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March 2, 2019

The University of California terminates subscriptions with the World’s Largest Scientific Publisher Elsevier: Pushes for Open Access to Publicly Funded Research

University of California

University of California

Photo: Sather Tower, University of California, Berkeley. Sather Tower is the third-tallest bell-and-clock-tower in the world. One can hear its 61-bell carillon many miles away. Image credit: Christian Ortiz.

UC Office of the President, Friday, March 01, 2019 — As a leader in the global movement toward open access to publicly funded research, the University of California (UC) is taking a firm stand by deciding not to renew its subscriptions with Elsevier. Despite months of contract negotiations, Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s fundamental goal: securing universal open access to UC research while containing the rapidly escalating costs associated with for-profit journals.

In negotiating with Elsevier, UC aimed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery by ensuring that research produced by UC’s ten campuses — which accounts for nearly 10 percent of all U.S. publishing output — would be immediately available to the world, without cost to the reader. Under Elsevier’s proposed terms, the publisher would have charged UC authors large publishing fees on top of the university’s multi-million dollar subscription, resulting in a much greater cost to the university and much higher profits for Elsevier.

“Knowledge should not be accessible only to those who can pay,” said Robert May, chair of UC’s faculty Academic Senate. “The quest for full open access is essential if we are to uphold the mission of this university truly.” The Academic Senate issued a statement today endorsing UC’s position.

Open access publishing, which makes research freely available to anyone, anywhere in the world, fulfills UC’s mission by transmitting knowledge more broadly and facilitating discoveries that build on the university’s research and scholarly work.

“I fully support our faculty, staff, and students in breaking down paywalls that hinder the sharing of groundbreaking research,” said UC President Janet Napolitano. “This issue does not just impact UC, but also countless scholars, researchers and scientists across the globe — and we stand with them in their push for full, unfettered access.”

Elsevier is the most significant scholarly publisher in the world, disseminating about 18 percent of journal articles produced by UC faculty. The transformative model that UC faculty and libraries are championing would make it easier and more affordable for UC authors to publish in an open access environment.

“Make no mistake: The prices of scientific journals now are so high that not a single university — not the University of California, not Harvard, no institution — can afford to subscribe to them all,” said Jeffrey MacKie-Mason, university librarian and economics professor at UC Berkeley, and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Publishing our scholarship behind a paywall deprives people of the access to and benefits of publicly funded research. That is terrible for society.”

Elsevier was unwilling to meet UC’s reasonable contract terms, which would integrate subscription charges and open access publishing fees, making public access the default for an article by a UC scholar and stabilizing journal costs for the university.

“The university’s, and the world’s move toward open access has been a long time in the making. Many institutions and countries agree that the current system is both financially unsustainable and ill-suited to the needs of today’s global research enterprise,” said Ivy Anderson, associate executive director of UC’s California Digital Library and co-chair of UC’s negotiation team. “Open access will spur faster and better research — and greater global equity of access to new knowledge.”

Source: University of California

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February 21, 2019

Indian Educators visit the University of Michigan for Leadership Training

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan — About 30 Indian educators spent a week at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business as part of a new Leadership for Academicians program.

The LEAP program, launched by the India Ministry of Human Resource Development, provides a three-week training program for upcoming academic leaders. The collaboration between the University of Michigan Ross Business School and the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, is the first one in a series.

The educators, who come from 15 states across India, spent the first two weeks in India as part of the new executive education program. They attended the final week at University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus to cover areas critical for the development of academic leadership in India.

“Hearing how a higher education institution works in the U.S. has been eye-opening,” said Bhupendra Gandhi, a professor at IIT-Roorkee. “We are looking forward to adapting them in the Indian context.”

At the University of Michigan, the Indian educators participated in several workshops and lectures about best practices in academic governance, technology disruption, student engagement, and innovation in teaching techniques.

“We are pleased to be selected as a partner in this crucial leadership development program in higher education in India,” said M.S. Krishnan, associate dean for executive programs at the Ross School. “We look forward to collaborating and shaping the academic leadership across institutions in India.”

