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Kovind lays stone for campus of JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research in Mysuru

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President Ram Nath Kovind laid the foundation stone for the campus of the JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research at Varuna village near here on Friday.
 
Speaking on the occasion, the President was happy to note that the campus is a tribute to Sri Shivarathri Rajendra Mahaswamiji whose 104th Jayanti is being celebrated this year. He said that Sri Suttur Math’s focus on education was strongly encouraged by Sri Shivarathri Deshikendra Mahaswamiji. 
 
JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research was established in 2008 and is today regarded as a reputed institute of health sciences. He expressed confidence that this new ‘Global Campus’ of the institution will help it to further contribute in the field of education.
 
Pointing out the healthcare challenges in the country, the President said that India had achieved a lot over the years. 
 
"Yet, health remains a key development challenge for us. As a country, we are challenged by the triple burden of communicable, non-communicable and new and emerging diseases. Malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases place severe constraints on us. We need to improve access to health services," he said.
 
The President said that cleanliness and sanitation is the base requirement for tackling many of the country's health-related issues and diseases.
 
"A nationwide revolution for cleanliness and health is already underway. It must continue and become stronger with each passing day. This would be our tribute to Mahatma Gandhi whose 150th birth anniversary we just celebrated," he said.
 
The President said that the country's health challenges are linked to its larger socio-economic challenges. 
 
"Our solutions to meet our health challenges need to be broad-based and multi-pronged. They must use the power of both modern medicine and traditional knowledge. They must focus on both the mind and the body. They must involve both prevention and cure," he added.
 
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IIM Ahmedabad to introduce Post-Graduate Programme in Advanced Business Analytics

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The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) today said it would offer a Post Graduate Programme in Advanced Business Analytics (PGP-ABA), a 16-month post-graduate diploma, from the academic year 2020.
 
The institute, generally regarded as India's top business school, said this was being done  at a time when, with the deluge of digital data, data-driven decision making has now become an integral part of the efficient functioning of every organization, and more generally of society at large. 
 
Prof. Errol D’Souza, Director, IIMA said, “Along with the growth in processing power we are witnessing the growth of large pools of unstructured data which have embedded information that can be beneficially used for the good of organizations and societies. This course enables those who take it to deploy appropriate methodologies so as to extricate significant information from data and enrich decision-making that unlocks value for all stakeholders.”
 
A press release from the institute said the PGP-ABA is designed to help working professionals to acquire essential skills and knowledge for asking the right questions, addressing it with analysis of the right kind of data, and finally drive the decisions with the insights gained from the analysis to drive decisions. The programme thus provides a framework for transforming data into insights that are coupled into an effective business decision making process. 
 
"In a nutshell, the programme will focus on building blended expertise in data 'literacy', data processing and business acumen. We strongly believe that this unique blended competency is the requirement in the Analytics profession today," it said.
 
"The PGP-ABA curriculum is designed to give the participants in-depth exposure to the analytics tools and techniques, and prepare them to solve business problems across industry verticals and functional domains using data. The course is geared towards enhancing the analytical problem-solving ability of the students through structured coursework. The students will be exposed to state-of-the-art data handling tools and techniques, followed by a rigorous and comprehensive coverage of analytical methods and model development techniques, which are immediately applicable to cutting-edge business problems," it said.
 
Prof. Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, Chairperson, PGP-ABA, IIMA, added, “IIMA believes in delivering high-quality programmes, with emphasis on experiential learning and this programme is no exception. Besides explaining the theoretical underpinning of the tools and techniques, emphasis will be given on hands-on learning using a variety of data sets from various domains of applications. Finally, you will be exposed to the domain-specific application of analytics in two chosen domains from different business vertical and Public Policy.”
 
The objective of PGP-ABA programme is to upskill and prepare students for future in taking up leadership positions and shouldering more significant responsibilities in the organization. The programme delivery is through a thoughtful mix of online, and on-campus sessions, the release added.
 
More details about the course are available here.
 
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Jaishankar, Pokhriyal launch 1000 Ph.D. fellowships for ASEAN students at IITs

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External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' formally launched a programme offering 1000 Integrated Ph.D. fellowships to students from ASEAN countries at Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) here on Monday.
 
The fellowships had been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 25th Anniversary ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi.
 
The Ambassadors or High Commissioners of all ten ASEAN Member States in New Delhi, senior officials of the Ministries of External Affairs and Human Resource Development, Directors or representatives of all  23 IITs, the CEO of NITI Aayog and the chairpersons of the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) were also present at the ceremony.
 
IIT Delhi has been designated as the coordinating IIT for the fellowship programme. It has developed a web portal (http://asean.iitd.ac.in) to administer the application and admission process. ASEAN students can log in to the portal to apply for PhD programmes of their choice at various IITs, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.
 
The first batch of the ASEAN students will be admitted in January 2020. Admissions under the programme will be staggered over three academic years i.e. 2019-2020, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. MHRD will provide scholarships to ASEAN students at par with Indian PhD scholars, along with a yearly research grant, as applicable. IITs will make a small provision to cover living expenses of selected students from their own budgetary resources.
 
The fellowship programme at a total budget outlay of INR 300 crore (approximately USD 45 million) is the single-largest capacity development initiative of India in its partnership with ASEAN, the release added.
 
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IIM Udaipur launches one-year MBA in Digital Enterprise Management

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Indian Institute of Management Udaipur (IIMU) has launched a one-year full-time residential MBA in Digital Enterprise Management (DEM), said to be the first such programme that will cater to the needs of a fast-changing world.
 
