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November 28, 2019

QS Asia University Rankings 2020

QS Asia University Rankings

QS Asia University Rankings

Photo: A part of the Student Center at the Nanyang Technical University (NTU), Singapore, Campus. NTU is ranked number two in Asia. Image Credit: Damien Walmsley.

Discover the top universities in Asia with the QS Asia University Rankings 2020.

London, November 28, 2019 — In the QS Asia University Rankings, an impressive 550 universities feature in this year’s rankings, including 68 new entrants. The National University of Singapore (NUS) remains number one in Asia, with Nanyang Technological University (NTU) leapfrogging The University of Hong Kong (HKU) to take second place. Seventeen different locations are represented in this year’s Asia rankings, although only four regions get featured in the top 10. There’s only one new face in the top 10 this year - China’s Zhejiang University, which rises seven places to take the sixth position. This year’s rankings have been constructed using ten different indicators, which include academic and employer reputation.

QS Asia Top 25

QS Asia Rank— Institution — Country

  1. National University of Singapore (NUS) — Singapore
  2. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) — Singapore
  3. The University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  4. Tsinghua University — China (Mainland)
  5. Peking University — China (Mainland)
  6. Zhejiang University — China (Mainland)
  7. Fudan University — China (Mainland)
  8. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology — Hong Kong SAR
  9. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology — South Korea
  10. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) — Hong Kong SAR
  11. Seoul National University — South Korea
  12. Korea University — South Korea
  13. The University of Tokyo — Japan
  14. Universiti Malaya (UM) — Malaysia
  15. Kyoto University — Japan
  16. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) — South Korea
  17. Shanghai Jiao Tong University — China (Mainland)
  18. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) — Japan
  19. City University of Hong Kong — Hong Kong SAR
  20. National Taiwan University (NTU) — Taiwan
  21. Yonsei University — South Korea
  22. Osaka University — Japan
  23. Tohoku University — Japan
  24. Hanyang University — South Korea
  25. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University — Hong Kong SAR

• QS Asia — INDIA

QS Asia Rank— Institution

The best performing institution from India is IIT Bombay, which drops one place to 34th position. IIT Delhi follows it at 43rd place and IIT Madras on the 50th.

Among the traditional universities, the University of Delhi tops in India. It is now placed 67th in Asia.

Meanwhile, in an exciting evolution, Pakistan’s oldest university, Punjab University Lahore, has secured 195th rank in the QS Asia University Rankings 2020, while its offshoot, Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, could get placed under the 291-300 bracket only.

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November 26, 2019

UNESCO adopts the first United Nations international treaty on Higher Education as UNESCO General Conference endorses the Global Convention on Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

Unesco Gneral Confrence, Degrees

Unesco Gneral Confrence, Degrees

Photo: The 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. 25 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Fred Di Girolamo.

Unesco Gneral Confrence, Higher Education

Photo: Scene during the plenary meeting of the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. 26 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

Paris, France, 26 November 2019 — On 25 November 2019, UNESCO’s Member States adopted the first United Nations convention on higher education when the plenary of the 40th session of the General Conference endorsed the Global Convention on Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education. The new Convention establishes universal principles for recognition of studies and degrees and will improve mobility for the more than 220 million students enrolled in higher education worldwide.

Eight years in the making, the new Global Convention expands the scope of the main principles of UNESCO’s regional recognition conventions to assess foreign qualifications in a fair, non-discriminatory, and transparent manner. It builds on quality assurance mechanisms and sharing of information about higher education institutions and systems, study programs, and degrees. Where the regional conventions only cover mobility between countries within the different UNESCO regions, the Global Convention paves the way for the increasing movement between regions and continents, which already counts for more than half of the 5 million mobile students in the world today.

Although the Global Convention does not impose automatic recognition of foreign qualifications, it lays down the principle that a student qualifying for access to higher education in one country generally will qualify for higher education studies when moving to another country.

