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June 23, 2022

National Testing Agency (NTA) of India issues Public Notice on Common University Entrance Test 2022



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Olympic Day 2022: Sport as a Bridge in a Divided World


Photo: IOC President Thomas Bach attends the Olympic Day celebration at a local school in Skopje. Image provided by & copyright © IOC/Greg Martin.

On Olympic Day, while the world is moving together for peace, International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach has reiterated the role sport can play in building bridges in our divided world and promoting global solidarity.

“The Olympic Games, which unite the entire world in peaceful competition, are a powerful symbol of peace,” said President Bach. “Our Olympic mission is not political. Our Olympic mission is humanitarian.”

Recently, global humanitarian issues have forced the world to reflect. Ongoing conflicts and the growing number of people displaced worldwide have reaffirmed an urgent need for solidarity and peace in our divided world.

On 23 June, as Olympic Day promotes this year’s message of “Together, for a Peaceful World,” the IOC President stressed that the need for solidarity and peace remains the guiding principle of the Olympic Movement and highlights the symbolic importance of the Olympic Games. “Without solidarity, there is no peace,” he said.

“In these divisive and contentious times, people worldwide are longing for a unifying force that brings humankind together. In this respect, the Olympic Movement has a lot to offer with our mission to unite the entire world in peaceful competition,” Bach continued.

Olympic Day 2022: #MoveForPeace

Celebrated every year on 23 June since 1948, Olympic Day provides a moment for everyone to come together and get active with purpose.

This year, as the world continues seeking togetherness, the IOC and the Olympic Movement highlight the power of sport to build a better world by bringing people together in peace. As part of this, people are encouraged to move together for peace today through various local physical and digital activities.

Over 135 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) have registered their commitment to Olympic Day by hosting activities such as Olympic Day runs, outdoor games for families, introductions to new sports, meetings with Olympians, and workshops on the Olympic values. In addition, IOC will organize Digital initiatives, such as virtual Olympic challenges, online workouts, virtual live chats with Olympians, online quizzes, and webinars on the Olympic values worldwide.

Everyone can join by sharing how they are moving on Olympic Day with #MoveForPeace and #OlympicDay, International Olympic Committee said.

Source: IOC


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June 21, 2022



Photo: FKA twigs for Viktor&Rolf by SeanSeng. Image provided by & copyright © Viktor&Rolf.


PARIS, June 21, 2022 — Viktor&Rolf has announced that acclaimed singer, dancer, and actress FKA twigs will be the face of GOOD FORTUNE, the brand’s new fragrance.

FKA twigs is a Grammy Award-nominated artist whose innovations across the fields of music, visual arts, and dance represent future worlds and draw from past ones.

She debuted as a songwriter and singer in 2012 with EP1. Like her dancing, her music draws on various electronic, R&B, and trip-hop styles. Her Mercury Prize-nominated debut album, LP1, was released in August 2014. She directed four videos for her third EP, M3LL155X (read as Melissa), and Soundtrack 7, a dance film created and filmed at the Manchester International Festival. She has collaborated with Dua Lipa and The Weeknd.

“We’ve been fans of twigs for years,” say Viktor&Rolf designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, “and we’re happy to welcome her to the Viktor&Rolf family. Not only is she one of today’s biggest pop stars, but she’s also hugely creative. She’s an icon and absolutely the right personality for GOOD FORTUNE.”

“I’ve always loved perfume,” says FKA twigs. “Scent has always been an integral part of my sensory world, and creatively collaborating with Viktor&Rolf on this project has been very fulfilling. I feel there’s this bond that unites us. Becoming part of their universe feels like magic, a dream come true.”

Following the ongoing success of FLOWERBOMB, launched in 2005, Viktor&Rolf unveiled GOOD FORTUNE. With this significant new statement, the brand has created a fragrance that expresses modern spirituality, inviting women wanting to embrace their inner modern mystic to follow their way to make their destiny.

FKA twigs will feature in a mystical ‘new-genre’ campaign film directed by Andrew Thomas Huang, to be released later this month. Legendary fashion photographers Inez & Vinoodh created the campaign’s magnetic still photography.

The campaign’s soundtrack, “Killer,” was tailor-made for the campaign by FKA twigs and will be officially unveiled in conjunction with the GOOD FORTUNE campaign.

Source: Viktor&Rolf Fragrances

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June 19, 2022

Prime Minister Modi launches Historic Torch Relay for 44th Chess Olympiad.

• India to host Chess Olympiad for the first time.

Chess Olympiad Relay

Photo: Prime Minister Modi launches the torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad in New Delhi on June 19, 2022.

New Delhi, June 19, 2022 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India launched the historic torch relay for the 44th Chess Olympiad today at Indira Gandhi Stadium, New Delhi. FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich handed over the torch to the Prime Minister, who handed it over to Grandmaster Vishwanathan Anand. This torch will visit 75 cities in 40 days before the final culmination at Mahabalipuram near Chennai. At every location, chess grandmasters of the state will receive the torch. Prime Minister Modi also made the Khelo Chess Ceremonial move, followed by Ms. Koneru Humpy making a move. Union Ministers Shri Anurag Singh Thakur and Shri Nisith Pramanik, Chess players and enthusiasts, Ambassadors, and Chess Officials were also present.

FIDE (World Chess Federation) President Arkady Dvorkovich thanked the Government of India for starting the new tradition of the torch relay, which will popularise and galvanize the game worldwide. “FIDE is grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his presence and honoring us,” he said. The FIDE President hoped that Chess would become part of all schools across India and worldwide. He said, “India is the fastest-growing Chess country today, and you have all grounds to be proud of that. We are grateful for your leadership for all the fantastic work you are doing in the interest of Chess.”

Addressing the gathering, the Prime Minister said, “Today, the first torch relay for Chess Olympiad games is starting from India. India will host the Chess Olympiad games for the first time this year. We are proud that a sport, starting from its birthplace and leaving its mark worldwide, has become a passion for many countries.” He continued, “Centuries ago, the torch of this sport went to the whole world in the form of Chaturanga from India. Today the first Olympiad torch of Chess is also coming out of India. Today, when India is celebrating its 75th year of independence, Amrit Mahotsav, this Chess Olympiad torch will also go to 75 cities of the country.” He said, “FIDE has decided that the torch relay for each Chess Olympiad game will start from India itself. This honor is not only the honor of India but also the recognition of this glorious heritage of Chess. I congratulate FIDE and all its members for this”

The Prime Minister dwelled on the Indian heritage in Chess. He said, “our ancestors invented games like Chaturanga or Chess for analytical and problem-solving brains. Chess, via India, reached many countries and became very popular. Today, Chess is being used in schools as an educational tool for young people, for children.” He noted that India has consistently improved its Chess performance in recent years. India’s contingent in the Chess Olympiad is the biggest this year.

The Prime Minister talked about many lessons that Chess gives us in our lives. Underlining the need for the proper support for everyone irrespective of their place in life, the Prime Minister said, “Just like every piece of Chess has its unique strength and a unique ability. It becomes the most powerful if you make the right move with a piece and use its power properly. This specialty of Chessboard gives us a big message about life. If given the right support and environment, no goal is impossible even for the weakest.”

