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April 28, 2022

World Intellectual Property Day 2022: Innovators from Syria, Ghana, and China Top Youth Video Contest

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Photos: Delegates from Finland and Kazakhastan at the Forty-Fifth Session of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Geographical Indications in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 28 to March 30, 2022. Images provided by & Copyright © WIPO. Photos: Emmanuel Berrod.

Geneva, April 28, 2022 — Competitors from Syria, Ghana, and China won the top three spots in the youth video competition for this year’s World Intellectual Property Day, which carries the theme “IP and Youth Innovating for a Better Future.”

Hekma Jabouli from Syria won the first prize with her short film showing a homemade smart device designed to help her sister regain mobility after a shrapnel injury to her spinal cord.

In an online vote, Ms. Jabouli’s video was selected best submission among an original pool of nearly 150 entries from dozens of countries.

John Wobil from Ghana took second place for his video about a new rice thresher. At the same time, digital designers Li Binglu and Cai Quinge, Chinese nationals living in Japan, came third with their story about creating new pictograms or emojis to forge connections among remote workers.

WIPO Director General Daren Tang said that younger people are already working on solutions to shared issues, supported by intellectual property (IP) rights like trademarks, patents, designs, Copyright, and others that help people earn a living from their work.

“When humanity needs to come together to address a range of urgent challenges - from overcoming the pandemic to combatting climate change - we must help our youths realize their innovation potential,” Mr. Tang added.

This year, on World Intellectual Property Day, WIPO is celebrating the vision and dynamism of young innovators and creators everywhere.

“WIPO is working to build a more inclusive IP ecosystem by expanding access to IP for groups who have been historically under-represented, including women, smaller enterprises, and younger people, so we selected this year’s theme. A better future begins with young people, and WIPO intends to ensure that IP is there to help them grow,” the organization stated.

The three winning videos were screened at an event at WIPO headquarters on April 26, commemorating World IP Day. The event, entitled “Innovating for Better Health: Supporting Young Innovators through IP,” brought together young innovators from different regions and explored the challenges they face and how innovation ecosystems need to evolve to enable them to thrive.

In 2000, WIPO’s member states designated April 26 - the day the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 - as World Intellectual Property Day to increase general understanding of intellectual property (IP). Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property policy, services, information, and cooperation. A specialized agency of the United Nations, WIPO assists its 193 member states in developing a balanced international IP legal framework to meet society’s evolving needs. It provides business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes. It delivers capacity-building programs to help developing countries benefit from using IP. And it offers free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.

Source: WIPO


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April 27, 2022

The Times Higher Education (THE) publishes its SDG Impact Rankings 2022; Lovely, Shoolini, and Chitkara lead in India.

Times Higher Education, Impact Rankings

London, April 27, 2022 — The Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings are the global performance tables that assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). THE says it uses carefully calibrated indicators to provide comprehensive and balanced comparison across four broad areas:

The 2022 Impact Rankings is the fourth edition, and the overall ranking includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

An Australian institution, Western Sydney University, leads the overall ranking.

In second place is the US’s Arizona State University, and third is Western University from Canada.

No one country dominates the top 10, with universities from the UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Japan also featuring.

The top institutions from an emerging economy are King Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia and Universiti Sains Malaysia, in joint fourth place.

According to THE, the Impact Rankings are inherently dynamic: they are overgrowing each year as many more universities seek to demonstrate their commitment to delivering the SDGs by joining the ‘THE’ database. These rankings allow institutions to show rapid improvement year on year by introducing clear new policies or providing more transparent and open evidence of their progress.

• Following universities from India appear in the top 300

(India Rank) — ‘THE’ Global Rank — University

Source: Times Higher Education

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April 26, 2022

MasterClass Announces Mariah Carey to Teach the Voice as an Instrument

Mariah Carey, MasterClass

Photo: Mariah Carey for MasterClass.


SAN FRANCISCO, April 26, 2022 — MasterClass, the streaming platform where anyone can learn from the world’s best across a wide range of subjects, has announced that Mariah Carey will teach a class on how to use the voice as an instrument. For the first time, Carey will bring members into the Butterfly Lounge, her mobile studio, to show how they can use their voices to sing and write and produce melodies, lyrics, and instrumentation that blend genres and break barriers. In addition, members will be the first to hear the reimagined version of “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy and see Carey in action as she directs Brandy on background vocals. Carey’s class is now available exclusively on MasterClass, where subscribers get unlimited access to all 150+ instructors with an annual membership.

