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Indian Universities, Colleges and Schools Round-Up | March 2024 | FLAME University signs groundbreaking MOU with Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis

31 March, 2024

This article seeks to illuminate recent advancements within Indian educational institutions, ranging from universities and colleges to schools. It aims to inspire educators and stakeholders to adopt effective strategies within their educational contexts. By spotlighting notable developments, the objective is to foster positive impacts for students and avid learners. Below are links to news articles from esteemed media outlets for further elucidation and reference. It's important to note that this article is based on these news articles, providing insights and references.

DAVV Among 25 Institutions To Get ‘University Connect Hub’ tag

Indore: Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAA) has been awarded the status of the University Connect Hub. The university is among 25 institutions nationwide that have been granted the tag. These hubs will focus on various research verticals, including trade and investment, the Global South, and facilitating faculty exchange and internships.

One of the noteworthy initiatives during India's G-20 presidency was the launch of the G-20 University Connect programme at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi in September last year. The programme aimed to deepen youth understanding of India's G-20 Presidency and boost their involvement in various G-20 events. The initiative extended its outreach to 101 universities across India, facilitating their active participation in numerous programmes that garnered extensive engagement from higher education institutions. Despite the conclusion of the G20 Presidency, it is being decided to sustain the G-20 University Connect programme by introducing the ‘University Connect Hub.’

DAVV was among the 101 universities participating in the G-20 University Connect programme. Of the participating universities, 25 are designated explicitly as' University Connect Hub’, and DAVV is among them.

IIT Madras graduate Pavan Davuluri to head Microsoft Windows

New Delhi: Pavan Davuluri, an IIT Madras alumni, was appointed the new head of Microsoft Windows and Surface. He is the latest Indian to take on a leadership role at a Big Tech company, similar to Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella. Mr Davuluri worked for Microsoft for over 23 years and was involved in its work with Qualcomm and AMD to create processors for Surface.

Mr Davuluri has taken over from longtime product chief Panos Panay, who left the department to join Amazon last year. Earlier, Mr Davuluri oversaw the Surface group while Mikhail Parakhin headed the Windows department. After Mr Parakhin and Mr Panay quit, he took over both the Windows and Surface departments.

Birla International School announces free education to children of farmers and soldiers

Belagavi: Birla International School, Belagavi, has offered free lifetime education to the children of farmers who committed suicide and offsprings of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for the country. Founder of the school, Manjeet Jain, briefed about the noble initiatives of the school in Belagavi.

“We also offer free coaching classes and transportation for orphan children, extending educational opportunities to the most vulnerable members of society. Additionally, we are proud of sponsoring ten orphan students on an educational trip to the science city of Ahmedabad. We are also extending generous discount facilities to the children of journalists”, he said.

FLAME University signs groundbreaking MOU with Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis

Pune: FLAME University, the pioneer of interdisciplinary education in India, announces its collaboration with Harvard University’s prestigious Center for Geographic Analysis (CGA). This landmark association sets the stage for pioneering research in the critical areas of health, nutrition, and population policy.

The collaboration envisages developing research on understanding population, health, and development issues—particularly maternal and child health and nutrition - at the global level. More specifically, the joint research will focus on analysing secondary datasets from Demographic and Health Surveys for more than 190 low and middle-income countries to understand the geographical variation and cross-country comparison in the prevalence of health and nutrition outcomes among children. For example, anthropometric failures, anaemia, communicable diseases, healthcare delivery services, and sustainable development goals. The research will be conducted with the technical support of the Center for Geographic Analysis at Harvard University, under the supervision of Prof S V Subramanian, Professor at Harvard University.

Commenting on the association, Dr Dishan Kamdar, Vice-Chancellor of FLAME University, stated, “We are honoured to join forces with Harvard University’s Center for Geographic Analysis, a beacon of excellence in geospatial research. This collaboration underscores our commitment to advancing knowledge and addressing pressing global challenges through interdisciplinary research.”

University of Houston renews MoU with ICCR to set up new chair on Tamil language, literature

The University of Houston and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) have renewed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish the ICCR Chair of Indian Studies at the university. The chair will conduct research on Tamil language, literature, and culture. The MoU was signed last year but was renewed for another year at a ceremony held early this week at the University of Houston between its Chancellor and the President, Dr Renu Khator, and the Consul General of India in Houston, DC Manjunath.

The Chair aims to teach and conduct research on Tamil language, literature and culture at the University of Houston. The establishment of the Chair was welcomed by the leaders in the Joint Declaration issued after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US in June 2023. Under the MoU, Dr T Vijayalakshmi, the visiting chair professor from India, has been teaching a curated Tamil Language and Culture Course at the University for the last two semesters.


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