The Prime Minister highlighted another lesson from Chess: “Another great feature of the game of Chess is farsightedness. Chess tells us that real success comes from far-sighted rather than short-term success.”

The 44th Chess Olympiad will take place in Chennai from July 28 to August 10, 2022. The prestigious competition, organized since 1927, is hosted in India for the first time and in Asia after 30 years. With 189 countries participating, this will be the most extensive participation in any Chess Olympiad.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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June 16, 2022

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees further slowdown hitting global economic growth in 2022

International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director, Kristalina Georgieva, receives an Honorary Degree, Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC), from the University of National and World Economy. Sofia, Bulgaria. May 17, 2022. IMF Photo/Hristo Rusev.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: International Monetary Fund Analytical Corner discussion on the topic of ‘A Headwind To Recovery’ as part of the 2022 Spring Meetings. Washington, DC, United States. April 7, 2022. IMF Photo/Kim Haughton.

Washington, DC, June 15, 2022 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) sees further slowdown hitting global economic growth in 2022, IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice said in Washington, DC, following World Bank and OECD moves to cut their forecasts.

The IMF will publish the next revision of its World Economic Outlook report in July, and if it materializes, that would be its third downgrade this year. In April, the IMF had already slashed its forecast for global economic growth by nearly a whole percentage point to 3.6% in 2022 and 2023.

Fund spokesman Gerry Rice said several factors, including a slowdown in China, persistently high fuel and food prices, and many Central Banks hiking rates, were acting together to slow growth.

“We have inflation continuing to rise, particularly in several advanced economies leading to tightening monetary policy. So, you know, we’re seeing this confluence of crises. The Managing Director discussed the combination of all these things going in the same direction of downside risks. And so, again, I think you can reasonably expect that there will be a downward revision of the growth forecast for 2022 compared to what we were forecasting only a month-and-a-half ago,” Rice told reporters.

Source: IMF


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June 14, 2022


Taj Hotels

MUMBAI, India, June 14, 2022 — Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), India’s largest hospitality company, announced that its iconic brand, Taj, has been rated the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand 2022 by Brand Finance. The ‘Hotels 50 2022’ annual report by the world’s leading brand valuation consultancy recognizes the most valuable and most robust hotel brands globally.

Mr. Puneet Chhatwal, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Indian Hotels Company, said, “We are very proud that Taj has been recognized as the World’s Strongest Hotel Brand for the second time in a row. Taj is the most acclaimed benchmark of excellence in the industry globally.”

“With travelers increasingly gravitating towards brands that epitomize the essence of world-class luxury and follow responsible business practices, Taj is well poised to pave the future of hospitality. This recognition is a mark of our guests’ steadfast trust, and it celebrates the indomitable spirit of our employees, who embody the legacy of the brand while bringing alive the essence of Tajness.”

Taj received an overall Brand Strength Index of 88.9 out of 100, with a corresponding AAA rating for customer familiarity, employee satisfaction, corporate reputation, and world-class customer service.

The Hotel 50 2022 report highlights the company’s successful strategy to overcome pandemic-induced challenges and remain relevant to the need of consumers. Taj was also at the forefront in its efforts toward supporting the community, including the healthcare sector.

The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) and its subsidiaries bring together a group of brands and businesses that offer a fusion of warm Indian hospitality and world-class service.

IHCL has a portfolio of 237 hotels, including 60 under development globally across four continents, 11 countries, and over 100 locations.

Source: Indian Hotels Company (IHCL)

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June 9, 2022

QS announces World University Rankings 2023

• The world’s best universities revealed.

QS World University Rankings

QS World University Rankings

LONDON, June 9, 2022 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education analysts, released the nineteenth edition of the QS World University Rankings, featuring 1418 institutions across 100 locations. The results account for 16.4 million academic papers and 117.8 million citations received by those papers. The rankings also reflect the expert opinions of 151,000 academic faculty and 99,000 employers. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) celebrates eleven years as the world’s best University. The University of Oxford (4th) drops two places while the University of Cambridge (2nd) gains one place.

• Highlights

  • USA: 103 of its 201 ranked universities fall, 29 institutions rise. Twenty-five universities are new entrants.

  • UK: 48 of its 90 ranked universities declined, and ten improved. Intensely collaborative: 55% of its research entails global collaborations vs. 20% global average.

  • Canada: 20 of its 31 ranked universities drop. McGill University (31st) is the new national leader.

  • Australia retains five top-50 universities, yet is stagnating, with as many universities improving as declining.

  • China (Mainland), the third most-represented higher education system (71 universities), is home to two world’s top 15 universities for the first time: Peking University (12th) and Tsinghua University (14th).

  • India: more improvements than falls; All top nine institutions rise.

  • Asia’s top university is the National University of Singapore (11th).

  • Malaysia, South Korea, and Indonesia improved while Japan and Thailand declined.

  • ETH Zurich has remained continental Europe’s best University for fifteen consecutive years.

  • France’s merged universities ascend in the table, with Université PSL (26th) breaking into the top-30.

  • Universidad de Buenos Aires (67th) is confirmed Latin America’s best. Hampered by low research impact scores, more of the continent’s universities are falling than rising.

  • Arab Region’s top University - King Abdulaziz University, 106th - reaches a record high.

  • Africa’s leader is the University of Cape Town (237th). However, only five of the continent’s universities are among the top-500.