“Mariah is simply a genius. She’s one of the greatest artists of all time,” said David Rogier, founder and CEO of MasterClass. “In her class, Mariah is opening up her studio for the first time, teaching members how to use their voice throughout the music-making process.”

In her class, Carey reveals how the voice can be used as an instrument and how it can be an extension of the pen as a writer, making it possible for anyone to be a music producer. Carey will provide an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her music-making process by communicating melodies to a string ensemble to turn personal stories into iconic soundtracks. Taking members into the Butterfly Lounge as she works on a reimagined version of her beloved hit “The Roof” with award-winning artist Brandy, Carey will examine the importance of background vocals in making music and how to build a song with a choir of voices versus a wall of sound. Carey will teach members how to use their personal experiences as inspiration for writing music and telling a story. Sharing how Mobb Deep’s “Shook Ones Part II” inspired her writing on “The Roof,” she will show members how to listen beyond genres and use samples as building blocks. Carey will also reflect on the challenges she faced in the music industry and provide tips for navigating the industry and maintaining creative control. Members will leave the class inspired to find their voice, whether advocating for their creative desires or honing it as an instrument.

“I’ve never let cameras in when I create—not when I’m writing, especially not when singing,” Carey said. “But now I’m taking MasterClass members into my studio to show them how they can write and produce music using their voice and become anything they want to be as long as they create, re-create, reimagine and reinvent.”

Lessons in this online class include:

Mariah Carey is an American singer, songwriter, actress, record producer, entrepreneur, and pop icon. Known for her five-octave vocal range, melismatic singing style, and signature use of the whistle register, she has been referred to as the “Songbird Supreme.” Holding the record for the most No. 1 singles and most certified albums by any solo artist or female artist, Carey has received Billboard’s Artist of the Decade (the 1990s). She also received the Icons Award, the World Music Awards’ Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, and holds three Guinness World Records. She is a five-time Grammy Award-winning singer with 19 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles and more than 200 million records sold, making her the best-selling female artist. Her songs shatter records, her love of music blends genres, and her penmanship and producing ability have earned her a spot in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The MasterClass is the streaming platform where the world’s best come together, so anyone can access and be inspired by their knowledge and stories. With an annual membership, members get unprecedented access to 150+ instructors and classes across various fields, including Arts & Entertainment, Business, Design & Style, Sports & Gaming, Writing, and more.

Source: MasterClass


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April 21, 2022

Call for Nominations for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards



Paris, April 21, 2022 — UNESCO and the Fondation L’Oréal have invited scientists worldwide to nominate candidates for the 2023 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science (FWIS) International Awards.

The 2023 edition of the FWIS International Awards will designate five outstanding scientific women researchers in Physical sciences, Mathematics, and Computer science. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of €100,000 for her contribution to scientific research at a ceremony in Paris in March 2023.

Nominations must be submitted through the dedicated online platform by Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Source: L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards


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International Jazz Day 2022, a Call for Global Peace and Unity

Flagship All-Star Jazz Day Concert to be hosted at UN in New York on April 30

Jazz Day 2022

Photos: International Jazz Day 2022 Posters.

Paris, April 20, 2022 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock announced the program for the 2022 celebration of International Jazz Day, April 30, with more events taking place in more than 180 countries.

The flagship Jazz Day event, a spectacular All-Star Global Concert, will be staged in the UN General Assembly Hall in New York, emphasizing the importance of jazz to achieve unity and peace through dialogue and diplomacy. It will feature performances by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists.

The concert will be webcast worldwide (April 30, 11 pm CET) on the UNESCO website, YouTube, Facebook,, UN Web TV, and US State Department outlets.

“Jazz carries a universal message with the power to strengthen dialogue, our understanding of each other, and our mutual respect. As the world is affected by multiple crises and conflicts, this international day highlights how much music and culture can contribute to peace,” Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, said.

“With conflict and division in many parts of the world, I hope that, through the universal language of jazz, our celebration this year can inspire people of all nations to heal, hope, and work together to foster peace,” said Jazz Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock. Herbie Hancock co-chairs International Jazz Day with the Director-General of UNESCO.

