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June 6, 2023

Prime Minister Modi accepts the Invitation to address the Joint Meeting of the United States Congress.

Modi US Congress

Modi US Congress

New Delhi, June 06, 2023 — Prime Minister Modi has accepted an invitation to speak at the Joint Meeting of the US Congress. He expressed pride in the strong partnership between India and the US, based on shared values and commitment to peace and prosperity.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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Stauer Jewelry presents Cornaro Murano Necklace

• Stauer offers an exclusive opportunity to own artisanal Murano glass.

Stauer Jewelry

Stauer Jewelry

Photo: Inspired by Venice’s legendary Regata Storica, a colorful water pageant and race that dates back to 1489, the Cornaro Murano Necklace and Bracelet celebrate the event’s eyepopping colors.

RICHMOND, Va., June 05, 2023 — Venice’s Murano island has been known for its glassblowers, creating exquisite glassware for over 800 years. Unfortunately, the recent 400% surge in the price of natural gas used to fuel their ovens has threatened the livelihood of these artisans. This development has caused significant issues in producing and obtaining Murano glass.

Despite this crisis, Stauer, a Richmond-based company, created the Cornaro Necklace and Bracelet, crafted in Italy. This stunning gold-finished jewelry adorns multicolored beads handmade by Murano’s renowned glassmakers. Inspired by the colorful Regata Storica, a historical water pageant and race that dates back to 1489, this jewelry reflects the event’s vibrant colors.

Staure is one of the world’s leading Murano glass jewelry creators.

Source: Stauer Jewelry

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June 5, 2023

University Grants Commission (UGC) India tells Universities to award Degrees within the Prescribed Timeline or face Punitive Action.

A University’s Failure to timely hold Convocation and Award Degrees in India would invite Punitive Action from the University Grants Commission.

UGC Degree

New Delhi, May 30, 2023 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) in India has warned all universities to award degrees within the prescribed timeline. Failure to do so will result in punitive action against the University. Furthermore, UGC would not tolerate delays in holding convocations and awarding degrees.

All Universities’ Vice-Chancellors have received a communication from the University Grants Commission (UGC) reminding them of the regulations they must follow. The UGC emphasizes that obtaining a degree within the specified timeline is an inviolable privilege of a student who has completed a program. As per Stipulations 4-4 of the UGC (Grant of Degrees and other Awards by Universities) Regulations 2008, Higher Education Institutions must award degrees within 180 days of the student’s eligibility. Therefore, UGC has asked all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to comply with the UGC regulations and award degrees to successful candidates within the specified timeline. If a University fails to follow the UGC rules on awarding degrees, the Commission warns that it will take punitive actions per Regulation 9 of the UGC (Grievance Redressal) Regulation 2012.

• The University Grants Commission (UGC) recognizes and regulates universities in India. Further, it maintains the list of recognized universities. According to Section 22 of the UGC Act 1956, universities can only grant degrees approved by the UGC. Moreover, institutions that do not meet the criteria of being a university as per Sections 2(f) & 22 of the UGC Act have no right to confer degrees.

• Therefore, all recognized universities possess (and produce when required) the UGC’s Certificate/Notification confirming their eligibility to grant degrees.

• However, Panjab University, a public institution in Chandigarh, has issued a dubious self-certificate.

Academic Degree

• This certificate is not valid proof of Panjab University’s eligibility to grant degrees. Only the UGC holds the authority to provide such certification.

Take the example of India’s oldest University, the University of Mumbai (established in 1857). The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued it with a duly signed document officially authenticating its eligibility to confer degrees.

Or look at Panjab University’s peer academic institutions in its neighborhood. The UGC has officially and individually notified all of them of their eligibility to grant degrees. They include Guru Nanak Dev University, Chandigarh University, Chitkara University, Himachal Pradesh University, Amity University, and Kurukshetra University.

• Thus, Panjab University Chandigarh has openly awarded itself a crucial certificate disregarding the government authority established for such certification, without contemplating that its action may be unlawful and its self-certificate null and void.

• In addition, the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) is currently examining Panjab University’s application for accreditation. Therefore, NAAC has not yet re-accredited or graded Panjab University. Consequently, any assertions to the contrary are false and misleading.

PU Undertaking

• Hence, Panjab University Chandigarh must adhere to regulations and take responsibility for its actions, as authorities closely monitor it.

• The University Grants Commission (UGC) funds the University. But, unfortunately, the UGC is unwilling to boost financing to meet Panjab University’s mounting expenses, leaving the University begging for cash here and there.

Sources: UGC, NAAC


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Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh releases India Rankings 2023 in New Delhi.

  • India Rankings have served as a valuable tool for students in selecting universities based on their relative standing in various categories and subject domains among HEIs in the country - Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh.