As part of the training, the participants met with several senior University of Michigan leaders, including President Mark Schlissel, Provost Martin Philbert, Ross School Dean Scott DeRue and Dean of the College of Engineering, Alec Gallimore.

“I teach C.K Prahalad’s work to my students,” said Lalitha Ramakrishnan, a professor at Pondicherry University. “To walk the halls where he once taught is awe-inspiring.”

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

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

Alumni Reception: The University of Michigan Alumni Association is organizing a gathering of its members and friends on 26 March 2019. Time: 7.00 P.M. Location: Qutub Hotel, New Delhi, India.

Sources: The University of Michigan and India Ministry of Human Resource Development

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February 20, 2019

India launches Operation Digital Board

India Universities

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, addressing a press conference on Operation Digital Board, in New Delhi on February 20, 2019.

New Delhi, February 20, 12019 — The Minister of Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, today launched Operation Digital Board (ODB) to leverage technology to boost quality education in the country.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, the Minister said that Operation Digital Board is a revolutionary step which will make the learning as well as the teaching process interactive.

Mr. Prakash Javadekar disclosed that the digital board would be introduced all over the country in government and government-aided schools from class 9th onwards as well as in higher education institutions. The process will begin from the coming session of 2019 itself, the Minister explained. He further said that ODB aims at converting a classroom into a digital class with the availability of e-resources at any time and any place to students. It will also help in Intelligent Tutoring by exploiting emerging technologies like Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence & Data Analytics. An expert committee has worked out the optimum configuration of the Digital Class Rooms under ODB, he said.

The Union Minister explained that the biggest challenge facing the education sector in the country is maintaining acceptable quality standards across the country. Although we have a good number of premier institutions, which compete with the best in the world, a large number of higher education institutions and schools need improvement in quality teaching-learning, as the students coming out of these institutions find themselves unsuitable for the requirements of the society and the market.

Implementation of ODB in Higher Education Institutions

The University Grants Commission (UGC) will be the implementing agency for ODB in Higher Education Institutions. UGC has passed a resolution for extending digital education to every classroom in the country by 2022. UGC proposes to take up 300 universities and 10,000 colleges in the first phase, covering 2 lakh classrooms.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, India

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January 30, 2019

Switzerland Maintains Top Spot Overall, Japan Captures Second Place in 2019 Best Countries Report

Wharton, Best Countries

US News

Davos, Switzerland

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Photo: Aerial Photo of Davos, the most significant tourism metropolis of the Swiss Alps, captured before the opening of the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Davos is in the middle of Swiss Alps and the city for holidays, sports, congresses, health, development, and culture. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler. (File Photo)

WASHINGTON, January 29, 2019 — Switzerland is the No. 1 country in the world for the third consecutive year, according to the 2019 Best Countries Report, a rankings and analysis project by U.S. News & World Report, BAV Group and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The rankings evaluate 80 countries across a range of categories, from economic influence and military might to education and quality of life, to capture how the public perceives the nations on a global scale.

For the first time, respondents were asked to pick the countries they would prefer to buy goods from as a measure of a country’s brand power. Germany comes out on top with consumers wanting cars, healthcare, and pharmaceuticals from the nation. France is No. 1 for cosmetics and fashion, Italy is No. 1 in food and wine, and Japan is first for technology and electronics. At No. 8 on the overall Best Countries list, the U.S. has some catching up to do, ranking No. 7 in wine, No. 10 in healthcare and No. 11 in food.

“The Best Countries rankings draw on U.S. News’ expertise and global authority in measuring complex institutions, such as colleges and hospitals,” said Eric Gertler, executive chairman at U.S. News. “The report arms citizens, thought leaders, business executives, and government officials with the data to evaluate the global standings of their nations and leadership.”

Key Findings in the 2019 Best Countries Report:

Tumultuous news cycles have made an impact on global opinions regarding media and world safety. Sixty-three percent of people agree that there are no more objective news sources, and 66 percent say internet news and content is dividing us rather than uniting us. Additionally, more than 50 percent agree the world has worsened in the last year.

