measures for the mental health, psycho-social aspects and well-being of the students during and after COVID-19.

• Psycho-Social Toll-Free Helpline for Behavioural Health of Students — 0804611007.

Stay Indoors, Stay Healthy, Stay Safe.

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March 31, 2020

Researchers at Three Institutions receive COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Grants to Study Drugs for Treating and Preventing COVID-19.

Mastercard, Oxford University

PURCHASE, NY - March 30, 2020 - Today, the partners in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator announced grants of $20 million to three institutions—the University of Washington, University of Oxford, and La Jolla Institute for Immunology—to fund clinical trials to identify highly potent immunotherapies for the COVID-19 pandemic.

These grants mark the first investments to come from the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator, a large-scale initiative launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard to speed the development of and access to therapies for COVID-19. Currently, there are no broad-spectrum antivirals or immunotherapies available to prevent or treat COVID-19.

“These grants to leading institutions in their fields will advance our understanding of how existing drugs and antibodies can contribute to addressing the pandemic we’re facing around the world,” said Mark Suzman, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “These initial investments through the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator will bring rigor to the study of these potential solutions. The way forward will be informed by sound science and shared data.”

Also, newly announced funding from government and philanthropic donors has added to the Accelerator’s initial funding. The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative committed $25 million, and the U.K. government invested £40 million last week. The additional funds will allow the Accelerator to continue making grants to study repurposed drugs and investigate biological compounds for activity against COVID-19.

The researchers will investigate two well-established drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine. Both these drugs have known antiviral properties. These drugs treat malaria and a variety of rheumatological conditions. The trials aim to determine whether the drugs are effective as pre- and post-exposure preventive therapy for COVID-19. While these drugs both show initial promise, rigorous scientific evidence is needed to make decisions on how, where, and within which populations to use them in this pandemic.

The University of Washington will conduct a multi-site clinical trial in Western Washington and the New York City area, in collaboration with New York University’s School of Medicine, investigating whether hydroxychloroquine can effectively prevent COVID-19 in people already exposed to the infection. The trial will enroll up to 2,000 asymptomatic men and women who are close contacts of persons with confirmed or pending COVID-19 diagnoses. Participants will be randomly assigned to take hydroxychloroquine or a placebo over two weeks, and samples will be collected and tested daily to confirm new COVID-19 infections across the two groups. Sandoz, a Novartis division, has donated the hydroxychloroquine doses needed to conduct the study. Participant enrollment will begin in April.

The University of Oxford will lead a study of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in preventing COVID-19 in at-risk health care workers, frontline staff, and other high-risk groups. More than 40,000 participants in Asia and Europe would receive the drugs as daily prophylaxis for three months. The project, known as COPCOV, aims to determine definitively whether these drugs can prevent COVID-19 and thus protect the vital health care workforce. Participant enrollment will begin in April.

Nick Cammack, COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator Lead at Wellcome, said: “Investment in research is the world’s only exit strategy from COVID-19. Drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics are vital for saving lives, ending this pandemic, and preventing it from happening again. Now is the time to evaluate whether existing drugs will prove to be safe and effective. We urge others to join us in this collective global effort. Investing now in the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator is necessary if we are to change the course of this pandemic.”

In addition to funding drug trials, the Accelerator will provide $1.73 million to the La Jolla Institute for Immunology to establish a Coronavirus Immunotherapy Consortium, known as CoVIC. The effort will bring together scientists from around the world and enable them to share and evaluate candidate antibodies side by side in a blinded, multidisciplinary analysis to identify ideal therapeutic combinations. Antibody therapies protect frontline health care workers, contacts, and others who are exposed, as well as treat those who have already become sick.

“Today’s grants are an important next step in the Therapeutic Accelerator’s commitment to identifying and scaling treatments to combat COVID-19,” said Mike Froman, vice chairman of Mastercard. “To provide therapeutic solutions to this global pandemic, particularly for those most vulnerable, we need to speed up the research and development process through a collaborative funding effort by the private sector, philanthropic organizations, and governments. We welcome the participation of new organizations that can contribute the resources needed to help bring an end to this crisis.”

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March 30, 2020

Chandigarh University Distributes Food to Neighbouring Villages During the Nationwide Lockdown to Fight the Global Pandemic

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Photo: Team Chandigarh University at Gharuan village, distributing meals to poor and needy people.

Chandigarh, India, March 30, 2020 — Amid 21 days lockdown announced in India, the daily wagers working in factories and construction labor are braving the heat as they are confronting challenges to earn and find food for themselves and their families. Rising to the situation with the spirit of gesture in times of crisis, Chandigarh University is distributing cooked meals two times a day to poor & needy in the six neighborhood villages — Gharuan, Batta, Mankheri, Mamupur, Roorkee Pukta, and Madauli.

The distribution drive started from the first day of the lockdown and will continue throughout the 21 days, the University said. The meals are cooked in the University Mess and then transported to different locations using the institution’s transportation. Jai Vardhan, one of the volunteers participating in the drive, said, “We are currently catering to feed about 500 persons daily, but we can increase our capacity if more demand arises in the coming days.”

“Although the Government of Punjab is ensuring the distribution of food to the poor and needy community throughout the state, yet as an institution, it is our social responsibility to help the lower sections of the society in whatever manner we can,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University (CU).