The Global Convention also simplifies recognition processes by turning the burden of proof from applicants to recognition authorities. Where in the past, it has been mostly up to students to prove why their foreign qualifications should be recognized, it is now up to recognition authorities to show why they have not granted recognition. Even when the authorities withhold recognition of skills, applicants have the right to appeal.

Furthermore, the general rule is now for recognition authorities to look for similarities to recognize foreign qualifications, rather than rejecting recognition based on insignificant dissimilarities between international and national requirements, as has often been the case before.

The Global Convention includes innovative provisions on recognition of prior learning, partial studies, cross-border education, and non-traditional learning modes such as online or blended learning. With the Global Convention, the obligation to fairly assess the qualifications of refugees who cannot provide sufficient documentation becomes a universal principle. UNESCO is, therefore, piloting the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for Refugees and Vulnerable Migrants to provide the Member States with a tool for assessing undocumented qualifications held by refugees.

The new Convention creates a normative platform for fostering trust among higher education systems. It is a landmark opportunity for the world’s academic communities to embrace a common good and a shared resolve to forge lifelong higher education learning institutions that are at once relevant, dynamic, and inclusive. The Convention will help ensure the right to education of individuals by facilitating access to higher education.

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November 25, 2019

New UNESCO Recommendation will Promote Access to Educational Resources for All.

Unesco, Education

Photo: Plenary meeting of UNESCO General Conference in Paris. 25 November 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, 25 November 2019 — An important step was taken towards quality education and access to information for all, as UNESCO’s General Conference adopted today a Recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER).

This new Recommendation will support the development and sharing of openly-licensed learning and teaching materials, benefitting students, teachers, and researchers worldwide.

“The Recommendation on OER will contribute to the building of open and inclusive knowledge societies, and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals,” highlighted Mr. Moez Chakchouk, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information.

OER are learning, teaching, and research materials in any format and medium that reside in the public domain or are under the copyright released under an open license, which permit no-cost access, re-use, re-purpose, adaptation and redistribution by others.

The UNESCO Recommendation will support the creation, use, and adaptation of inclusive and quality OER, and facilitate international cooperation in this field. Its objectives also include the development of supportive policies and the creation of sustainability models for OER.

During the General Conference debates, several Member States from different world regions expressed their support to the Recommendation on OER, underlining its essential role in providing access to quality education on digital platforms. The discussion echoed the critical contribution of OER to the construction of open, inclusive, and participatory knowledge societies.

“I welcome the intersectoral cooperation around the Recommendation,” said Ms. Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education. “It shows how two Sectors can collaborate and support the Member States.” Ms. Giannini also highlighted that UNESCO had coined the term and concept of OER in 2002.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, announced the launch of a Dynamic Coalition to expand and consolidate commitments and strategies in the area of OER.

This Dynamic Coalition reflects the Ministerial Statement for the 2nd World OER Congress and will contribute to promoting and reinforcing international cooperation on the implementation of the Recommendation. UNESCO will work closely to support the Member States and other stakeholders in this regard.

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November 16, 2019

Global Law Conference on 'Environmental Laws' opens at Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University


Photo: The Union Minister for Railways and Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, releasing the Conference Volume-I containing research papers on Environment, at the inaugural session of two-day Global Law Conference on ‘Environmental Laws: Challenges and Solutions’, at Chandigarh University, Mohali, Punjab, India, on November 16, 2019.

• The National Assessment and Accreditation Council of India (NAAC) has awarded Chandigarh University with the prestigious ‘A+’ Grade. NAAC has, however, accredited its old-fashioned Chandigarhian neighbor, Panjab University, with Grade ‘A’ only. Panjab University Chandigarh is an offshoot of Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan.

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India's HRD Minister addresses education ministers and representatives of nearly 190 countries at the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris.


Photo: India’s HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, addresses education ministers and representatives of nearly 190 countries at the 40th UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 15, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.


