UGC issues draft rules on awarding degrees online, Aadhaar likely to be made mandatory for the courses

In what might pave way for obtaining degrees online, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted UGC (Online Education) regulations, 2017 and has sought public feedback till August 18. Once the regulations are in place, students and working professionals will be able to obtain a degree online, recognised by the UGC. Institutes will be able to offer online degrees in all fields, except engineering, medicine, dental, pharmacy, nursing, architecture and physiotherapy. At present, the Commission does not recognise any course offered fully online. A student can get a degree by…

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Google opens Expeditions VR education app to the public

Google has long sold its Cardboard VR format as a super accessible platform for getting people into virtual reality. One of their major initiatives for it has been in education markets through its Google Expeditions program, which allows students to get in the center of 360 photos and 3D scenes with historical importance. The program has enabled trips to the TaJ Mahal, Colosseum and behind the scenes of Alexander Hamilton’s life. Today, the company announced it is opening the educational VR tours to the public through a new Expeditions App. All you need…

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The Best Way to Launch a New Product for Your Business

You might think that launching a new product with so much media around would be easy. However, the opposite is true. Now there is so much news and noise, that trying to stand out can be difficult. If you want to be seen and get your message out to the customers, you need to think ahead. There are a few ways that you can effectively get your new product out there, and here are some tips for you to do so. Begin Early If you want to attract attention to…

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Keep Your Company On The Road To Ecommerce Success With These Marketing Strategies

Many if not most business owners dream of making their organizations successful in the ecommerce campaign. However, it’s important to know that success will not just happen. Rather, you need to actively work to make things like conversion optimization and enhanced industry influence happen by putting together a plan. Below you’ll find just three of many marketing strategies you may want to integrate into your company’s strategic plan for growth: 1. Run A Facebook Contest. One great way to keep your company on the road to ecommerce success is by…

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Puducherry travelogue: What to eat, where to stay, and when to visit the pristine paradise

It had rained the previous night. It was 9:30 am. The bus that would take us to Puducherry was about to leave in an hour. We were in 10 kilometres away, navigating through narrow lanes, in an alien city, driven by a man who couldn’t understand us, and who seemed to be harbouring a personal grudge against Google Maps. After ignoring the robot lady’s soothing tones for the tenth time, and swerving into yet another muddy lane, he dropped us at what seemed like the outskirts. This was Koyambedu Bus…

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Surviving the summer travel season

It’s shaping up to be a record-breaking year for summer travel. Airlines for America, an industry trade group, is expecting about 234 million passengers to travel worldwide on U.S. airlines between June and the end of August, the highest number ever, and up 4 percent over last summer. Indeed, Dallas Fort Worth International, one of the nation’s busiest airports, is predicting that some 18 million people will pass through — more than any other summer. At the same time, the vacation rental site Airbnb is projecting that this will be…

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Do you think Goa is only about beaches? The tiny state also has a serene countryside

Goa is known for its beaches, churches, temples and the carnival among other things. But, the state also has a beautiful countryside that is never explored by tourists. For starters, the structure of an average Goan village is lined with huge Portuguese style villas that will simple leave you in awe. A large percentage of Goans work and stay abroad. So, more often than not, you will find just one or two people staying in these massive residences. Therefore, finding someone who can rent out a room in one of…

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Make the most of Mumbai’s monsoons: 10 dream trekking trails through the Sahyadris

As the monsoons approach, Maharashtra’s native mountain range, the Sahyadri, becomes the hottest trekking attraction. Courtesy the forts and caves along the way, stunning hilltop views and a chance to escape the city’s constant buzz, monsoon trekking is an easily accessible adventure sport, that also makes for the perfect weekend getaway. From Harishchandragad in Ratnagiri, to Sandhan Valley in Bhandardara, here are a few picturesque peaks to conquer for both, beginner and pro mountaineers. 1) Korigad, Lonavla, Pune district Korigad was a stronghold of the Marathas. (HT File Photo ) Level: Easy…

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How to download iOS 11: Apple releases the first public beta of its new software

Apple has released the first public beta of iOS 11 less than a month since the grand unveiling at this year’s WWDC 2017. Highlights include person-to-person payments using Apple Pay, a new design for the Control Center and a completely overhauled App Store. But it was iOS 11 on iPad that received the most significant updates, showing once again Apple is keen to turn the iPad into a genuine alternative to a laptop. As with all iOS releases, registered developers have been trialling the software since WWDC to iron out any initial…

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Phone boxes across the UK are being turned into free 1Gbps Wi-Fi hotspots and charging stations

Abandoned phone boxes scattered around London and other major UK cities are being transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots offering free calls and digital services. BT has partnered with Intersection and Primesight to launch LinkUK, following the launch of LinkNYC in New York in January 2016. As part of the scheme, existing phone boxes are being turned into “sleek, ultramodern kiosks” – called InLinks – across the capital and new kiosks are being installed in areas where phone boxes have been removed. The partnership was unveiled in October and now the first…

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