“CU is also running an awareness campaign to educate the people and residents of villages about the safety precautions from the dreaded pandemic,” Mr. Sandhu added.

The University said that its team is also distributing free hand sanitizers prepared by its Department of Applied Health Sciences.

Chandigarh University (CU) is an autonomous educational institution approved by the University Grants Commission. It is the youngest University in India to be certified with A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

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March 22, 2020

College Consensus Ranks Public Universities in the USA.

College Consensus

Universities, USA

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Photo: A scene from the UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) Campus. Image Credit: Corey Seeman.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C., — College Consensus has published its ranking of the Best Public Colleges and Universities in the USA. College Consensus is a college rating website that aggregates publisher rankings and student reviews.

To identify the Best Public Colleges and Universities in 2019, College Consensus combined the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of real student reviews to produce an individual consensus score for each school. According to Consensus editors, “College Consensus gathers the publisher rankings and student reviews from around the web and distills the results into simple, easy to understand scores so students can quickly and easily compare schools.”

“The College Consensus methodology pulls together rankings from U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and Wallethub, averaging all of a given school’s numbers to get the Publisher Rating. Then we average student reviews from sites like Cappex, Niche, Student Review, and more, to get the full picture of how students see their colleges, which we call the Student Review Rating. Put them together, and we have the College Consensus,” the Consensus editors explained.

To help prospective college students and their families evaluate the educational options open to them, College Consensus has identified the best public colleges and universities.

• Top 30 Public Universities in the USA (According to College Consensus)

  1. University of California, Los Angeles - Los Angeles, CA
  2. The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI
  3. University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley, CA
  4. University of Virginia - Charlottesville, VA
  5. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, NC
  6. University of California, Santa Barbara - Santa Barbara, CA
  7. University of Texas - Austin, TX
  8. University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI
  9. University of California, Davis - Davis, CA
  10. University of Florida - Gainesville, FL
  11. Purdue University, Main Campus - West Lafayette, IN
  12. Georgia Institute of Technology, Main Campus - Atlanta, GA
  13. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Champaign, IL
  14. University of California, Irvine — Irvine, CA
  15. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University - Blacksburg, VA
  16. College of William and Mary — Williamsburg, VA
  17. James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA
  18. Ohio State University, Main Campus - Columbus, OH
  19. California Polytechnic State University, San Luis - Obispo, CA
  20. University of Washington - Seattle, WA
  21. The College of New Jersey - Ewing, NJ
  22. Citadel Military College of South Carolina - Charleston, SC
  23. University of Georgia - Athens, GA
  24. Texas A & M University-College Station - College Station, TX
  25. Michigan State University - East Lansing, MI
  26. Pennsylvania State University - University Park, PA
  27. University of California, San Diego - La Jolla, CA
  28. University of Pittsburgh - Pittsburgh, PA
  29. Appalachian State University - Boone, NC
  30. Clemson University - Clemson, SC

“Public schools often get ignored in rankings, despite their critical mission,” Consensus editors explained, “While the Ivy League and the wealthy, elite private research universities may get the most press attention and dominating rankings, public colleges and universities are a vital part of higher education in America.”

• Public schools generally provide a more affordable and accessible option for students than private colleges, helping to democratize higher education and build a more broadly educated citizenship.

“College Consensus gets the broadest ranking of the best public schools in the U.S. by bringing together a full selection of data from publishers and student reviews. National publishers use surveys, investigation, and statistics to rank colleges, while students writing their reviews use their own experience,” the Consensus editors elaborated. “College Consensus is a new approach to college rankings. We combine the latest results from the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores.”

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March 19, 2020

Orlando Software Company Offering Complimentary Accounts to Colleges and Universities

Colleges

Colleges, Universities

ORLANDO, Florida, March 18, 2020 — To aid colleges and universities who must move to an online-only operation, Engineerica Systems is offering complimentary accounts of “Accudemia,” their award-winning center management and cloud-based software. These accounts are available free of charge through the rest of the academic semester.

Wanting to help as many people as possible during this time, Engineerica, Inc., will assist higher education institutions by providing a complimentary “Accudemia” account to academic student service centers such as tutoring, advising, or counseling. It would aid higher institutions as they transition to virtual offerings and services.

“Accudemia” allows center staff and students to arrange appointments and meet virtually, even from their homes. The platform also automates confirmation and reminder emails with a customized message so college staff can provide students detailed instructions for their meetings. Staff, advisors, or tutors can also log meeting notes and schedule future meetings. Administrators will be able to track and report these meetings.

“The Coronavirus disrupted everyone’s lives on a global scale and is forcing colleges to move their operations online on short notice,” says Engineerica’s president Mon Nasser. “We wanted to help in this transition by offering our academic center management technology to any educational institution that can benefit from it. This technology will help students get the assistance they need from college staff without risking exposure to the virus. To provide the fastest possible assistance, we decided to offer the service to new users at no charge from now until the end of the semester. Since this is a cloud-based system, setup is quick and easy, and users can access it from anywhere at any time. Our Orlando-based tech support department will help in the setup and usage of the system. There are no strings attached to this offer. We are only looking to do what we can to combat the negative effects of this pandemic and help our community.”

Engineerica, Inc., of Orlando, Florida, USA, is a technology firm founded in 1995.