• QS World University Rankings 2023

• Top 200

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, United States
  2. University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  3. Stanford University, Stanford, United States
  4. The University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
  5. Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
  6. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, United States
  7. Imperial College London, London, United Kingdom
  8. UCL, London, United Kingdom
  9. ETH Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
  10. University of Chicago, Chicago, United States
  11. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore, Singapore
  12. Peking University, Beijing, China (Mainland)
  13. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States
  14. Tsinghua University, Beijing, China (Mainland
  15. The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  16. EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland
  17. Princeton University, Princeton, United States
  18. Yale University, New Haven, United States
  19. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Singapore, Singapore
  20. Cornell University, Ithaca, United States
  21. The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR
  22. Columbia University, New York City, United States
  23. The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  24. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, United States
  25. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, United States
  26. Université PSL, Paris, France
  27. The University of California, Berkeley (UCB), Berkeley, United States
  28. The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  29. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  30. The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
  31. McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  32. Northwestern University, Evanston, United States
  33. The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia
  34. Fudan University, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  35. The University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  36. Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  37. King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
  38. The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong SAR
  39. New York University (NYU), New York City, United States
  40. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong SAR
  41. The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  42. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, Daejeon, South Korea
  43. Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China (Mainland)
  44. The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, United States
  45. The University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Sydney, Australia
  46. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China (Mainland)
  47. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  48. Institut Polytechnique de Paris, Palaiseau Cedex, France
  49. The Technical University of Munich, Munich, Germany
  50. Duke University, Durham, United States
  51. The University of Queensland, Brisbane City, Australia
  52. Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, United States
  53. University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San Diego, United States
  54. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR5
  55. Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Tokyo, Japan
  56. The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, United Kingdom
  57. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  58. University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  59. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
  60. Sorbonne University, Paris, France
  61. Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands
  62. University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom
  63. Brown University, Providence, United States
  64. The University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom
  65. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Heidelberg, Germany
  66. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, Hong Kong SAR
  67. Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  68. Osaka University, Osaka City, Japan
  69. Universit Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette,, France
  70. Universiti Malaya (UM), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia5QS Stars
  71. Pohang University of Science And Technology (POSTECH), Pohang, South Korea
  72. University of Texas at Austin, Austin, United States
  73. Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea
  74. Korea University, Seoul, South Korea
  75. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
  76. KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
  77. National Taiwan University (NTU), Taipei City, Taiwan
  78. University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
  79. Tohoku University, Sendai City, Japan
  80. University of Washington, Seattle, United States
  81. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
  82. University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
  83. University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, United States
  84. University of Zurich, Zürich, Switzerland
  85. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, United States
  86. University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom
  87. The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  88. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, United States
  89. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  90. The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
  91. University of Birmingham, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  92. Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom
  93. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, United States
  94. University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China (Mainland)
  95. Lund University, Lund, Sweden
  96. The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  97. University of St Andrews, St. Andrews, United Kingdom
  98. Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  99. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), Suwon, South Korea
  100. Rice University, Houston, United States
  101. University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway
  102. University of California, Davis, Davis, United States
  103. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, United States
  104. Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  105. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City, Mexico
  106. King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  107. University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
  108. Boston University, Boston, United States
  109. The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
  110. University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
  111. École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Lyon, France
  112. Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan
  113. Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands
  114. University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  115. Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  116. Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
  117. Université de Montréal, Montreal, Canada
  118. Freie Universitaet Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  119. Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, United States
  120. University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  121. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), Santiago, Chile
  122. Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  123. Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Seri Kembangan, Malaysia
  124. Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, Netherlands
  125. Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
  126. Queen Mary University of London, London, United Kingdom
  127. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
  128. Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  129. Purdue University, West Lafayette, United States
  130. Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Bangi, Malaysia
  131. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany
  132. Leiden University, Leiden, Netherlands
  133. Nanjing University, Nanjing, China (Mainland)
  134. University of Southern California, Los Angeles, United States
  135. Kyushu University, Fukuoka City, Japan
  136. University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  137. University of Technology, Sydney Haymarket, Australia
  138. Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  139. Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
  140. The Ohio State University, Columbus, United States
  141. Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  142. KIT, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, Germany
  143. Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  144. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Gelugor, Malaysia
  145. University of Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
  146. Lancaster University, Lancaster, United Kingdom
  147. RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
  148. University of Rochester, Rochester, United States
  149. University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Santa Barbara, United States
  150. Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty, Kazakhstan
  151. University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
  152. McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
  153. Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden
  154. University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada
  155. Emory University, Atlanta, United States
  156. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  157. Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea
  158. Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin), Berlin, Germany
  159. Michigan State University, East Lansing, United States
  160. King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
  161. Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
  162. University of York, York, United Kingdom
  163. University of Exeter, Exeter, United Kingdom5QS Stars
  164. Texas A&M University, College Station, United States
  165. University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, United States
  166. Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom
  167. Alma Mater Studiorum - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
  168. Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile
  169. Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
  170. Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, Mexico
  171. Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy
  172. Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India
  173. Western University, London, Canada
  174. Ecole des Ponts ParisTech, Paris, France
  175. Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), New Delhi, India
  176. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, United States
  177. National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu City, Taiwan
  178. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  179. Technische Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
  180. University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom
  181. Khalifa University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
  182. University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
  183. University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States
  184. Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
  185. University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  186. University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, United States
  187. University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
  188. University of Florida, Gainesville, United States
  189. Albert-Ludwigs-Universitaet Freiburg, Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
  190. RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
  191. University of Liverpool, Liverpool, United Kingdom
  192. The University of Newcastle, Australia (UON), Callaghan, Australia
  193. Curtin University, Perth, Australia
  194. Wuhan University, Wuhan, China (Mainland)
  195. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
  196. Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
  197. Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
  198. Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea
  199. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, United States
  200. Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

• QS World University Rankings 2023: INDIA


  1. =155 Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India
  2. =172 Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB), Mumbai, India
  3. =174 Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), New Delhi, India
  4. 250 Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), Chennai, India
  5. =264 Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK), Kanpur, India
  6. =270 Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP), Kharagpur, India
  7. =369 Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), Roorkee, India
  8. =384 Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG), Guwahati, India
  9. =396 Indian Institute of Technology Indore, Indore, India
  10. 521-530 University of Delhi, New Delhi, India
  11. 541-550 Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune, India
  12. 541-550 University of Madras, Chennai, India
  13. 551-560 Anna University, Chennai, India
  14. 581-590 Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad, Sangareddy, India
  15. 601-650 Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  16. 651-700 IIT BHU Varanasi, Varanasi, India
  17. 651-700 O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat, India
  18. 701-750 Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India
  19. 751-800 Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka, India Manipal, India
  20. 751-800 University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad, India
  21. 801-1000 Chandigarh University, Mohali, India
  22. 801-1000 Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar, Bhubaneswar, India
  23. 801-1000 Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India
  24. 801-1000 National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, India
  25. 801-1000 Pondicherry University, Puducherry, India
  26. 801-1000 Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, Solan, India
  27. 801-1000 University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India
  28. 1001-1200 Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
  29. 1001-1200 Amity University, Noida, India
  30. 1001-1200 Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri, India
  31. 1001-1200 Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
  32. 1001-1200 Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, Pilani, India
  33. 1001-1200 Sathyabama Institute of Science and Technology (Deemed to be University), Chennai, India
  34. 1001-1200 Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan (Deemed to be University), Bhubaneswar, India
  35. 1001-1200 Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala, India
  36. 1001-1200 University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India
  37. 1001-1200 Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), Vellore, India
  38. 1201-1400 Jamia Hamdard, New Delhi, India
  39. 1201-1400 OSMANIA UNIVERSITY, Hyderabad, India
  41. 1201-1400 Panjab University, Chandigarh, India

QS World University Rankings

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Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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June 7, 2022


Rastrapati Bhavan

Photo: Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the President of India, New Delhi. Image credit: Rob Towell.

New Delhi, June 05, 2022 — The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, will host the Visitor’s Conference 2022 at Rashtrapati Bhavan on June 7 and 8, 2022.

On June 7, 2022, the President will present the Visitor’s Awards in the Research and Technological Development categories in the presence of Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, and other dignitaries.

After the Visitor’s Awards conferment, the Conference will witness the presentation on ‘Role and responsibilities of Higher Education Institutions in Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ by Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman UGC.

On June 8, 2022, the Conference will witness presentations and deliberations on various topics such as international rankings of Higher Education Institutions, the collaboration between Academia-Industry and policy-makers, integration of school, higher, and vocational education, and research in emerging and disruptive technologies.

The President is the Visitor of 161 Central Institutes of Higher Education (CIHE). 53 CIHE will physically witness the Conference, while other institutes will connect virtually. Apart from the heads of 161 institutions of higher education, the Union Minister of Education and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan; Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar; Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Education; Chairman of University Grants Commission; Chairperson of National Council for Vocational Education and Training; and Chairman AICTE will also attend the Conference.

