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March 18, 2022

Schmidt Futures announces Opening of Applications for Quad Fellowship in partnership with Australia, India, Japan, and the United States

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Photo: Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken holds a meet and greet with U.S. Mission India in New Delhi, India, on July 28, 2021. [State Department photo by Ron Przysucha] [File Photo]

Quad Fellowships

NEW YORK, March 17, 2022 — Schmidt Futures announced today that applications are open for the Quad Fellowship. A first-of-its-kind scholarship supporting master’s and doctoral students in STEM, the program is designed to spur scientific and technological innovation while building global ties among the next generation of scientists and technologists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Schmidt Futures

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March 17, 2022

College Consensus publishes Consensus Ranking of the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities for 2022 in the USA

College Consens

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C., March 17, 2022 — College Consensus, a college ratings website aggregating publisher rankings and student reviews, has ranked the 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities for 2022 in the USA.

Tuition has outpaced both inflation and financial aid, and 70% of college students say that finances played a role in their college decision. As a result, many students take out hefty student loans that require a lifetime of repayment to afford college.

With student debt at an all-time high, more students than ever are looking for quality education at an affordable cost.

Thankfully, many colleges and universities are working to increase their affordability, providing great educational value at low tuition rates. The Top 100 Best Value Colleges & Universities offer students the chance to graduate with an impressive degree in their hands and money in their wallets.

College Consensus explains that to determine the 50 Best Value Online Colleges, it combined the results of the most respected college ranking systems with the averaged ratings of thousands of genuine student reviews from around the web to find the best schools. It then ranked these schools by affordability based on out-of-state tuition and fees listed by the National Center for Education Statistics.

The top 50 Best Value Colleges & Universities for 2022 in the USA are:

  1. Brigham Young University Provo, UT
  2. Western Carolina University Cullowhee, NC
  3. Ferris State University Big Rapids, MI
  4. Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL
  5. North Dakota State University-Main Campus Fargo, ND
  6. University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
  7. Southern Illinois University-Carbondale Carbondale, IL
  8. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Oshkosh, WI
  9. CUNY City College New York, NY
  10. CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
  11. CUNY Lehman College Bronx, NY
  12. CUNY Brooklyn College Brooklyn, NY
  13. CUNY Bernard M Baruch College New York, NY
  14. CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, NY
  15. CUNY Queens College Queens, NY
  16. University of Minnesota-Morris Morris, MN
  17. Truman State University Kirksville, MO
  18. Winona State University Winona, MN
  19. University of Wisconsin-Platteville Platteville, WI
  20. Fitchburg State University Fitchburg, MA
  21. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, WI
  22. Westfield State University Westfield, MA
  23. University of South Florida Tampa, FL
  24. Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
  25. University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, WI
  26. Framingham State University Framingham, MA
  27. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University Tallahassee, FL
  28. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse La Crosse, WI
  29. Texas Woman’s University Denton, TX
  30. The State University of New York at New Paltz, NY
  31. SUNY Polytechnic Institute Utica, NY
  32. SUNY College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, NY
  33. California State University-Fresno Fresno, CA
  34. SUNY Brockport Brockport, NY
  35. SUNY Cortland Cortland, NY
  36. SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
  37. California State University-Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
  38. California State University-Channel Islands Camarillo, CA
  39. California State University-Long Beach Long Beach, CA
  40. SUNY College at Geneseo Geneseo, NY
  41. California State University-East Bay Hayward, CA
  42. University of Minnesota-Duluth Duluth, MN
  43. Florida State University Tallahassee, FL
  44. California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
  45. California State University-San Bernardino San Bernardino, CA
  46. California State University-Fullerton Fullerton, CA
  47. San Francisco State University San Francisco, CA
  48. California State University-Northridge Northridge, CA
  49. Birmingham-Southern College Birmingham, AL
  50. University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma Chickasha, OK

“With the burden of student debt at an all-time high, getting a college degree at a reasonable cost is more important to students and families than ever,” said College Consensus founder Jeremy Alder. “By listing the top schools in order of affordability, our ranking of the Best Value Colleges & Universities allows students to instantly see what are the best schools at the best price.”

In addition to offering an innovative approach to college and graduate school rankings, College Consensus also provides expert advice and guidance on all aspects of college life.

Source: College Consensus

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March 8, 2022

Times Higher Education publishes its Annual List of the World's Top Universities led by Women.

Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education

London, March 08, 2022 — “Gender equality has come a long way since International Women’s Day was founded 111 years ago. In many ways, universities have been a positive force in this journey,” says a Times Higher Education report published today.

THE’s new data-led report marking International Women’s Day 2022, ‘Gender Equality: How Global Universities are Performing,’ examines whether higher education is setting a leading example for other industries. One of the key findings is that most global universities have various policies and services that support women’s advancement.

Times Higher Education has also published its annual list of the world’s top universities led by women. The data show that the share of female Vice-chancellors in the World University Rankings top 200 has surpassed 20 percent for the first time.