  • Multi-dimensional parameters of India Rankings have successfully captured the quality and excellence of HEIs in India - Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh.

NIRF 2023

Photo: Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh releases India Rankings 2023 in New Delhi.

New Delhi, India, June 05, 2023 — Minister of State for Education and External Affairs, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan Singh, today released the India Rankings 2023, which implements the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) drafted for this purpose by the Ministry of Education in 2015. The Secretary (HE) Sanjay Murthy); Prof. M Jagadesh Kumar, Chairman of UGC; Prof. T.G. Sitharam, Chairman of AICTE; Prof. Anil Sahasrabuddhe, Chairman of NETF and NBA; Dr. Abhay Jere, Vice Chairman of AICTE; and Dr. Anil Kumar Nassa, Member Secretary of NBA, were among the attendees, including Vice-Chancellors and Directors of Higher Education Institutions.

During the event, Dr. Rajkumar Ranjan emphasized the importance of ranking and accreditation in evaluating the quality of educational programs offered by colleges and universities. He commended the Ministry of Education for drafting the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF) in 2015, which assesses the quality and excellence of HEIs in India across various categories and subject domains and ranks them based on their cumulative score.

Dr. Ranjan also noted how India Rankings had become a valuable tool for students in identifying universities based on their relative standing in various categories and subject domains among HEIs in the country. He mentioned that it has also helped universities identify areas for improvement in teaching, research, resources, and infrastructure.

While Dr. Ranjan was pleased with the increase in the number of institutions applying for ranking in different categories and subject domains, he emphasized the importance of working collectively to bring more institutions under India Rankings and accreditation.

The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), launched in November 2015 by the Ministry of Education, has been used for this edition and the previous seven editions of India Rankings. The NIRF identifies five broad categories of parameters and their weightage on a scale of 1 to 10, including Teaching, Learning & Resources, Research and Professional Practice, Graduation Outcome, Outreach and Inclusivity, and Perception.

Overall, the increase in the number of applicants and institutions ranked in India’s Rankings from 2016 to 2023 is a positive development, and the continued efforts towards collective improvement and inclusion will only further enhance the quality of higher education institutions in India.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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June 2, 2023

Rahul Gandhi talks at National Press Club in Washington, saying Indian Democracy is a 'Global Public Good' and its 'Collapse' will influence the World.

National Press Club, Rahul Gandhi

Photo: India’s Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during an interactive session at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, USA, on June 01, 2023. Image Credit: National Press Club / Bill McCarren.

Washington, DC, June 02, 2023 — India’s Congress leader Rahul Gandhi emphasized the significance of Indian democracy as a global public good, stating that its downfall would impact India and the World, including America’s national interest.

However, he also acknowledged that the issue of democracy is an internal matter of India, and he is committed to fighting against any suppression of democratic values in the country.

During a Thursday news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Gandhi spoke about India’s strengths, including its highly educated and technically skilled population and democratic values.

He also stressed the need for an alternative vision and the core elements of that vision to face the challenge of transitioning in mobility, energy, and communication. Additionally, while cooperation on defense is crucial, expanding the relationship between India and the United States is equally important to enhance security, Gandhi asserted.

Source: National Press Club


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May 30, 2023

UNESCO mobilizes Education Ministers Worldwide for a Coordinated Response to Artificial Intelligence.


Photo: Unesco Director-General Audrey Azoulay addresses an event at Unesco Headquarters in Paris. May 09, 2023. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.

Paris, France, May 30, 2023 — In response to the rapid emergence of new and powerful generative AI tools, UNESCO convened the first global gathering of Education Ministers to discuss the immediate and long-term potential, difficulties and hazards AI applications pose to education systems. Over 40 Ministers gathered to exchange policy approaches and plans for integrating these tools into education. UNESCO proposed a roadmap on generative AI and education, including open multistakeholder collaboration, during the online discussion on May 25, 2023.

“Generative AI expands educational horizons and challenges.” However, we must act quickly to ensure that future AI technologies are integrated into education on our terms. “It is our responsibility to prioritize safety, inclusion, diversity, transparency, and quality — as stated in the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, which our Member States unanimously adopted,” said Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.

• Ministers highlighted several Pressing Challenges and shared Policy Approaches

Several common concerns emerged during the discussion, including how to adapt education systems to the disruptions that generative AI is causing, how to integrate generative AI into curricula, teaching methods, and examinations, and how to mitigate the inherent flaws of these technologies, such as the ability to make glaring errors and produce biassed information.

The ministerial debate highlighted that governments worldwide are building or refining appropriate policy responses in this fast-emerging context, including developing or refining national AI, data protection, and other regulatory frameworks.

