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August 31, 2022

The Lamborghini Countach LPI 800−4 Arrives in the U.S.




Pebble Beach, August 31, 2022 - Lamborghini Lounge Monterey provided an exclusive setting for customers to take delivery of two of the initial Countach LPI 800-4 to arrive in the USA. In a private ceremony, Stephan Winkelmann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Automobili Lamborghini, was joined by Head of Design Mitja Borkert and Chief Technical Officer Rouven Mohr for an emotional unveiling of this futuristic limited-edition hybrid supercar.

Inspired by the past and engineered for the future, the Countach LPI 800-4 celebrates the visionary design that revolutionized modern sports cars forever. With just 112 units produced globally, these two Countach are the only ones to carry their exterior color in North America, Luci Del Bosco and Bronzo Zante.

“As we initiate the first deliveries of the Countach in the U.S. to our valued customers, it is an honor to present these masterpieces to their owners at the Lamborghini Lounge Monterey. The Countach has inspired the Lamborghini design DNA for decades, and it was only fitting that we delivered the new Countach LPI 800-4 during the world-renowned Monterey Car Week celebrating automotive excellence,” remarked Stephan Winkelmann. “It is always extraordinary for me to experience the excitement and emotion a customer senses when seeing their Lamborghini for the first time.”

The Countach LPI 800-4’s all-wheel-drive delivers a total of 814 hp and outstanding performance, with acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.8 seconds, 0 to 200 km/h in 8.6 seconds, and a top speed of 355 km/h.

Source: Lamborghini

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August 30, 2022

Deakin University, Australia Faculty, and Experts are in India from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 for Deakin i-Week.

• Faculty staff and subject experts from Deakin University in Australia visit Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Pune, and Mumbai from Aug. 30 to Sept. 7 to interact with students planning to undertake higher education overseas.

Deakin University, Australia

NEW DELHI, Aug. 30, 2022 — Deakin University, Australia, will kickstart its annual initiative ‘Deakin Interactive Week 2022 (i-Week)’, a series of interactive face-to-face events between Deakin teaching staff and subject matter experts in Bengaluru today. Faculty members from different areas like engineering, information technology, arts, business, law, health, and more have arrived in India to interact face-to-face with students and help them explore study and career options. In addition, the delegation will travel across India to meet with students and conduct various masterclasses and sessions on emerging careers of the future.

The schedule for the Deakin i-Week Sessions is as given below:

Over the years, Deakin i-Week has provided expert guidance to thousands of students across India to realize their study abroad dreams. During Deakin i-Week 2022, students and their guardians will get the opportunity to interact with expert teachers who have steered hundreds of Indian students towards successful careers in India, Australia, and worldwide over the years. The Deakin i-session will include essential information about Australia, courses and emerging future jobs, careers and employment services, interaction with current students and alumni, and information about student life, accommodation, and support services.

Ravneet Pawha, Vice President (Global Alliances) and CEO (South Asia), said, “Deakin i-Week has been a much-awaited event for students planning to study in Australia, and I’m glad that it’s back after a hiatus due to the pandemic. It is a great opportunity for students to get their queries about courses, careers, and scholarships resolved face-to-face with the teachers they’ll be learning from.”

Ms. Pawha added, “Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Education and Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Government of India, during his recent Australia tour, visited Deakin downtown in Melbourne. He spoke about the significance of India-Australia education collaborations in empowering the next generation of changemakers and equipping India’s vast young demography with future and frontier skills. Initiatives such as ‘Deakin i-Week’ are key to ensuring that the youth of India have the right guidance to make an informed decision about fulfilling their educational aspirations and developing global skills that can benefit their community back in India.”

The Deakin representatives who will be present during Deakin i-sessions include:

Established in 1974, Deakin University combines excellence in teaching, research, and effective partnerships with industry and government to deliver high-quality courses and undertake research that makes a difference to the domestic and international communities it serves.

Deakin’s South Asia operations commenced in 1994 in New Delhi, India, making it one of the first overseas education providers to set processes in this region. Here, Deakin engages with the government, industry, and academia to share its vibrant education and research culture.

Source: Deakin University

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The American University in Cairo to receive the 2022 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize


Photo: UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. A section of the participants at the Opening of An Ambition to Transform Education. June 29, 2022. Image provided by & Copyright © UNESCO/Lily CHAVANCE.