With data privacy scandals at the forefront of people’s minds, 77 percent of respondents agree that their internet privacy is at risk. However, slightly more than half of the respondents trust private companies to keep their data safe, and 58 percent generally trust private companies more than the government.

More than 80 percent of those surveyed agree that CEOs and business leaders need to be vocal about their views on societal issues.

Japan rises to the No. 2 spot overall as the world anticipates the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The country is perceived as the most forward-looking, and for the first time, ranks as No. 1 for entrepreneurship. The rest of the top five finds Switzerland - viewed as an innovative country - at No. 1 again, with Canada, Germany, and the U.K. following Japan, respectively.

For the second year in a row, the U.S. ranks at No. 8 overall. However, the world’s level of trust in the U.S. continues to decline with the nation now at No. 27 for perceptions of trustworthiness. Perceptions of the U.S. as a country that cares about human rights have also fallen. While these might be signs that President Donald Trump’s strategy on the world stage may not be working, the U.S. is still perceived as No. 1 in power, followed closely by Russia at No. 2.

Nordic countries maintain their strong standing in the overall ranking, with Sweden and Norway both in the top 10 overall. At No. 6 overall, Sweden is the best country for women, to raise children and for green-living. Norway moves up to No. 9 overall, seeing increases in the up-and-coming category and remains No. 1 in citizenship. Belgium makes its rankings debut at No. 17 overall, behind China and ahead of Italy, due to high marks for citizenship at No. 10 and quality of life at No. 11.

Assessing perceptions of countries from North America to Europe to the Middle East, the report finds the U.K. is No. 1 for education, and Canada has the best quality of life. Luxembourg leads in the most business-friendly nations, the United Arab Emirates is No. 1 for countries with up-and-coming economies, and Switzerland is the top to headquarter a corporation.

“This report can help brands understand the potential power they have in connecting to their home nations, and help guide in managing their branding,” said Michael Sussman, CEO of BAV Group.

The 2019 Best Countries ranking methodology relies on data gathered from a proprietary survey of more than 20,000 business leaders, informed elites and general citizens. “The report speaks to the value of having a strong global standing as nations compete for investment, tourists and influence in the same way companies compete for consumers’ dollars,” said David Reibstein, professor of marketing at the Wharton School.

2019 Best Countries Rankings

Overall

  1. Switzerland
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia
  8. United States
  9. Norway
  10. France

To Start a Business

  1. Thailand
  2. India
  3. China

For Quality of Life

  1. Canada
  2. Sweden
  3. Denmark

Most Powerful

  1. United States
  2. Russia
  3. China

For Women

  1. Sweden
  2. Denmark
  3. Canada

For Education

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States
  3. Canada

Source: U.S. News & World Report

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January 28, 2019

Ministry of Human Resource Development, India, issues orders for revision of allowances of Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in the Universities and Colleges

India, Universities

Photo: India’s Human Resource Development Minister is addressing a press conference in New Delhi. (File Photo)

New Delhi, January 28, 2019 — India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued orders on the revision of allowances and special allowances for Teachers, Registrars, Finance Officers, and Controllers of Examinations in Central Universities and Colleges. The rules come into force with immediate effect.

The revised special allowance per month for Vice Chancellor, Pro-Vice Chancellor, Principal in PG College and Principal in UG College is Rs. 11,250/-, Rs. 9,000/-, Rs. 6,750/- & Rs. 4,500/- respectively.

This order would benefit 30000 teaching and equivalent staff in Central Universities and 5500 in Deemed to be Universities and will serve as a benchmark for 7 lakh teachers and staff in State Universities.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 25, 2019

First Observance of International Day of Education

International Day of Education

Photo: Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), briefs press on the occasion of the International Day of Education (24 January), in recognition of the role of education for peace and sustainable development. 24 January 2019. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Evan Schneider.