A press release from IIMU said the course, with its emphasis on analytics and new technologies, would enable managers to work efficiently in the emerging digital business enterprises.
 
"This program is designed for experienced professionals aiming to explore new and emerging technologies and intending to gain an understanding of managerial functions in digital enterprises," it said.
 
The DEM program will provide students with an opportunity to develop a working knowledge of emerging technologies and acclaimed practices as the course curriculum is prepared in consultation with  industry experts, the release said.
The Institute has set up an academic advisory board for developing the new program. The board comprises founders of successful digital companies in the country like Pranay Chuley (Quikr) and Hitesh Oberoi (Info Edge India Ltd).
 
Senior leaders from leading consulting companies, including Ganesan Ramachandran (Accenture) and Kamesh Mullapudi (Deloitte) are also part of the board. Nitin Bawankule (Google) and Sreejit Roy (IBM) bring in the expertise of the technology companies.
 
K Harishankar (Unilever), an expert in digital transformational initiatives from the CPG world and Ravi Vijayaraghavan (Flipkart), proficient in the use of analytics in solving real-life business problems, are also members of the advisory board.
 
IIMU has already entered into an MoU with several  leading companies across business verticals.  There are various others in the pipeline that would collaborate in the process of sharing and development of knowledge in the digital world.  
 
For instance,  IBM will give the students relevant and enhanced industry exposure by virtue of its experts delivering guest lectures on leading-edge technologies, including Artificial Intelligence and Advanced Analytics, with industry use cases, as well as by providing a platform to the students for short-term projects in the digital space.  
 
IIMU has also executed MoU with leading consulting firm- Accenture, which advises and enables large, global companies on their digital transformational strategies; E-commerce start-up company Quikr – comprising real-estate industry (Common-Floor), blue and grey collar jobs (Baba Job) and in online sale of used items (mobile, cars and household goods); ITC Infotech – a company that works on green and brownfield projects on digital twin, Industry 4.0 and in CPG verticals.  
 
"This approach of engaging with leading organizations helps bridge the gap between academia and industry so that students get a jump start and are ready to enter the workforce with relevant experience," the release said.
 
Pankaj Patel, Chairman, IIM Udaipur, said, "The way technology is changing the world, future careers are going to be quite different than what we see today.  
 
"At IIM Udaipur, we don’t just want our students to prepare for this change but welcome it. The DEM program would cater to the needs of emerging digital business enterprises and the aspirants," he added.
 
"The one-year program provides students with a solid foundation in management fundamentals and exposes them to contemporary practices of data-driven decision making. This program provides a well-rounded exposure to business management, data analytics, and emerging technologies that are severely in demand in the corporate world," the release said.
 
"Students will learn from academicians and industry practitioners through case studies, simulations, frameworks and practical lab projects," it said.
 
Talking about the relevance of the program, Pranay Chulet, founder, Quikr and Member, Academic Advisory Board added, “Our dependency on technology is increasing. Technology has started influencing our lives in so many ways. The way we make decisions is starting to get dependent on technology. It is important that today’s managers understand that.”
 
This is a full-time residential program, and admission is through the GMAT/GRE. This program is ideal for professionals with a graduate degree and 3+ years of work experience.
 
Students start the program in April of the first year and graduate in March of the following year. Interested candidates can apply online through the IIM Udaipur website, the release added.
 
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IIT JEE Advanced results announced, Maharashtra boy tops

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Maharashtra's Kartikey Gupta has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Advanced 2019, by securing 346 out of 372 marks, according to the results declared on Friday by IIT-Kharagpur.
 
At number 10, Ahmedabad's Shabnam Sahay secured the top rank among the female candidates. She has obtained 308 marks of the total, the results showed.
 
A total of 1,61,319 candidates appeared for the exam, of which 38,705 candidates cleared it. Among the candidates who passed the exam, 5,356 were female and 33,349 male.
 
The total number of General Category students who qualified for the examination were 15,566. Apart from these, 7,651 candidates were successful from the OBC (non-creamy) layer category, 8,758 Scheduled Caste and 3,094 candidates from Scheduled Tribe categories. 
 
A candidate is required to score at least 10 per cent marks in each subject and an aggregate of 30 per cent to pass the examination. 
 
JEE Advanced is the second stage of the selection process for various engineering colleges in India. Only the candidates who meet the cut off of the JEE Main examination, progress to the JEE Advanced exam.
 
Of the 11.47 lakh candidates who appeared for the JEE Main this year, 2.45 lakh students qualified for the JEE Advanced but only 1.73 lakh registered for the same.
 
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UGC revises guidelines to fill vacant faculty posts

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In a bid to address the issue of shortage of quality teaching faculty in higher education institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued fresh guidelines for the recruitment of faculty in these institutions.
 
The UGC has set a time-frame of six months for the entire recruitment process for the faculties including identification of vacancies, permission for filling vacancies, release of advertisement, constitution of selection committee, fixing of dates of the selection committee meetings and scrutiny of applications.
 
"All the universities, colleges and institutions Deemed to be Universities are requested that the enclosed guidelines shall be adhered to in letter and spirit. You are requested to take steps to ensure the vacancies in the universities, as well as the colleges affiliated to your university, are filled at the earliest," UGC Secretary, Rajnish Jain wrote in a letter to the Vice Chancellors.
 