• Top universities led by women in THE World University Rankings top 200

Order — University — Country — Vice-chancellor

  1. University of Oxford — United Kingdom — Louise Richardson
  2. University of California, Berkeley — United States — Carol Christ
  3. Imperial College London — United Kingdom — Alice Gast
  4. University of Pennsylvania — United States — Amy Gutmann
  5. Cornell University — United States — Martha Pollack
  6. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — United States — Mary Sue Coleman
  7. London School of Economics and Political Science — United Kingdom — Minouche Shafik
  8. University of Washington — United States — Ana Mari Cauce
  9. McGill University — Canada — Suzanne Fortier
  10. University of Manchester — United Kingdom — Nancy Rothwell
  11. Wageningen University & Research — Netherlands — Louise Fresco
  12. The University of Queensland — Australia — Deborah Terry
  13. Monash University — Australia — Margaret Gardner
  14. University of Wisconsin-Madison — United States — Rebecca Blank
  15. University of Southern California — United States — Carol Folt
  16. Brown University — United States — Christina Paxson
  17. University of Amsterdam — Netherlands — Geert ten Dam
  18. Leiden University— Netherlands — Annetje Ottow
  19. Ohio State University — United States — Kristina Johnson
  20. University of Minnesota — United States — Joan Gabel
  21. Sorbonne University — France — Nathalie Drach Temam
  22. University of Helsinki — Finland — Sari Lindblom
  23. University of Basel — Switzerland — Andrea Schenker-Wicki
  24. University of Freiburg — Germany — Kerstin Krieglstein
  25. Université Paris-Saclay — France — Sylvie Retailleau
  26. University of Leeds — United Kingdom — Simone Buitendijk
  27. Maastricht University — Netherlands — Rianne Letschert
  28. University of Auckland — New Zealand — Dawn Freshwater
  29. University of Nottingham — United Kingdom — Shearer West
  30. University of Rochester — United States — Sarah Mangelsdorf
  31. University of Exeter — United Kingdom — Lisa Roberts
  32. Trinity College Dublin — Republic of Ireland — Linda Doyle
  33. Université de Paris — France — Christine Clerici
  34. Durham University — United Kingdom — Karen O’Brien
  35. Indiana University — United States — Pamela Whitten
  36. TU Dresden — Germany — Ursula Staudinger
  37. Stockholm University — Sweden — Astrid Söderbergh Widding
  38. University of Liverpool — United Kingdom — Janet Beer
  39. The University of Cape Town — South Africa — Mamokgethi Phakeng
  40. University of Gothenburg — Sweden — Eva Wiburg
  41. Queensland University of Technology — Australia — Margaret Sheil
  42. Texas A&M University — United States — M. Katherine Banks
  43. Sapienza University of Rome — Italy — Antonella Polimeni

Source: Times Higher Education

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March 1, 2022

U.S. State Department announces Fulbright Scholars producing top Colleges & Universities in the USA

Fulbright Top Producing Institutions highlight the Fulbright Program’s substantial institutional diversity and impact on American communities.


Photo: The Fulbright Program honored their 2019-2020 Top Producing Institutions. [File Photo]


WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2022 — The U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education (IIE), has released lists of more than 125 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and U.S. Scholars abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year.

Topping this year’s lists of Research, Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Special-focus four-year institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. students abroad are Brown University (R.I.), University of North Georgia (G.A.), CUNY Hunter College (N.Y.), Bowdoin College (M.E.), and the California Institute of the Arts (C.A.).

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (I.L.), the State University of New York at New Paltz (N.Y.), and Middlebury College (V.T.) sent the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Research, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degree categories.

Fulbright Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals. In comparison, Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals.

“We congratulate the colleges and universities we are honoring as 2021-2022 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and are especially delighted to celebrate the institutions recognized as Fulbright Top Producers for the first time. These institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States, and include Minority-Serving Institutions,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. “We thank the leadership of these institutions for supporting their faculty advisors and administrators, who are instrumental in guiding their students through the Fulbright application process. We also commend their support for their faculty and administrators who pursue Fulbright awards. Consequently, these institutions benefit from new, global perspectives and new international collaborations, positively impacting local and global communities. As a result, Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Fulbright U.S. Students have life-changing experiences that continue to pay dividends both professionally and personally throughout their careers.”

The Fulbright Program is a United States Cultural Exchange Program to improve intercultural relations between the American people and other countries through exchanging persons, knowledge, and skills. Competitively-selected American citizens, including students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists, may receive grants to study, conduct research, teach, or exercise their talents abroad. Likewise, citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the United States.

Source: Institute of International Education

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February 25, 2022 Grows to 175 Million Users While Gathering 32% of the World's Research Papers.

- New $23 M Series D funding to make every research paper ever written accessible will expedite the speed of scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs worldwide.

Academia Edu

SAN FRANCISCO, February 25, 2022 —, the academic world’s platform for sharing research papers, has grown to 175 million users and is nearing half of the world’s academic research content. With around 100 million articles written since the 1600s, Academia aims to make every research paper ever written freely available on the internet. This growth has attracted $23 million in Series D funding led by Tencent, raising the total investment to $63 million. True Ventures and Greyrock Investments also participated in the financing round. With this new funding, the company aims to allow academics to be peer-reviewed and published in journals hosted on the Academia platform.

“What started as a personal project to share my philosophy research now provides more than fifteen times the amount of content than the number of books published each year - that inspires me,” said Dr. Richard Price, founder and CEO. Dr. Price is a former Oxford University academic and serial entrepreneur. “I thank our investors for continuing to back the company and its journey from the ivory towers to the information superhighway,” he added.

What Spotify means for podcasters, SoundCloud for musicians, Etsy for artists, and YouTube for content creators, Academia is inspiring the world’s academics to have their work read and cited. Academia adds 30,000-60,000 papers each day and has 28 million monthly visitors. Academia’s algorithms make about 20 million paper recommendations a day, connecting users to content from 42 percent of the world’s faculty in over 16,000 universities, including Oxford, MIT, Cal-Berkeley, and NYU.

Across physics, chemistry, biology, health sciences, ecology, earth sciences, cognitive science, mathematics, and computer science, teachers, doctors, business people, and engineers can access Academia’s wealth of current and historical content as well as get recommendations, enable citations, and publish their work to a global audience.

“Academia has shown that the academic world not only wants to share its research freely but also that it’s possible to build a new type of media business around this community and content,” said Dr. Ling Ge, Chief European Representative at Tencent. “Readily accessible research papers will expedite the speed of scientific discovery and medical breakthroughs around the world,” he added.



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February 23, 2022

Chandigarh University becomes India's first university to get NAAC A+ & NBA Accreditations.

Chandigarh University

Photo: Chandigarh University Campus.