Source: President’s Secretariat



President of India Inaugurates Visitor’s Conference 2022



New Delhi, June 07, 2022 — The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, inaugurated the two-day Conference of Vice-Chancellors of Central Universities and Directors of Institutions of National Importance at Rashtrapati Bhavan today. The President is the Visitor of 161 Central Institutes of Higher Education. Out of 161 institutes, 53 are physically attending the Conference, while others are connected virtually.

Source: President’s Secretariat

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June 2, 2022

THE Asia Awards: Shoolini ranked 2nd in Asia for Student Support

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SOLAN, India, June 2, 2022 — Times Higher Education (THE) Awards Asia has highly commended and awarded the second prize for ‘outstanding support for students’ to Himachal Pradesh-based Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences.

Dubbed the ‘Oscars of Higher Education,’ THE Awards offer an important international platform to recognize and applaud outstanding leadership and institutional performance. THE Asia Awards celebrate the achievements of the continent’s higher education.

Shoolini University, a pioneering University located in the foothills of the Himalayas, has taken the novel step of bringing the Coaching facility to its students through a partnership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Under the program, over 600 students have transformed their lives through coaching by 100 International ICF Credentialed Coaches. In addition, it has helped students develop the art of questioning.

Hailing the award, Chancellor Prof. PK Khosla said he was elated to hear the news. “The university has been taking proactive steps to support the students in all possible ways. For example, our ‘VEmpower Coaching Program’ is unique as it involves over 100 certified coaches worldwide to provide guidance and coaching to Shoolini students,” Prof. Khosla remarked.

Source: Shoolini University

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Times Higher Education announces Asia University Rankings 2022

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Nagoya, Japan, June 01, 2022 — Times Higher Education has published its Asia University Rankings 2022, revealing the top institutions across the diverse and dynamic continent.

There are now six Saudi Arabian universities in the top 100, up from four last year, and four in the top 50, double the number in 2021.

The best-performing institution in Saudi Arabia is King Abdulaziz University, which ranks 28. The public university in Jeddah was established in 1967 by business people before being converted to a public institution seven years later. It scores especially highly for international collaboration (93.6 out of 100) and citations (92.4).

King Abdulaziz University ranks joint 190th in THE’s World University Rankings 2022; the results, published last year, marked the first time a university from Saudi Arabia got included in the top 200.

Overall, there are 15 Saudi universities in the Asia rankings, up from 10 in 2021 and seven in 2020.

Following King Abdulaziz is Alfaisal University in 34th position. The private, not-for-profit institution is in Riyadh.

King Saud University, a public institution in Riyadh, ranks joint 44th, up from 53rd last year. King Saud was the first Saudi university established in 1957 and was initially named Riyadh University.

King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals also ranks among the top 50, at 48th position, up from joint 84th last year.

Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia’s national strategy introduced by Mohammed bin Salman in 2016, includes a target of at least five Saudi universities ranking among the top 200 in international rankings. The plan aims to move the Saudi economy from an over-reliance on oil revenues to a more balanced financial model in which higher education is integral.

China still leads the Asia rankings, with Tsinghua and Peking universities taking the top two spots for the third consecutive year. The country has secured its dominance in the region, being home to nearly a third of institutions (30) in the top 100.

In contrast, Japan has six fewer universities in the top 100 than in 2020, with just eight, down from 14. However, it is still the most-represented nation overall, with 118 institutions.

The Asia University Rankings use the same 13 performance indicators as the World University Rankings, but they are recalibrated to reflect the attributes of Asia’s institutions.

• THE Asia University Rankings 2022 — TOP 100

  1. Tsinghua University, China
  2. Peking University, China
  3. National University of Singapore, Singapore
  4. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  5. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
  6. The University of Tokyo, Japan
  7. Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  8. Seoul National University, South Korea
  9. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong
  10. Fudan University, China
  11. Zhejiang University, China
  12. Kyoto University, Japan
  13. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  14. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea
  15. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
  16. University of Science and Technology of China, China
  17. Nanjing University, China
  18. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea
  19. Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech), China
  20. Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), South Korea
  21. National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
  22. Yonsei University (Seoul campus), South Korea
  23. Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea
  24. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  25. Wuhan University, China
  26. Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China
  27. Korea University, South Korea
  28. King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia
  29. Taipei Medical University, Taiwan
  30. Tel Aviv University, Israel
  31. Kyung Hee University, South Korea
  32. Tohoku University, Japan
  33. University of Macau, Macao
  34. Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia
  35. China Medical University, Taiwan, Taiwan
  36. Macau University of Science and Technology, Macao
  37. Khalifa University United Arab, Emirates
  38. Sun Yat-sen University, China
  39. Central South University, China
  40. Beijing Normal University, China
  41. Sejong University South, Korea
  42. Indian Institute of Science, India
  43. Tongji University, China
  44. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
  45. National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
  46. Qatar University, Qatar
  47. Hanyang University, South Korea
  48. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
  49. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  50. Nagoya University, Japan
  51. American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  52. East China Normal University, China
  53. Osaka University, Japan
  54. Shenzhen University, China
  55. University of Malaya, Malaysia
  56. Nankai University, China
  57. Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran
  58. Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  59. National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
  60. United Arab Emirates University, United Arab Emirates
  61. South China University of Technology, China
  62. Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei Darussalam
  63. Tianjin University, China
  64. Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  65. JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, India
  66. Sichuan University, China
  67. University of Hail, Saudi Arabia
  68. Indian Institute of Technology Ropar, India
  69. Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Iran
  70. Sharif University of Technology, Iran
  71. Southern Medical University, China
  72. University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  73. Ton Duc Thang University, Vietnam
  74. Hunan University, China
  75. Cankaya University, Turkey
  76. Koç University, Turkey
  77. Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
  78. Asia University, Taiwan, Taiwan
  79. Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
  80. Sabancı University, Turkey
  81. Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  82. Beihang University, China
  83. University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Japan, Japan
  84. University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, China
  85. Xiamen University, China
  86. Southeast University, China
  87. Indian Institute of Technology Indore, India
  88. Northwestern Polytechnical University, China
  89. An-Najah National University, Palestine
  90. Amirkabir University of Technology, Iran
  91. Duy Tan University, Vietnam
  92. Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
  93. University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka
  94. Yokohama City University, Japan
  95. Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Malaysia
  96. Iran University of Science and Technology, Iran
  97. University of Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
  98. Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
  99. Capital Medical University, China
  100. Zhejiang Normal University, China

Source: Times Higher Education

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June 1, 2022

Times Higher Education (THE) announces THE Awards Asia 2022 Shortlist & Winners.

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Nagoya, Japan, June 01, 2022 — The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) team has taken the top accolade amid stiff competition for Times Higher Education’s awards for Asian institutions.

NTU took the prize for Leadership and Management Team of the Year at 2022’s THE Awards Asia.

Judges said that NTU had “achieved an outstanding rate and quality of development in recent years and has become one of the sector’s global leaders.”