Paris. France, August 29, 2022 — UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay has named the American University in Cairo’s Libraries and Learning Technologies, Rare Books, and Special Collections Library in Egypt as the laureate of the 2022 UNESCO/Jikji Memory of the World Prize. She did it following the recommendation of an international jury of experts.

“The Rare Books and Special Collections Library is a powerful testament to how well-preserved, accessible documentary heritage can become a wellspring for understanding history and culture across regions. I congratulate them on winning this Prize,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

In its recommendation, the international jury of experts recognized the laureate’s unique expertise and outstanding work in preserving and enabling access to Egyptian documentary heritage of global significance. The Library will be presented with the Prize in a ceremony in Cheongju, the Republic of Korea, on September 2, during the 30th-anniversary celebration of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme.

• The Rare Books and Special Collections Library

Founded in 1919, the American University in Cairo (AUC) became actively involved in the preservation of cultural heritage in the 1950s when it acquired the collection of Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron Creswell, a pioneer in the study of Islamic art and architecture. It has since continued collecting and preserving rare books, drawings, and other documentary heritage, including, to name but a few, the papers, plans, and artifacts of notable Egyptian architect Hassan Fathy, the Van Leo Photographic Collection, and documents about the history of Egyptian women and society.

The University’s Rare Books and Special Collections Library has a conservation laboratory and digitization center, contributing to its important work in preserving Egyptian documentary heritage and making it accessible to scholars, students, and the public. By supporting research and collaborating with other institutions in Egypt and beyond, the Library has become an indispensable research hub for Arabic and African countries.

The UNESCO / Jikji Memory of the World Prize commemorates the inscription on the Memory of the World International Register of Buljo jikji simche yojeol, a Korean work considered the oldest book printed with movable metal type. Funded by the Republic of Korea through the City of Cheongju, the Prize recognizes efforts to contribute to preserving and accessibility to documentary heritage as the common heritage of humanity.

Source: UNESCO

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August 26, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC) India notifies the Public about the institutions it has declared as "Fake Universities" for functioning in contravention of the UGC Act.

— August 26, 2022 —

• University Grants Commission (UGC) India notifies the Public about the institutions it has declared as “Fake Universities” for functioning in contravention of the UGC Act.

UGC, India


— August 24, 2022 —

• University Grants Commission (UGC) India asks Students to check the Recognition Status of a Higher Education Institution before enrolling in any of its Open & Distance Learning (ODL) programs.

University Grants Commission (UGC) India

Source: UGC, India

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August 22, 2022

Chandigarh University to host the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon 2022 on August 25-26

Smart India Hackathon

Chandigarh, India, Aug 22, 2022 — The Union Ministry of Education is all set to organize the grand finale of Smart India Hackathon-2022 at Chandigarh University from Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2022. It is one of the world’s most significant open innovation models aimed at teaching students the culture of product innovation and problem-solving.

The Smart India Hackathon (SIH) is a nationwide initiative by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell to provide students a platform to solve the pressing problems of the government, ministries, departments, industries, and other organizations.

“The Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell has identified Chandigarh University as one of the 75 higher educational institutes to be Smart India Hackathon nodal centers. These institutions will host the participants of SIH and facilitate an environment to conduct the Smart India Hackathon in its well-defined and established format.

At Chandigarh University, a total of 30 teams from different parts of the country having 180 participants are competing against six problem statements from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).

The scope of the Smart India Hackathon has been widening since its launch in 2017. The increased enthusiasm among participating students and problem statement provider organizations is visible in their growing participation over the years.

Each year Smart India Hackathon is conducted at various nodal centers, where selected student teams, industry representatives, design mentors, and evaluators travel to the assigned physical centers. The Premier and prominent higher educational institutes/incubators are identified as nodal centers by the Ministry of Education’s Innovation Cell and the All India Council for Technical Education in different cities. During the SIH grand finale, the student team works round the clock under the guidance of mentors and industry/Ministry representatives to produce the working solution for the selected problem statements.

Source: Chandigarh University

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National Testing Agency (NTA) India Press Release August 21, 2022

— August 22, 2022 —

National Testing Agency (NTA) India is issuing Admit Cards for Phase 6 of Common University Entrance Test CUET (UG) - 2022.