CHANDIGARH, India, Feb. 22, 2022 — Chandigarh University has received accreditation from the National Board of Accreditation (NBA) for all its Engineering and MBA programs. That makes it the only university in the entire country to have NAAC A+ and NBA accreditation.

Thus, Chandigarh University’s all engineering courses have become NBA accredited. These courses include Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics & Communications Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Information Technology Engineering, and Chemical Engineering, besides MBA courses.

The institution has positioned itself amongst India’s elite and prestigious higher education institutions. It has already been awarded an A+ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC). In addition, it is Asia’s youngest university to feature in the QS Ranking 2021.

The NBA accreditation validates quality standards of the engineering and MBA courses. It ensures that the courses have met stringent quality standards and provide the best knowledge, skill, and attitude.

NBA’s membership of the Washington Accord brings the value of the courses offered by Chandigarh University at par with that of other countries that are members of this accord. Besides, the students of Chandigarh University pursuing engineering and MBA would be eligible to practice in or go for higher education in other countries, which are signatory to the Washington Accord. It would encourage and ease the mobility of engineering graduates and MBA professionals at the international level.

Speaking on the NBA accreditation, Mr. S.S. Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “It fills me with pride to note that Chandigarh University has become the only university in the entire country with NAAC A+ accreditation and NBA accreditation. The credit for this huge success goes to all the stakeholders, including students, faculty, alumni, and industry, who have contributed through their efforts to make this institution a Centre-of-Excellence in Higher Education, matching the global standards.”

Source: Chandigarh University

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February 17, 2022

Delhi University colleges Reopen. Students are back on campus after two years.

Delhi University

Photo: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu, presented the Degrees and Medals to the Students at the 95th Annual Convocation of the University of Delhi in Delhi on November 19, 2018. [File Photo]

Delhi University

New Delhi, February 17 (PTI) — Colleges in the city reopened on Thursday after being shut for almost two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with students saying they are excited to be back on campus.

The Vishwavidyalaya Metro Station, near the Delhi University, was jampacked as many students made their way to colleges on the north campus.

Gajendra Mohan Thakur, a 26-year-old Campus Law Centre student, said, “I am excited to go back to the campus. The university was shut for around two years. The online mode of study was not efficient enough to substitute the offline mode of education. It is a time to reclaim our lost years.”

Delhi University colleges were closed in March 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus infection.

There have been drastic changes in students’ lives, with particular emphasis on online classes. Now, lives are coming back on track. “We students are super excited to join offline classes as it provides a whole new bunch of opportunities and exposure to shape our future,” Kalyani Harbola, a first-year student, said.

“Offline classes also provide a better platform for student-teacher interaction and better learning,” Harbola added.

Student bodies held protests earlier this month, demanding the reopening of the campus. The decision to reopen the institutions came after a decline in the number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital.

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Philanthropies Launch Effort to Establish Multidisciplinary Centers at Leading Academic Institutions Focused on Reimagining Capitalism, Economy, and Society to Address 21st Century Challenges

- First Grants from Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network to Harvard, Howard, Johns Hopkins Universities, MIT, and Santa Fe Institute; Ford and Open Society Foundations to Fund More Centers around the World Later in 2022.

Harvard University, WEF

Photo: Paula J. Dobriansky, Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, USA speaking in The Great Indo-Pacific Race session at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, January 22, 2020. Image credit & copyright © World Economic Forum/Faruk Pinjo.

Hewlett Foundation

MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 16, 2022 — Today, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network announced more than $40 million in grants to support the establishment of multidisciplinary academic centers dedicated to reimagining the relationships among markets, governments, and people. When conventional economic prescriptions are failing, and democratic governance is getting threatened worldwide, scholars at leading academic institutions will investigate how economies should work in the 21st century and the aims they should serve.

The Hewlett Foundation will fund policy and research centers at Harvard Kennedy School, Howard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Johns Hopkins University.

The Ford Foundation is also committed to making additional grants to institutions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, in 2022. In addition, the Open Society Foundations are exploring how to best support heterodox economic thinking through the Open Society University Network, a global partnership of educational institutions that integrates learning and the advancement of knowledge.

This announcement marks the beginning of a significant philanthropic effort to fund higher-educational institutions to help rethink and replace neoliberalism and its assumptions about the relationship between the economy and society. For more than 40 years, neoliberalism has dominated economic and political debates, both in the U.S. and globally. With its free-market fundamentalism and growth-at-all-costs approach to economic and social policy. Neoliberalism offers no solutions for the biggest challenges of our time, such as the climate crisis, systemic racism, and rampant wealth inequality — and in many ways, it has made those problems even worse. The new academic centers will contribute to the growing movement to articulate a better approach to political economy and find systemic solutions that build a more equitable and resilient society based on a new set of economic values. Hewlett Foundation explained.

“Neoliberalism’s anti-government, free-market fundamentalism is not suited for today’s economy and society. But what comes next is still not fully developed,” said Larry Kramer, president of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, which launched its Economy and Society Initiative in December 2020 to focus on identifying a successor to neoliberalism. “This joint effort reflects our shared interest in replacing outdated 20th-century thinking — individualistic versus collectivist, central control versus free markets, liberty versus equality, and the like — with new ideas that can lead to broader economic justice and prosperity for people around the world. It is a first step to support forward-thinking scholars, students, and thought leaders who can break out of a patently failing neoliberal paradigm with its ossified left-right divides. They can help shape a bold new vision for what people should expect from their governments and economies.”

“In the decades since economists like Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek first developed their economic theories, our understanding of the world and the behavior that drives it has exponentially improved. Collectively, we have made great gains in understanding the cause and effects of economic inequality; created vast online social networks that operate from pocket-sized computers. Sequenced the human genome; and achieved a much more comprehensive understanding of evolutionary biology and the fundamentally cooperative nature of human beings. Yet the economic models and assumptions utilized by many academics, economists, and policymakers haven’t remotely kept pace with these advancements,” said Omidyar Network CEO Mike Kubzansky. “Now, more than ever, it is imperative that we prioritize interdisciplinary scholarship to update our knowledge of complexity to understand better our economy — the ultimate complex, dynamic system. We are pleased to join the Hewlett Foundation and our other partners in supporting a new cadre of academic leaders and a new epoch in the study of economics and its intersection with a diverse range of fields. Together, we can change the ideas that will change the world.”

