Weekly News: 23rd July to 30th July 2023

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Jamia Millia Islamia to start Medical College, aiming to open international campus soon: VC Najma Akhtar

Jamia Millia Islamia announced on Sunday that they plan to start their own medical college soon and the central government has permitted them. Vice Chancellor Najma Akhtar made this announcement during the Centenary Convocation ceremony held at the university.
At the ceremony, she said, “We have dentistry, physiotherapy, and first aid health centers, but a medical college has been missing in Jamia. As a VC, I have always requested a medical college, on behalf of my students and faculty.

IIM Lucknow to conduct CAT 2023 Exam soon, official notification yet to be released

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, very soon will be conducting the Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2023. As per a report by The Indian Express, a senior official has confirmed this news. The official notification will be released on the official website very soon on the official website of IIM Lucknow- iimcat.ac.in

Like every year, the CAT 2023 notification will be released at the end of July, confirmed Prof. Sanjeet Singh, Chairperson of Admissions, appointed as the exam convenor this year.

NFSU likely to open in Nagpur soon

National Forensic Science University (NFSU), Gandhinagar proposed to open a sub-center in Nagpur. Search for a place to open the institute has been started around Nagpur City. Due to the surge in cybercrime and the demand for DNA testing, CCTV analysis, and Forensic Psychology, there’s a need for the development of forensic sciences. 

To expand the National Forensic University, a large infrastructure on several hectares of land is required. Dr. S O Junare, Director of the Department of Forensic Sciences, NFSU, visited Nagpur to explore potential locations in rural areas, and the local administration is now tasked with finding suitable open land for the university.

IIM Kozhikode to Start New Indo-Japan Study and Research Centre

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode has planned to establish an ‘India-Japan Study and Research Centre’ to bolster management education and research capabilities in areas of shared interest between the two nations.

This collaboration will facilitate student exchange programs between IIMK and various renowned Japanese higher learning institutions. To ensure valuable insights and guidance from Japan, Professor Rajib Shaw of Keio University has been appointed as the Visiting Professor to advise IIMK on the activities of the newly formed Centre.

15 students of IIT Bombay opts for an early exit last year

Last year, 15 students from IIT Bombay chose to take the early exit option. Professor Avinash Mahajan, the Dean of Academic Programmes at the institute, confirmed this. The option is available to students who are unable to complete the four-year B.Tech course but wish to leave with a B.Sc. in Engineering degree from IIT. This option provides an honorable exit for students who have completed three years of coursework, rather than being considered a drop-out.

UGC approves guidelines of HEIs for the Institutional Development Plan

At a meeting on Tuesday, the University Grants Commission (UGC) approved the draft guidelines for the Institutional Development Plan for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). 

This reflects a global trend toward greater emphasis on quality and standards, which is driven by the high cost of higher education for both the public and private sectors. The UGC emphasized that Indian higher education institutions must also strive to achieve a higher level of quality and establish measures to achieve, demonstrate, and ensure sustainable quality.

IIT-Kharagpur updates its curricula to align with NEP 2020

IIT-Kharagpur, under the leadership of Director VK Tewari, has aligned its curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate courses with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. In keeping with this policy, the university has embarked on multidisciplinary research in fields such as science, technology, management, and law. 

Furthermore, IIT-Kharagpur has broadened its academic offerings by introducing a new MBBS program at the BC Roy Institute of Medical Science and Technology. The updated curricula include expanded elective options for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as the introduction of interdisciplinary dual-degree programs. 

Additionally, the summer internship program offered to undergraduate students has been expanded to allow for up to eight months of research or industry internship, as per Tewari’s statement.


Uttar Pradesh Government launches UP Scholarship, promoting education and empowering the youth

The government of Uttar Pradesh has started a scholarship program called UP Scholarship. This program is intended to financially support students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, as well as those belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes, and other backward classes. The aim is to help these students achieve their higher education goals without worrying about financial constraints.

The UP Scholarship program has been highly successful since it began, benefiting thousands of students across various disciplines by providing access to quality education. The government has implemented an innovative solution to ensure that the scholarship distribution process is efficient and that the right beneficiaries receive their benefits in a timely manner. To know more Visit: https://upscholarshipstatus.com/ 

The Great Indian Dream Scholarship

Swadesh is offering The Great Indian Dream Scholarship to Indian students studying in the U.S. The scholarship is available in three amounts: $10,000 for one student, $5,000 for ten students, and $2,000 for twenty students. 

Eligibility: To be eligible, students must be Indian citizens enrolled in an American university for higher education for at least 18 months. Applicants must also open a free Swadesh account. 

Deadline: The deadline for applications is August 20, 2023. 

For more information and to apply, please visit:  https://www.swadesh.co/scholarship 


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