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January 16, 2021

Oxford Jabs for Chandigarh!

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Oxford Vaccine


• UPDATE.

• January 16, 2021.

• Oxford Jabs for Chandigarh!

Chandigarh, a city in India about 250 kilometers north of Delhi, rejoiced and celebrated the administration of the Oxford University AstraZeneca Vaccine “Covishield” to its doctors and health workers. January 16, 2021.


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Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India launched the pan India rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination drive via video conferencing. It is the world’s most extensive vaccination program covering the entire length and breadth of the country.


Oxford Vaccine

Photo: Health care workers celebrate the 1st phase of the pan India rollout of COVID-19 vaccination drive at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi, on January 16, 2021.


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• January 09, 2021.

• Oxford Vaccine: India starts Vaccination on January 16, 2021, with Priority to Healthcare & Frontline Workers followed by those above 50 Years and Under-50 with Co-morbidities.


Oxford Vaccine



New Delhi, January 09, 2021 — Prime Minister Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the status of COVID-19 in the country and the preparedness of the State/UTs for COVID vaccination today.

The Prime Minister took a detailed and comprehensive review of COVID management’s status, covering various issues.

The Prime Minister reviewed the center’s preparedness status in close collaboration with the State and UT Governments for the vaccine’s roll-out soon.

According to the India Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the vaccination exercise comprises the principles of people’s participation (Jan Bhagidari); utilizing the experience of elections (booth strategy) and Universal Immunization Program (UIP); no compromise of existing healthcare services, especially national programs and primary health care; no compromise on scientific and regulatory norms, other SOPs; and an orderly and smooth implementation driven by technology.

The roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccine will prioritize healthcare and frontline workers. They are estimated to be around three crores, followed by those above 50 years of age and the under-50 population groups with co-morbidities, numbering about 27 crores.

The Prime Minister got apprised about the Co-WIN Vaccine Delivery Management System. The unique digital platform will provide real-time information on vaccine stocks, their storage temperature, and individualized tracking of the COVID-19 vaccine beneficiaries. This platform will assist the program managers across all levels through automated session allocation for pre-registered beneficiaries, their verification, and generating a digital certificate upon completing the vaccine schedule.

The vaccinators and vaccine administrators comprise a crucial pillar of the vaccination exercise. Two thousand three hundred sixty participants were trained during the national level Training of Trainers, including state immunization officers, cold chain officers, IEC officials, and development partners. More than 61,000 program managers, 2 lakh vaccinators, and 3.7 lakh other vaccination team members have trained so far as part of training at States, Districts, and Block levels, the Health Ministry elaborated.

After the detailed review, the Government of India decided that because of the forthcoming festivals, including Lohri, Makar Sankranti, Pongal, and Magh Bihu, the COVID19 vaccination will start on January 16, 2021.


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• January 03, 2021.

• People of India receive their New Year Gift; Prime Minister Modi congratulates the Nation as Drugs Controller General of India approves the Oxford Vaccine for emergency use; The University of Oxford welcomes Regulatory Authorisations.

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Oxford University

Photo: St. Mary’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford. Image Credit: Billy Wilson.


Oxford / New Delhi, January 03, 2021 — The Drugs Controller General of India today approved the Oxford Vaccine for emergency use. Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the nation and called it a decisive turning point to strengthen a spirited fight against Corona. The approval accelerates the road to a healthier and COVID-free country, he added.

India’s Home Minister Amit Shah hailed the approval of the COVID-19 vaccine granted by the Drugs Controller General of India (DGCI) today. He said the permission to ‘Made in India’ vaccines would prove to be a game-changer. It is a momentous achievement for India, he remarked.

The Serum Institute of India, Pune, is the manufacturing partner of the vaccine candidate named Covishield, developed jointly by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and AstraZeneca.

The Serum Institute of India had selected 17 sites in India to conduct the trial. A total of 1,600 candidates took part in the study.

• The University of Oxford welcomes Regulatory Authorisations:

Meanwhile, the University of Oxford has welcomed the news that the UK Government has accepted the recommendation from the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to authorize the emergency use of the coronavirus vaccine in the UK.

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, said:

‘The regulator’s assessment that this is a safe and effective vaccine is a landmark moment, and an endorsement of the huge effort from a devoted international team of researchers and our dedicated trial participants.’

‘Though this is just the beginning, we will start to get ahead of the pandemic, protect health and economies when the vulnerable are vaccinated everywhere, as many as possible, as soon as possible.’

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said:

‘This is a day for the team developing the vaccine to celebrate, after a year of tough work under difficult circumstances. The first authorization or use of the vaccine outside of clinical trials has been granted. We still have more to do and will continue to provide more data to multiple regulatory authorities until we can see the vaccine being used to save lives around the world.’

The Oxford vaccine is stable, easily manufactured, transported, and stored at domestic fridge temperature (2-8 degrees C). It can be easily administered in existing healthcare settings, allowing its rapid deployment.

Oxford University’s collaboration with AstraZeneca has been crucial to the successful development of the vaccine and vital for its global manufacturing and distribution across the world. AstraZeneca already has international agreements to supply three billion doses of the vaccine, with access through more than 30 supply agreements and partner networks.

A key element of Oxford’s partnership with AstraZeneca is the joint commitment to provide the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of the pandemic across the world and in perpetuity to low- and middle-income countries.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford, said:

‘This is a great day for British science and a great day for universities everywhere. Above all, it is a great day for the many people whose lives will be saved by this vaccine. We are greatly indebted to those who have designed, developed, manufactured, and evaluated it.

Sources: Prime Minister’s Office, New Delhi. The University of Oxford.

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December 23, 2020

India's Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, launches Chandigarh University's National Level Entrance Cum Scholarship Test CUCET 2021

Chandigarh University is offering academic scholarships worth Rs. Thirty-three crores to deserving students through CUCET 2021.


Chandigarh University


CHANDIGARH, India, Dec. 23, 2020 — “National level Entrance cum Scholarship Test CUCET 2021 announced by Chandigarh university is a novel attempt to search for budding talent from every corner of India. It motivates them to pursue their dream career by offering them an academic scholarship to overcome financial barriers.” It was stated by Union Minister for Education, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, during the launch ceremony of the National Level Entrance cum Scholarship Test of Chandigarh University “CUCET 2021”. The National Entrance cum Scholarship Test would offer academic scholarships worth Rs. 33 Crores to the students in more than 135 Under-Graduate and Postgraduate programs offered by the University; a deserving student based on CUCET-2021 scores can avail scholarships up to 100% in the academic fees.

While delivering his address, the Union Minister for Education, Dr. Pokhriyal, said, “We have often witnessed cases of drop-outs in the Indian Education System where meritorious students have to opt-out of higher education set-up due to financial constraints. CUCET-2021 is an attempt to plug these drop-out cases as it offers a helping hand for such talented students from all across India”. The student can fill an online application form and can appear online with the flexibility to choose his or her date & time slot. Chandigarh University would conduct CUCET-2021 in two phases. The first phase would run from December 2020 to May 2021.