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March 6, 2020

India's Human Resource Development Minister felicitates Vice-Chancellors of Women Universities and Women Principals of Delhi Colleges as part of International Women's Day Celebrations organized by the University Grants Commission (UGC).

International Womens Day India

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Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, with the Vice Chancellors of Women Universities and Women Principals of Delhi Colleges, at an event to mark the International Women’s Day, in New Delhi on March 06, 2020.

New Delhi, March 6, 2020 — To mark the International Women’s Day 2020, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, felicitated the Vice Chancellors of Women Universities and Women Principals of Delhi Colleges in New Delhi today. The University Grants Commission (UGC) had organized the celebrations.

The Minister also launched the SAKSHAM portal, developed by UGC, that aims to empower women on campuses through creating awareness on the current opportunities and initiatives, support, and redressal mechanism. The web resources (Government and United Nations policy documents) are made available to women students and employees of Higher Education Institutions through the portal.

• The Minister explained that the UGC’s SAKSHAM portal brings together information on all women-oriented initiatives and provides a platform for registering complaints related to violence and harassment against women in Higher Education Institutions. He further informed that an ‘Upload your Complaint’ option under Grievance Redressal is available on the portal.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that a healthy academic environment is a necessary prerequisite for ensuring the empowerment of women. The Minister informed that the New Education Policy is in the final stage, and it would have special provisions, funding, and scholarships for girl students.

• The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) is a statutory body set up by the Indian Union government per the UGC Act 1956 under the Ministry of Human Resource Development. UGC is responsible for the coordination, determination, and maintenance of standards of higher education in India. It provides recognition to universities and disburses funds to such recognized universities. UGC has its headquarters in New Delhi.

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March 4, 2020

QS announces World University Rankings by Subject 2020 — MIT is the World Leader.

QS World University Rankings

MIT Campus

Photo: A building at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

LONDON, March 4, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education think-tank, today released the tenth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject. This ranking is an extensive guide to the performance of more than 13,000 individual university programs, taken by students at 1368 universities, in 83 locations worldwide, across 48 academic disciplines, and in five broad Faculty Areas.

• Massachusetts Institute of Technology is the world-leader in 12 subject tables - more than any other institution. Harvard University leads in 11 subjects, while the University of Oxford leads eight tables.

Key trends include:

• The United Kingdom’s university programs have recorded an overall year-on-year improvement, with more rises (306) than drops (238);

• The number of top-50 programs - those ranking in the top 50 for their subject - offered by American universities has decreased from 806 in 2018 to 769 in 2020;

• Mainland China records 100 top-50 programs for the first time, though its universities’ rate of improvement is slowing;

• The National University of Singapore is Asia’s best-performing institution: 8 of its programs rank among the global top-10;

• India’s universities begin recording moderate improvements, with 53 programs improving and only 29 declining: there is also an increase in the number of top-50 and top-100 programs provided by Indian higher education;

• Russia’s higher education system has continued to improve, with an increase in top-50 and top-100 programs;

• Latin America’s best-performing overall system is Colombia, while the continent’s leading individual institutions are Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (12 top-50 programs) and Brazil’s Universidade de São Paulo (11 top-50 programs).

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February 26, 2020

India's Human Resource Development Minister launches Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators.

India Universities, UGC

British Council India

UGC, British Council India

New Delhi, February 26, 2020 — The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, today launched the ‘Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrator.’ It is a joint initiative of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the British Council under the auspices of the UK India Education and Research Initiative. Mr. Amit Khare, Secretary, MHRD; Prof. D.P. Singh, Chairman, UGC; Ms. Barbara Wickham OBE, Director, British Council India, and other officials from the Ministry of Human Resource Development, University Grants Commission and the British Council were present during the launch of the program.

HRD Minister Pokhriyal said that this is a unique program that will address the critical aspect of enhancing leadership capacity in the mid and senior level functionaries of Indian Universities. He said that the program would be a step towards institutional development in line with our Governments’ commitment to improving the quality of education imparted in our Universities. He added that the program would lead to developing a more global outlook and promote learning for inclusive and internationally connected higher education systems. The Minister also said that the program would serve as a stimulant for the functionaries to improve their performance and capabilities, which consequently shall enhance the institutional profile and reputation of Universities in India.

• The main objective of the program is to train the senior and middle-level academic administrators to enable them to bring about systemic changes with renewed approaches, capacity, tools, and skills in Universities in India. The “Higher Education Leadership Development Programme for Administrators” would ensure effectiveness on the part of the administrative functionaries of the Universities.

• The program includes two workshops conducted by UK trainers, which will train about 300 academic administrators in the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar to enable them to bring about professional transformation in the higher education institutions. Further, to make the program sustainable, 30 potential future leadership development program trainers from among the 300 participants will be chosen and will be given additional training to train others.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will conduct this program in collaboration with ‘Advance HE’ as the training partner with globally recognized institutional expertise and leadership excellence from the UK, which is being enabled by the British Council in India.

The UGC has issued the following notification in this connection:

“INVITATION OF APPLICATIONS FROM UNIVERSITIES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR ADMINISTRATORS”

WHO CAN APPLY

Central Universities funded by the University Grants Commission.

State Public Universities included under section 2(f) & 12B of the UGC Act.

TARGET GROUP

Administrative functionaries at the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar of the eligible Universities.

HOW TO APPLY

Eligible Universities shall apply in the prescribed format.