In its fourth year, the event builds on the success of THE’s long-running UK-focused awards, known as the “Oscars of higher education.” This year as in 2021, the Asia awards received nearly 500 entries with submissions from 22 countries or territories, whittled down to 80 finalists.

The 2022 awards saw India punch above its weight, the only country with two winners.

India also boasted the most significant number of shortlisted submissions from any country, with 11 institutions in the running. Other top-performing countries include Malaysia, with ten institutions, and China, with eight.

THE’s chief knowledge officer, Phil Baty, congratulated all the 2022 winners for their success in a year that has seen universities continue to grapple with the fallout of the pandemic even as they adapt to other rapidly unfolding events.

“There is no shortage of challenges, and geopolitical uncertainties threaten more upheaval, but the evidence…attests that Asia’s universities are equipped with the vision, resources, and will to rise to any task,” he said.

Institutions Shortlisted and Winners

• Leadership and Management Team of the Year

  • University of Basrah
  • Fujita Health University
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (WINNER)
  • National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
  • National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University
  • Prince Sultan University
  • Seoul National University
  • Zhejiang University

• Excellence and Innovation in the Arts

  • Universitas Airlangga
  • University of Basrah
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) (WINNER)
  • Lasalle College of the Arts
  • Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
  • Telkom University
  • Vishwakarma University

• International Strategy of the Year

  • Hiroshima University
  • University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), School of International Development and Cooperation (SIDC)
  • Izmir Institute of Technology (WINNER)
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • Prince of Songkla University
  • Shanghai University
  • Singapore Management University (SMU)
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

• Outstanding Support for Students

  • Chulalongkorn University
  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women
  • Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
  • Seoul National University
  • Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences (highly commended)
  • Taylor’s University (WINNER)
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

• Student Recruitment Campaign of the Year

  • Amity University Online (WINNER)
  • FPT University
  • Izmir Institute of Technology
  • Krirk University
  • Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS)
  • Lingnan University
  • Shanghai University
  • University of Tsukuba

• Teaching and Learning Strategy of the Year

  • City University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University (WINNER)
  • Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • National University of Singapore
  • University of Nottingham, Ningbo
  • O.P. Jindal Global University, Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
  • Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

• Technological or Digital Innovation of the Year

  • Burapha University (WINNER)
  • Central Luzon State University
  • Chitkara University
  • Chulalongkorn University
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
  • National University of Singapore
  • Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

• Workplace of the Year

  • King Faisal University
  • Lasalle College of the Arts
  • Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
  • National Dong Hwa University
  • O.P. Jindal Global University
  • Prince Sultan University
  • Seoul National University (WINNER)
  • University Shanghai University

• THE DataPoints Research Improvement Award

  • Ajou University
  • Central South University
  • Savitribai Phule Pune University (WINNER)
  • Sejong University
  • University of Sharjah
  • Taipei Medical University
  • Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • Wuhan University

• THE DataPoints Impact Award

  • Diponegoro University (WINNER)
  • University of Indonesia
  • Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
  • Iran University of Medical Sciences
  • King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
  • Kuwait University
  • National Changhua University of Education
  • Padjadjaran University

Source: THE Awards Asia 2022

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May 31, 2022

UGC declares Periyar University's Online Distance Education Programmes Invalid.

New Delhi, May 31, 2022 — UGC (University Grants Commission) India has issued a Public Notice concerning violations by Periyar University, Tamil Nadu, in running distance education programs per UGC (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020.

Consequently, UGC has declared Periyar University’s online distance education programs invalid and warned students not to get admitted to these programs.

Incidentally, Periyar University is a NAAC ‘A++’ Grade State University.


Source: UGC

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May 29, 2022

Festival de Cannes Winners 2022

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Festival de Cannes

Photo: Indian actress Deepika Padukone. Jury Member. Image Source: Deepika Padukone / Instagram.

Cannes, France, May 29, 2022 — After 11 days of a special edition, the Jury of the 75th Festival de Cannes presented its winners’ list from the 21 films appearing in the Competition this year. French actor Vincent Lindon chaired the jury. Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, British-American actress and director Rebecca Hall, French director Ladj Ly, American director Jeff Nichols, Indian actress Deepika Padukone, Swedish actress Noomi Rapace, Norwegian director Joachim Trier, and Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca were the other jury members.

Here is the WINNERS’ LIST

— Feature Films —

• Palme d’Or

  • TRIANGLE OF SADNESS, directed by Ruben ÖSTLUND

• Grand Prix (jointly awarded)

  • CLOSE directed by Lukas DHONT
  • STARS AT NOON, directed by Claire DENIS

• Award for Best Director


• Award for Best Screenplay


• Jury Prize (jointly awarded)

  • EO directed by Jerzy SKOLIMOWSKI

• 75th anniversary Prize

  • TORI ET LOKITA (TORI AND LOKITA) directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc DARDENNE

• Award for Best Actress


• Award for Best Actor

  • SONG Kang-ho in BROKER directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu

— Short Films —

• Palme d’Or


Special Mention


— Un Certain Regard —

• Un Certain Regard Prize

  • LES PIRES (THE WORST ONES) directed by Lise AKOKA & Romane GUERET

• Jury Prize

  • JOYLAND, directed by Saim SADIQ

• Best Director Prize

  • Alexandru BELC for METRONOM

• Best Performance Prize (jointly awarded)

  • Vicky KRIEPS in CORSAGE directed by Marie KREUTZER
  • Adam BESSA in HARKA, directed by Lotfy NATHAN

• Best Screenplay Prize

  • MEDITERRANEAN FEVER, directed by Maha HAJ

• Coup de cœur Prize

  • RODEO, directed by Lola QUIVORON

• Caméra d’Or

  • WAR PONY, directed by Riley KEOUGH and Gina GAMMELL, presented as part of the UN CERTAIN REGARD Official Selection

Special Mention

  • PLAN 75 directed by HAYAKAWA Chie

• La Cinef

First Prize

  • IL BARBIERE COMPLOTTISTA (A Conspiracy Man) directed by Valerio FERRARA Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italie

Second Prize

  • DI ER (Somewhere) directed by LI Jiahe Hebei University of Science and Technology School of Film and Television, Chine

Joint Third Prize

  • GLORIOUS REVOLUTION directed by Masha NOVIKOVA London Film School, Royaume Uni
  • LES HUMAINS SONT CONS QUAND ILS S’EMPILENT (Humans Are Dumber When Crammed up Together) directed by Laurène FERNANDEZ La CinéFabrique, France

— Higher Technical Commission (CST) —

  • The CST jury has awarded the CST ARTIST-TECHNICIAN AWARD 2022 to the entire sound crew headed up by Andréas Franck, Bent Holm, Jacob Ilgner, and Jonas Rudels for the film TRIANGLE OF SADNESS by Ruben Östlund. In addition, it has awarded the CST Young Film Technician Award to Marion Burger, headset designer for the film UN PETIT FRÈRE (MOTHER AND SON) by Léonor Serraille.

Source: Festival de Cannes

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May 27, 2022

Swiss Watchmaker OMEGA presents its Inspiring Women Ambassadors.