National Testing Agency, UGC

Source: National Testing Agency (NTA)

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August 21, 2022

Harvard Business School to Provide Full Tuition Scholarships for Students with Greatest Financial Need

Harvard Business School

BOSTON, Aug. 21, 2022 — Harvard Business School (HBS) announced today that it would provide scholarships to cover tuition and course fees for those with the greatest financial need—approximately 10 percent of its student body. It would make the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree more affordable and accessible to a broader array of students. The School will also offer scholarship support to more students from middle-income backgrounds, building on the approximately 50 percent of students who already receive scholarships. Both changes will benefit current, and future students and are the latest in a series of steps over the past decade to reduce financial barriers to enrolling in the two-year full-time MBA Program.

“We know the talent is much more evenly distributed than opportunity,” said HBS Dean Srikant Datar. “Harvard Business School should be a place where the most talented future leaders can come to realize their potential. We want to remove the financial barriers that stand in their way and alleviate the debt burden so they can focus on becoming leaders who make a difference in the world.”

Over the past several years, the School has worked to make the MBA Program more affordable for students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Recent approaches include:

“We recognize that financial concerns may keep exceptional potential applicants from considering business school as an option,” said Chad Losee, Managing Director of MBA Admissions and Financial Aid at HBS. “Given the impact, they are having in their companies and communities, that is a loss for them and society as a whole. By funding the full cost of tuition for students with the greatest financial need, we aim to ensure that prospective students from all socioeconomic backgrounds, industries, and parts of the world have access to the HBS experience.”

HBS has long granted financial aid through a need-based approach, unusual for graduate business schools. It uses a formula that considers pre-MBA income and assets, socioeconomic background, and undergraduate debt in determining financial needs for both domestic and international students.

With this additional commitment from the School, roughly 10 percent of all HBS students—those with the greatest financial need—will receive a full tuition and course fee scholarship of $76,000 each year of the two-year program. Students will continue to be responsible for their living expenses.

“Affordability is paramount because it enables people from all backgrounds, experiences, and interests to enroll at HBS,” said Matthew Weinzierl, Senior Associate Dean of the MBA Program. “Our case-based approach to teaching and learning relies heavily on exposing HBS students to various perspectives. As a result, we’re preparing them to be leaders in organizations and a world marked by vast human differences and diversity.”

Source: Harvard Business School

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August 17, 2022

Chevrolet India continues to maintain its promise to customers.

Chevrolet shall continue supporting customers with parts availability and aftersales services.

Chevrolet remains focused on safety; customers can quickly get their vehicles inspected at the nearest Chevrolet Authorized Service Operations facility.

Chevrolet India

GURGAON, India, Aug. 17, 2022 — Chevrolet continues to take care of its customers in India through a dedicated Chevrolet team responsible for overseeing a service network, training center, and full-fledged warehousing and logistics operation to make genuine parts available for customers. This commitment continues five years after Chevrolet stopped selling vehicles in India and will continue over 2024 and beyond. The company said it upholds its promise to support customers with parts availability and aftersales services during this period.

“At Chevrolet, the customer remains at the center of everything we do, and we are committed to offering quality service for our vehicles in India,” said Devang Parpani, Director, Commercial Operations India.

To ensure easy access to service, Chevrolet has maintained a network of Authorized Service Operations with over 170 customer touchpoints. Customers can also buy genuine Chevrolet parts, including batteries, lube, and genuine Chevrolet parts, over the counter at these locations.

GM is also expanding its aftersales presence in India with ACDelco and will provide parts, including batteries, lube, and other components, for all vehicle makes.

Reiterating its focus on safety, Chevrolet also continues to appeal to its customers to get their vehicles inspected free of charge at the nearest Chevrolet Authorized Service Operations for open recall campaigns.

“It is immensely gratifying to see the team in India remain focused on our important aftersales customers as they continue to deliver on the needs of a parts and service operation,” said William Henrie, General Motors International Operations Aftersales Director.

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world’s largest car brands, available in nearly 80 countries, with almost 2.7 million cars and trucks sold in 2021. Chevrolet models include electric and fuel-efficient vehicles.