The academic centers will all pursue ideas and solutions contributing to the movement to rethink neoliberalism. In addition to developing new research bodies and collaborating with other research institutions through a multidisciplinary approach, the centers will host convenings to engage scholars, policymakers, and other stakeholders to explore new ways of thinking about our economy. The academic centers established with the grants announced today will focus on the following:

The grants announced today from the Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar Network will allow the academic centers to begin staffing up and building out their research programs, partnerships, and course offerings. Later this year, the Ford Foundation and Open Society Foundations will announce grants to fund additional centers at institutions in the Global South and worldwide.

Source: The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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February 16, 2022

M. Jagadesh Kumar appointed University Grants Commission (UGC), India, Chairman


University Grants Commission

Photo:(Left to Right) Mr. Jagadesh Kumar, Vice-Chancellor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Education Minister Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, and the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu presenting the degrees to students, at the 3rd annual convocation of Jawaharlal Nehru University, in New Delhi on November 11, 2019. [File Photo]

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, February 4 — Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Vice-Chancellor Mr. M. Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed as Chairman of the University Grants Commission (UGC), officials said on Friday.

Kumar is currently holding the charge as acting VC of JNU after his tenure expired last year.

“Jagadesh Kumar has been appointed the new UGC chairman,” a senior official of the Ministry of Education (MoE) confirmed.

The post of the UGC chairman fell vacant on December 7 after Prof D P Singh, who had taken charge in 2018, resigned.

Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar is an academician, administrator, and author who has been the acting Vice-Chancellor of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) since January 2021.

Sources: PIB, PTI, UGC



• UGC notifies Rights of Women in Higher Education Institutions •

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, February 10, 2022 — The Minister of State for Education, Dr. Subhas Sarkar, today presented the following written statement in the Rajya Sabha (Upper House of Parliament):

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India



• Colleges, Universities can Re-open for Offline Classes, Exams following Covid Protocols •

University Grants Commission

The University Grants Commission (UGC), India’s higher education regulatory body, has directed the colleges and universities to re-open campuses for classes and examinations offline, online, or in blended mode following Covid protocols.

New Delhi, February 11, 2022 — The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued the following instructions to all Vice-Chancellors on re-opening of Universities and Colleges Post Lockdown:

Source: UGC



• UGC has issued the following UPDATE concerning UGC-NET •


February 16, 2022

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conduct of December-2020 UGC-NET could not occur. Consequently, the UGC-NET of December 2020 and June 2021 Cycles were conducted together by National Testing Agency (NTA) between November 20, 2021, and January 5, 2022.

The National Testing Agency (NTA) conducted the UGC-NET in 81 subjects in 837 centers spread across 239 cities. More than 12 lakh candidates registered for UGC-NET. The processing of the results is underway. The Chairman, UGC, Prof. M. Jagadesh Kumar, said that UGC is working closely with National Testing Agency (NTA) and is making all efforts to declare the UGC-NET results in a day or two. He wished the candidates all the best.

— Secretary, UGC

Source: UGC

[The National Eligibility Test (NET), also known as UGC NET or NTA-UGC-NET, is the examination for determining the eligibility for the post of assistant professor or Junior Research Fellowship award in Indian universities and colleges. National Testing Agency (NTA) conducts the test on behalf of the University Grants Commission.]

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January 31, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, invites feedback from all stakeholders on the Draft of its National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF).

University Grants Commission, India

New Delhi, January 31, 2022 — University Grants Commission (UGC), India, has invited feedback from all stakeholders on the National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF) it has drafted. The input should reach UGC latest by February 13, 2022.

According to the UGC communication, the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 stipulates that UGC would formulate a National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF) in sync with the National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF). The National Higher Education Qualification Framework (NHEQF) will ease the integration of vocational education into higher education and prescribe the facilitative norms for issues such as credit transfer and equivalence. Furthermore, NHEQF would, in terms of such learning outcomes, provide a refined description of the higher education qualifications leading to a degree/diploma/certificate.

Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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January 29, 2022

The University of Essex extends its School Membership Scheme in India.

- More partner schools benefit from being up-to-date with current higher education issues and applying to UK universities, plus invites to University of Essex events and support throughout the year.

University of Essex

Essex University

Photo: Graduation at the University of Essex. Image provided by & copyright © University of Essex.

NEW DELHI, January 27, 2022 — The University of Essex, a dedicated UK-based public research university that supports the overall development of students, is extending its School Membership Scheme in India to offer structured support and engagement with more schools.

The University’s School Membership Scheme creates an exclusive network of schools and colleges worldwide. The University of Essex offers focused support to students, teachers, and counselors based at member schools.

Each year, the University of Essex works closely with the partner schools to ensure the members are up-to-date with current higher education issues. It provides extra support and advice on undergraduate UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service), Clearing cut-offs, scholarships, scholarships, personal statement writing guides, and revision guidance. In addition, partner schools and colleges receive invitations to upcoming activities they can engage with at the University.

In addition, there are priority visits from the University of Essex’s India-based Student Recruitment team, bespoke virtual/on-campus visits for school counselors or academic staff, and regular newsletters for members.

Member schools get an invitation to the University of Essex’s Annual Teachers Conference, which provides unique networking and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities both in-person and virtually. Essex also offers travel bursaries to travel to the University’s Colchester and Southend Campuses.

There is no cost associated with membership. The participating schools are only required to actively participate in the scheme, attend member events and engage in the network activities.