The selection procedure section of the revised guidelines states that the UGC should ensure that all the vacant posts, along with reservation details, are uploaded on the online portal www.nherc.in. "The monitoring of the filling up of the vacancies would be done by MHRD and UGC through this portal," it states.
 
The guidelines state that the higher education institutions should follow the selection process as per their Acts, statutes or constituent documents and in accordance with the UGC (Minimum Qualifications for Appointment of Teachers and other Academic Staff in Universities and Colleges and other Measures for the Maintenance of Standards in Higher Education) Regulations, 2018.
 
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Five FTII courses receive AICTE approval under applied arts and crafts category

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The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has granted approval to five courses of the  Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune, under its newly created applied arts and crafts category.
 
This approval makes India's premier film school, FTII, the first and only Institute in this category in the country to receive such recognition.
 
A list of Institutions and approved courses published by AICTE on May 11 under its newly-constituted category pertaining to Institutes offering courses in applied arts, crafts and design, includes FTII and all its five one-year Post Graduate Certificate courses.
 
Of the five FTII courses which have received AICTE approval, four are in Television wing (Direction, Electronic Cinematography, Video Editing and Sound Recording & TV Engineering) and one in Film wing (Feature Film Screenplay Writing).
 
FTII Governing Council Chairman Brijendra Pal Singh said, "This is a historic moment for FTII to have received AICTE approval for all five PG Certificate courses. This makes FTII the first film school in India to receive this recognition.
 
“In recent years, FTII's television courses have been in the limelight winning several National awards and even international honours. The AICTE approval lends more value to the TV courses making them as attractive as the film wing specializations. Screenwriters from FTII are already making their mark in the entertainment industry,” he added.
 
“With the AICTE approval coming into effect from 2019-20, students entering TV courses and Feature Film Screenplay Writing course this year stand to gain. This is as important a watershed event as the grant of Master's degree equivalence granted to FTII's six PG Diploma film wing courses by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) in January 2017.
 
"With this, all the 11 FTII courses now stand approved by either AIU or AICTE," he said.
 
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NEET on May 20 for train-delayed Karnataka students

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A total of 365 students of Karnataka will get a chance to appear for the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) on May 20 as they missed it on Sunday because the train in which they were travelling from the state's northern districts reached Bengaluru seven hours late, said Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar on Monday.
 
"Happy to announce that #Karnataka students who missed #NEET exam due to railway delay will get another chance," tweeted Javdekar.
 
Javdekar responded a day after state Chief Minister H. D. Kumaraswamy urged him to hold the test for the students who missed it for no fault of theirs.
 
"Thank you @PrakashJavdekar and @HRDMinistry for considering the request and helping our students," re-tweeted Kumaraswamy.
 
The National Testing Agency (NTA) of the HRD ministry conducts the test every year in May for students to secure admission to state-run and private medical and dental colleges across the country for studying graduate and post-graduate courses
 
The students, who travelled in Hampi Express from Hubli to Mysuru via Koppal, Hospet and Bellary, reached Bengaluru over seven hours late at 2.36 p.m. instead of 7.00 a.m, while the test began at 2.00 p.m.
 
"The students could not reach the test centres across the city in time and missed it," a South Western Railway (SWR) official admitted on Sunday.
 
The students staged a protest demo outside the railway station for missing the test for no fault of theirs.
 
The railways, however, attributed the delay due to the diversion of the train route from the normal route due to doubling of line work and operational reasons since May 3.
 
The Chief Minister also wrote to the ministry to allow another 150 students who also missed the test as their exam centre was shifted to Bengaluru from Chikkaballapur at the last minute without prior intimation or information to them.
 
"As the distance from the exam centre at Chikkaballapur to the centre in Bengaluru is about 40km, about 150 students who reached the centre in time to appear for the test there, could not commute to the city by 2:00 p.m and missed it for no fault of theirs," an official said.
 
Kumaraswamy directed state Chief Secretary T. M. Vijay Bhaskar to request the HRD Ministry for holding the test again for the 150 students who missed it due to change in exam centre at the last minute from an adjacent district to the state capital.
 
"The ministry has assured the state that a decision would be taken soon," tweeted the Chief Minister's Office.
 
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France to now recognise four Indian academic qualifications

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Four Indian academic qualifications -- Senior School Certificate (SSC), Bachelor's and Master's degrees and PhDs -- from government-approved institutions will now be recognized by the French government with effect from May 1.
 
Similarly, the French equivalents of these qualifications will be recognized by the Indian government.
 
This has been made possible by an agreement between France and India for the Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications signed during President Emmanuel Macron's maiden state visit to India last year.
 
The agreement, which will come into force from May 1, was inked on March 10 last year during the India-France Knowledge Summit, the first high-level summit for university, scientific and technological cooperation held by the two countries, a statement by the French Embassy here said on Monday.
 
It is the first such inter-governmental agreement that India has entered into.
 
As per the agreement, the educational qualifications from India (from government-approved institutions) which are now recognised by the French government are All India Senior School Certificate Examination (AISSCE) (CBSE, state boards, pre-university (PU) or any equivalent qualification recognised by the Government of India), Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and Ph.D., the statement said.
 
The educational qualifications, recognised by the French Ministry of Higher Education and which will now be recognised by the Indian government, are Baccalaureat (equivalent to AISSCE), License (equivalent to Bachelor's in India), Master's and Master's level qualifications (equivalent to Master's in India) and Doctorat (equivalent to Ph.D. in India).
 
