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October 15, 2018

QS Announces its First-ever 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
  35. Indian Institute of Technology Patna
  36. Tezpur University
  37. Bangalore University
  39. University of Calicut
  40. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham (Amrita University)
  41. Amity University
  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.


SOURCE QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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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

University Grants Commission, India

University Grants Commission, India


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





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

Clean Campus Awards


Clean Campus Awards


Clean Campus Awards

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.



  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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


  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

Prime Minister of India

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

India, Universities


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

Oxford University

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

Institutions from INDIA


Source: Times Higher Education (THE)

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September 24, 2018

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




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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September 20, 2018

Vice Chancellors of more than 50 Universities in India attend National Workshop on Graded Autonomy

Universities, India

Photo: Chairman, University Grants Commission of India (UGC), Prof. D. P. Singh, releasing a publication. [File Photo]

New Delhi, September 20, 2018 — India’s Human Resource Development Minister, Prakash Javadekar, today addressed the “National Workshop on Graded Autonomy” organized for Vice Chancellors of Universities.

Mr. Javadekar said that “Autonomy is crucial for the Higher Educational Institutions to achieve excellence and the Government is committed to ensuring the autonomy of our Universities.”

The workshop has been jointly organized by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and University Grants Commission (UGC) for providing a platform to Vice-Chancellors from around 63 universities categorized as Category I and Category II Institutions under UGC Regulations on Graded Autonomy. The senior officers of MHRD, UGC, and select State governments were also present on this occasion, besides participants from 55 HEIs.

Mr. Javadekar said that UGC regulations on graded autonomy is a significant reform and the universities should fruitfully utilize this opportunity. Terming the 63 ranked universities as “cream of the cream,” he further said that the Universities need to maintain high academic standards to sustain their autonomy. Citing the example of American Universities, he said that the best universities attract the best talent from around the world and thereby make an essential contribution to the development of the country.

A detailed presentation was made by Prof D P Singh, Chairman, UGC, on graded autonomy, highlighting the various aspects of UGC Regulations on Graded Autonomy which provide an enabling framework to Universities for adopting a decentralized management culture, ensuring freedom to HEIs on deciding academic issues.

Presentations were made by Vice Chancellors of Banaras Hindu University, Guru Nanak Dev University, Alagappa University, BITS Pilani, Symbiosis International, Institute of Chemical Technology, and O. P. Jindal Global University, highlighting their roadmap for achieving the objectives of graded autonomy.

During the open interactive session, the Vice Chancellors expressed their concerns and shared their experiences while implementing the Autonomy Regulations. The Secretary, Higher Education, MHRD, Mr. R. Subramanyam, interacted with the Vice Chancellors and assured them that his Department would appropriately address their concerns.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi.

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September 13, 2018


Student Academy Awards

Photo: Sofia Carson arrives on the red carpet of The 90th Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Image Credit: Aaron Poole / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo].

LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy has voted 19 students as winners of the Student Academy Awards 45th competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members. The 2018 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (International Film Schools)

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

Documentary (International Film Schools)

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

Narrative (International Film Schools)

First-time honors go to MOPA (Motion Pictures in Arles) France, and the University of Hertfordshire, England. This year, the Student Academy Awards honors one returning winner in the Domestic Narrative category, Brian Robau, a Silver Medal winner in 2016 for “It’s Just a Gun.” Additionally, for the first time, a team of five directors is being honored in the International Animation category.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2018 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 59 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 11 awards. This year, two 2017 Student Academy Award winners received Oscar nominations in the Live Action Short Film category: Kevin Wilson, Jr., a Gold Medal winner in the Domestic Narrative category for “My Nephew Emmett,” and Katja Benrath, a Gold Medal winner in the International Narrative category for “Watu Wote/All of Us.”

Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There, the Academy will announce the medal winners - gold, silver, and bronze - in the seven award categories.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Source: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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September 10, 2018

India Government considering Exclusive Hostels for Students from the Northeast States studying elsewhere in India

India Women Press Corps

Photo: Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel & Public Grievances, with the members of the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC), in New Delhi on August 27, 2018. [File Photo].



Photo: The Vice-Chancellor, Panjab University, Prof. Raj Kumar (right), calling on the Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in New Delhi on September 08, 2018.