Eligible Universities shall nominate 3-5 functionaries in order of preference at the level of Registrar and Joint/Deputy/Assistant Registrar.

To ensure gender diversity in the program, at least one of the top three nominees should be a female.

The application should be duly forwarded and signed by the Vice-Chancellor/authorized signatory of the university.

The last date for receipt of the application is March 16, 2020.

PROCEDURE FOR SELECTION

The UGC would assess the application based on criteria such as Participating Institution’s commitment to the program; Experience, achievements, and potential of the participants; Clarity of program goals; Potential impact of the program; and Sustainability and transferability beyond the curriculum.

The names of the selected universities and participants, along with the schedule of training, shall be announced by the end of March 2020.

Full notification and the prescribed format for application are available from the UGC.

• For any further query, universities may write to the UGC or directly contact Mr. Mriganka Sekhar Sarma, Education Officer, International Cooperation, UGC.

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— Incidentally, the Editor is a Member of the Association of University Administrators, UK.


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February 23, 2020

Chandigarh University sets National Record in Research & Innovation in India.

WIPO

Photo: Flags of the Member States of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on display at the WIPO Headquarters in Geneva. Copyright © WIPO. Photographer: Emmanuel Berrod. Image provided by WIPO. [File Photo]

CHANDIGARH, India, February 22, 2020— The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland, informs that Asia accounted for more than two-thirds of all patent, trademark and industrial design applications in 2018. China boosted the overall growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) rights. The United States of America (US) maintained its supremacy in patent applications filed in export markets.

“Asia continues to outpace other regions in filing activity for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, and other intellectual property rights. And these intellectual property rights are at the center of the global economy,” said WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry. “China alone accounted for almost half of all the world’s patent filings, with India also registering impressive increases. Asia has become a global hub for innovation.”

China’s IP office received the highest number of patent applications in 2018. A record of 1.54 million applications that amounts to 46.4% of the global total. IP offices of the US (597,141), Japan (313,567), the Republic of Korea (209,992), and the European Patent Office (174,397) followed China’s IP office. Together, these five offices accounted for 85.3% of the world’s total.

Germany (67,898), India (50,055), the Russian Federation (37,957), Canada (36,161) and Australia (29,957) also featured among the top 10 offices. All of these offices saw growth in filings, ranging from 7.5% in India to 0.3% in Germany.

Chandigarh University

• In India, Chandigarh University has emerged as one of the best educational institutions of the country that have filed the maximum number of patent applications in 2018-19. “We are contributing towards making India self-reliant in developing new technologies and getting a top position in Global Innovation Index,” the University said.

The latest data released by the government of India’s Office of Controller General of Patent Design and Trademarks for the year 2018-19, tells that Chandigarh University had the highest number, 336 patents, filed by its students and faculty. IITs, 23 of them, had jointly filed 557 patents, followed by 336 patents by Chandigarh University alone. India’s leading IT company Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), followed Chandigarh University with 239 patent applications. The fourth position in this list is held by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) with 202 patents. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), a Public Sector Company, got the fifth rank by filing 135 patents.

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Photo: Detailed Chart Showing the Number of Patents filed by Chandigarh University. Image provided by Chandigarh University.

While giving details about the patents filed by Chandigarh University students and faculty, its Vice-Chancellor said, “Department of Mechanical Engineering leads the university departments with 176 patents filed. The Department of Electronics and Communication Engineering follows it with 59 patents and the Department of Computer Science with 44 patents.” “The students and faculty of Bio-Technology and Pharmacy have filed more than 25 patents in the field of Health Sciences and Medicine, which is yet another way of contributing towards society”, the Vice-Chancellor remarked.

“Higher Education Institutions or Universities have a major role to play in the field of research which contributes towards the economic prosperity of any nation,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University. “We at Chandigarh University through our intensive R&D initiatives are trying to convert ‘Make in India’ dream turn into a reality so that our country no longer has to be dependent on developed nations for the transfer of technology. The robust work of our Core Research Groups increased the number of patents filed by Chandigarh University from 336 to 500 in 2019.” he added.

According to Chandigarh University, its campus hosts more than 30 ultra-modern R&D Labs and Innovation Centers established by leading companies like Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, SAP Labs, IBM, Honda, Hyundai, Volvo-Eicher, Virtusa, IHG Academy, The Taj Academy, and Piramal Foundation. Here students are given hands-on practical exposure on the new age technologies under the guidance of Industry Experts. The University has earmarked an annual budget for Research & Innovation.

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) has awarded Chandigarh University with the prestigious ‘A+’ Grade. (The nearby Lahore Pakistan origin Panjab University has NAAC Grade ‘A’.) Chandigarh University offers more than 109 undergraduate and postgraduate programs in the field of engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

|GlobalGiants.Com|

— The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that works for the protection of intellectual property throughout the world.

—The Editor is an Alumnus of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Academy, Geneva, Switzerland.


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February 19, 2020

India's University Grants Commission (UGC) asks all Universities and Colleges to celebrate International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) on 21 February.

International Mother Language Day

India, Unesco

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and the Director-General, UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay signing an agreement during their meeting in New Delhi on February 04, 2020.

New Delhi, February 18, 2020 — The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) will celebrate the International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) on February 21 across the country. The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, will be the Chief Guest at the main event to be held in New Delhi on February 20, 2020. Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank will be the Guest of Honour. The theme of the program is ‘Celebrating our Multilingual Heritage’ reflecting the spirit of “Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.”

