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Andhra CM takes experts’ view on revamping higher education
The Indian Express, 17 February 2015
Academic experts and vice-chancellors from across the country Monday had a discussion with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu through video-conference on revamping higher education in the state. The CM has sought experts’ views in order to frame a policy framework for higher education in the state. Speaking at the session, Pankaj Jalote, Director, IIT-Delhi, said a 3-tier system of including research universities with vocational courses was required. While B N Jain, V-C of BITS Pilani said, “The state government should address land acquisition issues and work with AICTE and UGC to excel in research.” Former V-C of Manipal Global Education Services, Anand Sudarshan, pointed out that the state requires not only a quantitative and qualitative approach but also a diverse approach towards higher education. “The new policy should envisage diversity in courses, diversity in cultures, diversity in levels of education ranging from under graduation to research. The government should also focus on encouraging education entrepreneurship and grant autonomy to universities for collaborations,” he said. Meanwhile, Ajit Rangnekar, Dean of Indian School of Business, said that the government has to look at strengthening primary education before thinking about higher education. “We can’t create miracles in higher education if we have a weak primary education system,” he said, adding we need good quality institutions that will make our students employable for their skills. Leena Srivatsava, V-C of TERI, stressed on the need of collaboration between Indian institutes with international universities, student-exchange programs and creation of innovation hubs. Dileep Ranjekar, CEO of Azim Premji Foundation, said that the state needs a sustainable, long-term education policy. “Execution is the key,” he added. In order to make AP a hub for best private universities, Rishikesha Krishnan, director of IIM Indore, suggested that a concept of ready-made infrastructure or shared infrastructure should be explored. “Vice-chancellors’ selection shouldn’t be political. Their salaries or grading should be given based on their performance,” he added. During the session, the CM also requested the experts to come up with solutions to upgrade existing universities in the state and suggest new models of education for new/upcoming universities.
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N Chandrababu Naidu holds video conference with academicians on higher education
The Economic Times, 17 February 2015
HYDERABAD: In an attempt to revamp the higher education system, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today held a video-conference with academicians and education experts from various top universities in the country. "The video-conference is a first-of-its-kind initiative taken by a state government to involve experts from across the country to design a policy framework for higher education in the state. This is in line with the Chief Minister's aim of making Andhra Pradesh an education hub and a knowledge state," a state government release said here tonight. The Chief Minister said such video conferences could be held once a month in order to brainstorm and come up with new ideas that will make education inclusive by including innovation, creativity and diversity. "Education should support employment and lead to development," he said. During the brainstorming session, the Chief Minister asked experts to come up with solutions to upgrade existing universities, suggest new models of education for new or upcoming universities, integrate technology with new and existing models and make Research and Development (R&D) a core part of universities, it said. Recalling his previous meetings in the month, the Chief Minister told the experts that Apollo Hospitals has come forward to set up an institution in Chittoor, which will address the needs of medical and health sectors by providing 20,000 trained personnel every year. Similarly, he also explained about Siemens, which came forward to invest Rs 2,500 crore to Rs 3,000 crore in skill upgradation. Even DELL has evinced interest in skill development. Ajit Rangnekar, Dean of the Indian School of Business, said that the government has to look at strengthening primary education before thinking about higher education, according to the release. "We can't create miracles in higher education if we have a weak primary education system," he said, adding that "we need good quality institutions that will make our students employable for their skills." IIT Delhi Director Pankaj Jalote said a three-tier system of including research varsities and universities with vocational courses is needed, the release said. B N Jain, Vice Chancellor of BITS Pilani, suggested the Chief Minister to look into an "all digital open university" model, where MOOCs and other courses can be offered online. Jain also said that universities could look at improving Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) by creating capacities in privately-funded varsities to serve the society, it said. "The state government should also address land acquisition issues and work with AICTE and UGC to excel in research," he said. Leena Srivastava, Vice-Chancellor of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), said that the state government should aim for vision 2050, which includes giving global perspective to our students, faculty training and setting up of living labs, the release said. Enabling flexibility for students to choose courses should become part of our higher education system, said Sudhir Jain, director of IIT Gandhinagar. Dileep Ranjekar, CEO of Azim Premji Foundation, said that the state needs a sustainable, long-term education policy. "Execution is the key," he added. In order to make AP a hub for best private universities, Rishikesha Krishnan, director of IIM Indore, suggested that a concept of ready-made infrastructure or shared infrastructure should be explored. "Vice-Chancellors' selection shouldn't be political. Their salaries or grading should be given based on their performance," he added. Vice-Chancellors of 26 universities from the state and top officials were present on the occasion, the release added.