• Masterclasses, concerts, educational and other programs worldwide

Earlier in the evening of April 30 (9 pm CET), UNESCO will celebrate the musical talent of women from across Africa with the second edition of its JazzWomenAfrica concert series. Organized in collaboration with the cultural agency ANYA Music (Morocco), JazzWomenAfrica helps counter the under-representation and insufficient recognition of women in the music industry. A discussion with women artists and music producers on this theme will take place on April 29 (5 pm CET).

World-renowned jazz artists, including multiple Grammy Awards winners Arturo O’Farrill, Terri Lyne Carrington, Oran Etkin, Danny Grissett, Dan Tepfer, and others, will lead master classes and presentations.

Stakeholders across the UNESCO Creative Cities Network around the globe will organize their celebrations throughout International Jazz Day.

Established by UNESCO in 2011 at the initiative of UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock and recognized by the United Nations General Assembly, International Jazz Day brings together countries and communities worldwide every April 30.

Source: UNESCO

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April 20, 2022

India's Minister of Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, calls upon the Cost & Management Accountants to ensure quality production by industry and help boost India's exports.

Cost Accountants, India

Photo: The Minister for Commerce & Industry, Piyush Goyal, with the winners after the Presentation Ceremony of the 17th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management 2019, in New Delhi on April 20, 2022.

New Delhi, April 20, 2022 — India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Piyush Goyal, has called upon the Cost & Management Accountants to ensure quality production by industry and help boost India’s exports. Cost Accountants help make the Indian Industry cost-competitive and cost-conscious, he said.

“If we start loading costs to our export products and doing marginal costing, it can make a difference to our cost competitiveness. It would enhance our ability to increase our exports, recover its cost, and start reporting profits,” said Mr. Goyal. He was giving away the ‘17th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management-2019’ and ‘5th CMA awards-2017 & 6th CMA Awards-2019’, organized by the Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI).

Mr. Goyal said ‘Exports’ are the “virtuous circle of prosperity” we must focus upon.

“Anything we add on the exports front adds to our economic activity. When we add to our economic activity, look at what we are doing. We earn precious foreign exchange, which will help us balance our import requirements, our foreign currency requirements, and, of course, investments and large remittances that over three crores of Indians worldwide send to India. However, we still have a shortfall,” he said.

Mr. Goyal said our higher Forex reserves help our currency from depreciation.

“If we can save our currency from depreciating, we can reduce interest rates and reduce inflation’s impact on our society,” he said.

Mr. Goyal said ICAI had nurtured the Cost & Management Accountant (CMA) professionals for 78 years. Today, it is the 2nd most significant Cost & Management Accounting body in the world & largest in Asia.

Mr. Goyal said the CMAs are the guardians of growth. Keeping a check on costs, they help organizations in ensuring that every activity is efficient, he said.

Source: Ministry of Commerce & Industry


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April 19, 2022

Finance Minister of India, Nirmala Sitharaman, meets IMF Managing Director Ms. Kristalina Georgieva in Washington D.C.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: A woman heads towards the metro station at Connaught Place in New Delhi, India, on March 29, 2022. Women make up 19 percent of the workforce in India, down from approximately 30 percent in 1990, as per a World Bank report. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Saumya Khandelwal.

Washington, April 19, 2022 — India’s Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs, Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, had a bilateral meeting with Ms. Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund-World Bank (IMF-WB) Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. today.

Both the Finance Minister and the Managing Director were accompanied by senior officials like Mr. Anantha V. Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and Ms. Gita Gopinath, FDMD of IMF.

During the meeting, they discussed issues of importance for India besides several topics currently being faced by the global and the regional economies.

Ms. Georgieva highlighted the resilience of India, which remains the fastest-growing country across the globe despite challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms. Georgieva also referred to a well-targeted policy mix followed by India. She lauded India for its contribution to the capacity development activities of the IMF.

Ms. Georgieva praised India’s vaccination program and extended help to its neighbor and other vulnerable economies. In addition, the IMF MD referred India’s resources to Sri Lanka during their complex economic crisis. Ms. Sitharaman indicated that IMF should support and urgently provide financial assistance to Sri Lanka. The Managing Director assured the Finance Minister that the IMF would continue to engage with Sri Lanka actively.

Discussing the recent geopolitical developments, Ms. Sitharaman and Ms. Georgieva raised concerns about its impact on the global economy and the challenges linked to the rising energy prices.

Explaining India’s policy approach, Ms. Sitharaman mentioned that an accommodative fiscal stance accompanied significant structural reforms, including the bankruptcy code and targeted help to vulnerable sections.

Ms. Sitharaman said that Monetary Authority fully supported and complemented these efforts with an accommodative stance.