New Delhi, September 9, 2018 — India’s Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region has undertaken the task of constructing independent hostels for students from the country’s Northeast in such Universities where the number of these students is reasonably high.

An exclusive hostel for North Eastern students is under construction in the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. Development of a similar hostel is complete at Bangalore University. Also, a piece of land has been acquired to construct a hostel for Northeast students undergoing studies in the Delhi University.

Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region, Personnel & Public Grievances, gave this information while interacting with Prof Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of Panjab University, who had come to meet him with a request for setting up of a separate hostel for students from Northeast and Jammu & Kashmir in the premises of Panjab University at Chandigarh. Prof Kumar informed the Minister that there is a considerable number of students from those areas and in the absence of a separate hostel facility they have to look for accommodation outside the University campus.

Dr. Jitendra Singh assured the visiting VC that his ministry would sympathetically examine the feasibility of such a separate hostel in the premises of Panjab University at Chandigarh. He told the VC that he would also check with the Ministry of Human Resource Development its views on this issue and whether it could provide the requisite funding.

Source: Ministry of Personnel & Public Grievances, Government of India.

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August 31, 2018

India Government launches 'Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)'

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Photo: India Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar.

To ensure that Innovation is the primary fulcrum of all Higher Education Institutions, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India, is introducing ‘Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARIIA)’ to rank education institutions and universities on innovation-related indicators. ARIIA will consider all significant signs which are commonly used globally to list the most innovative education institutions/universities in the world.

“ARIIA ranking will certainly inspire Indian institutions to reorient their mindset and build ecosystems to encourage high-quality research, innovation, and entrepreneurship. More than quantity, ARIIA will focus on the quality of innovations and will try to measure the real impact created by these innovations nationally and internationally. Moreover, ARIIA will set tone and direction for institutions for future development for making them globally competitive and in the forefront of innovation,” the Ministry said.

“For India to emerge as a global innovation hub, the higher education institutions need to play a crucial role to create a sustainable innovation ecosystem,” the Ministry explained.

ARIIA will primarily focus on five main parameters

Indicators — Weightage

Application Open Date: 15th Oct 2018.

Last Date: 30th Nov 2018.

The announcement of ARIIA ranks: April 2019.

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August 23, 2018

Prime Minister of India attends convocation of Gujarat Forensic Sciences University

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing at the 4th Convocation of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on August 23, 2018.

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at the 4th Convocation of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on August 23, 2018. The Governor of Gujarat, O.P. Kohli, and the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Vijay Rupani, are also seen.

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today attended the convocation ceremony of the Gujarat Forensic Sciences University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

He described the University and its students as pioneers. He appreciated the students for their persistence in selecting a stream that is conventionally believed to be unconventional but is highly essential for today’s age. He said that these traits of self-belief and determination would help the students in times to come.

The Prime Minister said that a robust forensic science setup helps in ensuring public safety and curbing crime much the same way as an efficient police force and a competent judiciary.

Forensic science is crucial since it makes a potential criminal fear that he is very likely to be caught if he commits a crime, the Prime Minister said.

“Not just India, but from across the globe, Law Enforcement Agencies are coming forward to ask for help from your university. Your university is getting a reputation at the international level by helping many countries by providing training and consultancy to their people.”

“I have been told that in the last five years, Gujarat Forensic Science University has trained more than six thousand officers. The University has trained more than 700 police officers from more than 20 countries. After returning to their respective countries, the officers are using their knowledge and skills to keep their country and society safe today. It is a matter of great pride for all of you and Gujarat that this University is playing such a decisive role in Global Security on the strength of its training and education.”

“Friends, criminals and ways of committing crime are constantly changing. To deal with the rapidly changing crime scenario, you have to develop newer techniques to make it clear that we will not spare the criminals. The Government is establishing a State of the Art lab at Central Forensic Science Laboratory, Chandigarh. I am confident that in the coming times, we will be able to speedily and accurately investigate crimes,” Mr. Modi told the audience.

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August 11, 2018

Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addresses Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Bombay

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Photo: The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, delivering the convocation address at the 56th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Mumbai on August 11, 2018.

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Photo: An award winner at the 56th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, in Mumbai on August 11, 2018.