Photo: Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, Human Resources Development Minister, India, addressed the General Policy Debate at UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 15, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.


Photo: India’s representative, Ananya Agarwal, spoke forcefully during the General Policy Debate at the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. November 13, 2019. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Luc Valigny.

New Delhi, November 15, 2019 — India’s Union HRD Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ”Nishank’, addressed education ministers/representatives of nearly 190 countries at the 40th UNESCO General Conference today in Paris.

He said that age-old immortal Indian culture had considered the whole world as a family. Spreading the great idea of ​​”Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” all over the world, India has prayed for the welfare of the entire humanity by accepting the hypothesis of “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Survey Santu Niramaya,” he added. By contemplating the idea of Integral Human Debate, we have pledged to reach out to the last person in the society.

The Minister said that this session of UNESCO has another significance as it is being held at a time when the whole world is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. His message of truth and non-violence is even more critical and relevant today. Through education, we are trying to pursue and spread the spirit of universal brotherhood, social harmony, friendliness, human values, and love to every citizen of India, he added.

Minister ‘Nishank’ said that India is the third-largest education system in the world; therefore, it needs to be committed to building a bright future of more than 33 crore students. There are more than 1000 universities and more than 45000 colleges in India. India has been playing a positive and constructive role to carry forward the UNESCO’s mission and realize our shared objectives.

He assured continuous support of India to UNESCO in its effort to pursue its core mandate of building peace through international cooperation in Education, Science, Environment, and Culture.

He appreciated the efforts of UNESCO to ensure that every child and citizen receive a quality education.

The HRD Minister conveyed his thanks to UNESCO for including the city of Jaipur in the World Heritage List. He also thanked UNESCO for including Kumbh Mela, the world’s largest human gathering, in the list of intangible heritage. Likewise, he also welcomed the selection of Mumbai and Hyderabad for inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.


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November 15, 2019

UNESCO is creating Inclusive Global Campus; Ministers and University Leaders address Inclusion and Mobility in Higher Education.

Unesco, Paris

Photo: The Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Marie Etchegoyen.

Unesco, Paris, Universities

Photo: A Government Representative at the opening of the General Conference. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, November 14, 2019 — Over 100 ministers and 100 representatives from universities, participating in the UNESCO Chairs program convened during UNESCO’s General Conference currently taking place in Paris. They addressed some of today’s most pressing challenges in higher education: How can governments and higher education institutions work together to create a more inclusive global campus in the light of rapidly increasing numbers in enrolment and mobility of students? And how can the higher education sector across the world work against increasing inequalities and for the inclusion of marginalized groups into societies?

The higher education landscape is rapidly changing globally, characterized by increasing internationalization, diversification of providers, and new modes of learning. Two hundred twenty million students are today enrolled in higher education around the world, a number that has doubled over the past decade and is set to expand.

However, increased enrolments have not proven to be a reliable indicator for achieving the 2030 Agenda overall goal of “leaving no one behind,” or for ensuring equitable and affordable quality higher education. Institutions face the challenge of providing quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including non-traditional learners and disadvantaged groups such as migrants, refugees, and indigenous peoples.

The past decades’ unprecedented increase of enrolment in higher education is also reflected in the mobility of students with the move from an international university to a global campus of learners, faculty, and researchers fast becoming a reality. In the decade leading up to 2011, the number of learners choosing to study outside of their home country more than doubled to 4.3 million students - a figure that is conservatively estimated to increase again by 2025.

Yet many students still face obstacles in having their qualifications recognized when returning to their home country or moving to a new country. Lack of recognition of qualifications constitutes a significant obstacle for accessing further studies or for seeking employment opportunities. Today more than half of students going abroad study outside their home regions.

To respond to this new reality, UNESCO is preparing the adoption of a Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education at its General Conference that started this week. The new Convention aims to facilitate student mobility and improve access to higher education across regions and continents. UNESCO has also launched a Qualifications Passport to facilitate the movement for refugees with qualifications.

