Campus roundup: UC Berkeley ties up with Ashoka University

Updated: Nov 23, 2014 11:26 PM

UC Berkeley ties up with Ashoka University The University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and Ashoka University have partnered to promote academic collaboration and quality liberal arts education. “This partnership aims to facilitate academic and curricular advisory from one of the most renowned US universities to support Ashoka University’s development into the standard bearer […]

UC Berkeley ties up with Ashoka University
The University of California at Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and Ashoka University have partnered to promote academic collaboration and quality liberal arts education. “This partnership aims to facilitate academic and curricular advisory from one of the most renowned US universities to support Ashoka University’s development into the standard bearer for liberal arts education in India,” Rudrangshu Mukherjee, vice-chancellor of Ashoka University, said. The relationship also builds opportunities for student and faculty exchange to enrich academic experiences at both the schools. Mukherjee added, “Partnership with UC Berkeley is an opportunity to learn from the best; we will try to emulate UC Berkeley’s academic pedigree and explore opportunities for learning, research and training.”

The IET to bring world land speed record holder Andy Green to India
The Institution of Engineering and Technology will bring the current world land speed record holder Andy Green to India in November. Green will deliver the IET’s Lord Austin Prestige Lecture on project Bloodhound, a supersonic car aiming to set a new land speed record of 1,000 mph (1,609 kmph). UK-based IET is a professional society for engineers and has a strong presence in India, with over 10,000 members. The lectures will be held at the Infosys campus in Electronics City, Bangalore, on November 13, and at SRM University in Chennai on November 14.

AISECT Knowledge Olympiad on November 23
Education group AISECT, which has been working towards bridging the skills and ICT education gap between urban and rural India, has launched the fourth edition of its Knowledge Olympiad, which will be held on November 23 at over 12,000 AISECT centres. The two-hour test will cover GK, reasoning ability, general science, numerical ability and computer knowledge. AISECT’s director Siddharth Chaturvedi said, “Through this Olympiad we intend to challenge the young minds of the country.” The last day to register for the Olympiad is November 20.
Johns Hopkins, IIHMR’s Master of Public Health
IIHMR University, Jaipur, in cooperation with the Johns Hopkins University, US, is now offering a degree in Master of Public Health (MPH) in India. Students who get selected for the MPH would travel to Johns Hopkins University Campus in Baltimore, US, for a 2-week training in January 2015. This collaboration will enable the students to benefit from Johns Hopkins’ track record of excellence in teaching public health and IIHMR’s expertise in health management.

Genpact’s vocational skill-building programme
Genpact has announced it is partnering with the Sector Skills Council and Nasscom Foundation to jointly create and launch “Reach Higher”, a vocational skill-building programme to align with the government’s aspiration to train 150 million people by 2022. To be delivered through NIIT and Global Talent Track, it aims to equip aspirants with skills in specialised areas such as finance and accounting. The programme also aims to train them on job-related essentials such as English, soft skills and computer literacy. Amit Aggarwal, senior V-P and CSR leader at Genpact, said, “This model, if done correctly, can be scaled across skills that companies need today.”

NIIT and IEEE tie-up for engineer employability
NIIT and IEEE Computer Society have tied up to provide training based on the Guide to the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK) to create quality engineers to meet the industry’s requirement for job-ready talent. Though over 10 lakh engineers study in Indian universities, 80% are not considered job-ready. According to the recent National Employability Report called “Engineering Graduates—2014”, released by Aspiring Minds, only 18.43% engineers are employable for the IT services role, while 3.95% are trained to be deployed on projects. For jobs in mechanical, electronics/ electrical and civil jobs, mere 7.49% engineers are employable. P Rajendran, executive director, NIIT, said, “NIIT and IEEE will help improve the employability of engineers on a global scale.”

FMS completes summer placement in 3.5 days
The Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, has announced that this year’s summer placement season at its campus saw companies opening multiple profiles and recruiting in large numbers. This led to FMS securing 219 offers for the batch of 2016, ensuring 100% placements in 3.5 days. As many as 36 first-time recruiters visited the campus. The highest domestic stipend was R2 lakh per month whereas the highest international stipend was 500 Kuwaiti Dinars. The median stood at R60,000 per month.

Quantum, Roorkee, holds talk on impact of internet
Quantum Global Campus, Roorkee, recently held a talk on the impact of internet and technology on student behaviour. Director general SC Handa felicitated the dignitaries and the regional officer of CBSE Manoj Kumar Srivastava was the chief guest. The chairman of the campus, Ajay Goyal, said that it is the duty of an educational institution to encourage students to take up the chosen areas of their interests so that they can excel in their respective fields.

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