“Chandigarh University is investing heavily in the talent of Indian Youth. It offers a national platform through CUCET-2021 to such deserving students who aspire to be successful by undergoing quality higher education in the field of their choice,” said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

Prof. Satbir Singh Sehgal, Registrar of Chandigarh University, while briefing about CUCET-2021, said, “The entrance test would be compulsory for aspiring students who seek admission in Engineering, Pharmacy, MBA, 5 Years Integrated Under-Graduate Law Programs, and Agriculture. The test would also offer academic scholarships for all the 135 UG & PG programs offered by Chandigarh University”. Dr. Sehgal further added that “Students can apply for CUCET-2021 through online and offline mode where the applications are available at University Website and regional centers of University across 21 States & UTs”. The University is offering scholarships in 10 percent of the total seats in every Undergraduate and Postgraduate course. “Ever since the inception of University in 2012, Chandigarh University has offered academic scholarships to more than 63,000 students to promote talent and merit amongst the Indian Youth who dream of getting quality & world-class education,” Dr. Sehgal added.

One of the engineering students who bagged a 75% scholarship through CUCET-2020, Atul Ranjan from Jharkhand, states that “I could fulfill my dream of studying at one of the prestigious institutions of India only because of CUCET Scholarship, as it offered me a financial support.”

Chandigarh University is a NAAC A+ Grade University and an autonomous educational institution near Chandigarh. It is the youngest University in India and the only private University in Punjab to be honored with an A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, commerce, and other disciplines.

Source: Chandigarh University

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India’s Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal, launches Chandigarh University’s National Level Entrance Cum Scholarship Test CUCET 2021.


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December 20, 2020

High skills freelance economy surges as digital talent platforms help build new on-demand workforce — Harvard Business School (HBS) & Boston Consulting Group.

Researchers at Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work and BCG’s Henderson Institute find that 90% of companies surveyed see a future competitive advantage in shifting their talent model to a blend of full-time and freelance employees. With a surge in remote work due to Covid-19, the move to an on-demand workforce would accelerate.

Harvard Business School, BCG

BOSTON — Researchers from Harvard Business School’s Managing the Future of Work Project and Boston Consulting Group’s Henderson Institute today released “Building the On-Demand Workforce.” The report explores the recent rise of digital talent platforms that create a new marketplace for high-skill freelance work. Early adopters of these platforms see a competitive advantage in shifting their workforce model to a blend of full-time and freelance employees. At the same time, millions of highly skilled professionals, who seek flexible and remote work, are using these platforms to connect with employers.

Researchers from BCG, and HBS’ Project on Managing the Future of Work, surveyed nearly 700 senior business leaders at US companies. The survey’s goal was to understand better the pervasiveness and patterns in using new talent platforms. The report is based on information from this groundbreaking survey and in-depth interviews with representatives from the talent platforms themselves and the companies that use them.

“Our research showed that many leadership teams have not yet fully grasped the strategic significance of these talent platforms. They are more than a stopgap. They are a means for resolving the chronic problems companies face while filling their talent needs. Business leaders cannot risk missing a critical opportunity to build a more flexible, resilient organization,” said Joseph Fuller, professor of management practice and a co-chair of the Project on Managing the Future of Work at Harvard Business School.

• Transforming the Workforce Transforms the Work

Due to rapid automation, digital transformation, and demographic change, companies are increasingly struggling to find people with the skills they need when they need them. A growing ecosystem of more than 300 talent platforms has emerged, offering companies on-demand access to highly skilled workers. These high skill platforms — companies like Catalant, InnoCentive, Kaggle, Toptal, and Upwork — can be grouped roughly into three categories: marketplaces for premium talent, digital freelancing marketplaces, and crowdsourcing innovation platforms.

The COVID-19 crisis has underscored the need for companies to be more agile in reacting to changes, managing fixed costs, and managing the work itself, lending even more importance to the fact that users of platforms report increased speed to market, productivity, and ability to innovate.

• Now Is the Time to Get Strategic

The survey shows that an increasing number of managers have been experimenting with these new talent platforms. Still, to bring about change on the scale needed to innovate new business models, the study underlines that companies will have to get strategic and appoint a C-suite leader to explore how talent platforms can unlock new value sources.

“New models should not simply be used to outsource what was previously done in house. Instead, they should prompt companies to fundamentally reconsider what their core business model can look like in a talent-fluid future,” said Allison Bailey, a managing director, and senior partner at BCG.

Harvard Business School’s Project on Managing the Future of Work pursues research that business and policy leaders can put into action to navigate the complex, fast-changing nature of work.

The BCG Henderson Institute is Boston Consulting Group’s strategy think tank, dedicated to exploring and developing valuable new insights from business, technology, and science by embracing the powerful technology of ideas. The Institute engages leaders in provocative discussion and experimentation to expand the business theory and practice boundaries and translate innovative ideas from within and beyond business.

Founded in 1908, Harvard Business School (HBS) is part of Harvard University. The HBS faculty of more than 200 offers full-time programs leading to MBA and doctoral degrees and more than 70 open enrollment Executive Education programs. For more than a century, HBS faculty have drawn on their research, their experience in working with organizations worldwide, and their passion for teaching to educate leaders who make a difference in the world, shaping the practice of business and entrepreneurship around the globe.

Source: Harvard Business School (HBS)

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December 18, 2020

University Grants Commission (UGC) India notifies all Vice-Chancellors on Compliance of its Directions regarding Refund of Fee.

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• UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (UGC) INDIA NOTIFIES ALL VICE-CHANCELLORS ON COMPLIANCE OF ITS DIRECTIONS REGARDING REFUND OF FEE.

New Delhi, December 18, 2020 — UGC has sent a letter to all vice-chancellors drawing their attention to its “Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21 in view of COVID-19 Pandemic.” The guidelines provide that —

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• UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION (UGC) INDIA WILL KEEP OPEN THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION PORTAL FOR HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ENTITLED TO OFFER ONLINE PROGRAMMES TILL DECEMBER 31, 2020.

New Delhi, December 15, 2020 — University Grants Commission (UGC) India announced through a Public Notice that it has decided to keep open the Application Submission Portal for Higher Educational Institutions entitled to offer Online Programmes without prior UGC approval up to December 31, 2020. The decision is per the University Grants Commission (Open and Distance Learning Programmes and Online Programmes) Regulations, 2020.

“ Accordingly, the duly certified hard copy of the application and affidavit in the prescribed format along with annexures shall reach the office of the Joint Secretary (DEB), Distance Education Bureau, University Grants Commission, 35, Feroze Shah Road, Delhi -110001, within ten working days after submission of the online application,” the announcement stated.

