DU student union polls: AISA targets ABVP over ‘campus violence’

With Delhi University students set to go to the polls on September 12, to elect their next student representatives, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and All India Students Association (AISA) released their election manifesto on Tuesday. Congress’ student wing, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), had released their manifesto ahead of the others earlier last month. With all three manifestos in, the run-up to the elections has gained momentum. Here is a look at how the three manifestoes address different campus issues: BEYOND ACCOMMODATION, TRANSPORT All three seem to…

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16-year-old Chandigarh student selected for Google’s special programme

A Chandigarh student has been selected by the internet giant Google for icon designing. Harshit Sharma, who completed Class 12 from the Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, this year, will be leaving for the US in August. Selected for Google’s special programme, he will be trained initially for a year. During this period, he will receive a stipend of Rs 4 lakh per month. On completing the training, he will receive Rs 12 lakh per month. The information was released by government officials on Saturday. They said…

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‘Alt-Reich’ member charged in fatal stabbing of black student

The FBI is looking into whether the fatal stabbing of a black student by a white student at the University of Maryland was a hate crime. Sean Christopher Urbanski, 22, was arrested on murder charges in the death of Richard Collins III in the early hours of Saturday, according to police. Mr Collins, 23, was visiting friends at the College Park campus when he was stabbed in the chest with a knife. The victim was commissioned as a US Army lieutenant two days earlier. He was set to graduate from…

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NEET Exam 2017: 4 Kerala teachers suspended after student was asked to remove innerwear

  Four teachers who asked a girl to remove her innerwear have been suspended by the school authorities. NEET Exam 2017: 4 Kerala teachers suspended after student was asked to remove innerwear The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducted the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) 2017 exam on May 7. A total of 11,38,890 candidates appeared for the exam in 10 languages at 1,921 centres in 103 cities. For the smooth conduction of the examination, 490 CBSE officials were deployed in all 103 cities to personally supervise the examination along…

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U of Exeter wins intl student choice award

The awards, which collected votes from over 26,000 students, saw UK universities gain recognition in 12 categories. Aberystwyth University came second in the International category, and Swansea University followed in third place. “The fact that students are kind of endorsing what we do is really important” Nikki Padget, head of international student recruitment at the University of Exeter, said she was thrilled the university won the award, especially as it’s decided by students. “It’s really important that we listen to their views,” she told The PIE News. “I think it’s quite…

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US PE firm invests £120m in UK student housing

The deal, Starwood’s first in the UK, totals 1,595 beds in England and Scotland, adding to the 6,855 student beds under Starwood management in the US. “We look forward to building on this transaction to establish a sizeable student housing platform in the UK” The “six modern, purpose-built, premium student accommodation assets” are in The Haymarket in Edinburgh, Chestnut House in Cambridge, The Walls in Southampton, St James House in Glasgow and Union Square and Stepney Yard, both in Newcastle. The ‘forward funded’ Newcastle development is slated be ready for the 2018/19 academic…

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Brussels universities plan int’l student space

A joint initiative of French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and the Flemish Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), the space will provide accommodation space especially for international students and researchers. The new development will consist of 800 rooms for international student accommodation, as well as a number of flats for the researchers. There will also be facilities for catering and a hall for student events. “The target date to complete the entire complex is 2023” While the space is dedicated primarily to international students, Paul De Knop, rector of VUB, said…

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Universities UK presses for clarity on EU student admissions

President of UUK and vice chancellor of the University of Kent, Dame Julia Goodfellow, urged the government to take immediate action to reassure EU students applying to study in 2017 that they would pay the same fees and access the same financial support throughout their studies and, therefore, “prevent a likely sudden decline in EU student applications”. “This issue is urgent. UCAS applications opened yesterday for the 2017/18 intake and EU students are almost twice as likely as UK students to apply very early for those courses with October deadlines.”…

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Student unions sign global accord on HE values

The Bergen Declaration, led by the European Students’ Union and the Norwegian students’ union, Norsk studentorganisasjon, lays out a set of joint principles for what education and student rights should look like. “The Bergen Declaration sets the foundations from which a global student movement can be shaped” “We believe that quality education should be free and inclusive for all, and our education systems should be democratic, built on the principles of academic freedom, and where all students have the right to representation and to self organise,” it reads. It sets out a…

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Plan Ahead for Emergencies Abroad as an International Student

You probably know what to do in an emergency situation at home, but what if you found yourself in a similar position overseas? Experts say it’s important for future international students to have some sort of response plan for emergency scenarios such as injury or a natural disaster. Gary Rhodes, director of the Center for Global Education at California State University—Dominguez Hills, says students and parents can approach international safety planning by thinking: “Okay, here’s how I handle health and safety emergencies in the city, state, university or wherever I am. What do I need to…

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