The Finance Minister further stated that India had a sound agricultural output, supported by a good monsoon during the COVID pandemic. As a result, agricultural exports and other exports have also sharply increased. She concluded that India is entering into new economic activities to help resolve some of the global supply chain issues.

Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India


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April 15, 2022

IMF Chief addresses the International Monetary Fund 2022 Spring Meetings Curtain Raiser

International Monetary Fund

Photo: Post Spring Meetings 2021, Head of Department Meetings Chief of Staff, Dominique Desruelle, looks on during the post-2021 Spring Meetings meeting with the department heads at the International Monetary Fund. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock. [File photo]

International Monetary Fund

Photo: IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva meets with Queen Máxima of the Netherlands at the International Monetary Fund on March 23, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: Supply Chain and Inflation. There are high gas prices at gas stations in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. January 19, 2022. Washington, DC, United States. Image provided by & copyright © IMF Photo/Cory Hancock.

International Monetary Fund

Washington, DC, April 15, 2022 — The IMF’s Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva raised the 2022 Spring Meetings curtain yesterday, April 14, in an event hosted by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The IMF MD stated that the world is facing a crisis on top of an emergency: First, the pandemic, and second, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Global growth prospects vary significantly across countries: from catastrophic economic losses in Ukraine to a severe contraction in Russia to countries facing spillovers from the war through commodity, trade, and financial channels, IMF said. IMF will release detailed forecasts in the World Economic Report next Tuesday.

“The outlook has deteriorated substantially, largely because of the war and its repercussions. In addition, inflation, financial tightening, and frequent, wide-ranging lockdowns in China causing new bottlenecks in global supply chains are also weighing on activity. As a result, we will be projecting a further downgrading global growth for 2022 and 2023. Fortunately for most countries, growth will remain in positive territory. That said, the impact of the war will contribute to forecast downgrades for 143 economies this year, accounting for 86 percent of global GDP,” said Georgieva.

International Monetary Fund

Photo: Consumer Price Inflation Chart. Source: IMF.

Emerging and developing economies face the added risk of potential spillovers from monetary tightening in advanced economies—higher borrowing costs and capital outflows.

“The Russian invasion of Ukraine triggered spillovers through three main channels. The first is commodity prices, wheat oil, gas, and metals. The second one is the pressure on inflation and the necessity for central banks to tighten up faster than they would otherwise with all the consequences for emerging markets. And the third one is the financial channels remittances and the impact on how the monetary system will look after the war. So when you look at this impact from a human standpoint, the most dramatic one is food prices. Why? Because that comes on top of already deepening food insecurity in many parts of the world. Remember, we had bad harvests in several countries, locusts in Africa, and the Horn of Africa that have already generated pressure. And now the war is heating on the world’s low-income families even more,” added Georgieva.

Georgieva concluded the event by stressing that the international community’s immediate priorities are to end the war in Ukraine, confront the pandemic, and tackle inflation and debt.

“2020 is the record highest borrowing year since World War II. Even the global financial crisis didn’t lead to such an expansion of borrowing in one year. Now, when we have a global debt level of 256% of global GDP, we have to think of its impact. Interest rates are low. In some cases, even negative, this is easy. In fact, in 2021, debt went up, but debt service in many countries went down. Why? Because of accommodative monetary policy. When inflation accelerated, I should say that part of the inflation pressure came from demand picking up after the pandemic. Still, supply chains are getting broken, and supply is not catching up with this demand. Price stability is essential for growth, so central banks have to take action. They have to act decisively. Interest payments go up when they do so, and servicing debt becomes much more difficult,” the IMF MD concluded.

The world’s financial leaders are set to meet in Washington, DC, next week for the IMF and World Bank Spring Meetings.

Rising inflation, the economic impact of the war in Ukraine, and the lingering effects of the pandemic are front and center for policymakers.

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF)


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April 14, 2022

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar delivered Remarks and participated in a Conversation at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

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Photo: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken and Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar deliver remarks and participate in a conversation with Howard University students, faculty, and leadership as part of the U.S.-India Higher Education Discussion in Washington, D.C. on April 12, 2022 [State Department Photo by Ronny Przysucha].

Source: U.S. Department of State

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April 10, 2022

The Vice President of India underlines the Importance of Evidence-Based Policymaking for Responsive Governance.