Source: Chevrolet India

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August 15, 2022

Prime Minister of India addresses the Nation on its 76th Independence Day.

India, Independence day, Modi

Photo: Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, addressing the Nation on the occasion of 76th Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort in Delhi on August 15, 2022.

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August 13, 2022

Har Ghar Tiranga: Chandigarh University creates Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag

• UT Administrator Banwari Lal Purohit and Union Minister Meenakshi Lekhi, among 25,000 people, gathered for the historic event at Chandigarh Cricket Stadium; 5885 students and dignitaries weaved the tricolor formation.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University creates Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University creates Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag; GWR official handing over the certificate to Ms. Meenakshi Lekhi, Union Minister for Culture.

Chandigarh University

CHANDIGARH, India, August 13, 2022 — Chandigarh University on Saturday created the Guinness World Record to form ‘World’s Largest Human Image of a Waving National Flag.’ As many as 5885 students from Chandigarh University and other schools and colleges, volunteers of the NID Foundation, and other dignitaries gathered for the flag formation at Chandigarh Cricket Stadium. They created history in the heart of the City Beautiful.

More than 25,000 people, including youth and citizens of Chandigarh, filled the air with patriotism. The attendees included Punjab Governor and Chandigarh UT Administrator Shri Banwarilal Purohit, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Smt Meenakshi Lekhi, NID Chief Patron and Chandigarh University Chancellor S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Dharam Pal, Adviser to the Administrator, Chandigarh UT; Vinay Pratap Singh, Deputy Commissioner Chandigarh; Sarabjit Kaur, Mayor Chandigarh; Parveer Ranjan, DGP Chandigarh UT, Prof Himani Sood, Founder NID Foundation and other top officials of the UT administration.

Swapnil Dangarikar, official Guinness World Records Adjudicator, who was present at the event, verified the record. “The previous world record for the largest human image of a waving national flag achieved by GEMS Education in Abu Dhabi, UAE, has been broken. Chandigarh University has created a new world record in today’s event,” he confirmed.

Mr. Dangarikar also handed over a copy of the GWR certificate to Punjab Governor and UT Administrator Shri Banwarilal Purohit and S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, NID Foundation, and Chancellor, Chandigarh University, and congratulated them.

Shri Banwarilal Purohit said that with the successful creation of the world record formed by Chandigarh University, Chandigarh had given a great message to the entire world on the 75th anniversary of India’s Independence Day.

S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chief Patron, NID Foundation, and Chancellor Chandigarh University, congratulated all the participants and said that the historical formation of the national flag aptly celebrates the spirit of India’s 75th Independence Day under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

The joys and excitements of those in attendance knew no bounds as they breathed in patriotism. Sunil Sharma, a student of Chandigarh University, said that he was proud that his university organized such a significant event and made a world record. “I am proud that I am a part of this historic event, celebrating the independence of a land that has given us a unique identity and associated with proud heritage and values,” he said.

The event concluded with flag hoisting and singing the national anthem.

Source: Chandigarh University

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August 12, 2022

ProPublica, PBS/Frontline, and National Public Radio win National Press Club awards.

National Press Club Awards

WASHINGTON, August 11, 2022 — Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club, has announced the winners of the prestigious National Press Club Journalism Awards. The investigative powerhouse ProPublica won one award for consumer journalism and helped two other organizations win prizes in the National Press Club journalism contest.

PBS/Frontline won two awards - including an Arthur Rowse award for coverage of Filipino journalist Maria Ressa and her staff in the run-up to an election in the Philippines. In addition, PBS/Frontline won an Edwin M. Hood award in a joint effort with ProPublica called ‘Massacre in El Salvador.’

National Public Radio’s, All Things Considered won breaking news for its coverage of the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

The Miami Herald won consumer journalism newspapers in a partnership with ProPublica. ProPublica won for its investigation of the nation’s food safety system.

Several of the winners focused on issues related to the 2020 elections. J. Scott Applewhite of The Associated Press won for his dramatic photographs of the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Jen Wieczner of Fortune Media won the Lee Walczak award for ‘Dominion Voting: Big Lies vs. Big Lawsuits.’

A new category this year is the Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism, won by the Los Angeles Times for its close look at the Latino ‘cultural zeitgeist.’