International Mother Language Day (IMLD) is a worldwide annual observance forming a part of UNESCO’s calendar of events, held on February 21 to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. UNESCO first announced it on November 17, 1999. It was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 2008. The latter called upon its member states “to promote the preservation and protection of all languages used by people of the world.”

MHRD, along with educational institutions and language institutions, is celebrating International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) for the past three years. This year also the educational institutions will organize activities like Elocution, Debating, Singing, Essay Writing, Painting, Music, Dramatic Performances, Exhibitions, and Cultural Events.

India has unparalleled linguistic and cultural diversity. Therefore the Government of India has decided to celebrate International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) every year. The government would promote the use of mother tongues to achieve the following objectives:

Meanwhile, India’s University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked all Universities and Colleges to celebrate International Mother Language Day (Matribhasha Diwas) on February 21, 2020.

“In case the colleges are closed on February 21, 2020, on account of Mahashivaratri, they may celebrate it a day earlier or a day after February 21, 2020. They should upload the report on the celebration of the occasion on the UGC Activity Monitoring Portal by February 22, 2020, 5 P.M.” the UGC notification said.

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International Mother Language Day

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Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, with the students in traditional Indian attires who had welcomed him in 22 Indian languages, on the occasion of Mother Language Day, in New Delhi on February 20, 2020. The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’ and the Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel, are also present.


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February 16, 2020

FOIL/FOIA as the Last Resort. The National Press Club Journalism Institute to conduct Workshop on Getting Public Information through the Front Door.

National Press Club, Washington

National Press Club, Washington

Photo: Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka pose before his luncheon address to the National Press Club, May 27, 2014. Image Credit: Al Teich / National Press Club. [File Photo]

WASHINGTON, DC, February 15, 2020 — The National Press Club has announced that its Journalism Institute would organize a workshop where three accomplished reporters would show how to get the “government records you always wanted but weren’t quite sure how to find.”

As a reporter, filing a Freedom of Information Act request should be your last resort. The government documents you need may be hiding in plain sight, the Club Announcement said.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a federal law that requires the United States government to fully or partially disclose information and documents controlled by it upon specific request.

The U.S. states have analogous freedom of information laws. A FOIL (Freedom of Information Law) request to the New York State, for instance, is similar to an FOIA request to the U.S. Federal Government.

The FOIL/FOIA Workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 19, at:

National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
13th Floor, Conference Rooms
Washington, DC 20045.

Panelists:

• Jerry Zremski, Washington Bureau Chief for the Buffalo News.

Zremski will share tactics from his dogged coverage of Rep. Chris Collins’ investments, which led him to a pump-and-dump scheme that caught the attention of federal prosecutors. Zremski will describe how he uses available public records to connect dots and track the work of the congressional delegation he covers for his readers.

• Alex Mann, Crime and Courts Reporter for the Capital Gazette in Annapolis.

Mann has pursued a case in the Capital Gazette newsroom. Mann will discuss how to use court records to keep abreast of a running story, how to discover new ones, and how to question any document that is declared confidential.

• Alison Fitzgerald Kodjak, Investigative Editor for the Associated Press.

Kodjak has covered money in politics, the financial crisis, the BP oil spill, and health care policy by digging through government agency records. Kodjak will share tips that fueled her award-winning coverage at the National Public Radio, the Center for Public Integrity, and as a reporter at Bloomberg News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Palm Beach Post.

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February 6, 2020

UNESCO Director-General Commends India for Promoting Education of Girls

UNESCO, India, Universities

Photo: Amer, Rajasthan, India, February 05, 2020. The students of Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Amer, Rajasthan, presented the UNESCO Director-General her pencil sketch showcasing their promising artistry.

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Photo: The Director-General, UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay meeting the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, in New Delhi. February 04, 2020.

New Delhi, February 06, 2020 — The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, has commended India for successfully promoting the education of girls in the country. On a three-day official visit to India, Ms. Azoulay spoke to the media today. She said that India had influenced the vision and objectives of UNESCO through the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. She expressed confidence that India and UNESCO would carry forward this relationship further to realize their shared goals. Terming her earlier meeting with the Minister of Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, as a very fruitful one, she said she was delighted to see India’s efforts at making quality education available to every section of the society.

Ms. Azoulay noted India’s work with satisfaction and said that India’s role is crucial for the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. She appreciated the programs for the management skills of teachers. She was also pleased with India’s efforts at ensuring inclusion in education and the use of technology in this field.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, is in New Delhi for a three-day visit to India from the 4th to February 06, 2020. Her visit re-emphasizes India’s close ties with UNESCO. She visited the city of Jaipur yesterday.

The Director-General also called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her visit.

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February 4, 2020

Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, in New Delhi

Unesco, India

Photo: India’s Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahalad Singh Patel, presenting the souvenir Charkha (Spinning Wheel) to the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, in New Delhi on February 04, 2020.

Unesco, India

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, and the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, signing the second operational agreement of MGIEP, during their meeting, in New Delhi on February 04, 2020.

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Photo: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, met with the Union Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, in New Delhi on February 04, 2020. Other dignitaries, including the Higher Education Secretary and the UGC Chairman, were also present.

Unesco, India

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Photo: The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, visits Humayun’s tomb in Delhi. Humayun’s tomb was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.