UGC has also asked the HEI’s to regularly visit the Submission Portal for the latest updates and further announcements in this regard.

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Source: University Grants Commission, India

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December 14, 2020

UNESCO and Education International call on Governments to consider Teachers and School Personnel as a Priority Group in COVID-19 Vaccination Efforts

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Photo: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay speaking at the 15th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. December 14, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO / Christelle ALIX.


Paris, December 14, 2020 — As countries begin to administer COVID-19 vaccines, UNESCO and Education International, the global federation of education unions, call on governments and the international community to consider teachers and school personnel priority group in vaccination efforts.

“Reopening schools and education institutions safely and keeping them open as long as possible is an imperative,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay and Education International’s General Secretary David Edwards in the joint video message.” In this context, as we see positive developments regarding vaccination, we believe that the governments must consider teachers and education support personnel as a priority group.”

Educational disruptions impacted over 100 million teachers and school personnel due to the COVID-19 crisis around the world. UNESCO’s latest data indicates that schools remain fully closed in 27 countries affecting over 300 million learners. Closures harm students’ learning, safety, and well-being, affecting the most vulnerable students the hardest. It also brings adverse social and economic consequences to societies.

The message, released on the 60th anniversary of the Convention that promotes the right to education, praises teachers for their dedication throughout school closures. “When schools and education institutions closed, teachers and support personnel remained on the frontline. They reinvented the way we teach, the way we learn. They supported their students - too often with no training or adequate tools.”

In the Global Education Meeting convened by UNESCO in October 2020, heads of state and ministers committed to supporting all teachers and education personnel as frontline workers and prioritizing students and educators’ health and safety.

Source: UNESCO

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Teachers and school personnel must be a priority group in COVID-19 vaccination efforts — UNESCO and Education International.


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November 26, 2020

QS releases Annual List of Asia's Best Universities.

QS University Rankings

QS University Rankings

Photo: Ideas Lab with Tsinghua University. Mao Donghui, Head, Tsinghua x-lab, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China, at the World Economic Forum - Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 2014. Image provided by & copyright © World Economic Forum / Ciaran McCrickard. China’s Tsinghua University is at 2nd place in the QS Asia University Rankings 2021.


LONDON, Nov. 25, 2020 — QS Quacquarelli Symonds, global higher education think-tank and compiler of the world’s most-consulted university rankings portfolio, has today released the latest edition of their annual list of Asia’s best higher education institutions. The National University of Singapore is the continent’s best university for the third consecutive year.

The 2021 QS World University Rankings: Asia compares 650 universities and is QS’s most extensive independent comparison of the Asia region’s higher education system. The table accounts for eleven key indicators of university performance. They reflect:



• QS UNIVERSITY ASIA RANKINGS 2021 — TOP 25

QS RANK — UNIVERSITY — COUNTRY


• INDIAN SUBCONTINENT RANKINGS — TOP 50

S. NO. — QS ASIA RANK — UNIVERSITY — COUNTRY

  1. 37 — Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) — India
  2. 47 — Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) — India
  3. 50 — Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) — India
  4. 56 — Indian Institute of Science — India
  5. 58 — Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur (IIT-KGP) — India
  6. 71 — University of Delhi — India
  7. 72 — Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) — India
  8. 76 — National University of Sciences And Technology (NUST) Islamabad — Pakistan
  9. 81 — Jawaharlal Nehru University — India
  10. 103 — Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) — India
  11. 106 — Quaid-i-Azam University — Pakistan
  12. 117 — Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati (IITG) — India
  13. 121 — Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) — Pakistan
  14. 134 — University of Dhaka — Bangladesh
  15. 142 — University of Hyderabad — India
  16. 146 — COMSATS University Islamabad — Pakistan
  17. 147 — Jadavpur University — India
  18. 154 — University of Calcutta — India
  19. 155 — Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai — India
  20. 175 — University of Engineering & Technology (UET) Lahore — Pakistan
  21. 176 — Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) — Pakistan
  22. 178 — Punjab University, Lahore — Pakistan
  23. 180 — Banaras Hindu University — India
  24. 188 — Indian Institute of Technology Indore — India
  25. 193 — Savitribai Phule Pune University — India
  26. 194 — Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani — India
  27. 196 — Anna University — India
  28. =199 — Alagappa University — India
  29. =199 — Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology — Bangladesh
  30. 201 — IISER Bhopal — India
  31. 202 — University of Madras — India
  32. 203 — Jamia Millia Islamia — India
  33. 215 — Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) — India
  34. 217 — University of Peshawar — Pakistan
  35. 219 — University of Mumbai — India
  36. 220 — Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad — India
  37. 221 — University of Peradeniya — Sri Lanka
  38. 225 — Indian Institute of Technology Ropar — India
  39. 228 — North South University — Bangladesh
  40. 230 — Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, Karnataka — India
  41. 231 — Aga Khan University — Pakistan
  42. 233 — Indian Institute of Technology Bhubaneswar — India
  43. 234 — Tezpur University — India
  44. 244 — University of Agriculture, Faisalabad — Pakistan
  45. 250 — National Institute of Technology Rourkela — India
  46. 251-260 — National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli — India
  47. 251-260 — Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology, Patiala — India
  48. 261-270 — Aligarh Muslim University — India
  49. 261-270 — Amity University — India
  50. 261-270 — Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham — India
  51. 271-280 — Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad — India
  52. 281-290 — University of Karachi — Pakistan
  53. 291-300 — JSS Academy of Higher Education & Research, Mysore — India
  54. 291-300 — Shoolini University, Solan, Himachal Pradesh — India

Ben Sowter, Director of Research at QS, said: “This year’s results reiterate the intensely competitive, intensely dynamic nature of Asian higher education. China’s best universities continue to progress, Japanese higher education is stagnating - and Malaysia remains on the rise.”

Source: QS Quacquarelli Symonds

• Shoolini University tops India in QS Asia Rankings on Citation Index.

Shoolini University

SOLAN, India, Nov. 29, 2020 — Eleven-year-old Shoolini University of Biotechnology and Management Sciences, based in Solan, Himachal Pradesh, has topped India in the 2021 QS Asia Rankings for Citation Index, an indicator of quality research in institutions.

“Shoolini University, the youngest to be among the top-ranked, has been placed joint seventh among all private universities in the country and 38th among all universities and educational institutions in India. It includes better performance than several established institutions nearby, such as Panjab University Chandigarh,” Shoolini stated in a Press Announcement.

The QS Asia rankings also placed Shoolini University among the top 300 Universities of Asia.

Shoolini Vice-Chancellor Prof. P. K. Khosla said through the QS rankings, the University has reflected the sincerity and hard work of the researchers at the institution. He said the University was poised to reach greater heights and added that its mission was to be among the top global universities.

Source: Shoolini University

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November 23, 2020

Oxford University announces its breakthrough on Global COVID-19 Vaccine.