Mumbai, India, August 11, 2018 — The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today delivered the convocation address at the 56th Annual Convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

“IIT Bombay is one of those institutions of independent India which were conceived to give a new direction to nation building through technology. For the past 60 years, you have continued in this mission. During this time, you have established yourself among the top institutions of the world. Your institution is celebrating its Diamond Jubilee. However, more important than that, all the diamonds which are present here in front of me, who are graduating today, who have been graduating from here, are illuminating the name of India all over the world,” Mr. Modi told the gathering.

“The result of the continuous efforts of the last six decades is that IIT Bombay has made its place among the country’s selected Institutions of Eminence. So now you are going to get the financial help of Rs. 1000 crores which would be useful in the development of infrastructure here in the future. I congratulate you and the whole team for this,” Mr. Modi said, referring to the “Institution of Eminence” status the Government of India has accorded to the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. See this post for more information —

Government of India grants "Institution of Eminence" status to Six institutes

“The nation is proud of the IITs, and what IIT graduates have achieved. The success of the IITs led to the creation of several engineering colleges around the country. The IITs inspired them, and this led to India becoming one of the world’s largest pools of technical workforce. Over the years, the IITs have built Brand India globally. IIT graduates went to America and excelled there: first as students in Universities and then as technology experts, entrepreneurs, executives and in academics. It was a large number of IIT students who built the IT sector in India, brick by brick..or I should say, click by click,” Mr. Modi declared.

“The degree you have received today is a symbol of your dedication to your goal. Remember that this is just a pause, the real challenge is waiting outside. What you have achieved till today and what you are going to do now is linked with the expectations of yourself, your family, and the hundred and fifty million countrymen. What you are going to do will be the basis of the New India. Once again many Good Wishes and Congratulations. I consider myself honored that I have had the opportunity to spend some time among you all,” Mr. Modi concluded.

The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar; the Governor of Maharashtra, C. Vidyasagar Rao; the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis; and many other dignitaries attended the gathering.

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August 8, 2018

Vice President of India calls for Strong, Non-Profit, Philanthropic Private Universities

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Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting medals to the students at the 7th Convocation of O.P. Jindal Global University, in New Delhi on August 07, 2018.

New Delhi, India, August 7, 2018 — “Strong, non-profit, philanthropic private universities, aimed at providing quality education and promoting academic freedom need to emerge at the earliest,” the Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, said while addressing the 7th Convocation of O.P. Jindal Global University, here today.

“This process needs to go hand-in-hand with the development of existing public universities that suffer from inadequate funding for faculty and infrastructure,” Mr. Naidu added.

“Sadly, the World University Rankings over the years have not been featuring even a single Indian university in the list of top 200 ranked institutions of the world. I am deeply conscious of the fact that other developing countries like China have made vast strides in quality higher education, while India has lagged behind. We need to change this dismal scenario and infuse new values and future-oriented thinking in our universities, particularly by learning from best practices of other universities around the world which have leapfrogged in a short duration,” Mr. Naidu said.

“I believe that our universities should have open doors to collaborations with the best institutions in the world to ensure student mobility, joint faculty research, and joint projects. That way, some of the deficits in our system can be overcome through knowledge transfer. We are in an era where innovation need not mean reinventing the wheel on all aspects of university management and functioning. We can easily pick up good ideas and adapt them to Indian conditions, provided we have an open mind.”

“Our institutions are still saddled with unnecessary bureaucratic baggage, narrow academic politics, and absence of visionary administrative leadership. Financial weakness and low quality of higher education are two sides of the same coin. I wish to emphasize that significant private sector contributions are vital for new and innovative universities to come up.”

“To create world-class universities, we must draw from experiences around the world, and, a mere glance at top-ranked public and private universities around the world makes it apparent that the non-profit system is one effective way to ensure excellence in teaching, research, and capacity-building,” Mr. Naidu observed.

“I have noted that O.P. Jindal Global University has a large number of full-time foreign faculty members recruited from top universities across the world. Let me end by congratulating once again the graduating students. Remember that India and the world are waiting for you to make a valuable contribution to public well-being. No matter which profession you take up after graduating, always keep high moral values as your guiding principle,” Mr. Naidu concluded.