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Professional degrees such as law, medicine or those of other professions regulated by a professional council are excluded, the statement said.
 
"The mutual recognition of AISSCE and Baccalaureat degrees will enable students to advance their studies in both French and Indian educational systems. It promotes mobility of students between the two countries," the statement said.
 
Welcoming the development, French Ambassador to India Alexandre Ziegler said: "I am delighted that the Agreement will benefit Indian students wishing to study in France and French students wishing to study in India, since both governments will recognise their degrees."
 
He said over the past few years, his country has taken several steps to facilitate student exchange between India and France. 
 
"With this MoU, we have reached an important milestone, which is a great opportunity for students from both countries," the Ambassador said.
 
In addition to encouraging student mobility, this agreement will also promote excellence in higher education through cooperation and exchanges between Indian and French universities, he added.
 
"People-to-people ties are essential for strengthening our links, and producing ambassadors of each other's countries," Ziegler said.
 
France ranks third globally, welcoming the highest number of foreign students.
 
In 2018, as many as 8,000 Indian students chose France to pursue their higher education -- mostly in the English medium -- a significant increase over the previous years, the Embassy said.
 
"The Embassy of France in India is committed to fostering this positive trend with supporting initiatives. The target set by President Emmanuel Macron to welcome 10,000 Indian students annually by 2020, will be reached by the end of this year," it added.
 
The Embassy said it has developed a highly-attractive visa policy for Indian students, which includes the option of a 2-year employment visa in France after the completion of post-graduate studies.
 
Furthermore, all Indian alumni who hold a Master's or higher degree from state-recognised French institutes are eligible for 5-year short-stay visas.
 
Indian alumni with French degrees enjoy many career opportunities in India as well, as over 500 French companies, employing more than 3,50,000 people, operate in India.
 
The French Government currently invests 1 million euros (7 crore rupees) in over 500 scholarships for Indian students every year.
 
The French Embassy founded the Franco-Indian Education Trust in 2017 to further increase scholarships.
 
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Infosys Foundation signs MoU with Pune's Bhandarkar Institute to foster research in Orientology

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Infosys Foundation, the philanthropic and CSR arm of IT services major Infosys, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, for five years to strengthen research activities in Orientology, the study of ancient cultures of the Asian sub-continent. 
 
The proposed grant of Rs. 9.13 crore will be utilized to train scholars in Orientology and prepare a bibliography of relevant academic texts in the field, a press release from the foundation said.
 
The grant will also help to create a centralized information cell through descriptive cataloguing of manuscripts, collection and publishing of inscriptions and outlining the history of the collected information, enabled by a team of specialists, it said.
 
The release said the foundation would establish two chairs at the institute, The Infosys Foundation Chair of Orientology and the Karnataka Chair of Orientology, for eminent scholars of Orientology. Two visiting scholars renowned in any area of Orientology will also be invited for a term of two to six months, as part of this grant, and will be known as Infosys scholars.
 
Through this grant the Institute will appoint four visiting fellows for visits of one week to one month, who will be referred to as ‘Infosys Fellows’, and also make provisions for two principal investigators, six research assistants, one helper and one design artist for various activities that will be conducted by the Institute.
 
Speaking on the occasion Mrs. Sudha Murty, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, said, “The study of ancient texts holds great importance in society today as it forms a means to better understand both our past as well as our present. The discovery and preservation of these texts will ensure that Indological research continues to grow and thrive as an academic field in our country. Our partnership with the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute aims to support the field of Orientology through the provision of the necessary tools and resources and we at the Infosys Foundation are proud to be a part of this endeavor to better understand India’s past and its place in the history of the East.”
 
“The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute focuses on Orientology which is the study of ancient cultures of the Asian sub-continent. We live in a time where social sciences have expanded their horizons to be able to apply their inferences across almost all fields of learning. Orientology, therefore, is not limited to the Orient and the Occident alone; it has numerous applications in areas of social sciences and more. This initiative by Infosys Foundation will definitely boost the vigor and charm of the Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.” said, Prof. Shrikant Bahulkar, Honorary Secretary, The Bhandarkar Oriental Research Institute.
 
The Bhandarkar Oriental Institute, Pune was founded on July 6, 1917, and is a public organization registered under Act XXI of 1860 and is administered by a regulating council. The Maharashtra Government nominates five representatives on the regulating council and two on the executive board.
 
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HRD Ministry denies issuing any directive to restrict choice of subjects for research

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Saying that the Government believes in the principle of freedom in research, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) today denied having issued any directive to restrict the choice of subjects for research, as has been reported in a section of the media.
 
“Last year, there was a meeting of Vice-Chancellors of 11 Central Universities, which were lacking in research. In the said meeting they presented a road map to improve research and also discussed the issue of more research on issues relating to national priorities. The minutes of the meeting was recorded,” the Ministry said in a statement.
 
The Government has given impetus to improve and expand research facilities. It has provided Rs 480 crore for Social Science Research Project under Impactful Policy Research in Social Sciences (IMPRESS); Rs 225 Crore for research in basic sciences; Rs 1000 crore under Impacting Research, Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) for technology-related research.
 
It has also provided Rs 450 crore under STRIDE for research in Humanities; and Rs 480 crore under Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC) for joint research with foreign universities in any discipline, the statement added.
 