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Photo: Rachel Botsman, Visiting Academic and Lecturer, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, speaking during the Session “In Technology We Trust?” at the Annual Meeting 2018 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, January 23, 2018. Image provided by & Copyright World Economic Forum / Faruk Pinjo.


Oxford, November 23, 2020 — The University of Oxford, in collaboration with AstraZeneca plc, today announced interim trial data from its Phase III trials that show its candidate coronavirus vaccine, ChAdOx1 nCoV-2019, is effective at preventing COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) and offers a high level of protection.

Professor Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group and Chief Investigator of the Oxford Vaccine Trial, said:

Professor Sarah Gilbert, Professor of Vaccinology at the University of Oxford, said:

Following the trial reaching the target for interim analysis, the independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) recommended that the Oxford team conduct its first analysis on all the cases with data locked on November 4, 2020.

Additional cases may accrue by the time of the final analysis, and future studies will determine the duration of protection. No severe safety events related to the vaccine have been identified.

Oxford will now support AstraZeneca in submitting both the interim Phase III efficacy data and the extensive safety data to all regulators globally, including in the UK, Europe, and Brazil, for independent scrutiny and product approval, and emergency use. Many of these regulators have been reviewing the trial data on a rolling basis during the trial.

In parallel, Oxford is submitting the full analysis of Phase III interim data for independent scientific peer review and publication.

The interim Phase III data builds on Oxford’s phase I/II peer-reviewed trial results, showing that the vaccine induces potent antibody and T cell immune responses across all age groups and has a good safety profile.

The clinical trials, enrolling over 24,000 participants from diverse racial and geographical groups in the UK, Brazil, and South Africa will continue to final analysis. Trial teams are conducting further tests in the United States, Kenya, Japan, and India. The trial unit expects to have 60,000 participants by the end of the year. These trials will provide regulators with further information about the Oxford candidate vaccine’s efficacy and safety, including its ability to protect against and stop the transmission of COVID-19.

The Oxford vaccine (ChAdOx1 nCoV-19) is made from a virus, a weakened version of a common cold virus (adenovirus), that has been genetically changed so that it can’t grow in humans.

Adenovirus vaccines have been researched and used extensively for decades and have a unique benefit: they are stable, easily manufactured, transported, and stored at domestic fridge temperature (2-8 degrees C). It means they can be easily distributed using existing medical facilities such as doctor’s surgeries and local pharmacies, allowing for the vaccine, if approved, to be deployed very rapidly.

Oxford University’s collaboration with AstraZeneca has been crucial to the successful development of the vaccine and vital for its global manufacturing and distribution across the world. AstraZeneca already has international agreements to supply three billion doses of the vaccine, with access being built through more than 30 supply agreements and partner networks.

A key element of Oxford’s partnership with AstraZeneca is the joint commitment to provide the vaccine on a not-for-profit basis for the duration of the pandemic across the world and in perpetuity to low and middle-income countries.

Professor Louise Richardson, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, said:

Source: The University of Oxford

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Oxford University’s ‘Vaccine for the World’ is Effective.

• Prime Minister Modi visits Serum Institute of India, Pune.

The Serum Institute of India is the manufacturing partner of the Oxford vaccine. The Pune-based firm has selected 17 sites in India, including PGI Chandigarh, to conduct the trial. A total of 1,600 candidates are taking part in the study.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Serum Institute of India, Pune, on November 28, 2020, and interacted with the team at the Institute. In a tweet, the Prime Minister said, “Had a good interaction with the team at Serum Institute of India. They shared details about their progress so far on how they plan to ramp up vaccine manufacturing further. Also took a look at their manufacturing facility.”



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November 3, 2020

Times Higher Education publishes World University 'Reputation' Rankings 2020

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Photo: MIT. A building at the MIT campus. Image credit: Niall Kennedy.


London, November 3, 2020 — Times Higher Education today published the World University ‘Reputation’ Rankings 2020. These rankings reveal which universities have the strongest reputations among academics. For the first time, the list includes 200 universities, up from 100 in previous editions, making it the most comprehensive analysis Times Higher Education has undertaken on global university reputation.

Harvard University tops the ranking for the 10th consecutive year, and the US remains the most represented country, with 60 institutions.

The rest of the top 10 is the same as last year, except for one new entry in 10th place - the University of Tokyo. The Japanese institution rises one place to overtake the University of Chicago, which drops to 12th.

The UK still has the second-highest number of representatives in the ranking (25) and is led by the University of Cambridge at fourth.

Germany is now third in the country roll call, up from fifth last year, with 14 institutions, thanks to the table’s expansion. LMU Munich leads it in joint 42nd place. Australia, which is still the third most represented country in the top 100, drops down to joint ninth overall.

Elsewhere, ETH Zurich cements its place in the top 20, climbing three points to 17th, while National Taiwan University, the University of Manchester, and Sorbonne University rise to join the top 50.

Overall, universities in 30 nations are included in the ranking, up from 19 last year, Times Higher Education said.

Rank — University — Country

Source: Times Higher Education

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UGC India asks Vice-Chancellors to Punish Perpetrators of Ragging, or UGC will Punish the Institution itself.

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UGC India asks Vice-Chancellors to Punish Perpetrators of Ragging, or UGC will Punish the Institution itself.

- NOVEMBER 3, 2020 -

New Delhi, November 3, 2020 — UGC (University Grants Commission) today sent a letter to the Vice-Chancellors, reminding them of its earlier notification entitled “Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions 2009”.

UGC brought to the notice of Vice-Chancellors that ragging is a criminal offense, and UGC has framed regulations on curbing the menace of ragging in higher educational institutions to prevent and eliminate this scourge, the letter said.

“These regulations are mandatory, and all institutions are required to take necessary steps for their implementation in toto, including the monitoring mechanism. UGC will view any violation of these regulations seriously,” UGC told the Vice Chancellors.

Suppose any institution fails to take adequate steps to prevent ragging or does not act per these Regulations or fails to punish perpetrators of incidents suitably. In that case, it will attract punitive action against itself by the UGC, the communication to the VC’s declared.

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University Grants Commission (UGC) India asks Registrars of all Universities living on its Grants and Public Funds to online exhibit their respective institution’s strict implementation of the Government of India Reservation Orders.

- OCTOBER 20, 2020 -

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New Delhi, October 20, 2020 — University Grants Commission (UGC) India today sent a notification to the Registrars of all Central/State/Deemed to be Universities and Grants-in-aid institutions. It has asked them to publicly display their institution’s strict implementation of the Government of India Reservation Orders.

As you are aware, the University Grants Commission continuously monitors reservation policy implementation in teaching and non-teaching posts and admission to all level courses in universities and colleges, the UGC letter to the Registrars said. “According to the UGC Act 1956, the UGC has to ensure effective implementation of the reservation policy in Universities and institutions receiving aid from the public funds under Article 30(1) of the Constitution,” the letter elaborated.