By convening policymakers and universities at this unprecedented meeting, UNESCO aims to strengthen the political will, international cooperation, and capacities in higher education to achieve the 2030 Agenda and to create an understanding of how the Global Convention can facilitate this process.

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November 13, 2019

UN Secretary-General highlights UNESCO’s Global Leadership in Education at the Organization’s 40th General Conference.

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, and UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay at the Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay addresses the Opening of the 40th General Conference of UNESCO. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, 12 November—The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, Tuesday morning stressed UNESCO’s essential mandate in education and pleaded in favor of multilateralism as he opened UNESCO’s 40th General Conference addressing representatives of the Organization’s 193 Member States and 11 Associate Members.

“Education is an essential pillar to achieve our objectives for 2030. And we are late,” said the Secretary-General. “UNESCO has a fundamental role to play to coordinate and monitor global efforts in this regard. I commend the initiative launched by the Director-General at the UN General Assembly last September on the futures of education.”

Warning against the splintering of the international community along economic, social, and environmental divides, growing hate and discrimination, the Secretary-General declared: “We must do everything to maintain a universal system based on international law and preserve a multipolar world with strong multilateral institutions.”

“A world of cracks and fault-lines is not sustainable,” said the Secretary-General. “In this context, UNESCO’s work is central to bringing the world together.”

After the Secretary-General’s opening, the Member States named Ambassador Ahmet Altay Cengizer, Permanent Delegate of Turkey to UNESCO, as President of the 40th session of the General Conference.

Organization’s Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, denounced the multiple divides that are eroding national and international governance as well as the planet itself. She highlighted UNESCO’s vocation to serve as a laboratory of ideas.

“Contemporary challenges call on us to draw on our shared humanity,” said Ms. Azoulay. “Territorial borders can not contain them. Only cooperation, solidarity, and multilateralism can result in lasting solutions.”

The Director-General denounced the crippling effect of divisiveness on international governance. She said that it is our responsibility “to be effective by making multilateralism an everyday reality and by providing evidence that it can lead to better lives.”

Ms. Azoulay also stressed the importance of education, “the keystone of peace. We must correct not only the insufficiencies and inequalities that education is suffering from but also improve our guidance to the world’s educational systems so that we may lay the best foundations of practical, real, sustainable development.”

The General Conference is the governing body of UNESCO. It meets every other year to determine the Organization’s program and budget.

During its 40th session, which ends on 27 November, Member States are also set to adopt an international convention destined to facilitate the international recognition of higher education diplomas and the free movement of students and faculty.

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November 10, 2019

UNESCO General Conference to examine the draft of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications.

UNESCO, Universities

UNESCO, Universities

Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France. Session of the Executive Board. October 16-17, 2019. Image Credit: UNESCO/C. Bailleul.

Paris, France, November 9, 2019 — In November 2019, UNESCO’s General Conference will examine for adoption the draft text of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications. Once approved, the Global Convention will be the first legally binding United Nations treaty on higher education.

The Global Convention, a binding agreement, will join the ranks of other UNESCO conventions, such as the cultural conventions and the Convention against doping in sport.

The Convention will be the first of its kind in the UN on higher education with a global scope. It will complement the five UNESCO regional conventions on the recognition of higher education qualifications.

Built on the existing regional conventions, the Global Convention will create a framework for fair, transparent, and non-discriminatory recognition of higher education qualifications. The originality of the Convention is that it opens for inter-regional academic mobility, and puts into place universal principles for improving recognition practices.

Under certain conditions, the Convention will be open for countries, which wish to be committed to its text.

Today, more than 4 million students study outside their home country. By 2020 around 8 million students will be studying abroad. The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications is designed to facilitate academic mobility between regions. It will mainly benefit people who are seeking recognition of their qualifications in another area than their home region for either accessing higher education or continuing their studies.

