Institutes are moving beyond the campus, enabling tangible change

Education is stepping out of the classroom in interesting ways, as students and faculty collaborate with local communities on projects and research initiatives. A system to harness solar power, created by students and faculty of IIT-Madras, is lighting up homes in villages in Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Manipur; a project of the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) is helping pig and silk farmers in two districts of Assam to take their products directly to markets, thereby increasing their profit margins; students of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT)…

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THE PROBLEM WITH PROBLEMATIZING CONFUCIUS INSTITUTES

On the heels of recent resumption of vehemently negative press surrounding Confucius Institutes (CIs), non-profit educational programs affiliated with the People’s Republic of China, President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act earlier this month, which includes a provision that bars US institutions from receiving Pentagon funding if they host a CI. For universities that want to maintain their CI, new regulations will require a more transparent accounting of funding sources and usage, undoubtedly complicating the relationship between Hanban and American host universities. This conversation came to a head after…

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Atal Ranking to rank institutes on innovation output introduced by HRD ministry

The HRD Ministry introduced the Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievements (ARRIA) yesterday which will rank educational institutions as per their innovation output based on global parameters. “India lacks innovation. It is a challenge for us to innovate, innovation will make our country prosper. New thinking must be encouraged and every college must have an innovation cell,” said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar while making the announcement. “Named after former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, ARIIA will rank educational institutions for innovation output based on all major indicators and parameters…

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Govt’s Ministry of Mines invites institutes to send it research proposals related to mining sector

ines Ministry under the government of India today said, as per PTI, that it has invited proposals from academic universities, national institutes, Research and Development institutions — recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research — to conduct research that has a direct bearing on the mining sector. The broad thrust areas for supporting research in mining include: Prospect for strategic and rare earth minerals Development of new technology for mineral exploration Mining on land and deep sea to locate and exploit new mineral resources, among others Last date…

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Jharkhand Renames Several Institutes After Atal Bihari Vajpayee

RANCHI: The Jharkhand government has decided to rename several institutes in the state after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who died on August 16. The Jharkhand cabinet, which met on Friday, was chaired by Chief Minister Raghubar Das. It decided to rename the ‘Jharkhand Innovation Lab’ as Atal Innovation Lab. It also decided to name the under-construction Convention Centre, Ranchi as Atal Convention Centre, according to an official release. Professional College Jamshedpur, functioning under Higher Technical Education & Skill Department, has been renamed as Atal Bihari Vajpayee Professional College, Jamshedpur.…

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JH-VAJPAYEE-INSTITUTES

Jharkhand renames several institutes after Vajpayee Ranchi, Aug 24 (PTI) The Jharkhand government today decided to rename several institutes in the state after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee who passed away on August 16. The Jharkhand Cabinet, which met today with Chief Minister Raghubar Das chairing it, decided to rename the ‘Jharkhand Innovation Lab’ as Atal Innovation Lab. Similarly, it also decided to name the under-construction Convention Centre, Ranchi as Atal Convention Centre, according to an official release. Professional College Jamshedpur, functioning under Higher Technical Education & Skill Department,…

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Confucius Institutes a win-win proposition

According to the Chinese Language Council (Hanban), there are some 54 Confucius Institutes in Africa-the same number as there are countries in the Africa. Most of the Confucius Institutes are based in universities or colleges. There is a smaller number of Confucius Classrooms on the continent according to Hanban-just 27 in total. These classrooms mostly operate at the secondary school level but also in a variety of other language promotion institutions. In 2015, at the fourth annual conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, South Africa, the agreed…

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Lecturers shifted, institutes functioning with skeletal staff

The state’s 17 District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), tasked with training Class XII students as Elementary Teachers Training (ETT) teachers, are now functioning with skeletal staff after the Education Department last week shifted 70 lecturers to senior secondary schools.DIETs have a sanctioned strength of 267 lecturers, but over the years 139 have already been transferred. After the latest order dated August 2, just 58 are left on the rolls.The Central government pays 60 per cent of their budgetary allowance while the Punjab government chips in with the remaining…

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IIT-Kharagpur alumnus donates Berkshire stocks to institute’s US Foundation

The president of Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group and IIT-Kharagpur alumnus Ajit Jain has donated stocks of the company to IITKGP Foundation US for his alma mater. An executive body member of IITKGP US Foundation said today till very recently the institute had been receiving only monetary donations. However, in a recent development IITKGP has been encouraging donation of stocks and shares to the institution,an IITKGP spokesperson said. Ajit Jain, distinguished alumnus of IITKGP has held various positions at top-tier management consultancy McKinsey& Company until 1986 when he joined Berkshire Hathaway. At present,…

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University of Peace seeks potential partnerships with Indian institutes

Recognising India as a key player in global efforts for maintenance of international peace and security, University of Peace (UPEACE), UN mandated university based in Costa Rica seeks potential partnerships with Indian institutes. To invite different constituencies in India to engage more actively with UPEACE as the academic wing of the UN, a high level delegation led by the Rector of the University was here in New Delhi recently and had meetings in the ministry of human resource development and ministry of external affairs. Talking to FE during his first visit…

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