Ms. Audrey Azoulay is in New Delhi for a three-day visit to India from the 4th to February 06, 2020. India enjoys close ties with UNESCO since its inception in 1946 and shares with it the ethos of the promotion of peace and intercultural dialogue.

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January 30, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India chairs the Meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) in New Delhi.

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Photos: The Minister for Human Resource Development of India, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, chairs the meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU), in New Delhi on January 30, 2020.

New Delhi, January 30, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal’ Nishank’, chaired the meeting of the Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (INCCU) in New Delhi today. The Representative of India to the Executive Board of UNESCO, J.S Rajput, Secretary HRD cum Secretary General of INCCU, Amit Khare, members of the INCCU, and senior officials of the Ministry also attended the meeting.

The membership of the National Commission consists of members of five Sub Commissions, namely, Sub Commission for (i) Education (ii) Natural Sciences (iii) Social Sciences (iv) Communication (v) Culture. The members of the Sub Commissions briefed the chair about the activities carried out by their respective Sub Commissions.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that the National Commission could play a dominant role in coordinating the activities of the institutions under each of the five sub-commissions so that India’s efforts and achievements get outstanding support, acknowledgment, and recognition across countries. Our work needs to be projected more at the international level so that we can contribute more towards the fulfillment of the objectives of UNESCO while also strengthening India’s image globally.

The Minister said that India is one of the founding members of UNESCO and has always played an active role in promoting its ideals and objectives in the fields of education, culture, communication, natural sciences, and social and human sciences. He added that the Government of India is fully committed to the attainment of 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, and every Ministry is making considerable efforts in this direction.

Mr. Pokhriyal further highlighted that in the field of education, India is working to further UNESCO’s objective of making quality education available to everyone. The Government of India has taken many steps to improve access, equity, and quality of education. A New Education Policy is on the anvil. The Ministry has formulated the new plan after the largest ever process of consultation with stakeholders.

The Minister further said that in the culture sector, UNESCO’s programs aim to promote, preserve, and safeguard cultural heritage and spread respect for all cultures. India has an unparalleled heritage - both tangible and intangible. He added that the Ministry of Culture and the institutions under it are working to preserve the tangible and intangible heritage of the country.

He also said that India has been playing a very positive role in the field of Science by promoting scientific programs and policies as platforms for development and cooperation. He further said that India also supports UNESCO’s works towards freedom of expression, which is a critical condition for democracy and development.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that our National Commission needs to be stronger and more active. It would help showcase the excellent work we are doing and get better representation for India.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay, would be visiting India from 4th to 7th of next month.

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January 24, 2020

India Government to establish Chairs in Universities named after Eminent Women.

Women Chairs, Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Women & Child Development, Smriti Irani, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on January 23, 2020.

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 24, 2020 — On the occasion of the National Girl Child Day, the Ministry of Women and Child Development, with the assistance of the University Grants Commission (UGC), is going to set up 10 Chairs in different fields to carry out research activities to encourage women.

The initiative is called the “Establishment of Chairs in the Universities in the Name of Eminent Women Administrators, Artists, Scientists, and Social Reformers.” The main objective is to inspire women to pursue higher education and to achieve excellence in their area of work. This initiative of highlighting and celebrating women achievers of the country will motivate young girls and women towards higher studies, the Government said.

The Chairs proposed by UGC and approved by the Ministry are as under:

Subject: Proposed Name of Chair

  1. Administration: Devi Ahilyabai Holkar
  2. Literature: Mahadevi Varma
  3. Freedom Fighter: Rani Gaidinliu
  4. Medicine & Health: Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi
  5. Performing Art: Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi
  6. Forest/Wildlife Conservation: Amrita Devi (Beniwal)
  7. Mathematics: Lilavati
  8. Science: Kamala Sohonie
  9. Poetry & Mysticism: Lal Ded
  10. Educational Reforms: Hansa Mehta

The financial implications of the proposal are Rs. 50 lakh per Chair per year and the total expenditure for establishing ten Chairs will be approximately Rupees five crore per annum. The Chairs are to be created for five years initially as per the guidelines.

Academic functions of the Chairs will be to engage in research and, in turn, contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the area of the study. The Chairs would strengthen the role of the University and the academics in public policymaking and design. Further, they would execute short-term capacity-building programs for teachers in higher education focused on the designated discipline of the Chair.

The other academic functions of the Chairs will be to provide a forum for Inter-University, Inter-College, Post Graduate and Research level dialogues and discussion meetings. The Chairs would also promote conferences seminars, summer & winter schools, and publication of articles, research papers, reports, books, and monograms. Additionally, each Chair would facilitate participation in teaching and the Ph.D. programs of the associated Department or School.

While the University Grants Commission (UGC) would, from time to time, review the Chair for its continuance, the related University would review the progress of the Chair annually and submit a final report on the activities and outcome of the Chair to the UGC.

The UGC had issued the following public notice in this connection:

• PUBLIC NOTICE •

UGC is going to establish Ten (10) Chairs in different Universities in the name of Eminent Women Academicians, Administrators, Artists, Scientists, Environmentalists, and Social Reformers funded by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.

The eligible Universities desirous of setting up Chairs may send the detailed proposal containing the intended activities and academic function of the Chair, including the annual budget, to:

Dr. Jitendra Kumar Tripathi
Joint Secretary (Chairs)
Room No. 323
University Grants Commission
Bahadurshah Zafar Marg
New Delhi 110002.