National Press Club will hold the award dinner on Wednesday, August 31. The event will start at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, August 31, starting with a reception in the Holeman Lounge, followed at 7 p.m. with dinner and a program in the ballroom.

The event will also honor the late Al Jazeera Correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh with the 2022 President’s Award. The President’s award is given at the discretion of the President of the National Press Club.


• Consumer Journalism-Newspapers

• Consumer Journalism-Periodicals

• Consumer Journalism-Broadcast

• Breaking News

• Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence-Print

• Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence-Broadcast

• Washington Regional Reporting

• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Excellence in Examining the News Media-Print

• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Excellence in Examining the News Media-Broadcast

• Newsletter Journalism

• Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting - Print

• Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award

• Angele Gingras Humor Award

• Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism

• Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics

• Michael A. Dornheim Award

• Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis

• Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism

• News Photo Award

• Honorable Mentions:

• Consumer Journalism-Newspapers

• Consumer Journalism-Broadcast

• Edwin Hood Award-Print

• Washington Regional Reporting

• National Press Club’s Arthur Rowse Award for Excellence in Examining the News Media-Broadcast

• Newsletter Journalism

• Ann Cottrell Free Award - Print

• Joan M. Friedenberg Award

• Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatrics

• Michael A. Dornheim Award

• Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis

• Nell Minow Award for Cultural Criticism

• News Photo Award

Source: National Press Club

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August 11, 2022

Global Citizen announces lineups for the 2022 Global Citizen Festival in New York City & Accra, Ghana, on September 24, 2022

Global Citizen, Priyanka Chopra

Photo: Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, on September 24, 2022.

NEW YORK, August 11, 2022 — International advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced the lineups for the 10th anniversary Global Citizen Festival. The festival will occur in New York City’s Central Park, presented by Citi and Cisco, and Black Star Square in Accra, Ghana, presented by Harith General Partners, on Saturday, September 24, 2022.

Since it lit up Central Park’s Great Lawn in 2012, the Global Citizen Festival has become the world’s longest-running global campaign calling for an end to extreme poverty. The event unites millions of voices, amplified by the world’s most prominent artists, demanding world leaders take action NOW.

Globally, the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed nearly 100 million more people into extreme poverty and is reversing recent trends of shrinking inequality, leading to the loss of at least three years of progress. Without urgent action, this backsliding will only worsen, the organization said. In addition, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has aggravated the situation further, with as many as 323 million people facing acute hunger and 1.2 billion people currently living in nations experiencing a perfect storm of food, energy, and financial crises. If we don’t take action now, as many as 200 million more people may be plunged into extreme poverty by November, Global Citizen warned.

The 2022 Global Citizen Festival will call on world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly and the G20 and COP27 to step up and invest $600 million. The investment will go into the future of women and girls, close the annual $10 billion climate financing shortfall, deliver $500 million to help African farmers respond to the global food crisis, and provide urgent relief from crushing debts to End Extreme Poverty.

With two stages in international cultural capitals, New York City and Accra, Ghana, the 2022 Global Citizen Festival will be broadcast and streamed on ABC, ABC News Live, FX, Hulu, iHeartRadio, TimesLIVE, Twitter, YouTube, and more. ABC News Live’s broadcast will air on Saturday, September 24, and a primetime special, Global Citizen Festival: Take Action NOW, will air on ABC on Sunday, September 25 at 7:00 pm ET / 6:00 pm CT. Different tune-in details to follow in the coming weeks.

Performers on the Central Park stage will include Metallica, Charlie Puth, Jonas Brothers, MÅNESKIN, Mariah Carey, Mickey Guyton, and Rosalía, with more to be announced. In addition, actor, producer, author, and Global Citizen Ambassador Priyanka Chopra Jonas will host the Global Citizen Festival in NYC.

Marking the 65th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the 20th anniversary of the African Union, Accra’s iconic Black Star Square will see live performances from Usher, SZA, Stormzy, Gyakie, H.E.R., Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, and TEMS with more to be announced.

“Decades of systemic and political failures have led humanity into the midst of converging and rapidly deteriorating crises - climate, hunger, health, war, and conflict. We demand a secure future for girls everywhere. We demand governments keep their promises on climate funding. We demand relief from debts unjustly crashing economies. And we demand action NOW, while there’s still time to change our collective trajectory,” Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, said.