“All centrally funded Universities/colleges/institutions are required to ensure strict compliance of Government of India orders/rules on the reservation in their institutions,” the UGC communication further told the University Registrars.

Also, “State Universities including its affiliated/constituent colleges and other institutes functioning within the State should follow the percentage of reservation for SC/ST & OBC as prescribed by the concerned State Government,” the UGC letter stated.

“You are required to display the reservation roster which is to be updated at regular intervals on your Website as per instructions issued by the Government of India, Department of Personnel & Training, New Delhi.”

“You are also required to fill up the remaining backlog of identified reserved vacancies of these categories in teaching and non- teaching posts. Also, furnish a report along with statistical information in respect of non-teaching as well as admissions to all level courses and hostel accommodation during 2020-21 as per the prescribed format on the University Activity Monitoring Portal (UAMP) of UGC,” the UGC instructed the Registrars.

Source: University Grants Commission

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October 23, 2020

Heads of State & Government at Extraordinary UNESCO Meeting recommit to Education and its Financing during and after the Pandemic.

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Photo: UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay at the Global Education Meeting. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.


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Photo: Global Education Meeting. UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. Image provided by & copyright © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX.


Paris, October 23, 2020 — Heads of State & Government, Ministers from over 70 countries, and international partners met online in an extraordinary Global Education Meeting convened by UNESCO, the governments of Ghana, Norway, and the United Kingdom on October 22. They adopted a Declaration expressing a strong commitment to protecting education financing and outlining measures to be chosen over the next year to safeguard education from the devastating impact of the disruption caused by COVID19.

“At a time when countries are making difficult choices and trade-offs to turn societies around, education must be our top priority, our pillar for recovery. And yet only a minuscule share - on average less than 1% - has been set aside for education and training in national stimulus packages. Financing education is not a cost: it is our most crucial long-term investment. If we do not allocate this funding now, we will face a bleaker future,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

The meeting brought together the UN’s Secretary-General, the Presidents of Angola, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Namibia, Portugal, and Rwanda. The Prime Ministers of Italy, Morocco, Norway, and Spain, the Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, and SDG Advocate Queen Mathilde of Belgium attended the meeting.

Over 65 ministers of education from the five continents took the floor in the meeting to share measures to counter the pandemic’s impact on learning, along with multilateral and regional organizations, the Global Partnership for Education, and the Education Above All Foundation, among others.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres underlined that education is the solution, and financing and political will are critical.

Affirming that “education is at the heart of the EU’s investment in development,” the European Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, announced, “the decision to increase EU financing of assistance to education in partner countries under my responsibility from 7% to 10%.”

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte of Italy declared that quality education would be one of the pillars of the Italian G20 presidency in 2021, focusing on people, the planet, and prosperity.

The UK’s Special Envoy for Education, Baroness Sugg, highlighted the United Kingdom’s G7 presidency’s focus. “The UK is standing up for every girl’s right to 12 years of quality education. It is putting this issue at the heart of our G7 Presidency and co-hosting a major Global Education Summit next year to raise funds to get children into school and build back better from coronavirus,” she said.

Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway, co-host of the meeting, stated that “two elements are important for rapid recovery: financing and political commitment. In many cases, the right to education will remain an empty promise unless education spending increases. We need to mobilize more international financing for global education.”

The endorsed Declaration defines priority actions that are essential for educational recovery in the coming 15 months:

  1. Taking every measure to reopen schools safely and inclusively;
  2. Supporting all teachers as frontline workers and paying heed to their training and professional development;
  3. Investing in skills development from the socio-emotional dimension to gaining competences for new jobs;
  4. Narrowing the digital divide that has shut out education for one-third of the world’s students.

These priority actions require that education budgets be at least protected, if not increased.

In the Declaration, governments and partners state their commitment to:

  1. Maintain or increase the share of public spending on education to at least 4-6% of GDP and 15-20% of public expenditure;
  2. Ensure that stimulus packages support measures that will mitigate learning losses and get the most vulnerable back to school;
  3. Increase the volume, predictability, and effectiveness of international aid;
  4. target assistance to countries and populations most in need, including those not reached by government programs.

The endorsed Declaration also condemns recent attacks on teachers, students, and schools and reaffirms education and teachers’ role.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Kenya “included a large education component in our economic stimulus package.”

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that “the modernization of our education system is a priority for this Government,” and “that education and professional development would become a cross-cutting policy involving all government ministries.

Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Marquez asserted that the pandemic brought understanding that education is the most important public policy tool to transform societies.

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, who has supported UNESCO’s Global Education Coalition, stated that “all countries face huge pressures. But to try to balance the books at the expense of education would be utterly self-defeating, as well as morally indefensible.”

In their interventions, numerous participants recognized UNESCO’s role in improving global education coordination to accelerate progress towards SDG4.

As part of the Global Education Meeting, a group of global organizations called for urgent investment in education to prevent a generational catastrophe.

Source: UNESCO, Paris

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October 18, 2020

Academy Offers two-day Virtual Careers in Film Summit for High School and College Students.

Panel discussions with Rick Baker, Tobin Bell, Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz, John Carpenter, Annie Chang, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lora Hirschberg, Andrea Kalas, and Shannon McIntosh, Gerard McMurray, Theresa Rygiel, Luis Sequeira, Terri Taylor, and more.


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Photo: Regina King and Brad Pitt pose backstage with the Oscar for “Actor in a Supporting Role” during the live ABC Telecast of The 92nd Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, February 9, 2020. Image provided by & copyright © Nick Agro / ©A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present its 6th annual and first virtual Careers in Film Summit on Saturday, October 24 and Saturday, October 31. The two-day event will provide high school seniors and college students the opportunity to learn about careers in the motion picture industry from Academy members, Oscar-winning and nominated filmmakers, and other industry professionals.

In partnership with the Academy’s Science and Technology Council, the first day of panel discussions on October 24 highlight careers in science, technology, engineering, visual effects, and other post-production careers. The program schedule is as follows:

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Visual Effects from Around the World
Visual effects supervisors from Rome, Mumbai, Taiwan, Vancouver, New York, and Los Angeles
Greg Anderson, “Spider-Man 2”
Geeta Basantani, senior compositor, “Spider-Man: Far from Home.”
Gaia Bussolati, “Ford v Ferrari.”
Sherry Bharda, “War”
Ahdee Chiu, “The Wandering Earth”
Moderator: Theresa Rygiel, “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum”

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Color, Sound, and Editorial
Corinne Bogdanowicz, Senior Colorist, Light Iron
Jill Bogdanowicz, Co-Head of Features Color, Company 3
Lora Hirschberg, re-recording mixer, Skywalker Sound
Kate Morrison-Lyons, Manager, Production Workflow, UCAN Netflix
Joan Sobel, ACE film editor
Moderator: Shannon McIntosh, producer

