Purdue University Takes Giant Leaps In Democratizing Higher Education

When Neal Ottinger looks up at the sky, he sees more than clouds and stars – he sees the future. Like many other kids in America, the 21-year-old student always wanted to be an astronaut. But life wouldn’t make things easy for him. “Studying to be an aerospace engineer is very challenging academically, and not only that, pursuing a career in space exploration can be extremely expensive,” he says. “A lot of kids aren’t able to afford it.” Getty These stories are all too common. America is facing a major…

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Indira Gandhi National Open University to offer Certificate in First Aid (CFAID)

The Indira Gandhi National Open University is starting a Certificate in First Aid Programme (CFAID) from the July 2018 session. This programme has been developed to train learners to provide first aid in various emergencies. IGNOU regional centre has identified “ Virangana Avanti Bai District Women Hospital”, Lucknow, as a study centre for delivery of this programme. Manorama Singh, regional director, IGNOU regional centre, Lucknow, said this programme will benefit those who wish to pursue careers as assistants and aides in nursing homes, traffic police, ambulance services, and as fire…

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Raghuram Rajan, corporate leaders to set up Rs750 crore university

(Standing left to right in front row) R. Seshasayee, Sajjan Jindal, Vishaka Desai, Anand Mahindra and Raghuram Rajan during the announcement of Krea University in Mumbai on Friday. Photo: PTI Mumbai: Personalities such as Anand Mahindra, R. Seshasayee, Sajjan Jindal, and former Reserver Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan came together on Friday to announce the launch of Krea University, which will focus on liberal arts and science courses. These leaders will be associated with the university either as members of the governing or academic councils. Around Rs750 crore will be…

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Alert! Boston University students make a ‘detour’ to India

At USA’s Boston University (BU), students are looking towards India. The Detour India Fest 2017, organised by the university’s Indian Organisation, on November 10 and 11 this year, is celebrating the immense diversity that India has to offer. The purpose of the event is to get Indian achievers from cultural, social, entertainment and political fields under one roof to talk about their respective path-breaking journeys and their take on issues concerning India. After the organisation members conceptualised the idea, after noticing the prevalence of global Indian stereotypes in the community,…

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Lakshmi Mittal donates $25 million to Harvard University

Lakshmi Mittal’s donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at Harvard University. Photo: Mint Washington: Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has donated $25 million to the prestigious Harvard University with an aim to increase engagement with South Asian countries, including India. The donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at the university. The institute spearheads Harvard’s engagement with South Asian countries, including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as diaspora populations from these countries, the university said…

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Three students who battled all odds to make their Delhi University dream come true

Getting a coveted seat at a Delhi University college is dream come true for many. With sky high cutoffs and even greater competition, those who make it have already proved their worth. But for some students, this can seem like a bigger feat than others. Visually impaired Dev Narayan Prajapati, albino Roshan Kumar Sharma and government school educated Neha Gautam are three of the 50,000 students who had made their way to Delhi University colleges on Thursday for their first day of college. What sets them apart is the circumstances they…

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Norms not followed in teacher appointments at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University: Scheduled Caste Commission

Lucknow: The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) has pointed to flaws in the reservation roster for appointment of teachers at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University here. The commission found that vacancies in the reservation rosters, submitted by BBAU vice chancellor RC Sobti ‘prima facie’, were not in accordance with the prescribed format of the department of personnel and training (DoPT). In its report, the commission said the vice chancellor could not explain how the posts were de-reserved if Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates had applied for the posts but the selection process…

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Women employees, officials fume after university in Lucknow says they can’t work after 6 pm

Lucknow An order that no woman official or employee of Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (BBAU) will work beyond 6 pm unless for a specific reason has drawn flak for not including students and teachers. BBAU vice chancellor Prof RC Sobti issued the order on Monday evening, stating the rule is to be strictly adhered to. In case of an emergency, prior permission has to be obtained from the V-C. “This step has been taken for security reasons,” reads the order. Women employees criticised the order, asking why female students and women…

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Most Delhi University colleges to come up with second list, Eco (hons) in SRCC full

Delhi University colleges resumed the undergraduate admission process on Tuesday with many colleges, including those in the North and South campus, saying they may come up with a second cutoff list. But at Shri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC), there will be no second list for Economics (hons). The college has already filled its 123 seats for the subject. “Out of the total 624 seats, we approved admissions on 470 seats. BCom (hons) has 501 seats and 470 are already full. In Economics (hons) we have approved admissions for 130. There may…

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Delhi University admissions: Get your best four score right to book your seat

Now that the Delhi University has announced its first list of cutoffs for admission in its colleges, all that is standing between applicants and a seat in their preferred college is your ‘best four’ score. Students have until June 28 to visit colleges and secure a seat in these highly sought-after colleges. However, one must first calculate the ‘best four’ score to ascertain if they have cleared the cutoff grade to be eligible for one of the 56,000 seats available in 63 DU colleges. DU asks its students to calculate…

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