International Day of Education

Photo: A participant speaks at the event “Making Impossible Possible: Unlocking Human Potential through the International Finance Facility for Education.” 24 September 2018. United Nations, New York. UN Photo/Laura Jarriel. (File Photo)

New York, 24 January 2019 — The United Nations observed the first International Day of Education to emphasize the action required to achieve the global education goals and targets in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The celebration raised awareness of the crucial role of quality and relevant education for peace and development worldwide, including its contribution to poverty eradication, environmental sustainability and building peaceful and resilient societies. The event brought together the voices of governments, the UN system, private sector, civil society, faith-based organizations, teachers, academia and youth, united in their call to make education a leading global priority.

Recently, the United Nations General Assembly had proclaimed 24 January as International Day of Education in celebration of the role of education for peace and development.

Education is a human right, a public good, and a civic responsibility.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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January 24, 2019

India's HRD Minister inaugurates Workshop on Leadership Development for Vice-Chancellors

India Universities

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

New Delhi, January 24, 2019 — The National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) is organizing a two-day Workshop on Leadership Development in Higher Education for Vice-Chancellors from 24th January to 25th January 2019 in New Delhi. Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the workshop. The workshop will focus on strategies to improve quality education through the sharing of ideas, experiences, case studies, and action plans at institutional and national levels. It will have a particular focus on the role of Academic Leaders in creating incentive system and capacity development of teachers and nurturing a work environment in institutions of higher education.

While addressing the Vice Chancellors, the Minister said that the country has put tremendous faith in us. To meet the expectations, we must have the vision to shape the future of higher education and facilitate institutional transformation. He said our future action plan should focus on improving quality education, developing infrastructure, promoting research environment, and increasing use of technology to take our institutions to the next higher level.

The Minister advised all the Vice Chancellors that as the leaders of their institutions, they must involve all the stakeholders — teachers, administration and students — in any decision making process. He stressed upon the need for the teachers to build a bond with the students to ensure their all-round development. Mr. Javadekar said that there is a need to deliberate upon ways to strengthen the faculty and enhance their competency in dealing with the changed social and technological context of teaching and learning. We need to understand the ways of developing teaching and research skills along with curriculum planning and assessment practices. He said Vice Chancellors should, through this workshop, share their rich experiences and ethical practices.

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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January 14, 2019

First-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award presented to Narendra Modi

Philip Kotler Presidential award, Modi

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi on January 14, 2019.

New Delhi, January 14, 2019 — The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, today received the first-ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award in New Delhi.

Prof. Philip Kotler is a world-renowned Professor of Marketing at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA.

The Award focuses on the triple-bottom-line of People, Profit, and Planet. It will be offered annually to the leader of a Nation.

The Award Citation says:

“Shri Narendra Modi is selected for his outstanding leadership for the nation. His selfless service towards India, combined with his tireless energy has resulted in extraordinary economic, social and technological advances in the country.”

The Citation adds: “Under his leadership, India is now identified as the Centre for Innovation and Value Added Manufacturing (Make in India), as well as a global hub for professional services such as Information Technology, Accounting, and Finance.”

The Citation also mentions: “His visionary leadership has also resulted in the Digital Revolution (Digital India), including the Unique Identification Number, Aadhaar, for social benefits and financial inclusion. It is enabling entrepreneurship, ease of doing business, and creating a 21st-century infrastructure for India.”

The Citation mentions initiatives such as Make in India, Startup India, Digital India, and Swachh Bharat, which, according to it, “have positioned India as one of the most lucrative manufacturing and business destinations in the world.”

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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December 31, 2018

Lovely Professional University Jalandhar to Host Indian Science Congress, Prime Minister Modi to inaugurate it

Lovely Professional University

Lovely Professional University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presenting degrees & certificates to the students and researchers, at the 9th Convocation of Lovely Professional University, at Phagwara, Jalandhar, Punjab on October 22, 2018.