• Only 10% of Schools and Universities have Formal Guidance on AI

According to a new UNESCO global study of over 450 schools and institutions, less than 10% have produced institutional rules and detailed advice on using generative AI applications. The findings show that institutions face difficulties in responding quickly to the sudden appearance of these powerful, productive AI apps capable of producing written and visual creations.

The importance of teachers as learning facilitators in this new era was emphasized. However, to handle these obstacles, teachers require guidance and training.

• UNESCO’s Policy Guidelines and Competencies Framework

UNESCO will continue to lead the global conversation with policymakers, EdTech partners, academia, and civil society. The Organisation is establishing policy guidelines for using generative AI in education and research and AI competency frameworks for students and teachers in school. These will be unveiled at the Digital Learning Week, held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris from September 4 to 7, 2023.

Through its mandates for education and science, UNESCO has unique competence. In recent years, the Organisation has led a global study on the Future of Education, and it has also produced the first global normative framework for the ethics of artificial intelligence, which its 193 Member States unanimously endorsed in November 2021.

• UNESCO’s Work in AI in Education

UNESCO is aiding its Member States in realizing the potential of AI technology in their respective fields of competence. The UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, adopted in 2021, establishes the proper normative foundation. In education, the Organisation has mobilized stakeholders around the Beijing Consensus on Artificial Intelligence and Education and has produced several guidelines, including AI and Education: A Guide for Policymakers.

Source: UNESCO


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May 29, 2023

Pandora announces The Little Mermaid collection to celebrate Disney's all-new Movie.

• The Disney Little Mermaid collection is available in Pandora stores and online.

Pandora Mermaid Jewelry

BALTIMORE, May 29, 2023 — Pandora’s latest collection has arrived, inspired by Disney’s film “The Little Mermaid.” This set includes seven distinct rings, earrings, and charms that represent the themes of friendship, curiosity, and female independence highlighted in the current film version.

Ariel’s attitude of freedom and curiosity inspired the designers, Filippo Ficarelli and Francesco Terzo, to create elaborate, gorgeous designs that bring the characters to life. Each piece of jewelry is manufactured from genuine sterling silver or 14K gold plating and features colorful design accents that add to the attractiveness of each figure.

This collection demonstrates Pandora’s commitment to empowering its customers to express themselves and celebrate their unique characteristics through customization. Pandora’s brand principles revolve around empowering people, especially women, and girls, to be their true selves.

The live-action film “The Little Mermaid,” which inspired Pandora’s collection, is directed by famous filmmaker Rob Marshall. The plot revolves around Ariel, a youthful and daring mermaid intrigued by the world beyond the sea. Despite being King Triton’s youngest and most rebellious daughter, Ariel falls in love with Prince Eric on a journey to the surface. However, Ariel’s involvement with humans is banned, and she jeopardizes her life and her father’s throne by striking a pact with the wicked sea witch, Ursula. Halle Bailey, a great singer, and actress, plays the primary role of Ariel.

Pandora is a well-known jewelry business offering high-quality, hand-finished, endlessly adjustable items. Pandora has developed from its humble beginnings as a little jewelry shop in Copenhagen, Denmark, over 40 years ago to become one of the world’s most popular jewelry companies, with a presence in over 100 countries.

Source: Pandora Jewelry

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May 28, 2023

Prime Minister Modi dedicates New Parliament House to the Nation; Releases Commemorative Coin & Stamp.

  • “The new Parliament embodies the hopes and aspirations of 1.4 billion Indians.”

  • “This iconic structure is a testimony to our country’s unwavering commitment to progress and a clear message to the world that India’s success is synonymous with the world’s success.”

  • “Restoring the revered Sengol is a proud achievement that will be a constant source of inspiration during parliamentary proceedings.”

  • “Being a part of this temple of democracy is an unparalleled privilege we cherish.” — Prime Minister Modi

India Parliament

Photo: Prime Minister Modi in a group photograph with Adheenam in New Delhi on May 27, 2023.

India Parliament

Photo: Prime Minister Modi meeting with Adheenam in New Delhi on May 27, 2023.

India Parliament

Photo: Prime Minister Modi meeting with Adheenam in New Delhi on May 27, 2023.

India Parliament

Photo: Prime Minister Modi addressing at the new Parliament House inauguration ceremony in New Delhi on May 28, 2023.

India Parliament

Photo: The Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha, Shri Harivansh, addressing the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament in New Delhi on May 28, 2023.

New Delhi, May 28, 2023 — Today, India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, unveiled the new Parliament House, symbolizing the country’s dreams and aspirations. He installed the Sengol with Nandi during the inauguration, offering flowers and lighting up the Diya.