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Seventh Convocation ceremony of TERI University held
India Education Diary, 4 February 2015
The Seventh Convocation ceremony of the TERI University was held today, where four eminent dignitaries were awarded honorary doctorates. They are Dr José Manuel Ramos-Horta, Former President, East Timor, Mr Paul Polman, CEO, Unilever, and Mr Hiroaki Nakanishi, Chairman and CEO, Hitachi, and test cricketer V V S Laxman. In all, a total of eight doctoral degrees and 178 master’s degrees were awarded to the TERI University students at the convocation.Speaking on the occasion, Dr R K Pachauri, Chancellor, TERI University, and Director General, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), said: “Growth cannot happen in a vacuum, we need to create an enabling environment. TERI University has been built with an objective to achieve environmental sustainability. More importantly, we need to bring about a transformation in resource efficiency. Our country’s population is growing rapidly and we need to create engines of change.” Mr M Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development, said: “I am happy to be here at the convocation and I want students to never stop learning. TERI University students have a challenge to achieve both environmental and social sustainability. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have a chance to transform India and make the country development oriented. Skill development and management is one of the critical areas to transform India. For this, we need to change our mindsets. Given the state of unplanned development, we need to build capacity, especially for our urban bodies. We cannot build Smart Cities overnight, but we need appropriate technologies to realize this dream. We need to be proud of our nation and its heritage.”Dr Leena Srivastava, Vice Chancellor, TERI University, and Honorary Executive Director, TERI, said: “It has been 15 years since we were recognized as a deemed university by the Government of India. The TERI University is proud to see how its students are already making a mark in society. From helping integrate sustainability reporting, including the publication of the Economic Survey, to setting up social enterprises, from contributing to the efforts of international development organizations to working with corporates, and bringing change from within, our students are everywhere. We have been constantly experimenting, and successfully, with different innovations.” Dr Rajiv Seth, Dean (Admn) & Registrar, TERI University, said: “2014 has been a great year for the TERI University in many ways. The campus has acquired colours of a different hue, bringing a youthful and energetic feeling in all of us. Apart from enhancing our learning, we have expanded modern green building concepts such as passive solar design, energy efficiency and water and waste management systems. This year we have set up a new department of regional water studies to respond to the challenges of water management, both at the national and regional levels.”Accepting the doctorate, Cricketer V V S Laxman, said: “I am happy because I wanted to become a doctor, but realized my dream to play for the country. This is the right time for the youth to realize their personal aspirations and bring glory to the nation.” Set up in 1998, the TERI University was conceived to cater to the need of disseminating the vast reservoir of knowledge created by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) – a not for profit, independent research institute recognized globally for its contribution to scientific and policy research in the realms of energy, environment, and sustainable development. The TERI University was granted deemed-to-be-university status by the University Grants Commission (UGC) in 1999. Today, the University offers not just world-class education, but also an environment that enables its students to develop fresh perspectives on their subjects of study. This includes regular interactions with researchers, scientists, practitioners and academicians.TERI University over the years… The TERI University's first convocation was held on October 16, 2006, where eight doctoral and 36 master's degrees were awarded. Over the years, the University has added value to its educational programmes. For instance, this year, a Department of Regional Water Studies was set up to examine water issues in an interdisciplinary framework, bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions for a better and holistic approach in water management. In 2009, scholarships were set up in various programmes, funded by Sindicatum Climate Change Foundation, HSBC, Deutsche Bank and Open Society Foundation, benefiting 67 students till now. In 2007, the University launched an academic exchange programme with Yale University (School of Forestry and Environmental Studies) with the support of the V K Rasmussen Foundation. In 2008, the University launched another academic exchange programme with Freie University of Berlin, Germany, with the support of DAAD (The German Academic Exchange Service).From launching the first doctoral programme in 2001 with 13 students and master's programmes in 2003 with 19 students, the University has awarded 48 doctoral students and 974 master's students till now. TERI University thus has become a benchmark for excellence and quality within a remarkably short span of time. It now offers a wide range of academic programmes related to sustainable development. The University transcends traditional teaching, and its courses attract students from various fields like sciences, economics, geography and engineering, inculcating various perspectives into the curriculum. One of the very few universities worldwide devoted to specialized areas related to sustainable development, the University has partnered with several leading universities in USA, the UK and Australia, thereby creating a fertile ground for the exchange of ideas, knowledge and research for both faculty and students. Keeping the environmental challenges of the 21st century in mind, the University today offers 13 master's level programmes, 6 MSc, 2 MA, 3 M Tech and 2 MBA, besides its prestigious doctoral programmes.
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India trade mission a success
Concordia Journal, 11 February 2010

Under the agreement with TERI [The Energy and Resources Institute] University, to take just one example, researchers will be working on climate change, biofuels and sustainable business, all recognized areas of strength at Concordia.

  
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