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August 6, 2018

University Grants Commission of India (UGC) asks Registrars of all Universities to Refund Interest Gained against Grants or Aids and Report Compliance

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New Delhi, August 6, 2018 — The University Grants Commission of India (UGC) has asked all the Universities to refund the interest against grants or aids released to them.

“All interests earned against grants-in-aid released to university should be mandatorily remitted to the UGC account after finalization of accounts. Any interests earned out of grants-in-aid should not be treated as additional funds over and above the allocation,” the commission said in a communication to Registrars of all Universities.

The UGC has asked the universities to refund the amount at the earliest and send the compliance report to it.

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August 4, 2018

UN Information Service conducts the United Nations Graduate Study Programme at the UN Office, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

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Photos: Participants of the United Nations Graduate Study Programme in front of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. 13 July 2018. UN Photos / Jean-Marc Ferré.

To deepen the understanding of the United Nations system through first-hand observation and study, the United Nations Information Service conducts Graduate Study Programme at the United Nations Office at Geneva each year.

This seminar provides an opportunity for outstanding graduate and postgraduate students from all over the world to deepen their understanding of the principles, purposes, and activities of the United Nations and its related agencies.

The 56th Graduate Study Programme was held at the Palais des Nations from 2 to 13 July 2018. It comprised lectures given by senior members of the United Nations and the Geneva-based specialized agencies.

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August 1, 2018

Higher Education Institutions remain committed to advancing the Global Sustainable Development Goals in collaboration with the United Nations

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Photo: United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed (left), meets with Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe.

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Photo: UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, speaks at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea while attending the Global Engagement and Empowerment Forum on Sustainable Development (GEEF-SD). Seoul, South Korea. UN Photo/Mark Garten.

New York: UNESCO, as a partner of the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), joined the “Higher Education Sustainability Initiative Global Event,” held at United Nations Headquarters, at the margins of the High-level Political Forum 2018.

The global event for higher education institutions brought together diplomats, UN officials, education experts, university administrators and students to share their experiences and strategies for advancing the sustainable development agenda. University administrators from all over the world participated in the discussion, including from the University of São Paulo, Universidade de Cabo Verde, Universidad de Monterrey, Rutgers University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

Liu Zhenmin, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that equal access to education for all men and women is a fundamental building block for sustainable peace and sustainable development.

Lily Gray, Senior Program Specialist and Liaison Officer from UNESCO’s New York office, moderated the session on highlighting innovative collaborations between Higher Education Institutions and the United Nations. In her opening remarks, Ms. Gray stressed the importance of Education for Sustainable Development, which empowers learners with knowledge, skills, and values they need to address the social, environmental and economic challenges of the 21st century. UNESCO representative emphasized that universities and higher education institutions have a pivotal role to play in Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, by contributing to analysis and diagnosis of sustainability challenges to inform policy, conducting research and providing advice on strengthening national education systems and capacity building for sustainable development across different sectors.

The interactive discussion explored how the world is integrating 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into sustainability strategies, research, teaching, pedagogy, and campus practices, and how it is positioning higher education institutions as crucial drivers for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Higher Education Sustainability Initiative (HESI), is a partnership between United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, UNESCO, United Nations Environment, UN Global Compact’s Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) initiative, United Nations University (UNU), UN-HABITAT, UNCTAD, and UNITAR. With commitments from over 300 universities from around the world, it provides higher education institutions with a unique interface between higher education, science, and policy-making.

UNESCO is the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education. As such, it contributes to developing evidence-based higher education policies. In line with Target 4.3 of Sustainable Development Goal 4 that says “by 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university,” UNESCO provides technical support to the Member States to review higher education strategies and policies in order to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability. Through its UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme, UNESCO partners with higher education institutions to advance teaching, learning and research that supports the development of sustainable knowledge societies.

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July 28, 2018

India's Three-Day VCs’ Conference on Research & Innovation in Higher Education ends with a 10-point resolution for transforming Universities into institutions engaged in cutting-edge research

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New Delhi, India, July 28, 2018 — Vice-Chancellors from across the country today reaffirmed their commitment to improving the quality of teaching-learning process and achieving the UGC Quality Mandate in Universities and the affiliated institutions by 2020 and NAAC accreditation for all institutions by 2022.

