As the debate rages over Facebook’s role in influencing people during the US presidential elections by Russian ads and fake news on the platform, the company’s chief operating office Sheryl Sandberg has stressed that the social media giant is not a media organisation, and therefore does not hire journalists. Sandberg said that Facebook is run by technical workers and engineers and, according to her, the company does not produce news content, therefore it can’t be a media company. In an interview with US-based news website Axios on Thursday, she said, “At our heart we are a tech company. We hire engineers. We don’t hire reporters. No one is a journalist.” Facebook is a major source of news and information, generates billions in ad revenue, and is producing its own original television shows. Contrary to her claim, Facebook hired former NBC anchor Campbell Brown in January to head up the company’s news division and work with other … [Read more...] about Facebook not a media company: COO Sandberg
NEW DELHI: In a move intended to protect farmers against price volatility, particularly in perishables like onions, tomatoes and potatoes, the Niti Aayog is drawing up a model law on contract farming for approval by the Cabinet by June. As market fluctuations have made distress sales -- with dramatic photographs of farmers dumping kitchen staples on roads -- a regular feature, the centre's think-tank is considering options that can reduce the risks for farmers by balancing entry of private players with safeguards for agriculturalists. “We have been working on the model law for quite some time. Meetings with states’ representatives were held last year. We will hold further consultations on the final draft after the assembly elections,” said Ramesh Chand, agriculture expert and member of NITI Aayog. He told TOI though the NITI Aayog had already come out with an initial draft in October, further discussions and consultations were required to tighten … [Read more...] about NITI Aayog finalising model law on contract farming
Kharagpur, a little town 125 km from Kolkata, finally made it to Bollywood, thanks to a biopic on MS Dhoni. The cricketer had worked for South Eastern Railways and his days in the town were a rather depressing period in his career. Also Read: India’s emerging education hubs: A look at India’s best cities to study in Apart from boasting about having the longest railway platform (now third, after Gorakhpur and Kollam) in the world for decades, the town has another reason for global fame — IITKharagpur, the first ever IIT. Also Read: Indore: IIT and an IIM in the same city is the reason for Indore becoming a melting pot of students It is also the largest, spread across 2,100 acres, and with a student population exceeding 11,000. There’s no dearth of famous alumni — Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and former RBI governor Duvvuri Subbarao. Also Read: Existence of established tier-2 educational hubs and how these cities have … [Read more...] about IIT Kharagpur: It soon plans to start MBBS degree course
Exit Delhi towards Uttar Pradesh (UP) and scarcely would you have left the Capital when you will find yourself flanked by the façades of a bevy of educational institutions on the Noida and Greater Noida stretch. Also Read: India’s emerging education hubs: A look at India’s best cities to study in If the twin cities have over 200 engineering, medical and management colleges, it’s with good reason: Proximity to Delhi (Noida is 28 km away and Greater Noida 48 km), modern infrastructure, support from a development-focused UP government, a lower cost of living than Delhi and Gurgaon, connectivity via Metro and of course the propensity of business houses looking to foray into the education sector. Also Read: Indore: IIT and an IIM in the same city is the reason for Indore becoming a melting pot of students The ever-bulging list of corporate houses present in the satellite towns of Delhi is another enticement for institutions as well as students to look at … [Read more...] about Noida & Greater Noida: Can it hold candle to UP’s institutions dream after emerging as growing hub?
In 2014, when Ashok Kumar Das took charge as vice chancellor of Utkal University in Bhubaneswar, he was returning home in more ways than one. A native of the city, he had graduated in physics from Utkal four decades earlier. “When I was studying here, Utkal was one of the leaders in science, a gold mine. But as private universities mushroomed, it experienced a slump. Now we are re-emphasising science,” says Das, a former scientist at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Also Read: India’s emerging education hubs: A look at India’s best cities to study in His efforts seem to be paying off, with the 73-year old state university, the largest in Odisha, with 351 affiliated colleges, getting an A+ grade recently from the National Assessment and Accreditation Council. “A+ is a big deal for a state university,” says Das. The university, which also offers degrees in medicine, social sciences, humanities, law and business, has 4,000 students on … [Read more...] about Bhubaneswar: Home to a bunch of reputed colleges and research institutes