Schools actively participating in the program include:

- Delhi Public School, Gurgaon
- Delhi Public School, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi
- St. John’s High School, Chandigarh, and
- Stepping Stones School, Chandigarh.

Sandeep Sharma, Director of Student Recruitment and Partnerships - South Asia at Essex, said, “The School Membership Scheme is a critical element of our work to expand engagement with schools and colleges in India. The membership offers them opportunities for knowledge exchange, guest lectures from leading academics at Essex, sponsorship support for events, and academic scholarships for their students.

“By engaging early and actively, we believe we will be able to add value to the counseling support offered by schools while helping their students make the best choices regarding their undergraduate study overseas.”

“We are looking to welcome 15 more schools each year over the next two to three years through our scheme, and we’re looking forward to working with a growing number of partners in India.”

Founded in 1964, the University of Essex is one of the UK’s leading universities. The University maintains three campuses at Colchester, Southend, and Loughton. Essex has three faculties that deliver excellence in teaching and research: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Science and Health, and the Faculty of Social Sciences. It has close to 1,000 active researchers and 17,000 students from over 140 countries, with an alumni strength of over 100,000. It was named the University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018 and in the top 25 for research quality in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022.

Source: University of Essex

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January 27, 2022

Future of the University, as we know it, is Under Threat - EY Report.

- Advanced economies may have hit “peak higher education.”

- Disruption from temporary remote learning may be just the tip of the iceberg

- An agile approach to business reinvention is essential for universities to survive

EY, Universities

LONDON, Jan. 27, 2022 — A new EY report, “Are universities of the past still the future?” argues that universities in advanced economies face several existential issues in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The report derives its conclusions from EY analysis about the future of the higher education sector and 29 interviews with university leaders from the US, UK, India, Singapore, and Australia. The report finds that universities quickly need to adapt to a new reality due to demographic shifts, geopolitical challenges, changing workplace demands, and high student expectations for a quality digital experience.

If they’re not willing to rethink their purpose and how they deliver value, some of the challenges thrown up by the COVID-19 pandemic could rapidly develop into existential threats. So it is time to start asking difficult questions, challenge the status quo, and look at the opportunities the pandemic has created to rethink how and where higher education is delivered - and to whom.”

The report, published on the International Day of Education, recommends that universities take a “future-back” approach, looking ahead to 2030 to understand how five bold scenarios could require a radical transformation of their operating models if they are to remain competitive:

Catherine Friday, EY Global Education Leader, says:

“The COVID-19 pandemic exposed how far universities have to go when it comes to finding their place in the future of education and laid bare their over-reliance on on-campus learning and international students in shrinking domestic undergraduate markets. There is no going back to the way things were, and technology will continue to change the game across the higher education sector. So on this International Day of Education, universities need to start thinking and planning how they’re going to address the need for reinvention and fit into the future’s post-secondary and lifelong learning landscape.”

Source: EY

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January 18, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, organizes online workshop for Universities and Colleges on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

University Grants Commission

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 17, 2022 — University Grants Commission organized an online workshop for Universities and Colleges on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR).

Smt. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary (ICC & Vig.) Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Shri Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT & CGPDTM, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, and Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, addressed the Inaugural Session.

Delivering the welcome address, Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, highlighted the importance of IPR and its importance in the country’s image and its relevance in building the knowledge pool of the country and its legal aspects. He shed light on the historical part of India’s position as creator and innovator. He expressed hope in the day’s deliberations in creating awareness about IPR.

Delivering the Special Address, Smt. Neeta Prasad, Joint Secretary (ICC & Vig.) Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education stressed the importance of Intellectual Property as the foundation of innovation, research, and creativity. She shared that necessary steps have been taken in India to create a robust innovation and IPR culture in the country, which has significantly improved the relevant innovation and IP numbers, be it the IP filing, IP grant, and IP disposals. However, despite all changes, India is behind many countries in terms of IPR. She stressed that the reason could be a lack of awareness in students for filing patents.

She shared about the Government’s initiative in the areas like the KAPILA program launched for IP literacy and awareness in October 2020, reducing the fee for filing the patent. She suggested that the way forward was proactively protecting knowledge and inventions by respective IPRs in India and other countries.

Shri Rajendra Ratnoo, Joint Secretary, DPIIT & CGPDTM, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, delivered the keynote address. He said there is a need to convert energy into synergy by coming together. He said that there was a need to collaborate instead of working in silos. Mr. Ratnoo further stressed the need for promoting innovation and creation in both art and science. He outlined the importance of partnership between industry, academia, and IPR registration.

The technical session followed the inaugural session, where IP experts gave an overview of the theme.

Dr. Usha Rao, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs, presented a summary of Intellectual Property Rights. She provided an insight into the need and importance of IPR and the different types of IP and their governing bodies. Dr. Rao also shed light on the various acts and rules of IPR in India. She also discussed the multiple ways of filing the patent processes.

The second expert for the technical round was Shri Sukhdeep Singh, Assistant Controller of Patents & Designs. He addressed the various schemes and privileges for Educational Institutes in IPR. He concluded by stating that the way forward involved the establishment of IP management cells in Universities, having master trainers, and establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) supported by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The webinar ended with the vote of thanks by Dr. Surender Singh, Additional Secretary UGC.

The online workshop discussed pertinent aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). It was an essential step towards making HEIs aware of IPR. Universities and colleges from all over India participated in it.

Source: Ministry of Education


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January 16, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, asks all Universities to join the Academic Bank of Credits and motivate their Students to open Academic Bank Accounts.

University Grants Commission

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 15, 2022 — In a letter to the Vice-Chancellors of all Universities and Principals of all Autonomous Colleges, University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked them to make their institutions join the Academic Bank of Credits (ABC) at the earliest. UGC has also instructed the universities to make their students aware of this facility and encourage them to open Academic Bank Accounts.