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Photos: Omega Women Ambassadors. (From Top) Zoë Kravitz, Allyson Felix, Kaia Gerber, Kiko Mizuhara, and So-hee Han. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

Omega, Watches

Omega, Watches

Photos: Omega Ladies’ Timepieces. Two models. The Mini Trésor and The Speedmaster 38 mm. Images provided by & copyright © OMEGA.

Captured in a new series of black and white portraits, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is revealing the unique personalities of its inspiring women ambassadors.

“My Choice” is the latest continuation of OMEGA’s historical bond with women. For more than 100 years, the company has delivered ladies’ timepieces of reliability, beauty, and versatility - helping to support everyone from nurses and aviators to artists and actresses.

Today, OMEGA is represented worldwide by a strong family of female stars. For the latest shoot, actresses Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, So-hee Han, Dongyu Zhou, models Kaia Gerber, Kiko Mizuhara, and legendary athletes Allyson Felix joined the brand.

The result brings together a selection of classic yet fast-moving portraits.

Source: OMEGA


Kaia Gerber and the OMEGA Constellation

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May 26, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC) India invites Applications for QUAD Fellowships.

Quad Fellowship

  • Applications are Open for a First-of-Its-Kind Scholarship to fund Masters and Doctoral Degrees for 100 Exceptional STEM Fellows from the Quad Nations.

  • Up to 25 engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists from each of the four Quad countries (Australia, India, Japan, and the United States) to advance innovation and research by pursuing the Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in the USA.

  • Fellows Will Receive Access to Unparalleled Benefits, including Tuition Support, Learning Workshops, Mentorship by STEM Leaders, and Cross-Cultural Exchange Experiences.

QUAD Fellowships, India, USA, Japan, Australia

QUAD Fellowships, India, USA, Japan, Australia

Photo: Prime Minister Modi interacting with the Indian community in Tokyo, Japan, on May 23, 2022. Mr. Modi was in Tokyo to attend the QUAD summit.

New Delhi, May 25, 2022, — University Grants Commission (UGC) India has invited Applications for QUAD Fellowships.

“Applications are invited for the Quad fellowship - a first-of-its-kind scholarship program that brings together up to 25 engineers, mathematicians, scientists, and technologists from each of the four Quad countries (Australia, India, Japan, and the United States) to advance innovation and research by pursuing their graduate degrees in the United States,” the UGC notice said.

“The Quad Fellowship, a new graduate-level fellowship designed to build ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists, is recruiting its first cohort this year,” the announcement stated. The UGC notice further explained that this program would sponsor 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian master’s and doctoral students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States.

UGC also clarified that “there will be no financial liability on the part of UGC for this fellowship program.”

Earlier, Schmidt Futures had announced from New York that applications are open for the Quad Fellowship — a first-of-its-kind scholarship supporting master’s and doctoral students in STEM. The program would spur scientific and technological innovation while building global ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists.

The Quad Fellowship is a joint initiative of the governments of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. It is the flagship educational exchange program of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. Operated and administered by Schmidt Futures, the Fellowship will sponsor 100 exceptional American, Japanese, Australian, and Indian graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to study in the United States beginning in August 2023.

“We will see more technological change in the next ten years than in the last fifty,” said U.S. President Joe Biden. “We want the next generation of scientists and technologists who will build the future to come from our Quad countries. So together, we’re launching the new scholarship program to support STEM students in each of our countries and strengthen the collaboration among our people. It’s called the Quad Fellowship.”

The Fellowship will develop a network of science and technology experts committed to advancing innovation and collaboration in their nations’ private, public, and academic sectors and Quad countries. Over 18 months of programming, Quad Fellows will receive academic support and have the opportunity to learn from leading scientists, technologists, politicians, and more from the Quad nations. Just as crucial, the program will build a foundational understanding among Quad Fellows of one another’s societies and cultures through robust community programming and cultural immersion experiences.

“We were honored to accept the invitation to lead and administer the Quad Fellowship,” said Eric Braverman, CEO of Schmidt Futures. “It is a philanthropic initiative founded by Eric and Wendy Schmidt that bets early on exceptional people making the world better. We believe that identifying and connecting talent through interdisciplinary STEM programs like this one is crucial to advancing world-changing innovation and solving our greatest challenges.”

“At the heart of the future, we see science and technology, engineering and math, because they have always been at the forefront of advancing progress and answering a human need,” said Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison. “It’s a fellowship that will create new connections and helps identify solutions to some of the most pressing challenges we face across our region and the world.”

“The most important driving force in the world will be the technology for the service and the use of humanity,” said India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. “Our Quad will play the role of a force for global good, and our cooperation under Quad will ensure prosperity and peace in the Indo-Pacific and the world.”

“I have great expectations that participants will become a “bridge” connecting the four countries and will be the driving force for growth, helping to resolve issues arising in the Indo-Pacific region and around the world,” said Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida.

All Quad Fellows will receive access to the following benefits and participate in the following programs upon selection:

  • Funding: Quad Fellows will receive a one-time, personal award of $50,000 for studying in STEM master’s and doctoral programs in the United States. Fellows can apply separately for additional, needs-based funding up to $25,000 to support the completion of their academic study, subject to conditions.

  • Programming: Quad Fellows will participate in regular virtual and in-person workshops on various themes, including the intersection of STEM and society, ethics and innovation, and emerging technologies. Fellows will also benefit from small-group research and support networks.

  • Mentorship: Quad Fellows will connect with top scientists, technologists, and national leaders from Quad countries, providing unparalleled opportunities for networking and mentorship.

  • Cross-Cultural Exchange: Quad Fellows will build lifelong connections within an international network of STEM innovators through flagship international experiences, including a week-long residency in Australia, Japan, or India, a weekend summit in Washington, D.C., and other in-country immersion offerings.

An International Advisory Board composed of leaders from academia, government, business, and civil society will guide Quad Fellowship selection, programming, and immersion experiences. Members include

  • Ambassador Richard Court, former Australian Ambassador to Japan;
  • Ambassador Navtej Sarna, former Indian Ambassador to the United States;
  • Ambassador Kazuyoshi Umemoto, president of The Japan Foundation;
  • Secretary Ash Carter, former U.S. Secretary of Defense;
  • Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology at the University of New South Wales;
  • Professor K. Vijay Raghavan, Principal Scientific Adviser to the Government of India;
  • Professor Yoichiro Matsumoto, Science and Technology Advisor to Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs;
  • Dr. Shirley Malcom, Senior Advisor and Director of SEA Change at the American Association for the Advancement of Science;
  • Professor Carla Brodley, Dean of Inclusive Computing at Northeastern University;
  • Paul Daugherty, Group Chief Executive - Technology and Chief Technology Officer at Accenture;
  • Amy Stursberg, Executive Director of the Blackstone Charitable Foundation and CEO of Schwarzman Scholars and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Foundation;
  • Naveed Hussain, Chief Technology Officer at Boeing;
  • Ambassador Karan Bhatia, Head of Global Policy and Government Relations at Google;
  • Michael Fraccaro, Chief People Officer at Mastercard;
  • Christine Bastian, Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer at Western Digital; and
  • Cassie Crockett, Vice President of Talent Engine at Schmidt Futures.

Quad Fellowships would announce additional members of the International Advisory Board later.