One of the world’s largest science meets, Indian Science Congress (ISC)-2019, is going to be held from 3rd to 7th January 2019, at Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar, Punjab. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate it on 3rd January. PM Modi will also address about 30,000 delegates including many Nobel Laureates, Union Cabinet Ministers of India, science policymakers, administrators, eminent scientists, young men-women researchers and school children from across India & abroad.

During the five days long congress, around 100 plus conferences and events of scientific and technology origin will be held, where eminent personalities from India government organizations like DRDO, ISRO, DST, AIIMS, UGC, AICTE, and many elite universities of the USA, UK, India, and other countries will participate. Union Cabinet ministers including Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, and Textile Minister, Smriti Irani, will also attend the event.

The event will play a pivotal role in stimulating scientific research effort and raising the scientific temperament in the country and the world. The Nobel Laureates who will be participating include German-American biochemist, Prof. Thomas Sudoph, who has been awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine; Hungarian-born Israeli biochemist and Nobel laureate in Chemistry, Prof. Avram Hershko; and British born physicist, Frederick Duncan Michael Haldane, who has been awarded 2016 Nobel Prize in Physics.

General President of the Indian Science Congress Association, Dr. Manoj Kumar Chakrabarti, believes that 106th session of ISC will be a milestone for the future development of India since it is going to provide a great platform for exchanging ideas and innovations among young minds. Mr. Ashok Mittal, Chancellor of Lovely Professional University, which is hosting the five-day long event, expressed his happiness on organizing one of the leading scientific activities of the world. “Our engineering students have designed a special ‘Solar powered Multi-Seated Driver-Less Bus.’ This bus will ferry PM Modi to the ISC venue,” Mr. Mittal added

To be inaugurated on the 2nd day of ISC, 4th January 2019, Children’s Science Congress will target 10-17 year children for carrying forward innovation and research in science to a next level. Near 150 science projects are to be showcased, and children will also have the opportunity to listen and interact with eminent scientists and Nobel Laureates.

On the third day of ISC, two-day Science Communicators’ Meet- 2019 will be inaugurated, where the main aim will be to brainstorm ways of dissemination of scientific information and inculcation of scientific attitude among masses. Various Journalists from top media-houses would also be a part of the communicators’ meet.

With its inauguration on 5th January, ‘Women’s Science Congress’ will showcase the contribution of women in Science, Technology and the Society. Here, renowned women scientists and leaders from Government, academia, and industry will deliver lectures and participate in panel discussions on promoting talent among women.

Also, there would be 14 Plenary Sessions. Science and technology stalwarts would chair them.

Source: Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India

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December 19, 2018

Students from Stanford Graduate School of Business call on the Vice President of India

Stanford Business School

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Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, with the Students from Stanford Graduate School of Business, in New Delhi on December 18, 2018.

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat

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December 12, 2018

First ever Consultation of UNESCO Chairs in India

UNESCO, INDIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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December 7, 2018

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

UNESCO Global Education

UNESCO Global Education

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

UNESCO EDUCATION

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

UNESCO EDUCATION

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

UNESCO EDUCATION

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: UNESCO, Paris & Brussels

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November 30, 2018

UNESCO convenes Global Education Meeting

UNESCO Education

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

UNESCO, Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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November 19, 2018

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

Delhi University

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

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

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

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

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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November 13, 2018

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

Academic Leadership Program

India, Universities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Academic Leadership Program

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Ministry of Human Resource Development, New Delhi

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October 30, 2018

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

Himachal University, India

ENLARGE

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

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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October 24, 2018

QS Announces Asia's 500 Best Universities for 2019

QS University Rankings

QS University Rankings

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

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

Number of ranked universities by location

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 — Top 10

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

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

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 — INDIA

QS RANK — INSTITUTION

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

QS Asia University Rankings 2019 — PAKISTAN

QS RANK — INSTITUTION

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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October 23, 2018

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

India Jamia University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat.

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President of India Addresses 15th Convocation of Symbiosis International University

Universities, India

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

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

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

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

Source: President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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October 22, 2018

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

Vice President Naidu, Professional University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi.

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