Further, the Commission has informed the universities that it had declared “The University Grants Commission (Establishment and Operation of Academic Bank of Credits in Higher Education) Regulations, 2021” in the Gazette of India. Now, it has revised these regulations and notified the amendment in the Gazette. Consequently, more Higher Education Institutions, who confer degrees, can now participate in the Academic Bank of Credits irrespective of their NAAC or NIRF ranking.

Source: University Grants Commission

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January 14, 2022

University Grants Commission organizes a webinar on "Cyber security empowerment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)."

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 13, 2022— The Government of India has launched a 75-week long campaign, Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, to celebrate the country’s achievements. The University Grants Commission (UGC), as part of this campaign, is conducting a series of activities beginning with a sensitization webinar on “Cyber security Empowerment of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs),” an effort towards making cyber security more accessible, available, and adaptable for HEIs.

Prof. Rajnish Jain, Secretary, UGC, delivered the welcome address and introduced all panelists. He set the context for the Webinar, stressing the need for cybersecurity awareness with the increased dependence on IT post-pandemic. Prof. Jain emphasized that the pandemic has put Higher Education in cyberspace, making HEIs face cybersecurity issues. He said that there is a need for HEIs to understand how they can address cyber security issues and manage cyber hygiene.

Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Rajesh Pant, Chief (retd.), National Cyber Security Coordinator, National Cyber Coordination Centre, PMO delivered the keynote address. He reiterated the threat cybercrime poses to the economy and national security. Lt. Gen. Pant focused on Cybersecurity for personal information and intellectual property in the HEIs. He highlighted the institutions’ structure that makes them susceptible to cybercrimes and the measures to address these issues.

Shri Abhishek Singh, CEO, My Gov, and President & CEO NeGD, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, emphasized the importance of cyber security due to the increased dependency and use of cyberspace. He touched upon the various aspects of cybercrimes and the processes for reporting cybersecurity issues.

Mr. Deepak Virmani, Deputy Secretary, Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, Cyber & Information Security, Division, Ministry of Home Affairs, spoke about the Ministry of Home Affairs’ initiatives and its efforts in controlling Cybercrimes. He discussed the seven verticals of the scheme involving training police personnel and government functionaries.

Dr. Charru Malhotra, Coordinator, Centre of e-Governance, Indian Institute of Planning and Administration, New Delhi, brought out the findings on Cybersecurity through analysis of a pre-webinar questionnaire shared with HEIs. She highlighted the current status amongst HEIs about cyber security and their preparedness.

Through his address, Prof. Naveen Chowdhary, National Forensic Science University, Gandhinagar, shared the cybersecurity threat landscape highlighting cases of compromises on Cybersecurity in Educational Institutions’ research facilities. In addition, he provided a detailed outlook and a framework for Cybersecurity.

Dr. Atul Kumar Pandey, Chairperson, Rajiv Gandhi National Cyber Law Centre, NLIU, Bhopal, spoke about the threat landscape in HEIs and the importance of Cybersecurity in HEIs. He shed light on various components like content protection and privacy and capacity building for addressing Cybersecurity.

The address by the panelists was followed by a Question and Answer session from the faculty members from HEIs.

The Webinar discussed cyber security issues of HEIs. It was the first step towards cyber security sensitization and awareness of Higher Education Institutions.

Source: Ministry of Education, Government of India

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January 12, 2022

THE (Times Higher Education) acquires Inside Higher Ed, claims unrivaled reach across Higher Education Markets

Times Higher Education

LONDON, Jan. 10, 2022— THE (Times Higher Education), the world’s leading provider of higher education data and insights, says it has completed the acquisition of Inside Higher Ed, the U.S. provider of news, analysis, and solutions for universities and colleges.

The acquisition brings together two of the leading brands in global higher education, with combined audiences exceeding 50 million unique users per year, encompassing university leadership, faculty, professional staff, and students, as well as policymakers and others.

Inside Higher Ed, founded in 2004, reaches an annual audience of 25 million, consisting primarily of higher education professionals in the U.S., with its independent news and analysis, industry insights, jobs board, and other tools and services.

It joins THE’s portfolio of companies at an exciting time. THE has offices in the U.K., U.S., Australia, and Singapore. Inflexion Private Equity had acquired THE in February 2019 following a period of rapid global growth.

Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021, THE continues to provide news, insights, and thought leadership and works with thousands of universities globally, collecting data from more than 3,500 institutions and working with 800 clients across its data, consultancy, and hiring services. It is also known for its events, including the flagship THE World Summit Series, which engaged over 45,000 people globally in 2021.

Inside Higher Ed will continue to operate independently under its existing brand. The two businesses will bring together their expertise, relationships, and insights, and together will have unrivaled reach across the world’s key higher education markets.

This combined scale and their complementary strengths and services will enable THE and Inside Higher Ed to enhance their shared mission to provide news, information, and services that help colleges and universities to analyze and improve their performance whatever their strategic goals.

Scott Jaschik, who founded Inside Higher Ed with fellow co-editor Doug Lederman, said: “We are thrilled to be joining forces with THE, especially during this period of growth. We have often collaborated with THE, and this new chapter in our relationship will allow us to be more effective than ever at informing the world about higher education.”

Paul Howarth, CEO at THE, commented: “The rapid organic growth that THE has seen in recent years has been driven by its evolution into a robust, global data business. With the backing of our investors at Inflexion Private Equity, we are in a position to strengthen our place in the market through strategic acquisitions. We see Inside Higher Ed as an ideal partner as we continue to extend our reach and the services we offer. It is a business that shares THE’s values and mission to support excellence in higher education.

“We look forward to working with Scott, Doug, Inside Higher Ed CEO Dari Gessner, and the wider Inside Higher Ed team so that together we can do even more to support universities and colleges across the U.S. and the rest of the world.”

Source: Inside Higher Ed

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January 11, 2022

NASA's Webb Telescope Reaches Major Milestone as Mirror Unfolds

NASA Webb Telescope

NASA Webb Telescope

Photo: James Webb Space Telescope’s final fold. Image provided by & copyright © NASA.