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Inland, coastal maritime technology centre coming up at IIT-Kharagpur

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The Ministry of Shipping, under its flagship Sagarmala Programme, is setting up a state-of-the-art Centre for Inland and Coastal Maritime Technology (CICMT) at IIT-Kharagpur at a cost of Rs 69.20 crore, the institute said on Sunday.
 
The Centre will provide applied research and development, as also real world solutions for the inland and coastal waterways sector, as also coastal waterways transportation.
 
It would also provide tools and technological inputs to double the share in intermodal transport for domestic waterways freight carrying capacity, the IIT-Kharagpur statement said.
 
The project is of strategic long-term interests for the port and maritime sector of the country and is being fully funded under unique and innovative projects under Sagarmala.
 
The funding for CICMT is for five years after which revenues generated from the end users will make it sustainable.
 
Currently, there is no testing and experimentation facility available in the country for inland and coastal vessels for which the shipbuilders have to approach various European countries. The CICMT is expected to address this long-felt need, the statement said.
 
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Work begins on permanent campus for IIM Nagpur

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Union Road Transport & Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari performed the groundbreaking ceremony for the permanent campus of the Indian Institute of Management, Nagpur (IIMN) here on Wednesday.
 
Chandrashekhar Bawankule, guardian minister for Nagpur, was also present on the occasion.
 
The event, hosted by C P Gurnani, Chairman of the Board of Governors of IIMN, was also attended by Maharashtra Airports Development Company Ltd (MADC) Vice-Chairman and MD Suresh Kakani, Nagpur Mayor Nanda Jichkar and other dignitaries.
 
The "bhoomipoojan" was followed by the unveiling of a commemorative plaque and the model for the proposed campus. A short film showcasing the infrastructure at the permanent campus was also screened.
 
The ceremony flagged off the first phase of the development of IIMN’s permanent campus at Dahegaon Mauza in MIHAN. Designed to cater to 600 students, the new 132-acre campus has been designed by the Delhi-based R K Associates Ltd. The project will be executed by Ahluwalia Contracts India Ltd., and managed by Engineers India Limited (EIL) as Project Management Consultants (PMC). 
 
A press release from IIMN said the campus had been designed to minimise the environmental footprint while facilitating learning both inside and outside the classroom. Phase 1 has a built-up area of approximately 60,000 sq. m., and includes the construction of a state-of-the-art academic complex, library, administrative block, student hostels, sports complex, and residential quarters.
 
The campus will also house a Management Development Centre for the institute’s Executive Education Programmes (EEP) and IIM Nagpur’s entrepreneurship incubation centre, InFED, in addition to allied infrastructure. The first phase is expected to be completed in 18 months.
 
Nitin Gadkari lauded the efforts of the Board of Governors, led by Gurnani in developing the institution, and acknowledged the support of the administration of VNIT, Nagpur, where the institute is currently operating from. He emphasized on the development of Nagpur as a logistics hub and the value that an institution such as IIMN can add to the growth of the region. 
 
He exhorted the gathering to ensure that all stakeholders, including people displaced as a result of the development, benefit from this growth.
 
Fadnavis thanked the Central Government for enabling the establishment of an IIM in Nagpur. His speech emphasized on the indispensability of quality human resources. Capital for industry cannot be deployed in the absence of human resources, he stated, thus underscoring the importance of premier institutions such as IIM in a city like Nagpur. He explained how the growth of Pune as an IT hub was founded on its development as an educational centre and consequently an industrial city.
 
Envisioning a similar model for Nagpur, he stated that the establishment of institutes of national importance such as IIM, AIIMS, NLU and IIIT in the city will enable the development of skilled human resources, thereby attracting the attention of the industry as well. He stressed that 80% of India’s GDP is concentrated within an hour’s flight from Nagpur, which, as the logistics hub of the nation, is therefore the ideal location for the first and only IIM in Maharashtra.
 
Institutes such as IIMN contribute to the educational ecosystem of the region, which in turn provides an impetus to overall development. He hailed the event as a milestone in the growth of the city, and shared his vision for elevating IIM Nagpur to the stature of prestigious IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. 
 
Kakani related how the company had ensured that Project-Affected Persons received adequate compensation and employment with the coming up of new institutions in SEZ – MIHAN. Training orders were given to local youth from displaced families who would work as paid trainees, and eventually be employed with MADC Ltd.
 
Gurnani spoke of the challenges in the development of the new campus and outlined the Board's ambitious vision for the institute and their enthusiasm to transform IIM Nagpur into an institution of international repute. 
 
Gurnani was positive that with Phase I proceeding as planned, the work for Phase II would be expedited as well.
 
IIM Nagpur is the first of the six new-generation IIMs to commence its flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management in 2015. Mentored by IIM Ahmedabad, it has successfully placed its first two batches. The third batch of IIM Nagpur is set to graduate in 2019.
 
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CIPAM invites entries for Intellectual Property Competition

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The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, in collaboration with ASSOCHAM and Ericsson India, has launched the second edition of IPrism, an Intellectual Property (IP) competition for students of schools, polytechnic institutes, colleges and universities. 
 
Aiming to foster a culture of innovation and creativity in the younger generation, the competition will provide young creators an opportunity to see their creations recognized on a national platform, an official press release said.
 
This year, entries are invited on “IP in Daily Life” in two categories – film making and comic book making. 
 
The film making competition will accept entries of 60-second long animated/film videos, while the comic book making encourages participants to narrate a story in comic strips under 5 pages.
 