The Prime Minister described the new Parliament building as more than just a structure. He considers it a “temple of our democracy,” sending the world a powerful message of India’s resolution. He believes that the world is watching India, and as India moves forward, so too will the world.

The Prime Minister highlighted the new Parliament House’s importance as a symbol of India’s determination to tread new paths and achieve new goals. He expressed his happiness that the building is equipped with the latest technology and has sunlit halls, which will strengthen the nation’s belief in its success.

The Prime Minister noted the crucial role of Parliament in uplifting society’s marginalized communities, empowering the poor, backward, tribal, disabled, and every deprived family. He hopes every decision in the new Parliament House will strengthen the coming generations and adorn the future centuries.

The Prime Minister concluded by expressing his confidence that the new Parliament building would become the basis for creating a new, prosperous, strong, and developed India.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office

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May 27, 2023

Harvard Business School Celebrates 113th Commencement

Harvard Business School

Harvard Business School

Photo: Harvard Business School Celebrates 113th Commencement. Image provided by Harvard Business School / Russ Campbell.

BOSTON, May 26, 2023 — Harvard Business School held its 113th Commencement exercises in Boston yesterday. In the morning, there was a celebration in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre, followed by a diploma ceremony at the Baker Library Bloomberg Center, where 984 students received their MBA degrees. Among them, 50 students (top five percent of the MBA Class of 2023) graduated with high distinction as Baker Scholars, named after the School’s initial benefactor, George Fisher Baker. Additionally, 82 students earned their diplomas with distinction, and 198 earned second-year honors.

Seven MBA graduates who received their degrees in March 2023 were honored at the occasion, including one Baker Scholar who graduated with high distinction, two others who graduated with distinction, and three others who received second-year honors. Twenty students in the doctoral program also graduated with PhDs in various disciplines, including business administration, business economics, organizational behavior, and health policy management. Three students graduated with PhDs in health policy management in March 2022, and three others in business administration, health policy management, and organizational behavior in November 2022.

During the ceremony, Dean Srikant Datar presented the 2023 Alumni Achievement Awards to five accomplished individuals, including Reshma Kewalramani, MD, FASN (GMP 18, 2015), CEO and president of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and Raymond J. McGuire (JD/MBA 1984), president of Lazard.

In his Commencement remarks, Dean Datar encouraged the new graduates to reflect on three important behaviors of leaders: active listening, thinking, and acting courageously. He expressed optimism that business can solve society’s most urgent problems and encouraged the graduates to embody the School’s mission as leaders who make a difference in the world.

Source: Harvard Business School


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May 26, 2023

UGC India enforces High Standards in Higher Education; Forms a Committee to prevent Malpractices with Corrective Actions against Offenders.

UG, India

New Delhi, India, May 26, 2023 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a Public Notice on the Maintenance of Standards of Higher Education in the Country. In addition, it has established a Standing Committee to prevent Malpractice. The Committee will identify institutions requiring attention, gather information about them, and recommend corrective actions against the offenders.

According to UGC, Higher Education Institutions must adhere to minimum standards prescribed by UGC Regulations to maintain higher education quality. Any breach of these standards tends to tarnish the quality of university instruction in the Country. Therefore, UGC considers such violations consequential and is committed to taking appropriate measures to prevent them.

• The UGC Public Notice says, “The Standing Committee will meet at fixed intervals, look into the complaints, scrutinize the documents of HEIs, and recommend appropriate action to be taken by the UGC on the HEIs violating the Regulations.”

UG, India

Source: UGC

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May 25, 2023

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and adidas Announce Multi-Year Partnership as Official Kit Sponsor of the Indian Cricket Team

• The global sportswear brand will now design and manufacture jerseys, kits, and other merchandise for India’s Men’s, Women’s, and U-19 teams.

Adidas BCCI

Photo: Adidas becomes the kit sponsor for the BCCI — Image provided by Adidas India.

New Delhi, Delhi, India: May 24, 2023 — The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Adidas have formed a new partnership, with Adidas becoming the exclusive kit sponsor for the BCCI. The contract will run until March 2028 and cover all game formats. Adidas will be the sole supplier of match, training, and travel wear for all BCCI’s teams, including the men’s, women’s, and youth teams. The new kit, featuring the iconic three stripes, will be debuted during the World Test Championship Finals in June 2023.

Cricket is the most popular sport in India and continues to grow worldwide, with increasing elite competition and grassroots growth. Indian Cricket has a world-class youth system, a top domestic league, and a globally revered cricketing identity.

The partnership between the BCCI and Adidas will drive the sport forward both on and off the pitch. Adidas has a long history of providing the best footwear and apparel to some of the world’s best teams and will bring its expertise to Indian Cricket. The two organizations will also inspire the next generation of young cricketers and grow the game for all.

Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary of the BCCI, said, “We are committed to helping grow the game of cricket and could not be more excited to partner with one of the world’s leading sportswear brands, Adidas, in this journey.” Adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden added, “We are proud to partner with BCCI and Team India, the most iconic team in India. Cricket is the most important sport in India, and we need to be visible and invest in it.”

Adidas India’s GM, Neelendra Singh, said, “We are beyond excited for this historic moment at Adidas, not just in India but also globally. We are proud to see the three stripes on the Indian cricket team. This is our moment to present Cricket with high-quality performance products for our athletes. We look forward to creating moments with our consumers through the most celebrated sport in India.”

With a rich history in sports and innovative agreements with other top teams and organizations around the globe, Adidas’s new partnership with the BCCI will further enhance the brand’s presence across the region and strengthen its commitment to growing sports in India. The alliance will also cover India’s “A” and “B” teams and the U-19 teams, coaches, and staff.

Adidas is a global leader in the sporting goods industry, with more than 61,000 employees worldwide and sales of €21.2 billion in 2021.

Source: Adidas India

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May 24, 2023

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) India extends the deadline for pending AQAR submissions by Higher Education Institutions.

NAAC India

The National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) in India has announced an extension to the deadline for submitting pending Annual Quality Assurance Reports (AQARs) until July 30, 2023. AQARs are comprehensive reports detailing an institution’s activities and accomplishments during an academic year.

NAAC India

Source: NAAC

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RS Pure Fine Jewelry Brand launches The #Authentic100 Campaign featuring Actress Brianne Howey.

Ross Simons RS Pure Fine Jewelry

Photo: Actress Brianne Howey stars in the new RS Pure campaign #Authentic100 from Ross-Simons. Image provided by & copyright © Ross-Simons.

Ross Simons RS Pure Fine Jewelry

Photo: RS Pure Jewelry. Image provided by & copyright © Ross-Simons.

CRANSTON, R.I., May 23, 2023 — Luxury jewelry brand, RS Pure, has unveiled its latest marketing campaign, #Authentic100. The campaign features 100 style influencers from diverse backgrounds, celebrating individuality and authenticity through trendy, minimalist jewelry. Actress Brianne Howey is the face of the campaign, representing the brand’s core values of quality, craftsmanship, and authenticity. RS Pure’s fine jewelry is made with 14kt gold and genuine gemstones, reflecting the wearer’s unique personality. As the company expands its e-commerce reach, the campaign is an exciting step forward for RS Pure.

Luxury Brand Holdings Inc.’s Ross-Simons division recently introduced RS Pure, a new line of minimalist fine jewelry designed to help women create their unique style. The brand’s “Authentic You” tagline embodies its mission to offer consumers an elevated experience with exceptional quality and fair prices. According to Luxury Brand Holdings CEO Jim Speltz, RS Pure aims to cater to new types of jewelry customers who seek stylish and timeless pieces that represent their authenticity and that they can wear daily.

Source: Ross-Simons

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May 22, 2023

India-US Working Group on Education and Skill Development virtually launched.

  • India and the United States recognize the significance of skilling and vocational education in addressing skills gaps, improving employability, and encouraging entrepreneurship.

  • They have mutually agreed to encourage academic and cultural exchange, improve the quality of education, and promote innovation and knowledge-sharing.

India, USA, Education

Photo: India’s Minister for Education, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Dharmendra Pradhan, meets with the U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Ms. Gina Raimondo, in New Delhi on March 9, 2023. [File Photo]

New Delhi / Washington, DC, May 22, 2023 — Today, the Ministry of Education, Government of India, and the U.S. Department of State launched the India-US Working Group on Education and Skill Development through virtual means. This collaboration aims to enhance cooperation and partnership between the two nations in education and skill development. Ms. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary for International Cooperation, Ministry of Education, Government of India, and Mr. Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, U.S. Department of State, co-chaired the Working Group.

India and the USA had announced the establishment of the India-US Working Group on Education and Skill Development during the 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue held between India and the U.S. in Washington, DC, in April 2022.

The discussions during the meeting focused on the following:

  • Skilling and vocational education
  • Certification and recognition
  • Matchmaking between U.S. and Indian higher educational institutions
  • Engaging with the Private Sector

Both sides acknowledged the importance of skilling and vocational education in the industry-centered era. Recognizing the need to align skills training programs with industry requirements, they agreed to foster partnerships between educational institutions, industry stakeholders, and relevant government agencies. This collaboration addresses skills gaps, enhances employability, and promotes entrepreneurship in both countries.

The delegations emphasized the significance of certification and recognition mechanisms in ensuring the quality and portability of skills across borders. The Indian side explained the importance of mutual recognition of academic qualifications and skill certifications essential for the smooth mobility of students and professionals between the two countries.