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Science, Technology, and Engineering
Abigail Brady, software engineer (2017 Scientific and Technical Award recipient)
Andrea Kalas, SVP Asset Management, Paramount Pictures
Brian McLean, Director of Rapid Prototype, LAIKA (2015 Scientific and Technical Award recipient)
Rachel Rose, R&D supervisor, Industrial Light & Magic (2017 Scientific and Technical Award recipient)
Paige Warner, digital artist, Industrial Light & Magic (2016 Scientific and Technical Award recipient)
Moderator: Barbara Ford Grant, consultant, Movielabs

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Virtual Production Technology
Girish Balakrishnan, Director, Virtual Production, Netflix
Nomish Bhardwaj, FX technical director, “Puss in Boots 2,” DreamWorks Animation
Adrienne Klotz-Floyd, digital imaging technician (DIT)
Carol Alynn Payne, Imaging Specialist, Netflix
Horst Sarubin, Director, Production Technology, Universal Pictures
Moderator: Annie Chang, VP Creative Technologies, Universal Pictures

The October 31 Halloween edition features a horror genre theme highlighting animation, music, and careers in front of and behind the camera. The program schedule is as follows:

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
All Things Animation
Mike Belzer, animator, “The Nightmare before Christmas.”
Kendal Cronkhite, assistant art director, “The Nightmare before Christmas.”
Sandra Equihua, character designer, “The Book of Life.”
Jennifer Kluska, director/story artist, “Hotel Transylvania” films
Jackie Koehler, lead animator, “The Book of Life.”
Michelle Murdocca, producer, “Hotel Transylvania” films
Moderator: Randy Haberkamp, SVP Preservation and Foundation Programming, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Music in Horror Films
John Carpenter, writer/director/composer, “Halloween.”
Jamie Lee Curtis, actor, “Halloween.”
Moderator: Mike Muse, host of SiriusXM’s “The Mike Muse Show.”

1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m
Lights, Camera, Action…Boo!
Maxime Alexandre, cinematographer, “The Nun.”
Rick Baker, outstanding makeup effects creator, “The Wolfman.”
Luis Sequeira, costume designer, “It Chapter Two.”
Jennifer Spence, production designer, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.”
Checco Varese, cinematographer, “It Chapter Two.”
Moderator: Audrey Cleo Yap, multimedia journalist

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Working Above the Line
Tobin Bell, actor, “Saw.”
Gerard Bush, co-writer/producer/director, “Antebellum.”
Ian Cooper, producer, “Candyman.”
Gerard McMurray, director, “The First Purge.”
Christopher Renz, co-writer/producer/director, “Antebellum.”
Terri Taylor, casting director, “Get Out.”
Moderator: Mike Muse, host of SiriusXM’s “The Mike Muse Show.”

The event is free, but registration is required to obtain access.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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October 15, 2020

University Grants Commission (UGC) India Extends the Last Date for Submission of Applications from Higher Educational Institutions for offering Online Programmes.

UGC India

• University Grants Commission (UGC) India Extends the Last Date for Submission of Applications from Higher Educational Institutions for offering Online Programmes.

— October 15, 2020.

UGC, India


• University Grants Commission (UGC) India issues Public Notice inviting Applications from Higher Educational Institutions for entitlement to offer Online Programmes without UGC’s prior approval.

— October 1, 2020.

UGC India

Source: UGC, India

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October 12, 2020

India's Education Minister congratulates Punjab and all Citizens of India on the Inauguration of the Ultra-modern New Campus of Central University of Punjab, Bathinda.

Central University of Punjab

Photo: The Union Education Minister, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, virtually inaugurated the ultra-modern New University Campus & Newly Constructed Buildings of the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB), in New Delhi on October 12, 2020.

New Delhi, October 12, 2020 — India’s Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, virtually inaugurated the ultra-modern New University Campus & Newly Constructed Buildings of the Central University of Punjab, Bathinda (CUPB) today. Smt. Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Member of Parliament, Bathinda Lok Sabha Parliamentary Constituency, was also present.

The Minister inaugurated a total of 10 Buildings and a University Insignia Monument at CUPB New Campus. These construction works come under ‘Phase-1A’ of the development plan of CUPB New Campus, the foundation stone of which was laid on September 7, 2015, by the then Union Minister of Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani and the then Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Parkash Singh Badal.

The names of buildings inaugurated are Aryabhatta Academic Block, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Guest House, Shaheed Bhagat Singh PG Boys’ Hostel, Mata Gujari PG Girls Hostel, Annapurna Bhojnalya Bhawan, Rai Bahadur Sir Ganga Ram Water Treatment & Supply Centre, Sir M. Visvesvaraya Sewerage Treatment Plant, Radhakrishnan Residential Complex, APJ Abdul Kamal Residential Complex, Swami Dayanand Saraswati Residential Complex.

Mr. Pokhriyal appreciated that the Central University of Punjab is doing remarkable work in education & research. He praised CUPB for implementing the best administrative and teaching practices; the University Grants Commission is considering implementing them in other universities as well, he said. It is a matter of pride for Punjab that the teachers at CUPB got trained from the best universities in countries like America, Canada, Germany, England, Israel, Japan, and Australia. Not only this, the University also has students from 28 states of the country, faculty from 19 states, and staff from 12 states, he further added.

Mr. Nishank congratulated Punjab and all citizens of India on the inauguration of the CUPB New Campus. The Minister also praised the CUPB family for creating an environmentally friendly and green campus by planting more than 40,000 trees inside the campus. He expressed his firm belief that CUPB faculty and students will set high-water marks in infrastructural growth in academic and co-academic excellence in this state of the art new campus.

Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal congratulated CUPB employees, students, and Punjab people on the New Campus of the Central University of Punjab. She stated that Bathinda City will now be known as the education hub of Punjab as students from across the country and overseas will come here for quality education.

Prof. (Dr.) Raghavendra P. Tiwari, the Vice-Chancellor of the Central University of Punjab, stated that the lush green new campus of CUPB spreads in 500 acres. It is the first of its kind campus in the country that is environment-friendly & energy-efficient.

Prof. Tiwari said that this day would be historic for Punjab, Punjabi, and Punjabiyat. The ultra-modern New Campus of the Central University of Punjab, situated at Punjab’s holy land, would benefit India’s youngsters with quality education.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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October 9, 2020

University of Oxford's Role-playing Computer Game helps Players understand How Vaccines Work on a Global Scale.

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Photo: Oxford: High Street (Oxfordshire). Image credit: Michael Day.

Computer Game Oxford

Computer Game Oxford

Photo: A screenshot of the University of Oxford’s Vaccination Game. The computer game helps Players understand How Vaccines Work on a Global Scale. Image credit: Professor Hal Drakesmith.


Oxford, October 9, 2020 — A free game launched today allows players to role-play a virtual vaccine’s deployment to help to halt the global spread of a viral pandemic. The Vaccination Game, created by researchers at the University of Oxford’s MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, challenges players to figure out how they can deploy limited doses of the vaccine to best control a disease modeled on influenza.