Cash prizes worth more than Rs. 2 lakh will be given to the winning teams besides a special trophy of recognition for the school, institute or college that the students represent. The winners will also be recognised on CIPAM’s official website
 
The last date for receiving entries is May 30, 2019, the release said.
 
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IIMA adds GRE as criteria for admission into ePGP Programme other than CAT, GMAT

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The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) today said that, from the 2019-21 batch onwards, it would also accept valid GRE scores (of last five years), apart from GMAT and CAT, for admission into its e-Mode Post Graduate Programme (ePGP).
 
Candidates who have missed the CAT 2018 deadline can also appear in GMAT / GRE until March 31, 2019 in order to be eligible for 2019-21 batch application, a press release from the institute said.
 
Shortlisted candidates applying for 2019-21 batch will be invited for personal interview at IIMA campus or other cities decided by the institute.
 
The application for admission into ePGP 2019-21 batch has already begun. The last date for the application is May 31, 2019. The first campus module for new batch is slated to start from September 23, 2019.
 
The 'e' in ePGP stands for Electronic Mode (Interactive Onsite Learning). The ePGP marks IIMA's foray to offering long-term hybrid management education course leading to awarding a PG Diploma. The ePGP is a hybrid learning programme, with online lessons attended through study centers, classroom teaching at IIMA campus at regular intervals and, mentored project work. 
 
The two-year course is comprehensive and designed for working executives and entrepreneurs. The programme is aimed to enhance strategic thinking and impart the entrepreneurial as well leadership abilities required for taking organizations to the next level, while also advancing individual career aspirations, the release said.
 
The innovative curriculum is designed by the faculty members of IIMA, with their diverse experience in research, consulting / advisory, and teaching the regular students and executives in various programmes. The pedagogy is benchmarked with global standards in management education, thus providing participants with knowledge that are vital in today's knowledge economy.
 
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Government hikes fellowships, research fellows now entitled to HRA

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The Central Government has enhanced the fellowship of Ph.D. students and other researchers in any area of science and technology, including Physical and Chemical Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Life Sciences, and Pharmacy.  
 
Union Science & Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan said PhD. scholars, working in science and technology, are the most significant contributors to the knowledge base of the country for its industrial competitiveness, academic vibrancy and technology led innovations.
 
Emphasizing on the commitment of the government, Dr Vardhan said that improving the value of Ph.D. research cannot be a one-time exercise but requires constant input and efforts which the Government is fully committed to undertake.
 
The hike in fellowship will directly benefit over 60,000 Research Fellows and also provide a template to the States to consider an increase in their fellowship rates, an official press release said.
 
Fellowship of the Junior Research Fellows in the first two years of Ph.D. programme has been increased from the current rate of Rs 25,000 to Rs 31,000 per month. Similarly, in the remaining tenure of Ph.D., Senior Research Fellows will get Rs 35,000 per month instead of the present Rs 28,000 per month, it said.
 
Further, there is substantial 30-35% enhancement in the financial rewards for the scientists involved in the R&D projects as Research Associates. The top bracket of Research Associateship is fixed at Rs 54,000.  All the research fellows are also entitled to house rent allowance (HRA) as per Central Government norms, the release said.
 
This empowering mechanism is uniformly applicable across all the fellowship granting Ministries, Departments, Agencies and Academic and Government R&D Organizations of the country. 
 
For the first time, the Government has also recommended a set of strong financial and academic incentives to enhance and recognize the performance of research fellows.  This will be a performance-based addition to the fellowship.  
 
An Empowered Inter-Ministerial Committee has been constituted to periodically examine all the fellowship matters that have a bearing on enhancing the value, quality and experience of doctoral research, including the quantum of fellowship.  
 
One of the recommendations is to involve Ph.D. students in undergraduate teaching and managing research infrastructure during their doctoral research. This will not only widen their scope of training but also enhance their career prospects, the release added.
 
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Cabinet okays creation of post of VC for National Rail & Transport Institute at Vadodara

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The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the creation of the post of Vice-Chancellor for India's first rail and transportation university, National Rail & Transport Institute (NRTI) at Vadodara in Gujarat.
 
The Vice-Chancellor shall be the Principal Executive Officer of the institution and shall exercise general supervision and control over the affairs of the institution and shall be mainly responsible for implementation of the decisions of all the authorities of the Institution deemed to be University, an official press release said.
 
NRTI opened its doors to the first batch of 103 students from 20 states of India, in two fully-residential undergraduate courses - BSc. in Transportation Technology and DBA in Transportation Management, the classes for which started from September 5, 2018. These three-year degree programs have interdisciplinary curricula, benchmarked with leading institutions in the world, consisting of foundation, core and elective courses.
 
NRTI seeks to forge collaboration with leading international institutions in the areas of Joint research and faculty and student exchange. Memoranda of Agreement have been signed by NRTI with Cornell University, USA; University of California, Berkeley; MIIT, Moscow and St. Petersburg Transport University, Russia so far.
 
NRTI is focused on transport-related education, multidisciplinary research and training. It was established as a Deemed to be University under the de novo category in 2018 to create a resource pool of best-in-class professionals for the railway and transportation sector.
 
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Cabinet approves three new AIIMS in Samba, Pulwama and Rajkot

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The Union Cabinet has approved the setting up of three new All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Vijaynagar, Samba in Jammu, Awantipura, Pulwama in Kashmir and Rajkot in Gujarat.
 
The AIIMS at Vijaynagar and Awantipura will be set up at a cost of Rs 1828 crore and the one in Rajkot at a cost of Rs 1195 crore. These institutes will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY), an official press release said.
 