Source: Global Citizen

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August 6, 2022

With 450 academic tie-ups in over 80 countries, Chandigarh University leads the way in fulfilling dreams of international studies and employment. (Updated)

 Chandigarh University

Photo: Now, Alumni of Chandigarh University can access their Degree Certificates for the years 2015 to 2021 through DigiLocker. (DigiLocker is an online digitization service provided by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India.)

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University organized short technical sessions with specialists on various themes.

CHANDIGARH, India, July 28, 2022 — In this ever-shrinking world that is getting increasingly globalized and well-connected, the value of graduates with international experience and education has attained new significance. Not just that, but receiving instruction in a foreign university will give one a much higher chance of bagging their dream job, besides learning new languages, appreciating other cultures, overcoming challenges of living in another country, and gaining a greater understanding of the world.

Chandigarh University has been one of the leading universities to fulfill the dreams of the students wishing to gain a world-class education and employment opportunities abroad. Chandigarh University has opened new avenues for its students who want to study and work abroad. It relies on the envious record of academic tie-ups with more than 450 leading universities in over 80 countries.

Under the international tie-ups with these world-class institutions, Chandigarh University offers Student Exchange Programme, Summer Training, Semester, Master’s Degree, Ph.D., Joint Workshop, Conference and Research Work, Faculty Exchange, Dual Degree Programme, and employment opportunities abroad.

The University facilitates the entire process, from admissions to visa applications for its students under one roof in a very transparent and straightforward manner. As a result, not only are the students thoroughly prepared for IELTS and Visa interviews, but the University also looks after the visa application, which has a high success rate. Chandigarh University has an average visa success rate of 95%, going up to 100% for the USA and 98% for Canada.

Chandigarh University provides students the opportunity to study across the countries on six continents, including Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Georgia, Russia, Italy, Germany, Finland, Poland in Europe, USA, Canada; Taiwan, South Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Thailand in Asia, as well as in Africa, South America and Australia.

Under the International Semester Abroad and Semester Exchange Programs, the institution offers the golden opportunity to students to improve their employability and supplements the value of degrees by exposing them to different cultures.

Under semester exchange programs to Europe, Asia, South Africa, South America, etc., students don’t require to pay tuition abroad, and the price only has to be paid at Chandigarh University. Whereas under semester abroad programs to USA, UK, Australia, etc., a reduced semester fee has to be paid in international universities, while no cost is to be paid at Chandigarh University.

Chandigarh University provides International Transfer Programs (ITPs), which allow students to complete an initial part of their degree at Chandigarh University and transfer to a Foreign Country to get a degree from a foreign University. Disciplines include Engineering, Medicines, Architecture, Management, Journalism, Psychology, Animation, Nutrition, and Pharmacy.

The advantages are aplenty. The most significant is reduced foreign tuition fees since up to 50% of the course is done here. In addition, relaxed Entry Criteria and the availability of academic scholarships with full Housing Scholarships at well-ranked universities are some of the other benefits for aspiring students.

Under the programs, students get a degree with international recognition that will provide them multifold benefits in their academic and professional life, increasing their employability, improving their professional portfolio, and embellishing the degree’s value.

Chandigarh University has helped more than 2000 students realize their dream of studying abroad and attaining employment there.

Source: Chandigarh University

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August 4, 2022

India's Lok Sabha passes Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022. Creates Gati Shakti University.

Gati Shakti University to be a world-class, multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional, futuristic institution for the transport sectors — Dharmendra Pradhan, India’s Education Minister

Gati Shakti University

Gati Shakti University

New Delhi, August 03, 20212 — Lok Sabha (lower house of India’s bicameral Parliament) today passed Central Universities (Amendment) Bill 2022 for conversion of the National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI), a Deemed to be University into Gati Shakti Vishwavidyalaya (GSV), a Central University.

While replying in the Lok Sabha, Union Minister for Education and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan, said that Prime Minister Modi always works with a vision for the future. Under his leadership, a future-ready workforce is ready to embrace the fourth industrial revolution and the challenges of the 21st century.