Professor Hal Drakesmith and colleagues conceived the idea of developing a game. They are part of a research network focussing on immunizing babies and mothers to fight infections in low and middle-income countries. Following funding from, and in collaboration with, the IMPRINT research network, they were able to begin developing the game.

“We originally had the idea of the game and began developing it back in 2019, with influenza as our example disease,” said Professor Drakesmith. “Then COVID-19 struck, and the ideas behind the game are much more relevant.”

“Our game isn’t intended as a modeling or simulation tool, or meant to predict real-world scenarios,” Professor Drakesmith said. “Instead, we hope it’s educational, as it illustrates how vaccines can work on a global scale and shows that precisely how we deploy a vaccine across populations can be crucial to its effectiveness.”

Professor Drakesmith and his group collaborated with the Analysis, Visualisation, and Informatics group based in the University of Oxford’s MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine to develop the game. They also worked with Goldsmiths, University of London, to produce the final version based on mathematical models of how a virus spreads and what effect a vaccine might have.

The virtual vaccine in the game is available in limited doses per week, and the player has to decide who to vaccinate in each of the 99 cities worldwide that are part of the game. Finally, the player receives a report on how well they played the game and how many lives were saved by the vaccine.

Steve Taylor, Group Leader of the Analysis, Visualisation and Informatics group, said, “You can replay the game multiple times to improve strategy and save more lives - it is possible to do very well!”

Professor Drakesmith concludes, “We hope players find The Vaccination Game interesting, useful, and fun to play.”

Source: The University of Oxford

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September 24, 2020

India's University Grants Commission issues Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21.

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Photo: University of Mumbai. Image credit: Ben Beiske.

UGC Calendar.

Photo: UGC Guidelines on Academic Calendar for the First Year of Under-Graduate and Post-Graduate Students of the Universities for the Session 2020-21 because of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Source: UGC, India

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September 17, 2020

University of Oxford Resumes Vaccine Trial

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Oxford, September 16, 2020 —The University of Oxford has announced that the ongoing randomized controlled clinical trials of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 have resumed across all UK clinical trial sites.

“Globally, some 18,000 individuals have received study vaccines as part of the trial. In large trials such as this, it is expected that some participants will become unwell, and every case must be carefully evaluated to ensure careful assessment of safety,” the university said.

“On Sunday [06/09/2020], our standard review process triggered a study-pause to vaccination across all of our global trials to allow the review of safety data by an independent safety review committee and the national regulators. All routine follow-up appointments continued as usual during this period.

“The independent review process has concluded, and following the recommendations of both the independent safety review committee and the UK regulator, the MHRA, the trials will recommence in the UK.

“We cannot disclose medical information about the illness for reasons of participant confidentiality.

We are committed to our participants’ safety and the highest standards of conduct in our studies and will continue to monitor safety closely,” Oxford University stated.

Brazilian trial of Oxford vaccine resumes.

On Saturday [September 12], the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) and the National Council for Research Ethics (Conep) informed the Federal University of São Paulo that all centers participating in the study in Brazil could resume vaccination of volunteers from Monday [September 14]. The Federal University of São Paulo coordinates the clinical research of the Oxford coronavirus vaccine ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 in partnership with Oxford University.

In Brazil, 4,600 volunteers have already been recruited from São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Salvador.

Serum Institute of India to Resume Clinical Trial Of Oxford Covid-19 Vaccine.

The Serum Institute of India has received approval from the Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) to resume the clinical trial of the Oxford COVID-19 vaccine candidate, officials from the drug manufacturing company confirmed on Wednesday.

The Serum Institute of India is the manufacturing partner of the vaccine candidate named Covishield, developed jointly by the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute and AstraZeneca.

The Pune-based firm has selected 17 sites in India to conduct the trial. A total of 1,600 candidates will take part in the study.

The selected sites include —

Sources: The University of Oxford. Serum Institute of India.

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September 16, 2020

ACADEMY REVEALS 2020 STUDENT ACADEMY AWARD WINNERS

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Photo: Narrative film winners Hua Tong (left), Brian Robau (center), and Kelley Kali before the 45th Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, October 11, 2018, in Beverly Hills, CA. Image provided by & copyright © Richard Harbaugh / A.M.P.A.S. [File Photo]


LOS ANGELES, CA - The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 18 students as winners of the 47th Student Academy Awards competition. This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received 1,474 entries from 207 domestic and 121 international colleges and universities. The 2020 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by category):

Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

Animation (International Film Schools)

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

Documentary (International Film Schools)

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

Narrative (International Film Schools)

First-time honors go to Baltic Film & Media School, Tallinn University, Estonia, and Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2020 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, or Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 64 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 13 awards. The medal placements - gold, silver, and bronze - in the seven award categories will be revealed in a virtual program highlighting the winners and their films on Wednesday, October 21.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities to showcase their work.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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September 15, 2020

Chandigarh University bags Overall Diamond Rating in the prestigious QS I-Gauge 2020 Indian Universities Rating.

Chandigarh University ranks amongst the top 20 elite Educational Institutions of India and becomes Punjab’s first University to get placed in the prestigious ratings.

QS I-Gauge Rating India

CHANDIGARH, India, Sept. 15, 2020 — QS I-Gauge Rating agency has released the 2020 version of the prestigious ratings of India’s top and elite Universities and Institutions. Chandigarh University Gharuan has managed to barge in Top 20 Educational Institutions of India Ratings with Overall Diamond Rating. Besides, Chandigarh University has emerged as top University (First Position) in Innovation parameter, which recognizes the institution as the Best Research University in India. QS I-Gauge, Indian Universities Ratings are part of the World Universities Rankings and Ratings released every year by the prestigious Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) in-depth analysis of higher education institutions around the world.

“This year, about 20 Indian Universities and Institutes have bagged Diamond Rating. Chandigarh University has become the Youngest University of India and the first University of Punjab to be placed amongst India’s top 20 elite educational institutes,” said Chandigarh University Chancellor, Satnam Sandhu. “Besides, Chandigarh University has become the only University of North India to bag Diamond Rating in 7 parameters which included Teaching & Learning, Faculty Quality, Employability, Student Diversity, Infrastructure Facilities, Social Responsibility, and Innovations.” Dr. S.S. Sehgal, Registrar, Chandigarh University, was also present during the media interaction.

“The 2020 edition of QS I-Gauge Ratings has placed 20 Indian Universities or Institutions in the Diamond Ratings while there are 32 Educational Institutions with Gold Ratings and 10 Institutions with Silver Ratings,” added Mr. Sandhu. Earlier in 2019, Chandigarh University had become the youngest University of the country to get an A+ Grade in its first cycle by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). “Students are the major beneficiary of the prestigious rankings and ratings of Universities by National & International Rating Agencies as it opens new avenues for them,” said Dr. S.S. Sehgal, Registrar, Chandigarh University.