All the universities qualified to receive grant-in-aid from the UGC are eligible to apply for the establishment of Chairs.

The proposal submitted should be duly signed (with stamp) by the Registrar of the University.

The proposal should reach the UGC within 21 days from the date of issue of this Public Notice.

Proposals received after the last date will not be considered.

An Expert Committee would examine the proposals and select the Universities for setting up the Chairs.

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January 21, 2020

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) warns Universities against awarding "Unspecified Degrees."

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, 21 January 2020 — The University Grants Commission (UGC), the higher education regulator in India, has asked the universities to abide by the provision of Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956 and award only such degrees as have been specified by the UGC.

In a letter sent to all the Vice-Chancellors on 20 January 2020, the Commission said that it had observed that some universities/institutions are awarding unspecified degrees leading to litigations and complex problems for the students conferred with such degrees. Further explaining the position, the Commission, in its letter, has mentioned the following provisions:

• The right of conferring or granting degrees shall be exercised only by a university established or incorporated by a or under a Central Act, a Provincial Act, or a State Act; or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3; or an institution specially empowered by an Act of Parliament to confer or grant degrees.

• Save as provided in sub-section (1), no person or authority shall confer, or grant, or hold himself or itself out as entitled to confer or grant any degree.

• For the Section, ‘degree’ means any such degree as may, with the previous approval of the Central Government, be specified in this behalf by the Commission by notification in the Official Gazette.

If a university wishes to award a degree other than the one specified by the UGC, it should approach the UGC for its approval six months before starting the degree program with a full explanation on the course it is launching, the letter from the Commission stated.

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January 6, 2020

Times Higher Education to conduct India Universities Forum, 16-17 January 2020, Noida, India.

Times Higher Education, India Forum

New Delhi, January 5, 2020 — The inaugural Times Higher Education (THE) India Universities Forum will bring together leaders from higher education, industry, and government to Amity University in Noida to discuss some of the current key challenges and opportunities that universities on the sub-continent face.

THE India Universities Forum would examine current collaborations and future opportunities for Indian universities to build close working relationships with international faculty, students, and postgraduates. It would also explore the best models of internationalization in the broader Asian context, and how Indian universities can emulate such associations.

With best-practice examples and contributions from industry and government representatives, the forum will also discuss how higher education institutions can best develop an entrepreneurial outlook to attract industry research income.

Additionally, the forum will examine how universities can drive the agenda to become key players in innovation ecosystems by establishing and stimulating collaboration between researchers and partners from industry, business, and external organizations.

A data masterclass will examine the latest Times Higher Education data on the performance of Indian universities and provide an in-depth presentation on the rankings within an Indian context. The forum will welcome an open dialogue on the most effective methodologies and the impact of international rankings on higher education development in India.

Prominent speakers include Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer, Times Higher Education (THE); Way Kuo, President, City University of Hong Kong; and Nicholas Dirks, former Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley.

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January 4, 2020

Human Resource Development Minister of India inaugurates the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

Delhi World Book Fair 2020

Delhi World Book Fair 2020

Book Fair

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, at the inauguration of the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

Book Fair

Photo: The Additional Secretary, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Atul Kumar Tiwari, at the stall of the Publications Division, during the New Delhi World Book Fair, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on January 04, 2020.

New Delhi, January 04, 2020 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nisank, inaugurated the 28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi today.

Mr. Pokhriyal said that we are in the midst of the ocean of books filled with thoughts. Thoughts give power to humanity. He said that this book fair is a place where people meet each other and generate and share new ideas.

The Minister appreciated the fact that the New Delhi World Book Fair is arguably Asia’s most significant book fair, and he was hopeful that this Fair would soon become the world’s biggest book fair.

Over 15 countries including Abu Dhabi, China, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Iran, Nepal, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sharjah, Spain, Sri Lanka, UK, and the USA, are participating in the Foreign Pavilion at the Fair.

New Delhi World Book Fair also provides a platform for B2B activities for publishers from India and abroad. These B2B sessions include CEO Speak, a Publishers Forum to be organized in association with FICCI on January 05, 2020, the New Delhi Rights Table, and a 2-day event to be held on 6 & 7 January 2020. Over 40 publishers from India and abroad will participate in the New Delhi Rights Table. The organizers will hold a National Conclave on Readership and Book Promotion on January 08, 2020, and a Business Meet with Trade Partners on January 09, 2020.

NBT (National Book Trust) has been playing a significant role in promoting Indian books and authors abroad. NBT regularly participates in major international book fairs like Sharjah International Book Fair, London Book Fair, and Frankfurt Book Fair. Recently, India was the Guest of Honour country at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair held in April 2019 and at Guadalajara International Book Fair, Mexico, in November 2019. India will also be Guest of Honour country at the forthcoming Paris Book Fair in March 2020.

At the Children’s Pavilion, several activities like seminars, panel discussions, storytelling sessions, workshops on creative writing, and illustrations, among others, will be organized to promote books and reading amongst children and young adults.

This year, the theme of the New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is ‘Gandhi: The Writers’ Writer’ to commemorate the 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi was a prolific writer, editor, publisher, printer, and institution builder. He wrote extensively in Gujarati, Hindi and English languages. The theme is an attempt to give booklovers a glimpse of how Mahatma Gandhi, a great strategic communicator, inspired and influenced generations of writers and how the writers understood and emulated Gandhi in words.