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Photos: The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, during an interaction with the participants of the ”Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy” conducted by the Indian School of Business (ISB) in New Delhi.

New Delhi, April 10, 2022 — The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, has highlighted the importance of evidence-based policymaking to ensure that governance is responsive to the changes and disruptions around us. He also called for constant rethink and readjustment of policies and programs as per emerging needs and requirements.

The Vice President recently interacted with the participants of the Indian School of Business (ISB)’s Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy. He called for developing innovative business models to find solutions to everyday problems ordinary people face, such as solid waste management or monetization of crop waste to help farmers check air pollution.

Quoting the World Bank and IMF projections of the high growth rate of the Indian economy, the Vice President underlined that the country holds tremendous potential and opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. “To bring about the desired change, it is important that the government and private sector work together and build a better and stronger India,” he said.

Talking about the rapid pace of urbanization in India, the Vice President said it presents its challenges and opportunities. “Our policymakers will have to ensure that urban citizens have access to affordable housing, education, and healthcare,” he added, urging all states and the private sector to make the cities vibrant and inclusive living spaces.

The Vice President called for bridging the urban, rural divide and said that ”we must make efforts to make people in rural areas feel included as part of the developmental journey of the country”.

Underlining that the ultimate goal of any policy, innovation, or institution is to make people’s lives happier and more comfortable, Shri Naidu called for increasing people’s participation in governance and policy formulation. In addition, the Vice President called for dynamism in policymaking and administration, emphasizing the importance of the ”delivery” component of public services.

He appreciated the Indian School of Business for conducting the course with a particular focus on Public Policy. The study titled - ”Advanced Management Programme in Public Policy” is meant to hone the managerial skills of the working professionals in the public and private sectors. The Vice President expressed hope that a mixed batch of private and public sector mid-career students will help in cross-learning from each other.

Professor Madan Pillutla, Dean, Indian School of Business, Mr. DNV Kumara Guru, Director - External Relations, Indian School of Business, senior officials, and ISB Public Policy program participants were present.

Source: The Vice President’s Secretariat, New Delhi

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April 8, 2022

Harvard Business School announces new Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund

— Fund to Enable HBS to Attract Students with Highest Potential for Leadership.

Harvard Business School

BOSTON, April 7, 2022 — Harvard Business School (HBS) has announced the establishment of the Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund, which will benefit promising young leaders with high potential but limited means to attend HBS. The fund is made possible through the generosity of HBS alumni Robert Kraft (MBA 1965), founder, chairman, and CEO of both the Kraft Group and the Kraft Family Foundation, and his son Jonathan (MBA 1990), president of the Kraft Group.

By creating the largest endowed fellowship fund of $24 million at the School, the Kraft family continues their longstanding commitment to and support of fellowship programs at HBS. The fund was first announced earlier today at an event held at the School, “Improving Opportunity through Increasing Access: A Real-Life Story and A Legacy of Educating Leaders—A Chat with Dean Datar & Robert K. Kraft.”

The Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund will make the transformational educational experience of HBS more accessible to talented students who, without financial aid, would be unable to attend the MBA program. It will specifically support students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who are first-generation college students or from other underrepresented student backgrounds. In recognition of the Krafts’ support, the School has named the Financial Aid Office and Director of MBA Financial Aid position in their family’s honor.

“Harvard Business School has a long and proud history of educating leaders who make a difference in the world, like Robert and Jonathan Kraft,” said Harvard President Lawrence S. Bacow. “Through this extraordinary act of philanthropy, father and son ensure that more lives are transformed as theirs have been. The University is grateful for their generosity and the deep care with which they support the members of our community.”

“Being part of HBS changed my life, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to help others benefit from the transformational power of this experience,” said Robert Kraft. “Our family is proud of the extraordinary difference that our fellowship recipients make in the world.”

The Robert K. Kraft Family Fellowship Fund advances the School’s commitment to making the MBA program more affordable and accessible.

“As HBS strives to ensure that a business is a force for good in society, it is increasingly important to educate leaders who anticipate the impact of their decisions on employees, customers, and their communities,” noted HBS Dean Srikant Datar. “Having the voices of fellow students from various cultures, industries, and socioeconomic backgrounds in the classroom broadens everyone’s perspectives on the real-world challenges they will face as business leaders. We can only foster this environment through the generous support of fellowships by leaders like Robert and Jonathan Kraft.”