For example, it will become easier for a student to have his/her high school diplomas recognized in another region to pursue his/her studies there. It will also facilitate a student who wants to complete a degree in another country based on education that he/she had started elsewhere.

The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications will also provide platforms for national authorities to collaborate across borders and regions to develop better tools and practices for the recognition of higher education qualifications.

UNESCO serves as a global platform for discussion on the recognition of higher education qualifications and the promotion of academic mobility. Being the only UN agency with a mandate in higher education, the new Convention is part of UNESCO’s technical support to review more top education strategies and policies in countries that decided to be committed to its text. This support aims to improve equitable access to quality higher education and enhance mobility and accountability.

UNESCO will be the secretariat of the mechanism to be set to ensure and monitor the implementation of the Convention’s text. This implementation mechanism body will meet every two years. It will provide guidance (recommendations, guidelines, and share good practices) to the countries committed to the Convention.

The Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications will be a reliable instrument to prevent brain drain since it would facilitate governments to put in place mechanisms for recognizing degrees obtained abroad.

The Convention will also help migrants to access higher education in their new home countries as it obliges to put in place mechanisms to facilitate the recognition of refugees’ qualifications, even for those who cannot provide any documentary evidence of their skills.

The idea of a Global Convention on Higher Education Qualifications has been on UNESCO’s agenda for a long time. The formal process started in 2011 after a feasibility study had underlined the urgent need for such a convention to respond to the need for improved recognition of foreign qualifications worldwide. For this purpose, UNESCO established a drafting committee in 2016 consisting of experts from all regions that finalized a preliminary draft in June 2017.

UNESCO presented the draft for discussion at two intergovernmental meetings that took place in December 2018 and March 2019.

At the March meeting, more than 260 technical and legal experts from around 150 Member States approved the plan. Now the draft will be submitted for adoption at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference in November 2019.

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November 7, 2019

India HRD Ministry to set up an Interfaith Center at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

Nanak Books

Photo: The Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and the Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal released three Books of the National Book Trust on Guru Nanak at the University of Delhi on November 07, 2019. Dr. Pokhriyal also announced the setting up of Interfaith Center at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar.

New Delhi, November 7, 2019 — Union Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, and Union Minister for Food Processing Industries, Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal launched three books on Guru Nanak Dev at the University of Delhi today.

The National Book Trust under the Ministry of HRD has published three Punjabi titles - Guru Nanak Bani, Nanak Bani, and Sakhian Guru Nanak Dev to spread the message of Guru Nanak. The National Book Trust has also published the title Guru Nanak Bani in Urdu, Odia, Marathi, Hindi, and Gujarati. It would publish its translations in Assamese, Bangla, Kannada, Sanskrit, Kashmiri, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Sindhi, and English as well.

Mr. Pokhriyal congratulated National Book Trust for bringing out the books on the occasion of the 550th Birth Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The books, he said, are relevant in these times, as the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev are apt in today’s world of complexities, and the youth world over need to follow his outlook of humanity, equality, and ‘One God.’ Mr. Pokhriyal also informed that in addition to the Guru Nanak Dev Chairs in Indian Universities, the Government had announced Guru Nanak Dev Chairs in Universities in the United Kingdom as well as in Canada. He also informed that many programs, seminars, discussions, discourses, and book release functions are being coordinated the world over by Indian missions abroad.

The HRD Minister also announced that an Interfaith Center would be set up at Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar, at the cost of Rs 493 crores.

While the National Book Trust, India will publish books on Guru Nanak in different Indian languages, UNESCO will publish Guru Nanak Dev’s writings in major world languages.

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November 4, 2019

India's Human Resource Development Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal' Nishank', addresses the 96th Annual Convocation of Delhi University.

Delhi University, Nishank

Photo: India’s Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.

New Delhi, November 4, 2019 — Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’, graced and addressed the 96th Annual Convocation of Delhi University in New Delhi today. Prof. D. P. Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission, and Prof. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Delhi, were also present.

Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ lauded the outstanding performance of the students and efforts of all involved in taking this institution to high levels of eminence. Minister encouraged the students to be honest, fearless, and bold towards achieving their goals. He enthused the students with a new level of energy, fresh enthusiasm, and a new direction. Mr. Nishank also congratulated the University for its achievements and wished many more laurels in soon to arrive the 100th year of its establishment in 2022.

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi, Prof. Yogesh Kumar Tyagi, congratulated all the awardees and said that ever since its establishment in 1922, the University of Delhi has been demonstrating consistent progress. It began with about 750 students. Today, it has almost 7 lakh students. The Delhi University alumni family is not only vast but also prodigious and awe-inspiring. Both the Prime Minister of India and the Chief Justice of India are distinguished alumni of our University. In the fitness of things, therefore, Delhi University holds the twenty-first position in World QS Rankings for the criterion of the alumni strength with a score of 96.6 percent. We are proud of our family, and we wish them all the best!

Prof. D. P. Singh, chairman UGC, enlighted the audience about the values of education and its advantages that allow for all-round development of the society.

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October 31, 2019

President of India Launches Endowment Fund of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi

IIT Delhi, India

Photo: The President, Ram Nath Kovind, launching the Endowment Fund of Indian Institute Technology Delhi, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on October 31, 2019.

New Delhi, October 31, 2019 - The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched the Endowment Fund of Indian Institute Technology Delhi at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (October 31, 2019).

The President said that endowments globally have become integral to the financial health of educational institutions over time. While we are still far from the size and importance of endowment funds of Institutions such as Harvard, Yale, or Columbia, it is the right first step in this direction. By giving through endowments, alumni are not just giving to their institution, but they are also supporting and nurturing future generations of learners.

The President said that the best way to honor a gift is to make the best use of it. In the latest QS World University ranking 2020, IIT Delhi was ranked at 182. There is a lot of scope for improvement if it aims to be one of the top institutes in the world. It needs to increase the number of faculty, particularly faculty with international experience. Additionally, it needs to upgrade its infrastructure to ensure its campus, course content, and research facilities are entirely world-class. He expressed the hope that the institute will make use of the valuable contribution from the alumni to bring changes in these areas.

The President said that throughout history, our educational institutes had been the beacons of our culture. We have a tradition of universities enriching lives and showing the way for the people in society.

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October 16, 2019

World Intellectual Property Filings for Patents, Trademarks, Industrial Designs reach Record Heights; China, India register Impressive Increases.


Photo: World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland.

Wipo, Geneva

Geneva, October 16, 2019 — Asia accounted for more than two-thirds of all patent, trademark and industrial design applications in 2018, with China driving overall growth in demand for intellectual property (IP) rights. The United States of America (US) maintained its supremacy in patent applications filed in export markets.

Innovators across the globe filed 3.3 million patent applications in 2018, up 5.2% for a ninth straight yearly increase, according to WIPO’s annual World Intellectual Property Indicators (WIPI) report. Global trademark filing activity rose to 14.3 million, while that for industrial designs reached 1.3 million.

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

Worldwide ‘Plant Variety’ applications grew by 8.9% to reach 20,210 applications in 2018, while data received from 92 national and regional authorities showed some 65,900 protected geographical indications (GIs) in 2018.

• Patents

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

Among the top five offices, China (+11.6%), the EPO (+4.7%), and the Republic of Korea (+2.5%) recorded growth in applications, while both Japan (-1.5%) and the US (-1.6%) saw small declines. For the US, it was the first decline in applications since 2009.

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

• Asia is the hub of global patent filings.

Asia has strengthened its position as the region with the most significant activity in patent filings. Offices located in Asia received two-thirds (66.8%) of all applications filed worldwide in 2018 - a considerable increase from 50.8% in 2008 - primarily driven by growth in China. Offices located in North America accounted for just under one-fifth (19%) of the 2018 world total, while those in Europe accounted for only over one-tenth (10.9%). The combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.3% in 2018.