NASA Webb Telescope

Photo: Webb Model - Pranavi Chatrathi. These are Pranavi Chatrathi’s models. Pranavi says, “I am thrilled to win two prizes for the 2 James Webb Space Telescopes I built for the Texas State Fair. I love telescopes. I am waiting to see the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. Image provided by & copyright © NASA.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2022 — NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope team fully deployed its 21-foot, gold-coated primary mirror, completing the final stage of all significant spacecraft deployments to prepare for science operations.

A joint effort with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Canadian Space Agency, the Webb mission will explore every phase of cosmic history - from within our solar system to the most distant observable galaxies in the early universe.

“Today, NASA achieved another engineering milestone decades in the making. While the journey is not complete, I join the Webb team in breathing a little easier and imagining the future breakthroughs bound to inspire the world,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson. “The James Webb Space Telescope is an unprecedented mission that is on the precipice of seeing the light from the first galaxies and discovering the mysteries of our universe. Each feat already achieved and future accomplishment is a testament to the thousands of innovators who poured their life’s passion into this mission.”

NASA had folded the two wings of Webb’s primary mirror to fit it inside the nose cone of an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket before launch. Then, after more than a week of other critical spacecraft deployments, the Webb team began remotely unfolding the hexagonal segments of the primary mirror, the largest ever launched into space.

Mission Operations Center ground control at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore began deploying the second side panel of the mirror at 8:53 a.m. EST. Once it extended and latched into position at 1:17 p.m. EST, the team declared all major deployments completed.

The world’s largest and most complex space science telescope will now begin moving its 18 primary mirror segments to align the telescope optics. First, the ground team will command 126 actuators on the backsides of the segments to flex each mirror - an alignment that will take months to complete. Then the group will calibrate the science instruments before delivering Webb’s first images this summer.

“I am so proud of the team - spanning continents and decades - that delivered this first-of-its-kind achievement,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate in NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Webb’s successful deployment exemplifies the best of what NASA has to offer: the willingness to attempt bold and challenging things in the name of discoveries still unknown.”

Soon, Webb will also undergo a third mid-course correction burn - one of three planned to place the telescope precisely in orbit around the second Lagrange point, commonly known as L2, nearly 1 million miles from Earth. It is Webb’s final orbital position, where its sun shield will protect it from light from the Sun, Earth, and Moon that could interfere with infrared light observations. As a result, Webb can peer back over 13.5 billion years to capture infrared light from celestial objects, with much higher resolution than ever before, and to study our solar system as well as distant worlds.

Source: NASA

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January 9, 2022

PoliMOVE wins the Autonomous Challenge; Makes history as the First Head-to-Head Autonomous Race Car Competition Champion

Autonomous Race Car

Autonomous Race Car

Autonomous Race Car

LAS VEGAS, January 8, 2022 — The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC) team PoliMOVE from Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and the University of Alabama today won the Autonomous Challenge, making history as the first head-to-head autonomous racecar competition champion. PoliMOVE competed at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in a field of 5 teams from 5 countries representing seven universities to win the $150,000 grand prize. TUM Autonomous Motorsport from the Technische Universität München (Germany) took home with $50,000.

The rules of the IAC competition required each team to qualify in a high-speed autonomous racecar time trial competition determining their seed in the head-to-head passing competition. The IAC teams raced the Dallara AV-21, the most advanced autonomous racecar. As a result, PoliMOVE competed against TUM Autonomous Motorsport in the final round of the competition. In addition, PoliMOVE set the fastest speed record on an oval with a top speed of 173 mph.

“Today was the real birth of autonomous racing,” said Prof. Sergio Savaresi, team lead of Politecnico di Milano. “The real high-speed multi-agent racing was pushed to its very limits. The research on autonomous cars will certainly benefit from this historic milestone.”

Organized by Energy Systems Network, the primary goal of the IAC is to solve real-world problems by advancing technology that will speed the commercialization of fully autonomous vehicles and deployments of advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Pushing Limits for the entire independent community and helping to increase safety and performance is of critical importance, not only in motorsports but across all modes of commercial transportation.

“We came to CES this week, the world’s most influential technology innovation event, to showcase to the world how this competition is catapulting autonomous technologies forward,” said Paul Mitchell, president, and CEO, Energy Systems Network. “We’re harnessing the power of prize competitions to attract the best and the brightest minds from around the globe to further the state-of-the-art technology in safety and performance of automated vehicles, and the teams did just that today with another historic competition.”

Karen Chupka, EVP of CES, Consumer Technology Association, officially started the competition with the call, “Ladies and gentlemen, start your software.” Halo, a remote-piloted driverless car service operating on T-Mobile’s 5G network, served as the official pace car, leading each set of IAC teams off of pit lane and completing a warmup lap at speeds of 65-80 mph before the start of each round. Next, Bridgette Foster, from Las Vegas, sang the national anthem.

The call to action for this competition has been remarkable, with 41 university teams initially signing up to compete more than two years ago, representing top engineering and technology programs from 14 U.S. states and 11 countries. However, the IAC first made history on October 23, 2021, when it held the Indy Autonomous Challenge Powered by Cisco, the first high-speed autonomous racecar competition at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS).

Nine teams from 8 countries representing 19 universities came to Las Vegas this week to compete in the Autonomous Challenge @ CES.

Source: Indy Autonomous Challenge

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January 5, 2022

University Grants Commission (UGC), India, asks all Academic Institutions to accept Digital Format Degrees/Certificates presented through "DigiLocker" as Valid.

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, January 5, 2022 — University Grants Commission (UGC), India, has issued a communication addressed to Vice Chancellors of all universities and Secretaries of Higher and School Education of all states.