One post of Director in the basic pay of Rs 2,25,000/- (fixed) plus NPA (pay + NPA would not exceed Rs 2,37,500) will be created for each of the three AIIMS.
 
The AIIMS in Vijaynagar will be built in 48 months. It will broadly comprise a pre-construction phase of 12 months, a construction phase of 30 months and stabilization/ commission phase of 6 months.
 
The AIIMS in Awantipura will be built in 72 months, with a pre-construction phase of 12 months, a construction phase of 54 months and stabilization/commission phase of 6 months.
 
The AIIMS in Rajkot will be built in 45 months with a pre-construction phase of 10 months, a construction phase of 32 months and stabilization/commission phase of 3 months.
 
Establishment of new AIIMS involves the creation of Hospital, Teaching Block for medical & nursing courses, residential complex and allied facilities/services, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi and other six new AIIMS taken up under Phase-I of PMSSY. 
 
The objective is to establish the new AIIMS as Institutions of National Importance for providing quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
 
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Each new AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) seats and 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) seats. Each will have 15-20 Super Specialty Departments.
 
Each of them will add around 750 hospital beds which will include Emergency/Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Private Beds and ICU Speciality & Super Speciality beds.
 
It is expected that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1500 OPD patients per day and around 1000 IPD patients per month.
 
There will be a Medical College, AYUSH Block, Auditorium, Night Shelter, Guest House, Hostels and residential facilities.
 
Construction of the new AIIMS is fully funded by the Central Government. The Operations & Maintenance expenses will be fully borne by the Central Government, an official press release said.
 
The establishment of the new AIIMS will create capital assets for which requisite specialized manpower will be created, based on the pattern of the six new AIIMS, for their maintenance and upkeep, it said.
 
"Setting up of new AIIMS would transform health education and training and address the shortfall of health care professionals in the region. It will serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality health care to the population.
 
"It will also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that will be available for primary and secondary level institutions/facilities being created under the National Health Mission (NHM).
 
"Setting up new AIIMS in Jammu & Kashmir and in Gujarat will lead to employment generation for nearly 3000 people in various faculty & non-faculty posts in each of the AIIMS. Indirect employment generation will take place due to facilities & services like a shopping centre, canteens, etc. coming in the vicinity of new AIIMS. The construction activity involved in the creation of the physical infrastructure for the various new AIIMS is also expected to generate substantial employment in the construction phase as well," the release added.
 
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Dr Ambedkar International Centre inks MoU with JNU

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Dr Ambedkar International Centre (DAIC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) here to facilitate and enhance research activities and policy formulation aimed at socio-economic transformation and sustainable development. 
 
The MoU was signed by JNU Vice-Chancellor M Jagadish Kumar and DAIC Director Atul Dev Sarmah here last week.
 
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, among others.
 
DAIC is a centrally located state-of-the-art centre for quality research in socio-economic transformation and it has been envisaged as a think-tank for preparing policy briefs. JNU with the status of the ‘University of Excellence’ given by the UGC is a world-renowned centre for teaching and research, having collaborations and MoUs with universities across the world in research projects, conferences, and publications.
 
"The MoU will facilitate and enhance research activities and policy formulation aimed at Socio-economic Transformation and Sustainable Development. The two organizations resolved to cooperate within the scope of their mandates and sphere of competences to work for these issues. 
 
"The parties recognized the benefits to be derived from increased collaboration, cooperation and interaction for the further promotion and understanding of high performance in research training and organizing various programmes including conferences, seminars, symposia and lecture series.
 
"The MoU aims to define the areas for fundamental, academic research in which both the Parties desire to work together in future for their mutual benefit to foster a collaborative framework with a view to benefiting from each other’s initiatives," an official press release said.
 
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Cabinet approves setting up of medical college at Silvassa

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The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the setting up of a medical college at Silvassa in the Union Territory (UT) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli.
 
The college, with an yearly intake of 150 students, will be set up at a capital cost of Rs 189 crore to be incurred in two years, Rs 114 crore in 2018-19 and Rs 75 crore in the next, an official press release said.
 
The project will be completed by 2019-20 and the construction and capital expenditure will be incurred as per the norms of Medical Council of India (MCI) and extant guidelines of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.
 
The annual recurring expenditure for the Medical College will be managed within the budget provision for the UT.
 
The creation of 21 regular posts of 14 (JS) level and above (including teaching and non-teaching) out of 357 regular posts which were recommended by the Committee on Establishment Expenditure (CEE) was also approved.
 
The approval will increase the availability of doctors and address the issue of shortage of doctors. It will enhance medical education opportunities for students. It will also result in the optimal utilization of the existing infrastructure of district hospitals and improve tertiary care facilities for the people of the two UTs and adjoining areas, the release added.
 
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Anju Seth takes over as Director of IIM Calcutta

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Prof. Anju Seth took over as the new Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta here this morning -- the first woman to hold the coveted position.
 
An announcement to this effect was made by the Chairperson of the Board of Governors of IIM Calcutta, Mr. Shrikrishna Kulkarni.
 
“We are indeed delighted that Anju will be the first woman Director of IIMC. She was the unanimous choice of the Search Cum Selection Committee and the BOG. On behalf of the IIMC fraternity, it is my privilege to welcome her to the IIMC team," Mr. Kulkarni added.
 