US applicants filed the most significant number of patent applications beyond its borders.

In terms of filing abroad, which is an indication of a desire to expand in new markets, US residents continue to lead with 230,085 equivalent patent applications filed elsewhere in 2018. Japan (206,739), Germany (106,753), the Republic of Korea (69,459), and China (66,429) followed the US.

• Trademarks

An estimated 10.9 million trademark applications covering 14.3 million classes were filed worldwide in 2018. The number of types specified in forms grew by 15.5% in 2018, marking a ninth consecutive year of growth.

China’s IP office had the highest volume of filing activity with a class count of around 7.4 million; followed by the IP offices of the US (640,181) and Japan (512,156); the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO; 392,925) and the IP office of the Islamic Republic of Iran (384,338).

Among the top 20 offices, the most substantial increases between 2017 and 2018 were in the IP offices of Indonesia (+29.1%), China (+28.3%), India (+20.9%), the Republic of Korea (+14.5%) and the United Kingdom (+12.4%).

• Asia leads in trademark filings.

Offices located in Asia accounted for 70% of all trademark filing activity in 2018, up from 36.2% in 2008. Europe’s share declined from 38.4% in 2008 to 15.8% in 2018. North America accounted for 5.8% of the world total in 2018, while the combined share of offices located in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 8.4% in 2018.

There were an estimated 49.3 million active trademark registrations worldwide in 2018 - up 13.8% in 2017, with 19.6 million in China alone, followed by 2.4 million in the US, and 1.9 million in India.

• Industrial designs

An estimated 1 million industrial design applications containing 1.3 million designs were filed worldwide in 2018, representing a 5.7% year-on-year increase. China’s IP office received applications containing 708,799 designs in 2018, corresponding to 54% of the world total. EUIPO (108,174), and the IP offices of the Republic of Korea (68,054), the US (47,137), and Germany (44,460) followed China.

Among the top 20 offices, the following five offices reported double-digit growth in design counts: the UK (+42.4%), the Russian Federation (+21%), Italy (+16.6%), India (+13.6%) and China (+12.7%).

• Asia sees the highest design activity.

Offices located in Asia accounted for more than two-thirds (69.7%) of all designs in applications filed worldwide in 2018, followed by Europe (23%) and North America (4.1%). The combined share of Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania was 3.2% in 2018.

Designs related to furnishings accounted for 10.5% of global filing activity, followed by those related to clothing (8.3%) and packages and containers (7.7%).

• Plant varieties

China’s relevant office received 5,760 plant variety applications in 2018, up 29% from 2017. It now accounts for over a quarter of the plant variety applications filed worldwide. The Community Plant Variety Office of the European Union (CPVO; 3,554), and relevant offices of the US (1,609), Ukraine (1,575), and Japan (880) followed China. Among the top five offices, China and Ukraine (+17.1%) saw double-digit growth in filings 2018; CPVO (+3.9%) and the US (+3.3%) reported similar growth rates. Japan (-13.6%) saw a sharp drop in filings.

• Geographical indications

In 2018, there were around 65,900 GIs in force worldwide. GIs are signs used on products that have a specific geographical origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin. Germany (15,566) reported the most significant number of GIs in force, followed by China (7,247), Hungary (6,683), and the Czech Republic (6,285).

GIs in force relating to “wines and spirits” accounted for around 51.1% of the 2018 world total, followed by agricultural products and foodstuffs (29.9%) and handicrafts (2.7%).

• Publishing industry

Revenue generated by the trade and the educational sectors of the publishing industry of 14 countries amounted to USD 42.5 billion. The US (USD 23.3 billion) reported the most substantial net revenue, followed by Germany (USD 6.1 billion), the UK (USD 5.4 billion), and France (USD 3 billion).

