'Everything will be decided by the Centre.' IMAGE: With the Higher Education Commission of India Act 2018, the central government is aiming to redraw the map of higher education in India. Photograph: Ravikumar/Reuters The ministry of human resources recently came up with a draft of the Higher Education Commission of India Act 2018 to replace the University Grants Commission Act. But many educationists like Professor M Ananthakrishnan, former vice-chancellor, Anna University, and former chairman, IIT-Kanpur, are strongly against the new Act. "Higher education in India will be controlled by a single agency at the Centre. After Independence, it was believed that higher education will flourish as an intellectual enterprise in the country, independent of bureaucracy and other controls. All that will be gone now," Professor Ananthakrishnan tells Rediff.com's Shobha Warrier. Will replacing the University Grants Commission with the Higher Education Commission of India be a cosmetic change or … [Read more...] about Does Modi want to hijack higher education?
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A day after students of Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi were detained during their protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB), protests have been erupting across college campuses in solidarity with other students in Delhi and many north eastern states.On Monday morning, students of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) boycotted classes and field work and staged a process inside their campus. “In the lights of events of relentless police brutality in the past week in universities of north East India, Jamia Milia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University, we will not enter classrooms and behave like nothing is wrong with the system. We need nation wide support to speak against such brutality,” said one of the students.Similarly, students part of the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC) of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IIT-B) held a march on campus on Sunday night. Students held placards and flaming … [Read more...] about TISS students boycott classes in solidarity with Jamia Millia students
The University of Macau (UM) is determined to take the lead in higher education and research in the western Pearl River Delta, university Rector Song Yonghua said during a one-on-one interview with China Daily. The leadership role is one the university must take to contribute to the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, which comprises 11 cities along the Pearl River, he said. “In the east bank (of the Pearl River), we have Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Hong Kong — three of the four core cities of the Bay Area. The universities, the higher education resources and the companies there are strong,” Song said. Of the six Bay Area cities mainly on the west bank of the Pearl River, Macao is the only Bay Area core city. The University of Macau enjoys a strategically important status and advantage among universities on the west bank, so the school should take as its mission leading the higher education and research corporations on the west bank of the Pearl … [Read more...] about Macao varsity looks to lead higher education in western PRD
How much territory should you cede to investors during early funding rounds, how do you protect intellectual property, and which regulatory roadblocks must be avoided? Startups and the young entrepreneurs driving them wrestle with traditional problems that every private entity faces, even as they seek to upend markets through technology. Now, a growing number of boutique law firms and established players are reaching out to guide these ventures through legal and procedural minefields. Their work goes beyond advice and documentation as they literally mentor the founders in matters that could potentially shape the startups' future. Madhavan Srivatsan was a partner at a large law firm before becoming an entrepreneur and setting up his firm, Law Office of Madhavan Srivatsan, to assist young guns who may lack knowledge and experience. "Your first investment round is absolutely critical and the rights you give to the investors at this stage determine how your subsequent rounds go," he … [Read more...] about Law firms double as mentors for founders of new ventures
Email By national environment, science and technology reporter Michael Slezak Posted December 16, 2019 13:41:20 Photo: The COP25 talks were labelled as a "lost opportunity". (Reuters) Related Story: World 'loses an important opportunity' as UN climate talks end with disappointment Related Story: Australia wants to use credits to claim most of its Paris commitment. World leaders are debating banning them Related Story: COP 25: UN chief urges hope over 'surrender' as report shows greenhouse emissions rising rapidly Related Story: 'Profound economic benefits': Queensland urged to ramp up emissions reduction Related Story: Greta Thunberg is Time's 2019 Person of the Year Map: Australia Disappointment. That is the word many are using at the close of the latest United Nations climate talks in Madrid. And many of those people are pointing to Australia — among a handful of countries — as part of the problem. While the world agreed in Paris four years ago to stop … [Read more...] about Climate talks at COP25 a ‘disappointment’ as Australia gets special mention