Some of the well-known writers like Anirban Ganguly, Bhawana Somaya, Kevin Missal, Madhulika Dutta, Manoshi Sinha Rawal, Sudha Murthy, Sumit Dutt Majumdar, among others will engage in lively banters with the visitors at Authors’ Corners. There will be three unique Corners, which include International Events Corner (Hall No. 7A), Reflections (Hall No. 8), and Lekhak Manch (Hall No. 12).

During the Fair, there would be various literary events, discussions, conversations with authors & scholars, book release functions, children’s activities, cultural programs, and film screenings. Well-known speakers, such as Dr. Rakesh Pande, Dr. Varsha Das, Shri Aflatoon, Shri Avinash Dudhe, Shri Firoz Khan, Ms. Fouzia Khan, Shri Suresh Sharma, Shri Rajeev Shrivastava, Shri Rajeev Raj, Ms. Shashiprabha Tewari, Prof. Akhtarul Wasey, Prof. Rizwan Kaisar, Dr. M William Bhaskaran, Dr. T Ravichandran, Dr. Sachidanand Joshi, former Justice Narendra Chapalgaonkar, Ms. Deena Patel, Shri Annamalai, and Dr. Sumer Singh Siddhu, among others, would participate in the programs.

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December 20, 2019

UN General Assembly highlights UNESCO's leading role in the Education 2030 Agenda.

United Nations, Unesco

Photo: Marina Melanidis, Youth leader and Co-director of Youth for Nature, speaks at the press conference on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Youth for Nature-Based Solutions. At left is Melati Wijsen, Climate Activist. 21 September 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Kim Haughton. [File Photo]

New York, NY, 19 December 2019 — The UN General Assembly resolution ‘Education for Sustainable Development in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’, introduced by the Group of 77 and China, calls upon the international community to scale up education for sustainable development to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The decision relates to various aspects of culture for sustainable development. It recognizes the gendered barriers faced by girls in accessing education, and the need to deliver quality education to children in conflict and post-conflict situations.

With the adoption of the resolution, the international community has recognized UNESCO’s mandated role in leading and coordinating the Education 2030 Agenda and its position as the lead agency for education for sustainable development.

The resolution emphasizes the importance of further developing and implementing educational programs to address climate change challenges. The decision also notes the significant progress made by the Global Action Programme that has exposed 26 million learners to education for sustainable development curricula and trained two million educators in this domain.

The UN General Assembly has asked UNESCO to assist the Member States in their efforts to promote education for sustainable development. The UN Secretary-General would submit a report on the implementation of the current resolution to the General Assembly at its seventy-sixth session.

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December 17, 2019

President of India Presents Visitor’s Awards 2019

Universities, India

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, at the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities in New Delhi on December 17, 2019. On the left is the Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh, and on the right is the Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

Universities, India

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, addressing the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities in New Delhi on December 17, 2019.

Universities, India

Photo: The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, presenting the 5th Visitor’s Awards, 2019, at the Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on December 17, 2019.

New Delhi, December 17, 2019 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, hosted a Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, Directors of IISERs, and Indian Institute of Science Bengaluru, today at Rashtrapati Bhavan. During the inaugural session of the Conference, the President presented the 5th Visitor’s Awards.

The Visitor’s Award - for Research in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences was presented to Prof. Sibnath Deb from the Department of Applied Psychology, Pondicherry University; for Research in Physical Sciences was presented to Prof. Sanjay Puri from the School of Physical Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University; for Research in Biological Sciences was jointly presented to Prof. Asad Ullah Khan from the Inter-disciplinary Biotechnology Unit, Aligarh Muslim University, and Dr. Partima from the Special Centre for Nanoscience, Jawaharlal Nehru University. The President conferred the Visitor’s Award for Technology Development to Dr. Shaon Ray Chaudhuri from the Department of Microbiology, Tripura University.

The President said that the objective of our central universities should be to continually grow and upgrade themselves to the best of global standards. It is here that Vice-Chancellors and Directors have to provide leadership. As an immediate goal, they should strive to become the best in the country and healthily compete with each other. After that, they must aspire to compete with the best in the world. But to achieve the levels where they can compete, they must collaborate amongst themselves, other state and private universities, and learn from the experiences of each other.

The President stated that as leaders of universities and institutions, Vice-Chancellors and Directors are also mandated to develop leadership qualities in their students. He noted that beyond classrooms and labs, students should be encouraged to take up socially-oriented ventures through NSS or other clubs. He said that developing meaningful linkages between the academic community and local industry should be a top priority. Students must be encouraged to emerge as job-creators rather than job-seekers.

Later, addressing the concluding session of the Conference, the President said that universities and higher educational institutions should play a leading role in addressing the specific challenges faced by our nation and our society. Many of these challenges require creative and innovative solutions. It is their paramount duty to ensure that their campuses emerge as spaces that nurture free expression and ideas, where experimentation is encouraged. Failure is not ridiculed but seen as learning. Also, universities should become the laboratories for exposing students to the problems concerning nation-building.

The President stated that students should be encouraged to take up academic and extra-curricular work with a distinct community orientation. He urged universities to make a conscious effort to integrate community-oriented projects as part of their curriculum.

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