UGC has informed them that the National Academic Depository (NAD) is an online storehouse of academic awards (Degrees, Mark-Sheets, and others) lodged by the Academic Institutions in a digital format. It lets students get authentic documents/certificates in digital form directly from their original issuers anytime, anywhere without any physical interference.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) Government of India has designated the University Grants Commission (UGC) as an authorized body to implement NAD as a permanent scheme without levy of any user charges, in co-operation with the DigiLocker, as a single depository of NAD. As a result, educational Institutions can register themselves and upload academic awards of their institution on NAD through the DigiLocker NAD portal, the UGC letter explains.

The DigiLocker platform of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, can pull students’ Degrees, Mark-sheets, and other documents into the issued documents section in an electronic form once uploaded through the DigiLocker-NAD platform by the original issuer. UGC further states that these electronic records on the DigiLocker platform are valid documents per the Information Technology Act, 2000 provisions.

Accordingly, UGC has asked all Academic Institutions to accept Degrees, Certificates, Mark-sheets, and other related documents available as “Issued Documents” in DigiLocker Account as “Valid Documents.”

Source: University Grants Commission (UGC)

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January 3, 2022

Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, inaugurates Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University.

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Chandigarh University

Photos: The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, addressed the gathering during the inauguration of the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University, in Punjab, on January 03, 2022.

Chandigarh University

Photo: The Union Minister for Defence, Shri Rajnath Singh, inaugurating the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University, in Punjab on January 03, 2022.

Chandigarh, India, January 3, 2022 — Defence Minister of India, Rajnath Singh, inaugurated Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology (KCCRSST) at Chandigarh University today. He also launched a Scholarship Scheme worth Rs 10 crore for the wards of Defence Personnel of the three Services.

In his address, Shri Rajnath Singh described the establishment of the Research Centre as an essential step towards strengthening the country’s space sector by stressing that it is only through these efforts that India can become a leader in future technologies. He likened the KCCRSST with ‘Pride of India’ Kalpana Chawla, hoping that this research facility would touch new heights of success, similar to the remarkable achievements of the late India-born astronaut who brought universal recognition to her country of origin.

Underlining the importance of the space sector in today’s times, Rajnath Singh said it is deeply connected with mapping, imaging, and connectivity facilities, speedy transportation, weather forecast, disaster management, and border security.

Rajnath Singh called for developing futuristic technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Big-Data, and Block-chain for the Nation’s overall development. He stressed that progress in space technology would develop scientific temper in the country’s youth, and India will move forward in frontier technologies.

The Defence Minister lauded Chandigarh University for setting records of success in research & innovation, placements, and global rankings in the last few years and described the achievements of the University as a symbol of the increasing participation of the private sector in the field of education.

“All these achievements of Chandigarh University are examples of the increasing importance of the private sector in the education sector of our country. I believe that if our country’s education and knowledge-science have to reach the world level, then the public and private sectors of the country will have to work together. In this direction, we are moving forward fast,” he said.

Remembering late India-born astronaut Kalpana Chawla, Shri Rajnath Singh described her as a symbol of women empowerment, who took a flight beyond imagination. He urged the people to remember her zeal & enthusiasm and motivate their daughters to go ahead & touch unimaginable heights, echoing the Government’s vision of increased participation of women in all sectors.

Established with the objective of training students in space science, satellite development, and meeting future challenges in space research, the state-of-the-art KCCRSST would be the Ground Control Station (GCS) for the Chandigarh University’s Student Satellite CUSAT and a Geo-Spatial Centre for analysis. CUSAT is an in-house advanced nanosatellite designed by Chandigarh University’s students.

“It is extraordinary for a university to have its own space research center and satellite. In the 21st century, the future of India would be secure only when you have a sparkle in your eyes to reach the stars and planets. It is a commendable feat, and I am certain that more Indians like Aryabhatta, Vikram Sarabhai, Satish Dhawan, and Kalpana Chawla will emerge from amongst you,” the Defence Minister told the students present on occasion.

CUSAT will be among the 75 student-built satellites India will launch into space on the eve of its 75th Independence Day in 2022. Chandigarh University has joined the list of 13 institutes like the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur and IIT Bombay. It has become the first University in North India to design and develop its satellite. About 75 students of the University are working on the Chandigarh University Student Satellite Project under the guidance of eminent Indian scientists, including Padma Shri Prof RM Vasagam, Padma Shri Dr. Mylaswamy Annadurai, Padma Shri YS Rajan, Padma Bhushan Dr. BN Suresh, Padma Shri Dr. BN Dattaguru, V Mahadevan, Dr. L V Muralikrishna Reddy, and Dr. K Gopalakrishnan.

With the launch of CUSAT, Punjab will become the first border state in India to have its own satellite in space. The launch of Chandigarh University’s nanosatellite CUSAT will prove to be an essential step for the country. It will collect border intrusion detection, agriculture, weather forecasting, and natural disaster forecasting data. In addition, the Ground Control Station (GCS) will help develop satellite research facilities and launch satellites in countries that do not have progressed satellite technology. The Ground Control Station (GCS) under the KCCRSST will monitor most Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Satellites, including CUSAT, and as a SatNOGS project member, observe more than 380 satellites with over 810 transmitters in more than 50 Countries.

Chancellor of Chandigarh University, S. Satnam Singh Sandhu, said that ever since our inception, the University has been striving to provide quality, innovative and experiential learning to its students, and the establishment of this center is one of the steps in this direction.

“We have always been a pioneer in the field of Research and Development, and this center of excellence will further strengthen our position in aerospace technology. Moreover, this state-of-the-art center will not be limited to the students of Chandigarh University. We will soon be announcing short-term courses for Satellite design and development,” he said.

“Through this center, Chandigarh University will help develop satellite research facilities in 57 countries including Brazil, Egypt, Colombia, Turkey, and train foreign students for satellite design and development,” Mr. Sandhu added.

Sources: Ministry of Defence, Government of India; Chandigarh University

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