Mr. Pradhan spoke about the transformations in the infrastructure and transport sectors, including roads, railways, shipping, and aviation. He said that the growth of transport sectors, the building of airports across the nation in smaller cities, and increasing air traffic reflect the aspirations of the people of India. The Education Minister said that the transformation in the transport sector calls for building an institution to build a knowledge repository, conduct research, curate best practices, facilitate skill development, work on capacity building and facilitate the growth of transport sectors. He added that future students would need to learn about the environment, commerce, and social sciences, in addition to STEM, to succeed in the infrastructure sector. Thus India has envisioned and created a world-class, multi-disciplinary, multi-dimensional futuristic institution called Gati Shakti University.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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August 3, 2022


• 2022  Ranking Features 145 Chinese Companies,  124 U.S. Companies,  and 47  Japanese Companies  

Fortune Global 2022

Photo: The 2022 Fortune Global 500 cover.

NEW YORK, August 3, 2022 — Today, FORTUNE announced  the ‘Fortune Global 500’ list for 2022, ranking the world’s largest corporations by revenue for fiscal 2021.  Walmart  claims the top spot for the ninth consecutive year and for the 17th time since 1995. In addition, Saudi Aramco (No. 6) reclaims its title as the world’s most profitable company, with $105 billion in earnings.

Mainland China  (including Hong Kong), with 136,  has the most companies on the list,  up from last year. Adding Taiwan, the total for Greater China is 145. The U.S., with 124, is up two; in third place, Japan lost six, totaling 47. For the first time, the aggregate revenue of Fortune Global 500 companies based in Greater China (including Taiwan) exceeded the income of U.S. companies on the list, accounting for 31% of the total.

Of the 2022 rankings, FORTUNE List Editor Scott DeCarlo says, “A rebound from the worst depths of the pandemic created a huge tailwind for the world’s largest companies by revenue. As a result, aggregate sales and profits hit record levels in the fiscal year 2021 for the Fortune Global 500. The Global 500 is the ultimate scorecard for business success, and the companies face another big test navigating several global economic headwinds in 2022.”

Fortune Global 500 companies generated revenues totaling $37.8 trillion—more than one-third of the world’s GDP—for an increase of 19% over last year, marking the highest annual growth rate in the list’s 33-year history. Cumulative profits were up 88% for a record $3.1 trillion over the previous year. Companies on the 2022 list employ 69.6 million people worldwide and are based in 229 cities and 33 countries and regions. The number of Fortune Global 500 women CEOs rose to 24 this year, from 23 last year.


  1. Walmart
  2. Amazon
  3. State Grid
  4. China National Petroleum
  5. Sinopec Group
  6. Saudi Aramco
  7. Apple
  8. Volkswagen
  9. China State Construction Engineering
  10. CVS Health
  11. UnitedHealth Group
  12. Exxon Mobil
  13. Toyota Motor
  14. Berkshire Hathaway
  15. Shell
  16. McKesson
  17. Alphabet
  18. Samsung Electronics
  19. Trafigura Group
  20. Hon Hai Precision Industry
  21. AmerisourceBergen
  22. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China
  23. Glencore
  24. China Construction Bank
  25. Ping An Insurance
  26. Costco Wholesale
  27. TotalEnergies
  28. Agricultural Bank of China
  29. Stellantis
  30. Cigna
  31. Sinochem Holdings
  32. AT&T
  33. Microsoft
  34. China Railway Engineering Group
  35. BP
  36. Cardinal Health
  37. Chevron
  38. Mercedes-Benz Group
  39. China Railway Construction
  40. China Life Insurance
  41. Mitsubishi
  42. Bank of China
  43. Home Depot
  44. China Baowu Steel Group
  45. Walgreens Boots Alliance
  47. Allianz
  48. AXA
  49. Marathon Petroleum
  50. Elevance Health
  51. Kroger
  52. Gazprom
  53. Ford Motor
  54. Verizon Communications
  55. Alibaba Group Holding
  56. Fortum
  57. China Mobile Communications
  58. China Minmetals
  59. BMW Group
  60. China Communications Construction
  61. Honda Motor
  62. Deutsche Telekom
  63. JPMorgan Chase
  64. General Motors
  65. China National Offshore Oil
  66. Centene
  67. Lukoil
  68. SAIC Motor
  69. Shandong Energy Group
  70. China Resources
  71. Meta Platforms
  72. Assicurazioni Generali
  73. Comcast
  74. Phillips 66
  75. Hengli Group
  76. Amer International Group
  77. Xiamen C&D
  78. Itochu
  79. China FAW Group
  80. Sinopharm
  81. China Post Group
  82. Valero Energy
  83. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone
  84. Credit Agricole
  85. China Energy Investment
  86. Dell Technologies
  87. Target
  88. Mitsui
  89. China Southern Power Grid
  90. Enel
  91. COFCO
  92. Hyundai Motor
  93. Fannie Mae
  94. Japan Post Holdings
  95. Electricité de France
  96. Huawei Investment & Holding
  97. United Parcel Service
  98. Life Insurance Corp. of India
  99. Deutsche Post DHL Group
  100. PowerChina