The delegations discussed the importance of matchmaking between higher educational institutions in India and the U.S. They acknowledged the benefits of promoting student and faculty exchanges, joint research programs, and collaborative projects between universities and colleges of both countries. The delegations agreed to encourage and facilitate such partnerships to foster academic and cultural exchange, enhance educational quality, and promote innovation and knowledge-sharing.

Both sides acknowledged the importance of engagement with the private sector to align the education sector with the job market’s needs. As a result, they agreed to explore avenues to promote public-private partnerships in education and skill development initiatives.

The delegations from both sides expressed their commitment to strengthening education and skill development cooperation between India and U.S. As a result, the Joint Working Group agreed to continue regular meetings and explore concrete avenues to advance further education and skill development collaboration between India and U.S.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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May 21, 2023

United Nations Secretary-General Visits Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park 

United Nations


Photo: UN Secretary-General António Guterres (front row, second from left) visits the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Prime Minister Modi of India and the IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva (extreme right) are also in the picture. The UN Secretary-General will attend the Group of Seven (G7) Summit in Hiroshima, Japan. May 21, 2023. Japan. UN Photo/Ichiro Mae.

Source: United Nations, New York

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May 20, 2023

Prime Minister Modi of India Unveils Mahatma Gandhi Bust in Hiroshima

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Japan, Modi, India, Gandhi

Photos: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India unveils the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hiroshima, Japan, on May 20, 2023.

Japan, Modi, India, Gandhi

Photo: Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India meets Japanese painter Ms. Hiroko Takayama at Hiroshima, Japan, on May 20, 2023.

Hiroshima, Japan, May 20, 2023 —Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India today unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Hiroshima, Japan.

Dignitaries present during the unveiling ceremony included H.E Mr. Nakatani Gen, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan and Member of Parliament; Mr. Kazumi Matsui, Mayor of Hiroshima City; Mr. Tatsunori Motani, Speaker of the Hiroshima City Assembly; Members of Parliament from Hiroshima and senior government officials; members of the Indian community; and followers of Mahatma Gandhi in Japan.

The Mahatma Gandhi bust has been gifted by the Government of India to the city of Hiroshima as a symbol of friendship and goodwill between India and Japan on the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister for the G-7 summit from 19-21 May 2023.

Padma Bhushan awardee Shri Ram Vanji Sutar has sculpted the 42 inches tall bronze bust. The bust site, adjacent to the Motoyasu River, is close to the iconic A-Bomb Dome that thousands of locals and tourists visit daily.

The location has been chosen as a mark of solidarity for peace and non-violence. Mahatma Gandhi dedicated his life to peace and non-violence. Therefore, the location truly resonates with the principles and life of Gandhiji, which continues to inspire the world and its leaders.

Source: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi

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May 17, 2023

India's Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, Dr. L Murugan, to lead a delegation to Cannes Film Festival from 16th to 27th May

  • Ms. Guneet Monga, an Oscar-winning producer of “Elephant Whisperers,” and Ms. Manushi Chillar, an actress, will be walking the red carpet.

  • The Saraswati Yantra inspired the India Pavilion at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad.

  • It’s exciting news that four Indian films have been selected for the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. In addition, the restored Manipuri film ‘Ishanhou’ will also be featured in the ‘Classics’ section, which is an honor.

Cannes Film Festival

New Delhi, India, May 14, 2023 — Dr. L. Murugan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, will lead the Indian Delegation to Cannes International Film Festival this year. Dr. Murugan will proudly walk the red carpet in traditional Tamil attire, ‘Veshti,’ on Cannes’ inaugural day, showcasing the rich Indian Culture. Accompanying him on the red carpet will be renowned filmmaker Ms. Guneet Monga of The Elephant Whisperers fame; Ms. Manushi Chillar, Indian actress, model, and the winner of the Miss World 2017; Ms. Esha Gupta, actress, and Kangabam Tomba, Manipuri actor. It’s a true honor for India to be represented by such a distinguished group at this prestigious event.

The India Pavilion, with the theme “Showcasing India’s Creative Economy,” was designed by the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad to present India’s global community. The pavilion’s design was inspired by the Saraswati Yantra, an abstract representation of the goddess Saraswati, who represents knowledge, music, art, speech, wisdom, and learning. Drawing inspiration from India’s national flag colors, the pavilion’s colors include saffron, white, green, and blue. Saffron represents the country’s strength and courage, white symbolizes inner peace and truth, green represents fertility, growth, and auspiciousness of the land, and blue represents the law of dharma and truth. India has abundant talent, and the Indian Pavilion will provide a platform for the Indian Film community to sign distribution deals, greenlight scripts, crack production collaborations, and network with the world’s leading entertainment and media players.

