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Indian Universities, Colleges and Schools Round-Up | December 2022 | JNU to start School of Indian Languages to celebrate country's cultural diversity

23 December, 2022

To benefit our student community and other stakeholders, the following write-up attempts to bring striking happenings across Indian Universities, Colleges and Schools lately. This article serves as a primer for the news articles published in the print/digital media (Sources for these news articles are linked below).

BITS Pilani to offer PhD in Data Sciences for Global Health

New Delhi: The Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani and the Washington-based One Health Trust have agreed to establish a PhD program in Data Sciences for Global Health. The programme is expected to train graduates and postgraduates on current global health issues and cutting-edge research methodology, with rigorous fieldwork and data analysis. The unique full-time interdisciplinary degree will provide advanced education in global health along with expertise in statistical, quantitative and qualitative skills to future students.

Founded as the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics and Policy (CDDEP), the One Health Trust (OHT) is a public health research organization with headquarters in Washington. G Sundar, Senior Professor and Director of BITS Pilani, Hyderabad Campus, said, "The rigorous research and data analysis expertise of OHT will serve to greatly strengthen data-driven public health policymaking in the country, and thus raise the levels of overall well-being".

UoH receives Rs 1 crore Research Grant from the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

Hyderabad: Professor Vijaya B Marisetty and Dr Varsha Mamidi from the School of Management Studies, University of Hyderabad (UoH), have been sanctioned a competitive research grant of close to Rs 1 crore by the Ministry of Electronics and IT. The grant will help in developing a blockchain platform with a Robo-advising facility for the onboarding of around 1 million farmers across India in the pilot phase. The platform enables farm-producing organisations to engage with farming ecosystem players, including, lenders, input suppliers and output customers.

Earlier, Prof. Marisetty and Dr Mamidi had received blockchain use case grants through the Institution of Eminence (IoE) for developing cold chain logistics platforms for the pharma industry with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories as the industry partner. They have also won an international blockchain hackathon in Dubai and a blockchain hackathon run by the National Payment Corporation of India. Prof. B J Rao, Vice Chancellor, UoH, said, “I am happy that a grant of this magnitude involving around 1 million farmers, will do wonders for the stature of the University of Hyderabad".

JNU to start School of Indian Languages to celebrate country's cultural diversity

New Delhi: Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) will start a new School of Indian Languages where courses on different languages will be offered from next year in a bid to celebrate the country's cultural diversity. Vice Chancellor Santishree D Pandit said the School of Indian Languages would house centres for different states where literature, culture and history would be taught. Several states have shown interest in this regard and Tamil Nadu has already given Rs 10 crore for its centre, Ms Pandit said.

"JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University) is starting a new School of Indian Languages where different state governments are giving the university a corpus to set up chairs. They will become special centres of not only languages but also literature, culture and history of that state. "Tamil Nadu has already given Rs 10 crore. Four more states -- Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Assam will give Rs 10 crore each. We will have a corpus of Rs 50 crore," Ms Pandit said.

India's first online course to create Political Campaign Managers launched by School of Politics

New Delhi: School of Politics announced India’s first online course for Political Campaign Managers. One of its kind, the course named as Political Campaigns and Electoral Strategy aims to nurture an entire generation of able, skilled and principled political consultants and strategists.

The launched course also aims to help young career aspirants to build a career in and around Politics, which has high growth opportunities as well as high rewards. A career in Political consulting has numerous benefits, as it gives direct access to leadership, has High Remuneration and has higher growth than market standards. The first batch will kick off on 12 January 2023. The course contains 10 Subjects, 75 Modules, and 125 Hours of Classes followed by assignments and practicals.

Chitkara University collaborates with Federation University Australia amidst the worldwide water crisis

Chandigarh: In a unique initiative, Federation University, Australia has collaborated with Chitkara University to deliver a course on the management of water resources. To come up with ways and means to deal with water management problems, as many as 30 students have been handpicked who will be taught to think in a holistic way to solve water-related issues. This course aims to develop ‘systems thinking’ skills in addition to helping young budding engineering students to understand the multidisciplinary nature of water resource management.

“The systems thinking skills acquired in this course through a mix of teaching methods in a multicultural environment will help prepare our graduates for a dynamically changing world. The collaborative nature of this course also aims to strengthen bonds between India and Australia, while building problem-solving skills through sharing of better practices” said, Dr Madhu Chitkara, Pro-Chancellor, Chitkara University.


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