Bengal educational institutes to participate in Centre’s celebrations of Gandhi Jayanti

Schools, colleges and universities in West Bengal will participate in the Centre’s year-long celebration on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary. Earlier, the education department had planned on celebrating the occasion in its own way. But back then, the government refused to co-operate with the Centre. It was reluctant to be part and parcel of any programme, project or new schemes that the Centre had offered for West Bengal’s participation. Though Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had attended Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting on May 2 with other chief…

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CVM faculty member elected to National Institutes of Health Council of Councils

Susan Sanchez, professor of infectious diseases, assistant director of the UGA Biomedical Health Science Institute and chair of One Health, was recently appointed to the National Institute of Health’s Council of Council. She will serve a five-year term, beginning October 1, 2018, with her first meeting in January. “Susan will be a great addition to this prestigious group,” said Lisa K. Nolan, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “She sees the big picture in a way that not everyone does, is an excellent strategist and can come up with…

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Landmark Year For Xavier’s Institutes: Year-long festivities to continue till December 2019

FOR THE three Xavier’s institutes sharing the Fort campus in south Mumbai, the current and upcoming academic years assume special importance and will be marked by year-long festivities. While the St Xavier’s College and the St Xavier’s High School are in the 150th year of their existence, the Xavier Institute of Communications is marking its 50th anniversary. Celebrations that began in June this year will continue till December 2019 to mark the milestones achieved by the three institutes. “We have staggered the celebrations and planned the events in a way…

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Ask Alumni For Help, Instead Of Coming To Government ‘With A Bowl Seeking Help’: HRD Minister

NEW DELHI: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar asked educational institutes to utilise their alumni associations for betterment instead of coming to the government “with a bowl seeking help”. The Union Human Resource Development minister was speaking on Friday at a function organised here by the Jnana Prabhodini School. “Worldwide, who run educational institutes? It is the former students. Who run universities worldwide? It is the alumni who have excelled in their respective fields,”he told the gathering. “Such students give back to their educational institutes. This same attitude has been cultivated by Jnana…

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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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GEORGIA CHARTER SCHOOL RE-INSTITUTES PADDLING WITH PARENTAL CONSENT…THOUGHTS?

When I was a child in school, we all knew to behave or it was off to the principal’s office to get “licks.” I was never quite sure why THAT word was the substitute for getting paddled, but I digress. While I’d like to brag about being the perfect child in elementary and middle school, I cannot. My first grade teacher, Mrs. Martin, overheard me ask another student if I could borrow a red crayon, and, well, that was all it took. When Mrs. Martin said “no talking,” she emphatically…

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50% engineering seats across country go vacant, AICTE plans to merge institutes

With nearly 50% of seats in engineering colleges across the country remaining vacant, the technical education department is planning to merge institutes with high vacancies. Officials of the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) who are aware of the developments said that institutes with over 50% vacancy, and good teaching and infrastructure facilities could be merged to avoid being shut down. With applications for engineering courses lower than the number of seats, vacancies in institutes across the country have been increasing. In the last five years, vacancies at engineering…

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An IIT Kharagpur delegation to visit US for career in best institutes in India

As part of the international outreach programme, an IIT Kharagpur delegation is visiting the US to meet researchers looking for a career in the best higher education and R&D institutions in India. “We are keen to engage with bright and promising doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows in the US and discuss academic career options at the Institute,” Director P P Chakrabarti, head of the delegation, said in a statement Saturday. He said the institute was striving to enhance its human resource in teaching, learning, and research “by providing a fulfilling research and academic ambiance…

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Madras HC relief for educational institutes in non-plan area

Chennai: Madras high court has stayed the operation of a government order dated June 14 last of the housing and urban development department directing that all buildings of the educational institutions constructed prior to January 1, 2011, in a non-plan area must apply for concurrence to the town and country planning (DTCP)  department. While passing an interim order on a writ petition from All India Private Educational Institutions Association, by its state general secretary K Palaniyappan of Saligramam, Justice S. S. Sundar has granted the injunction on Friday. According to petitioner,…

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NIH taps Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., to lead the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., has selected Bruce J. Tromberg, Ph.D., as director of the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). A pioneering leader in the field of biophotonics, Dr. Tromberg is currently a professor at the University of California at Irvine (UCI), with dual appointments in the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Surgery. He is also director of UCI’s Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, an interdisciplinary research, teaching and clinical center for optics and photonics in biology and medicine. He is…

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