Many leading corporate sponsors support the Quad Fellowship. Founding sponsors include Accenture, Blackstone, Boeing, Google, Mastercard, and Western Digital.

For Details on the Quad Fellowship, Visit: Quad Fellowship Website

Source: UGC, QUAD, Schmidt Futures

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May 25, 2022

World Economic Forum's Open Forum returns to Davos.

  • The Open Forum Davos 2022 is hosting a series of panel discussions on 23-26 May, all open to the public upon registration.

  • Panelists include:

    • Human rights activist and Nobel Peace Laureate Nadia Murad.
    • Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko.
    • Climate activist Vanessa Nakate.
    • Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel.
  • Discussion topics range from the climate crisis and youth mental health to the war in Ukraine and the Metaverse.

World Economic Forum

Photo: Impressions from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Mattias Nutt.

World Economic Forum

Photo: H.M. Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, Queen of the Netherlands; United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance, speaking in Unlocking Capital at Scale for Digital Inclusion at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, May 24, 2022. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum/Michael Calabrò.

Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, May 25, 2022 - As part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022, this year’s Open Forum Davos is focusing on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and the role of multilateralism for peace in Europe as well as other global challenges.

Taking place for the first time since January 2020, the Open Forum offers a platform for debate and interaction on controversial issues between the public and scholars, business leaders, and policy-makers concerning improving the state of the world.

Young and diverse voices are also playing a prominent role in the discussions, with one session on youth mental health co-designed and moderated by students from Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, each session includes at least one member of the Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a wide-ranging network of people from all walks of life and different parts of the world.

Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation, among other high-level panelists, is joined by Ievgeniia Bodnya, who mobilized the Global Shaper Hub she leads in Kyiv to build the Support Ukraine. In another session, Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko and his brother Wladimir, Chairman of the Klitschko Foundation, discuss how the Russian invasion has affected them and their country.

Also present at the Open Forum are climate activists, including 26-year-old Vanessa Nakate, author and climate advocate who addressed world leaders at the World Economic Forum 2020. The activists articulate how to turn words into action to fight the climate crisis. Gender equality is also featured prominently in the conversations.

The last two years have seen a blending of in-person and virtual interactions on the digital front. Peggy Johnson, Chief Executive Office of augmented reality company Magic Leap, will introduce the possibilities of the Metaverse. She will then join a panel of experts, including Pascal Kaufmann, President, and Founder of the Mindfire Foundation.

Additional panelists who are participating in this year’s Open Forum Davos include:

  • Ignazio Cassis, President of the Swiss Confederation and Federal Councillor for Foreign Affairs of Switzerland
  • Stephane Bancel, Chief Executive Officer, Moderna
  • Isabella Eckerle, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Vivianne Heijnen, Minister for the Environment, Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands
  • Mikaela Jade, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Indigital
  • Peggy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Magic Leap Inc.
  • Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International
  • Edward Lewin, Vice-President and Head of Government and Public Affairs, LEGO Group
  • Klaus Moosmayer, Chief Ethics, Risk and Compliance Officer, Novartis AG
  • Seth Moulton, Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Nadia Murad, Nobel Peace Laureate, Nadia’s Initiative; Co-Founder, Global Survivors Fund (GSF), Global Survivors Fund
  • Anna Riedl, Cognitive Scientist, and Global Shaper, Vienna Hub
  • Philipp Wilhelm, Mayor of Davos
  • Sakena Yacoobi, Executive Director, Afghan Institute of Learning

Open Forum Programme

Monday, May 23
12.30 - 13.30 A Discussion with the Klitschkos
18.30 - 20.00 A Wake-Up Call from Nature

Tuesday, May 24
09.00 - 10.30 Growing Up in the Pandemic
14.30 - 16.00 Working Together for Peace
18.30 - 20.00 Ethical Decision-Making in Times of Crisis

Wednesday, May 25
09.00 - 10.30 Turning Words into Action
12.30 - 14.00 A Discussion about Equality
18.30 - 20.00 Racial Disparities in Refugee Treatment

Thursday, May 26
09.00 - 10.30 The Possibilities of the Metaverse

In its 19th year, the Open Forum Davos opens its doors to the public from 23 to January 26 in Davos, Switzerland. It is being held at the Tobelmühle Sports Hall, Tobelmühlestrasse 4 e, Davos Platz, Switzerland.

For over 50 years, the World Economic Forum has been the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Annual Meeting is the focal point for leaders to accelerate the partnerships needed to tackle global challenges and shape a more sustainable and inclusive future. Convening under the theme ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies,’ the Annual Meeting 2022 and its 200 sessions bring together global leaders from business, government, and civil society.

Source: World Economic Forum

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May 24, 2022

India's Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, addresses the 50th Convocation of D.A.V. College, Hoshiarpur, Punjab.

DAV College Hoshiarpur

Photo: The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Prime Minister’s Office, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh at the 50th Convocation of D.A.V. College Hoshiarpur, in Punjab on May 24, 2022.

Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India, May 24, 2022 — India’s Minister of State for Science & Technology, Dr. Jitendra Singh, said that the new National Education Policy supplements the Start-Up ecosystem with the promise to open new career and entrepreneurship opportunities for students and youth in India.

Dr. Singh was addressing the 50th Convocation of D.A.V. College, Hoshiarpur. He said Punjab must reclaim its past glory as a premier education hub of India. He recalled that even in pre-Independence India, Government College Lahore and Punjab University Lahore were among the leading educational institutions in the entire subcontinent.

Dr. Jitendra Singh reminded the academia and students of the historical context and said that until independence in 1947, Punjab University Lahore (now in Pakistan) fulfilled the educational needs of a vast subcontinent region. After Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta, the British Government established Punjab University Lahore in 1882. Dr. Singh added that the British Government similarly established the Lahore College for Women as a residential college in May 1922.

Dr. Jitendra Singh said the contribution of D.A.V. institutions in spreading the light of education has indeed been invaluable, and one must be proud to receive a graduation or post-graduation degree from one of the premier institutions of North India. He said it’s also heartening to note that D.A.V. has routinely been ranked among the top institutions of India and congratulated all for this achievement.

Dr. Jitendra Singh emphasized that Convocation day or Graduation ceremony does not mean the end of your learning. But it is a continuous process as new opportunities emerge every day. Referring to Skill India Mission, he urged the students to imbibe multiple skills to be successful in life as there is an ample number of examples to show that those equipped with the latest skills are doing wonders in the world today.

In conclusion, the Minister said that Convocation day is one of the most critical days in a student’s life. It is not just an acknowledgment of your hard work but a token of your responsibility towards society. He said, you are fortunate to have studied in an institution like D.A.V. College, and on this solemn day, you must not fail to acknowledge your parents and teachers who have guided you.

Source: Ministry of Science & Technology, India

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May 23, 2022

TIME Reveals Its Annual List of the 100 Most Influential People in the World

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Photo: The 2022 TIME100 issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

NEW YORK, May 23, 2022 — Today, TIME revealed the 2022 TIME100, its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. The issue has five worldwide covers, each highlighting a member of the TIME100: actor Zendaya, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, actor Simu Liu, and recording artist Mary J. Blige.