In her foreword to the magazine’s August/September 2022 issue, FORTUNE Editor-in-Chief Alyson Shontell writes, “Here’s the catch: [These] numbers reflect financials from 2021 when the world was starting to bounce back from COVID-19. However, this year has brought a whole new truckload of challenges. For businesses of every size, the real test will be who can survive and thrive in tough conditions, especially if—or when—a recession of unknown length and depth settles in.”

Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years ended on or before March 31, 2022. All listed companies must publish financial data and report part or all of their figures to a government agency.

Source: FORTUNE Media

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University Grants Commission (UGC) India issues a 'FEE Refund Policy 2022-2023' Notice to all Higher Educational Institutions.


New Delhi, August 03, 2022 — University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued a ‘FEE Refund Policy 2022-2023’ Notice to all Higher Educational Institutions, including all universities, colleges, and institutes in India.

In its communication, UGC has reminded them that on July 12, 2022, it had asked them to fix the last date of their undergraduate admission process after CBSE declared the class X result. As a result, it provided sufficient time for such students for admission to undergraduate courses.

UGC has instructed all Higher Educational Institutions to ensure compliance with its directions regarding the refund of fees.

Source: UGC

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August 1, 2022

Mahindra Scorpio-N sets a new record - Clocks over 25,000 bookings within 1 minute; Over 1,00,000 bookings in under 30 minutes.

Mahindra Scorpio

MUMBAI, India, August 1, 2022 — Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. announced that it had recorded 1,00,000 bookings for the All-New Scorpio-N within 30 minutes of the booking commencement at 11:00 am today. That translates into an ex-showroom value of - ₹18,000 crores / - USD 2.3 billion. Customers’ enthusiasm for the All-New Scorpio-N has been extraordinary - the Scorpio-N recorded 25,000 bookings within one minute of booking commencement, the company added.

The deliveries of the All-New Scorpio-N will begin September 26, 2022, onwards. Over 20,000 units of the All-New Scorpio-N are planned for delivery by December 2022, wherein the Z8L variant will be prioritized. Mahindra said it would inform the customers about their delivery date by August 2022.

The booking website handled the massive rush of orders well, but there was a brief glitch with the payment gateway provider. Mahindra said that it would like to assure the customers that their time stamp before payment is duly recorded on the booking platform so that each customer will have their rightful place in the order sequence. Accordingly, the first 25,000 will get considered for introductory prices based on this sequence.

The introductory prices of the All-New Scorpio-N variants are applicable for the first 25,000 bookings. After that, the costs for the subsequent bookings will be as per the prices prevalent at the delivery time. The company explained that bookings for the All-New Scorpio-N will continue to be accepted online and at dealerships.

The All-New Scorpio-N has been designed, engineered, and built to disrupt the SUV segment and redefine the existing product category hierarchies across multiple SUV segments creating resonance with the urban customers looking forward to owning an authentic SUV.

“Thrilling performance, unmissable presence, premium crafted interiors, sophisticated ride, and handling, ‘Go Anywhere’ capability, bristling with tech, having a clean conscience, and an immersive and enjoyable experience via AdrenoX makes the Scorpio-N a stand-out SUV,” Mahindra said. Scorpio-N is available in variants including diesel and petrol, manual and automatic transmissions, and 6-seater or 7-seater capacity. It is also available with 4XPLOR first-in-class intelligent terrain management technology to transform it into an all-conquering, capable 4WD beast.

Source: Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd.

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