The one-of-its-kind 3-day Conference on “Research and Innovation” for the Vice-Chancellors & Directors of Higher Educational Institutions was organized from July 26-28 and inaugurated by Prakash Javadekar, the Minister for Human Resource Development with Dr. Satya Pal Singh, MoS for Human Resource Development as Guest of Honour. The Secretary (Higher Education), MHRD; the Chairman, UGC; Chairman, AICTE; officials of MHRD and the UGC; Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities; Directors of Central Institutions such as IITs, IIMs, IISc, NITs, IIITs, IISERs and other central institutions participated in the conference.

More than 600 Vice-Chancellors and Directors attended the conference, which coincided with the auspicious occasion of “Guru Purnima.”

The Conference had six sessions on themes ‘promoting research and innovations’, ‘quality mandate,’ ‘teachers training,’ and ‘digital initiatives.’ The conference had open forums where all delegates freely interacted with the HRD Minister on the issues of higher education and deliberated over the actions required to achieve the quality education. 65 universities/institutions made presentations on achievements and best practices related to the themes of the conference.

The Conference unanimously adopted the following 10-Point Resolution:


  1. Reaffirm our commitment for achieving the UGC Quality Mandate in our respective Universities and the affiliated institutions by 2020 and NAAC accreditation for all institutions by 2022;
  2. Adopt and implement Learning Outcome-Based Curriculum Framework (LOCF) in HEIs by updating curriculum from the academic year 2019-20; Adopt Learner Centric teaching-learning processes by suitable improvement in the pedagogy;
  3. Participate in the Induction Training of newly recruited teachers and annual Refresher Training of all the teachers using the SWAYAM and take measures for improving the motivation levels of teachers;
  4. Enhance research productivity of our respective institutions by orienting teachers and students to participate in competition-based research funding schemes;
  5. Create an innovation culture and eco-system, including administrative and financial support, academic freedom and flexibility for promoting innovation; encourage participation in the Smart India Hackathon; facilitate setting up start-ups by students;
  6. Sensitize the students and encourage them to actively participate in the social/economic betterment of the community by adopting at least five villages under the Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan;
  7. Give a significant fillip to Vocationalisation of higher education by participating in the relevant schemes under National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) duly modified for the requirements of higher education students, and also achieve constructive links with the industry;
  8. Encourage the use of digital learning resources among students and teachers; approve SWAYAM courses for credit transfer; use the resources like e ShodhSindhu, and National Digital Library; and upload degrees on National Academic Depository;
  9. Create awareness about ethics in research and the provisions for checking plagiarism and weeding out predatory journals;
  10. Strive for a smart and Swachh campus, and also mentor the schools around our institution and the affiliated colleges to motivate the students/teachers therein to strive for academic excellence.

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July 27, 2018

India is holding a three day National Conference of Vice Chancellors of Universities and Directors of Higher Education Institutions

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Photo: Keep Your University/College Campus Clean! India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, releasing the “Swachh [Clean] Campus” Manual along with the Higher Educational Profile 2017-18 and the All India Survey of Higher Education (AISHE) Report 2017-18.

New Delhi, India, July 27, 2018 — On the auspicious occasion of Guru Purnima, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development organized a National Conference of Vice Chancellors & Directors of Higher Education Institutions of India in New Delhi today. Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, chaired the conference and Minister of State for HRD Higher Education Dr. Satya Pal Singh also graced the occasion.

The three- day Conference started on 26th July and will culminate on 28th July 2018. All Vice Chancellors of Central Universities, State Public Universities, Deemed to be Universities, State Private Universities, Directors of Central Institutes, such as IITs, IISc., IIMs, IISERs, IIITs, NITs and other central institutions are participating in the Conference.

Addressing the participants, Javadekar said that all research projects of the ministry would be made available to teachers and students of all Universities. Turnitin software will be available at no cost basis to all Universities in the country. It would check plagiarism.

The Minister released the All India Survey on Higher Education (AISHE) report 2017-18, Higher Education Profile 2017-18, and “Swachh [Clean] Campus,” a manual for Swachhta [Cleanliness] of Higher Education Institution campuses.

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