Founded in 1908 as part of Harvard University, Harvard Business School is located on a 40-acre campus in Boston. Its faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to the MBA and doctoral degrees, more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs, 55 custom programs, and HBX, the School’s digital learning platform. For more than a century, HBS faculty have shaped the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe through their research, experience in working with organizations worldwide, and passion for teaching leaders who make a difference in the world.

Source: Harvard Business School

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April 7, 2022

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) is back with the second edition of the Couture Hall of Fame.

The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) honors Anamika Khanna, JJ Valaya, Manish Malhotra, Asha Kochhar, and Vidyun Singh for their contribution by inducting them into the Couture Hall of Fame.

Fashion Design Council of India

Fashion Design Council of India

Photo: A glimpse of the FDCI Designer Stockroom, which received an overwhelming response. Image Credit: FDCI.

New Delhi, April 6, 2022 — The Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) Couture Hall of Fame awards featured a glittering ceremony at the Taj Mahal hotel.

It was an evening of glamour as the leading lights of haute couture, known for elevating Indian crafts with laborious techniques, were given a much-awaited ovation.

Anamika Khanna, acclaimed for her timeless, detailed pieces, was among those who won excellence in nurturing the design language.

JJ Valaya, the czar of embroideries, who adds his magical touch with a royal edge, was given the trophy by Indian economist and civil servant Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia.

Bollywood’s favorite designer, Manish Malhotra, was elated to receive the honor from Managing Editor (Lifestyle), Hindustan Times, Ms. Sonal Kalra.

Neeti Aayog CEO, Mr. Amitabh Kant, felicitated Media Makers Asha Kochhar & Vidyun Singh for their contribution to the Indian fashion universe.

The beauty of the evening was the soul-stirring music by Taufiq Qureshi, who performed on the stage and kept the well-heeled audience mesmerized by his rhythm. Sahil Vasudeva played on the piano, keeping the night engaging during a seven-course meal, while Violinist Madina Abaeva enthralled the guests with her tunes.

The master of ceremonies of the evening, Rajiv Makhni, kept the audience in good humor with his witty introductions.

Those present at the prestigious award function were guests of the awardees at their reserved tables. The other attendees included FDCI’s present and former Board members and erstwhile couturiers who have been part of the Couture Week journey.

“The FDCI has always believed in awarding those whose contribution to the Indian design space has been exemplary. Their dialogue with textures, movement, fabrics, and craftsmanship over the years shows their innate ability to create passionately. Therefore, the FDCI and the Board of Governors have honored this evening,” Sunil Sethi, Chairman of the Fashion Design Council of India, concluded.

Source: Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI)

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

QS World University Rankings

LONDON, April 6, 2022 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds - the international higher education think-tank - released the twelfth edition of the QS World University Rankings by Subject: an independent comparative analysis of the performance of 15,200 individual university programs  taken by students at  1543 universities in  88 locations worldwide  across 51 academic disciplines. They are part of the annual QS World University Rankings portfolio.

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022

Number of Programs getting Top-10 Ranking

• Global Highlights

Ben Sowter, QS Research Director, said: “Observing performance trends across over 15,000 university departments enables us to see which factors influence success. First, an international outlook - both in terms of faculty body and research relationships - correlates strongly with improved performance. Second, rising universities received targeted investment from governments for over a decade. Third, strengthening relationships with industry correlates with better employment, research, and innovation outcomes.”

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

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April 1, 2022

UNESCO awards India the "Certificate of Inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Unesco Durga Puja

Photos: Paris, France. The UNESCO Director-General handed over the “Certificate of inscription of Durga Puja in Kolkata to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage” to the Permanent Representative of India to UNESCO. Images provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Lily CHAVANCE.

Paris, March 31, 2021 — UNESCO presented India the Certificate of inscription of “Durga Puja in Kolkata” to the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.

Earlier, the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s Convention on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage inscribed ‘Durga Puja in Kolkata’ on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during its 16th session in Paris, France, from 13th to 18th December 2021.

Durga Puja celebrates feminine divinity and a consummate expression of dance, music, crafts, rituals, practices, culinary and cultural aspects. The festival transcends the boundaries of caste, creed, and economic classes and joins the people together in its celebration.

India is a signatory of the 2003 UNESCO Convention for Safeguarding the Intangible Heritage and traditions and living expression. Intangible cultural heritage means the practices, representations, words, knowledge, skills, instruments, objects, artifacts, and cultural spaces that communities and groups recognize as a part of their cultural inheritance.

Source: UNESCO

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