Prof. Seth is an alumnus of IIMC and has most recently held the position of Pamplin Professor of Management at Virginia Tech in the United States.
 
She completed her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and has a distinguished academic career spanning over 25 years.
 
Prior to joining Virginia Tech, Prof. Seth was Professor of Business Administration at University of Illinois. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and research.
 
She is on the editorial board of many scholarly journals. During the past several years she has maintained strong connections with academic and professional organizations in India such as Vedica Scholars Program and many others.
 
Speaking on her new responsibility, Prof. Seth said, “It is an honour and privilege to be appointed to serve IIM Calcutta in the position of Director. I look forward to working with faculty, staff, students, Governors and all other stakeholders to build on the Institute’s strong foundations and accomplish new heights of eminence.”
 
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Centre withdraws its nominees from IIM Boards in accordance with IIM Act 2017

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The Union Government on Monday approved the process of constitution of Board of Governors for the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in accordance with the IIM Act 2017.
 
As per the approval given after consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice, the government has decided to withdraw its nominees from the existing boards. 
 
"In spirit of the Act, the government has decided to immediately withdraw the government nominees who are in excess of the provisions of the Act. This will pave the way for complete control of the institutions by reputed academicians and alumni," read the statement issued by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry. 
 
Under the decision, three ex-officio members will re-select the current Chairperson -- unless there are issues with ineligibility -- and allow him or her to continue for a new full term. The Chairperson will then constitute the board as laid down in the Act's Section 10. 
 
The Chairperson will now select five alumni members, four eminent persons, and two faculty members, for a full new term. 
 
"This process is expected to be completed before December 15, 2018. On completion of the constitution of the Boards... The rules under the IIM Act would be issued, which would bring out the operational details more clearly," read the statement. 
 
That government nominees will become part of the Board in future is not yet clear, since Section 10 of the IIM Act, 2017 prescribes inclusion of one nominee each from the central and state governments in the Board. 
 
"The process of constitution of Boards for the IIMs, which have been given full powers of running the institutions, is a major development which signals complete autonomy of quality institutions in higher education and will ensure quality expansion of higher education," HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said in the statement.
 
The Board has the authority to decide fees for courses, and to create academic and administrative posts and also establish faculties as well as departments. 
 
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IIMA’s RTERC to conduct Winter School from December 13-16

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The Right to Education Resource Centre (RTERC) of the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA), will host the fifth edition of its annual flagship event, Winter School, here from December 13-16.
 
The programme aims to orient students towards public policy and social change, a press release from the organisers said.
 
Participants of Winter School go through an orientation programme for four days on IIMA Campus. Professors of the institute and other dignitaries from all over India take orientation classes for the participants. The purpose of the orientation programme is to give the participants a basic set of tools for understanding the social equations surrounding them.
 
The theme of Winter School this year is citizenship to imbibe a feeling of bonding with the nation and act to create a better future for young people across India. Post the orientation programme, participants pick a policy of their choice and do a practicum at a place of their choice. The practicum would ideally take 10 days. Participants are expected to send a report to the RTERC, detailing the work they have done, to earn a certificate.
 
Participants of the previous years have mentioned that the sessions at winter school have led them to understand some problems faced by society, and, more importantly, enabled them to find solutions and bring about social change. Also, the final policy-related work has led to an understanding of how things actually work at the grass-root level.
 
Ankur Sarin, Professor and Faculty Coordinator - RTERC at IIMA, said, “RTERC's Winter School provides a platform for participants to engage with ideas in education and public policy and enact their roles as citizens towards the creation of a socially just society.”
 
The deadline for applying to the programme is November 10, 2018.
 
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Cabinet okays setting up of Central Tribal University in Andhra

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The Union Cabinet today approved setting up of a Central Tribal University in Andhra Pradesh. 
 
 The Central Tribal University of Andhra Pradesh will be set up in Relli village of Vizianagaram District as provided under the Thirteenth Schedule to the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 (No. 6 of 2014).  
 
The Cabinet has also approved the provision of funds of Rs. 420 crore for the first phase expenditure towards establishment of the Central Tribal University, an official press release added.
 
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‘Institutes of eminence’ to fill gaps in quality of education in India, says Kovind

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday said that, despite having a massive network of 903 universities and 39,050 colleges, India was faced with gaps in quality and in attaining world-class excellence across the spectrum.
 
Addressing the 15th convocation of the Symbiosis International University here, Mr Kovind said it was in this context that the government took the decision to promote and support 20 institutions of higher education as “institutes of eminence” – to grant them recruitment and curricula flexibility in order to reach best-in-class global standards.
 
He urged the administrators, professors and students and alumni of Symbiosis to aim to build and locate at least one such “institute of eminence” at their University.
 
“It is a matter of pride for us that India has been a centre of learning for centuries. From Taxila to Nalanda, the subcontinent’s age-old universities attracted students from different parts of Asia and beyond.
 
“In modern times as well our campuses have been open to and welcoming of talented young people from many countries, especially those in our neighbourhood and in Africa – a continent with which we have a special relationship, shaped in classrooms,” he said.
 
“It is worth noting that 46,144 international students from 166 countries study in various colleges, universities and institutions of higher learning in India. Symbiosis plays a significant role in this process. He was happy to note that over 1,000 international students study in Symbiosis. Of those who graduating today, 329 students are from 33 countries other than India.
 
“This adds to the multicultural and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Symbiosis’s campus, and promotes goodwill among nations,” he said.
 
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