It’s exciting news that four Indian films have been selected to be a part of the official lineup at the Cannes Film Festival. Kanu Behl’s Agra is set to have its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight, making it his second film to debut at Cannes after Titli in 2014, which was shown in the ‘Un Certain Regard section. Anurag Kashyap’s Kennedy will also be featured in Midnight Screenings and “Nehemich” in the La Cinef section of the Festival de Cannes. Additionally, several other Indian films will be screened in Marche du Films. Finally, the ‘Classics’ section will showcase a restored Manipuri film, ‘Ishanhou.’

During the Festival, India Pavilion has arranged various interactive sessions to promote India’s film industry and foster international partnerships. These sessions include showcasing India as a prime filming destination and co-production partner, collaborating with international film commissions, facilitating distribution collaboration between nations, engaging with key film markets and festivals worldwide, and highlighting the significant contribution of women in cinema beyond just employment.

The Cannes Film Festival has always held a special place for India and France, serving as a coveted platform for cultural exchange. India was honored as the Country of Honor at the Marche du Cannes last year, and now the success of Indian films at the Oscars, including RRR’s “Naatu Naatu” and The Elephant Whisperers’ Oscar win in the Best Documentary Short Category, demonstrates the expanding global appeal of Indian storytelling.

Source: Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Government of India


Cannes 2023, India, Sara Ali Khan

Photo: Indian Actress Sara Ali Khan at Cannes. May 16, 2023. Image credit: Sara Ali Khan/Instagram.

Cannes 2023, India, Mrunal Thakur

Photo: Indian Actress Mrunal Thakur at Cannes. May 18, 2023. Image credit: Mrunal Thakur/Instagram.

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May 15, 2023

Chandigarh University and the Chandigarh Administration are collaborating to help Chandigarh become a leader in School Education.

  • Chandigarh University Chancellor announces two training programs for UT Principals and Teachers for Skill Development.

  • UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit confers Chandigarh School Excellence Awards on UT schools, principals, and teachers.

Chandigarh University

CHANDIGARH, India, May 15, 2023 — Today, Chancellor Satnam Sandhu of Chandigarh University declared that the university and the Chandigarh Administration would collaborate to enhance the quality of school education in Chandigarh through continuous improvement efforts.

The Chandigarh University recently held the inaugural Chandigarh Schools Excellence Awards (CSEA) to recognize the hard work of educational institutions and faculty members. The event, held at the Mahatma Gandhi Centre in Sector 26, Chandigarh, was attended by dignitaries such as Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Banwarilal Purohit, UT Adviser Dharam Pal, and the Chancellor of Chandigarh University. Over 200 schools from Chandigarh participated, and 237 awards were conferred under 21 categories, including awards for principals, teachers, and schools.

Chancellor Satnam Singh Sandhu acknowledged that while Chandigarh is a model city in education, there are still areas that need improvement. The town ranks 2nd in the Performance Grading Index 2020-21, but Sandhu hopes to work with the UT administration to return to the top spot. To aid in this effort, the university announced two free certificate courses for school principals and teachers to improve their skills in teaching and learning.

Punjab Governor Banwarilal Purohit praised Chandigarh University for establishing the Chandigarh School’s Excellence Awards and its efforts to improve education in Chandigarh. He also emphasized the importance of education in Indian culture, where respect for teachers has always been a core value. UT Adviser Dharam Pal emphasized the crucial role of education in national growth and the government’s efforts to promote quality education through infrastructure development, research, and digital skills.

Chandigarh University, situated near Chandigarh in Punjab, is a QS World Ranked University. Despite being one of the youngest universities in India, it stands out as the only private university in Punjab to have received an A+ Grade from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). CU boasts an impressive range of more than 109 undergraduate and postgraduate programs, including engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other fields.

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May 14, 2023

Marshalls debuts its Inaugural Seasonal Report - The Edit by Marshalls - Highlighting the Brand's rush for the Good Stuff

The report offers tips on how to find trendy styles at Marshalls without spending too much. It also gives insight into how the store chooses its merchandise.

Marshalls Fashion

Marshalls Fashion

Photos: The cover of the Marshalls seasonal report, The Edit by Marshalls. Images provided by Marshalls.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., May 11, 2023 — Today, Marshalls, a prominent off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the USA, unveiled their seasonal report named “The Edit by Marshalls.” The report highlights the company’s buying process and features valuable insights from its team of more than 1,000 buyers. Furthermore, the report emphasizes Marshalls’ dedication to providing exceptional value daily, ensuring that consumers can enjoy affordable prices and fashionable, high-quality merchandise without compromise.