Online sales channels generated more than half of all trade sector revenue in the UK (51.5%). The US (41.6%), Brazil (25.5%), and Sweden (23.5%) also saw large proportions of their total trade sector revenue generated by online sales channels. However, brick and mortar outlets continue to produce the highest share of total trade sector revenue for all the reported countries, except in Slovenia, the UK, and the US.

The US sold 2.6 billion copies of published titles covering the trade and educational sectors in 2018. The UK (652 million), France (419 million), and Turkey (400 million) followed the US.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 192 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.


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September 29, 2019

International Press Institute to celebrate its 70th anniversary at its founding location, Columbia University in the City of New York.

International Press Institute, Columbia University

Vienna, Austria — International Press Institute (IPI), the global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists, will hold its 2020 World Congress in New York City from September 10 to 12, 2020.

The World Congress is IPI’s flagship event and a top international forum for issues related to media freedom and quality journalism.

“On the occasion of the organization’s 70th anniversary, IPI is honored to be hosted by Columbia University and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism,” the Institute announced. IPI was founded at Columbia in 1950 by 34 editors from 15 countries to defend journalistic quality and independence.

“The fact that our network stood the test of time is a testament to the importance of our mission,” IPI Executive Board Chair Markus Spillmann said. Spillmann is the former editor-in-chief of Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ). “Returning to New York just weeks before the United States presidential election puts us at the right place at the right time,” he added.

IPI got established in the aftermath of World War II on the belief that a free press will contribute to a better world. Today, with members in nearly 100 countries, IPI brings together media representatives from digital, print, and broadcast outlets. They address press freedom challenges and promote independent journalism as a core pillar of democracy.

“Media freedom, journalistic independence, and integrity are the guiding principles of our school. They are the values we aim to teach to all our students,” said Steve Coll, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School.

“We are proud of our numerous alumni who have joined IPI’s fight for media freedom around the world. We look forward to welcoming the IPI community back to Columbia University,” he added.

In the coming days, IPI will announce the leading news organizations and other institutions that will partner with IPI for the 2020 World Congress and 70th-anniversary celebration.

The 2020 Congress will see IPI members and other leading editors, journalists, media executives, and experts from all over the world gather in New York. There would be two-and-a-half days of engaging discussions, roundtables, workshops, and Q&A sessions addressing critical questions for today’s journalism.

“We would like to thank Columbia University for supporting IPI’s efforts and mission since the very beginning,” said IPI Executive Director Barbara Trionfi. “We feel so proud and privileged to have been born at an institution that has played such a key role in defining and spreading fundamental journalistic values worldwide.”


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September 16, 2019

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

Academic Leaders

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

Cornell Campus

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

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

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

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

• Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) -

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

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

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

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

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

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

LEAP Training Institution - Tentative Dates - Proposed Foreign University

• Annual Refresher Programme In Teaching (ARPIT) -

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

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

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September 12, 2019

Oxford tops Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020

Oxford University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Times Higher Education World University Rankings — Top 30

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

Source: Times Higher Education

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August 18, 2019

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



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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: NASA

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August 7, 2019

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

UGC India

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: University Grants Commission, New Delhi.


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

UPDATE — New Delhi, 07 August 2019.


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


• UPDATE — 19 August 2019.

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

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

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

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

Following Vice-Chancellors from Punjab would receive the letter:

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

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

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


27 August, 20l9


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

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

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

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

Dr. S. Radhakrlshnan Chair

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

Rajya Sabha Fellowships

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

Rajya Sabha Student Engagement Internships

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

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August 2, 2019

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

UGC, India

UGC Members


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

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

Delhi University


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 31, 2019

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

QS Best Student Cities

Bangalore, QS Best Student Cities

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

QS Best Student Cities

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

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

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

QS ranks Student Cities according to:

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

QS Best Student Cities

Rank — City — Country

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

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

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

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

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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July 24, 2019

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

Global Innovation Index

Global Innovation Index

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 20 in Global Ranking

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

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

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