The TIME100 includes surprising pairings of the list members and the guest contributors TIME selects to write about them. For example, the nineteenth annual list features Michelle Obama on Oprah Winfrey, Joe Biden on Volodymyr Zelensky, Matthew McConaughey on Channing Tatum, Denis Villeneuve on Zendaya, James Corden on Adele, Reese Witherspoon on Zoë Kravitz, Martin Scorsese on Andrew Garfield, Sandra Oh on Simu Liu, Ryan Seacrest on Kris Jenner, Laurene Powell Jobs on Tim Cook, Jeb Bush on Ron DeSantis, Tom Brady on Rafael Nadal and many more.

Of the 2022 TIME100 list, TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal writes, “We hope that the TIME100 list is not simply a recognition of influence but a study in how influence can be wielded… If a crisis unites us, we must find within ourselves that same empathy. The spectrum of leaders on this list, wielding influence in so many ways, is a reminder that we all have the option to use our power for good.”


The 2022 TIME100 features dozens of entertainers, including Channing Tatum, Pete Davidson, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Adele, Simu Liu, Mila Kunis, Oprah Winfrey, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Mary J. Blige, Miranda Lambert, Jon Batiste, Keanu Reeves and more.

Athletes on this year’s list include Nathan Chen, Alex Morgan, Eileen Gu, Candace Parker, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn, and Rafael Nadal.

This year’s list features 49 women, including Mary J.Blige, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Yeoh, Ariana DeBose, Adele, Miranda Lambert, Sarah Jessica Parker, Amanda Seyfried, Zendaya, Nadine Smith, Ketanji Brown Jackson, Quinta Brunson, Zoe Kravitz, Cristina Villarreal Velásquez and others.

The list features U.S. President Joe Biden and other U.S. political figures, including Kevin McCarthy, Ron DeSantis, Kyrsten Sinema, and Ketanji Brown Jackson.

Other notable writers include Sacha Baron Cohen, Mindy Kaling, LeBron James, Billy Porter, Stevie Wonder, Alexei Navalny, Jimmy Fallon, Bernie Sanders, Bowen Yang, Billie Jean King, Chip, and Joanna Gaines, Jack Harlow, Cory Booker, and more.

Xi Jinping is on the list for the 13th time, more than any other person this year. Other repeats include Oprah Winfrey (10), Vladimir Putin (7), Joe Biden (5), Christine Lagarde (5), Tim Cook (5), Adele (3), Rafael Nadal (2), Alex Morgan (2), Abiy Ahmed (2), Issa Rae (2), Megan Rapinoe (2) and Ursula von der Leyen (2).

TIME will celebrate the 2022 TIME100 list of the world’s most influential people with the return of the annual TIME100 Summit and TIME100 Gala on June 7 and June 8 in New York City.

The second annual TIME100 Summit on June 7, 2022, will convene leaders from the global TIME100 community to spotlight solutions and encourage action toward a better world. Speakers for the day-long event include Apple CEO Tim Cook; co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Bill Gates; NBA champion, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dwyane Wade; writer, producer, and actor Mindy Kaling; U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry; former U.S. Representative and co-founder, Giffords Gabrielle Giffords; Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley; founder and creative director, Brother Vellies Aurora James, designer Christian Siriano; head of global TV, Netflix Bela Bajaria; Olympic Champion, Freestyle Skiing Eileen Gu; writer, director, producer, and actor Taika Waititi; poet and author Cathy Park Hong; artist Jon Batiste; senior vice president, BioNTech SE Dr. Katalin Karikó; filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen and more.

The 16th annual TIME100 Gala, celebrating TIME’s list of the world’s most influential people, will take place on June 8, 2022. The event will feature Mary J. Blige and Miranda Lambert performances, honorary tributes from members of this year’s list, remarks from TIME Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal, and more.

Both events will occur at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz, at Lincoln Center, in New York City.

Source: TIME

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May 22, 2022

India's National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct the Postgraduate Entrance Test for 42 Central and participating Universities for the Academic Session 2022-2023.

  • India’s National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct Common University Entrance Test (CUET-PG) for Postgraduate Admissions in the last week of July 2022.

  • Common University Entrance Test (CUET-PG) for Postgraduate Admissions will provide a single-window opportunity for students to seek admission to participating Universities.

  • Application Form submission has started today on the NTA website. In addition, program details will be available on the websites of participating Central Universities & other Universities.



Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

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May 19, 2022

UNESCO World Conference in Barcelona to shape the future of Higher Education

- The third UNESCO World Conference on Higher Education is taking place from May 18 to May 20, 2022, in Barcelona, Spain, to chart a renewed vision for higher education in the next decade.

UNESCO Higher Education

Barcelona, Spain, May 18, 2022 — There are 235 million students enrolled in higher education worldwide. This number has more than doubled in the last 20 years and will likely double again over the coming decade.

Faced with such growing demand, how can we ensure quality higher education adapted to contemporary challenges such as sustainable development? How can international academic mobility be supported? What lessons can we learn from the COVID-19 pandemic? These questions will be at the heart of the World Conference.

More than 1,500 participants are attending the event coming from universities, governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector, and civil society to share their experiences and ideas to draw a joint global roadmap for the coming decade.

UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, the Spanish Minister of Universities, Joan Subirats, the President of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, opened the Conference.

• Democratizing access

Disparities persist despite a remarkable 200% increase in enrolment in 20 years in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, and South and South-East Asia. As a result, between 40% and 50% of an age group are enrolled in higher education in East and South-East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. In Central and South Asia, however, only 25% are registered. And the figure drops to 9% for sub-Saharan Africa.

Expanding access to education is necessary, but it has significant logistical and budgetary implications for governments, particularly developing countries. There has been a trend toward increasing tuition fees and other indirect costs in many places, burdening the finances of students and their families.

• Increasing student mobility

Six million of the global student population are studying abroad, and this number will rise to 8 million by 2025. But international frameworks are needed to support mobility, an academic asset for students and a boost to knowledge sharing and mutual understanding.

At the Barcelona Conference, UNESCO will call on its Member States to pursue ratification of the Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education, the first UN treaty to strengthen inter-university cooperation and cross-border academic research. Fourteen states have already ratified the text, and only seven more signatures are needed to enter it into force.

• Learning from the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic challenged higher education systems resulting in learning losses and increased inequalities. However, it has also shown that higher education systems with significant public funding are more resilient in the face of a global crisis and better able to ensure continuity of provision and inclusion of the most important number of students. The Conference will draw lessons from the past two years to design more robust and resilient systems.

To develop the roadmap for higher education to 2030, the Conference will focus on the following themes: (1) Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education; (2) Higher Education and the Sustainable Development Goals; (3) Inclusion; (4) Quality and Relevance of Programmes; (5) Academic Mobility; (6) Governance; (7) Financing; (8) Data and Knowledge Production; (9) International Cooperation and (10) The Futures of Higher Education.

The International Council for Science (ICS) and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are among the conference partners, as well as the Global Universities Network for Innovation (GUNI/ACUP) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities.

Source: UNESCO


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