A survey conducted by the brand involved 1,000 individuals from different parts of the United States. The study aimed at understanding their shopping habits, the effects of the present economic situation, and how they search for quality and deals. The results showed that 55% of individuals do not think that quality clothes come at an affordable price. Marshalls, on the other hand, provides both designer goods and excellent prices. In addition, the company’s buyers focus on finding quality and value every day, so its shelves are always stocked with designer merchandise at affordable prices.

Victoria Shonkoff, Marshalls’ Marketing Director and Vice President, is excited to feature insights from their buyers and provide valuable information on how to enhance every aspect of a shopper’s life. From fashionable clothing and beauty products to home and lifestyle pieces, Marshalls is committed to bringing value to their customers. As a result, the Edit by Marshalls is filled with helpful tips on what shoppers seek and how to find the best deals all year.

Marshalls has developed a unique approach to its buying process - “We get the deals. You get the excellent stuff™” - which goes beyond just a slogan. For over 60 years, Marshalls’ dedicated team of buyers has worked tirelessly to source high-quality, trendy merchandise at unbeatable prices. In addition, they scour the globe for inspiration, bringing the hottest summer trends to shoppers everywhere. The premiere issue of Marshalls’ latest campaign features a forecast of the top five summer trends, ensuring that customers can have their best summer yet:

  • Living Life Out Loud: Think vibrant, from bright and bold fashion to oversized accessories.
  • Opposites Attract - Merge unexpected styles like utilitarian structure and dainty cinched waist tops.
  • Outdoor Oasis - Mix and match warmth and neutrals in home décor and fashion for outdoor summer adventures.
  • Vacation, All I Ever Wanted - Maximum style, with minimum effort, these pieces are as easy to add to a cart as they are to pack.
  • Pattern Play - Larger-than-life prints and micro florals inspired by home textiles and summer florals.

Marshalls is introducing “The Edit by Marshalls” in collaboration with a group of 22 creators known as Ambassadors. This community will share the latest trends and products from the report and year-round highlights of what’s new and available in stores and online.

With over 1,100 stores spread across 48 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, Marshalls is a prominent U.S. off-price family retailer. Marshalls has been a go-to destination for off-price shopping for more than four decades. Marshalls offers a remarkable variety of high-quality, trendy, brand name and designer products for women, men, kids, and home merchandise, including beauty, accessories, and footwear. All of these products are available at exceptional prices.

Source: Marshalls

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May 13, 2023

Adidas and Juventus Unveil 2023/24 Home Jersey

The new Juventus shirt is tailored to suit the preferences of the modern fanbase. The design incorporates the club’s classic style with a brushed zebra pattern, highlighted by striking yellow accents.

Adidas Football

Adidas Football

Photo: Adidas Juventus 2023-24 Home Jersey. Image provided by & Copyright © Adidas.

Turin, Italy, May 11, 2023 — Adidas has unveiled the Juventus home kit for the 2023/24 season, catering to the club’s upcoming supporters. The iconic design of the kit has been revamped with stunning graphics and advanced technologies, yet it remains true to Juventus’ distinctive DNA.

The shirt’s design honors Juventus’ iconic black and white stripes, symbolizing unity and pride for the club since 1903. This season, the pattern has been updated with a brushed stroke finish that mimics the distinct markings of a zebra. This technique celebrates the creativity and uniqueness of the players while also complementing the bold stripes..

The bold graphic across the jersey is completed by contrasting yellow detailing. The color draws inspiration from legendary jerseys of the past. It is featured throughout critical parts of the design, from the badge and sponsor markings to the three stripes that adorn the shoulders, creating a jersey rooted in the club’s heritage yet unmistakably modern by design.

The team will debut their new home jersey during their match against Cremonese on May 14. Fans can purchase the jersey starting May 12 at Juventus stores, Adidas retail stores, and online through Adidas Juventus kits..

Founded in 1897, Juventus Football Club is a prominent professional football team based in Turin, Italy.

Football is a sport in which Adidas reigns supreme as the global leader. The brand has been chosen as the official supplier for some of the most important tournaments in the world, including the FIFA World Cup™, the UEFA European Championship, and the UEFA Champions League. In addition, Adidas proudly sponsors some of the world’s top football clubs, such as Real Madrid, Manchester United, Arsenal, FC Bayern Munich, and Juventus. Moreover, Adidas is affiliated with the best football players in the world, including Vivianne Miedema, Lindsey Horan, Wendie Renard, Alessia Russo, Leo Messi, Paul Pogba, Mohamed Salah, Paulo Dybala, Thiago Alcantara, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino, Joao Felix, Serge Gnabry, Jude Bellingham, and Karim Benzema.

Source: Adidas

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