“Chandigarh University has managed to scale new heights in National Ranking and Ratings within a short span of its existence as it has been able to perform in every sphere of higher education. In the research domain, Chandigarh University was ranked All India 2nd and first in the Stand-alone University category for filing the highest number of patents 334 in a year for 2018-19. The Office of Controller General of Patent Designs and Trademarks, Government of India had released this rating,” Dr. Sehgal added.

Chandigarh University, located near Chandigarh in Punjab, is the youngest University in India and the only private University in Punjab to be honored with an A+ Grade by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council). CU offers more than 109 UG and PG programs in engineering, management, pharmacy, law, architecture, journalism, animation, hotel management, and commerce.

Source: Chandigarh University

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September 14, 2020

U.S. News & World Report Announces the 2021 Best Colleges Rankings for the USA

The New edition ranks test-blind schools and includes measures of student debt at graduation.

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U.S. News & World Report, Princeton University

Photo: Princeton University Campus. Image credit: MaxVT.


WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2020 — U.S. News & World Report today unveiled the 2021 U.S. News Best Colleges in the USA. U.S. News said it remains committed to providing data-driven information and guidance to help prospective students and their families understand their higher education options as students and schools across the nation grapple with the coronavirus pandemic’s impacts.

“The pandemic has affected students across the country, canceling commencement ceremonies and switching classes from in-person to remote,” said Kim Castro, editor, and chief content officer of U.S. News. “Whether students have slightly altered their college plans or changed them entirely, it remains our mission to continue providing students and their families with the tools they need to help find the right school for them.”

This year’s edition includes several updates to the Best Colleges methodology that addresses essential issues directly impacting students and their families. These new measures look at timely topics such as student debt, social mobility, and test-blind admissions policies.

For the 2021 rankings, Princeton University is once again No. 1 among National Universities, and Williams College remains in the top spot among National Liberal Arts Colleges. For Top Public Schools, the University of California—Los Angeles is No. 1 among National Universities. The United States Naval Academy ranks No. 1 for Top Public Schools among National Liberal Arts Colleges.

This 36th edition of Best Colleges evaluates more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 17 academic quality indicators. The data used in the 2021 Best Colleges rankings pertain to student and faculty cohorts that predate the pandemic.

2021 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

National Universities - Top 10

  1. Princeton University (N.J.)
  2. Harvard University (M.A.)
  3. Columbia University (N.Y.)
  4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, (M.A.)
  5. Yale University, New Haven, (C.T.)
  6. Stanford University, Stanford, (C.A.)
  7. University of Chicago, Chicago, (I.L.)
  8. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, (P.A.)
  9. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, (C.A.)
  10. Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, (M.D.)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  1. Williams College (M.A.)
  2. Amherst College (M.A.)
  3. Swarthmore College (P.A.)

Top Public Schools

National Universities - Top 3

  1. University of California—Los Angeles
  2. University of California—Berkeley
  3. University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  1. United States Naval Academy (M.D.)
  2. United States Military Academy (N.Y.)
  3. The United States Air Force Academy (C.O.)

Top Performers on Social Mobility

National Universities - Top 3

  1. University of California—Riverside
  2. University of California—Irvine
  3. Rutgers University—Newark (N.J.)

National Liberal Arts Colleges - Top 3

  1. College of Idaho
  2. Lake Forest College (I.L.)
  3. Thomas Aquinas College (CA)

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SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report

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September 2, 2020

Oxford tops Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021; Record Number of US Colleges in Top 10, but China and COVID-19 Threaten US Status as Higher Education Superpower, Says Times Higher Education Survey of Global University Leaders.


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Photo: A Park at Oxford University. Oxford tops Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. Image credit: Michael Day.


LONDON, Sept. 2, 2020 — America’s higher education system has long been the world’s envy, competing only with the UK and Europe’s top universities when it comes to global reach and attracting the best student teaching and research talent. But the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2021, released today, and a recent THE survey of 200 global higher education leaders, suggest that outside of its elite institutions, US higher education is facing the stark reality of decline. It must overcome enormous challenges if it wants to retain its position on the world stage.

US higher education commands a record 8 of the top 10 positions in the globally-recognized rankings. It would be easy to assume that US higher education is in fair health, but evidence shows it is losing out to Chinese universities’ rise.

Mainland China’s Tsinghua University becomes the first-ever Asian institution to break into the THE World University Rankings top 20, claiming joint 20th this year. In contrast, the country’s representation in the top 100 has doubled, up from three in 2020 to six in 2021. In 2016, China had just two universities in the top 200; in 2021, that number stands at seven.

And outside of the elite top 200, US institutions have been on a consistent downward trend since 2016 versus their Chinese counterparts.

Just 51% of US leaders think that science and research will become significantly higher priorities for the US Government once the pandemic is over. It compares to 78% of their Chinese counterparts and 71% in the UK.

About 44% of US leaders believe that the pandemic will reduce the government’s willingness to invest in higher education over the next five years (compared to just 8% in China). Perhaps most concerning is the almost universal belief that the pandemic is likely to result in institutions going bankrupt.

With research and government funding at risk, other funding sources could become vital for success.

Together, the World University Rankings 2021 and the THE global leaders’ survey paint a worrying picture for the US that could see China’s rise through the rankings accelerate with a dramatic rebalancing of the global knowledge economy in the coming years.

Phil Baty, Chief Knowledge Officer at THE, commented:

“The THE World University Rankings 2021 is a real wake-up call for the US higher education system, which has long dominated the global knowledge economy alongside the UK. It continues a trend over the past five years that has seen China’s rapid rise breaking into the top 100 at Western institutions’ expense. It is clear from our leaders survey that without long-term commitments to funding, and an ability to reduce reliance on international student fees, China is in pole position to benefit at the expense of the United States on the global higher education stage.”

THE WORLD UNIVERSITY RANKINGS 2021 - TOP 25

  1. University of Oxford — United Kingdom
  2. Stanford University — United States
  3. Harvard University — United States
  4. California Institute of Technology — United States
  5. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — United States
  6. University of Cambridge — United Kingdom
  7. University of California, Berkeley — United States
  8. Yale University — United States
  9. Princeton University — United States
  10. University of Chicago — United States
  11. Imperial College London — United Kingdom
  12. Johns Hopkins University — United States
  13. University of Pennsylvania — United States
  14. ETH Zurich — Switzerland
  15. University of California, Los Angeles — United States
  16. UCL — United Kingdom
  17. Columbia University — United States
  18. University of Toronto — Canada
  19. Cornell University — United States
  20. =Duke University — United States
  21. =Tsinghua University — China
  22. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States
  23. Peking University — China
  24. Northwestern University — United States
  25. National University of Singapore — Singapore

SOURCE: Times Higher Education (THE)

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