James Cook University, Australia Forays into Indian Market also introduced a NEW Program


World’s leading Institutions focusing on the tropics Australia’s James Cook University (JCU) ranked in the top 2 % of the World’s Tertiary Institutions by the respected Academic Ranking of World Universities.

James Cook University (JCU) has been one of Australia’s pioneering Universities offering distinctive and high-quality degrees that equip Students to understand and engage with the Global issues of today, providing Graduates with the skills to embark on rewarding careers.

Professor Mohan Jacob, Associate Dean, Research Education, Professor College of Science and Engineering said, “JCU is a leader in Teaching and Research that addresses the critical challenges facing the Tropics. JCU is a community where Students get personalised attention through a lower student to staff ratio, and an authentic Australian Learning Environment.”


Vignesh Vijayaraghavan, Head of International Recruitment said, “JCU is a very unique University set out in Northern Queensland. More than being a University, we are proud to be a Community that has Students from different nationalities supporting each other to give a culturally authentic Australian experience. With a record on employability and planned NEW Courses tailor made for the Merit Holders, we are excited to be Opening Gateway of Opportunities for Students particularly in the field of Science and Engineering.”


James Cook University, Australia has introduced a NEW Program Masters of Engineering, Masters of Global Development and Diploma of Engineering


Quote on arbitrary fee hikes by private schools by Amol Arora, VC & MD, SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools

“I think regulation on arbitrary fee hikes is a positive step by the central Government, as more than the normal raise i.e. 8-10% in the fee, any additional increase isn’t justified, until and unless there is a new programme or technology is incorporated by the school, as technologies like virtual reality involves cost. Since, the school has to give raise to the teachers on annual basis, it is important to increase the school fee by 8-10% but any additional hike should be properly communicated to the parents, so that they know why are they paying extra. We welcome this step by the government as this will help to have more transparency with the parents with respect to the services given and fee charged. However, scope of fee increased should be given when a new pay commission is implemented by the school as it results in a large fund outflow.” said Amol Arora, Vice President, Early Childhood Association; and Vice Chairman & Managing Director, SHEMROCK & SHEMFORD Group of Schools

World Environment Day: Lack of access to finance key hurdle in municipal solid waste mgmt., says study

The Government must set up a financial mechanism for municipal solid waste management (MSWM) which makes an agency responsible, will ensure that the system works with the necessary revenue collection that it was deemed to make, suggested an ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study.
“Finance is a major issue in solid waste management sector. Implementing agencies and ULBs (urban local bodies) in particular, find it difficult to create and manage projects with limited finance,” noted a 2017 ASSOCHAM-PwC joint report titled, ‘Waste Management in India-Shifting Gears.’
It further said that infrastructure created is not properly utilised and the return on investment is often neglected leading to failure of the entire effort.
It was also highlighted that private sector which is held up as more efficient in terms of MSWM is facing issues in terms of access to market based/debt finance for projects.
“While the private sector has been involved in waste management services on a regular basis, the sector has seen a number of issues and bottlenecks which have made it challenging to successfully implement projects,” said the report.
It added that lukewarm response of banks and financial institutions is a major issue seen in MSWM.
The ASSOCHAM-PwC study sought ‘industry’ status for waste management sector to provide it necessary boost and regulatory adherence with dedicated monitoring and compliance cell.
Considering the direct and indirect implications of poorly managed waste to urban environment and India’s economy and growth prospects, the study impressed upon the need for relooking into the present systems of waste management in the country.
It also noted that mismatch between requirement and availability of waste management services together with improper planning, constraints in capacity to manage waste using modern techniques and best practices, complex institutional setup, and limited funds with urban local bodies (ULBs) have collectively led Indian cities and towns to crumble under piles of garbage left in the open.
Welcoming the changes made in the Plastic Waste Management Rules, the study said that ‘real implementation is yet to happen.’
“A full-scale preparatory exercise needs to happen for its implementation before we can take on this mammoth issue called ‘plastic pollution,’” it recommended.
It further said that the wave of cleanliness drives had brought some change in Indian mindset about waste management in over past two years. “The momentum should be utilised for benefit of the sector and implementation of rules and regulations should now be started on a serious note.”

Shiksha Mela to demonstrate powerful stories in Children’s Education by Ministry of Human Resources Development and UNICEF India

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UNICEF India in partnership with MHRD today organized a ‘Shiksha Mela – Education Open Day’ to demonstrate case stories showcasing holistic and equitable quality education achieved through convergent programming across 17 Indian states.,

An innovative marketplace, creatively exhibiting the education milestones during the lifecycle of every child were on display. This accompanied with a powerful narrative was used to showcase cases from diverse part of the country. These included how early childhood education for early learning and school readiness had been strengthened, how strategic initiatives through which out-of-school children were brought back to school and motivational programmes such as sports for Development and Meena Manches  which helped children stay in school. Many other cases also highlighted how skills nurtured in children and young people, enabled their transition to secondary education.

Another critical dimension was the engagement of communities in the education of their children and how they were mobilized to   demand and participate in education.

Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India, while speaking on this occasion, lauded the efforts of the Government of India in speeding up its commitment to get all children into school and learning. “Since the enactment of the Right to Education Act, much progress has been made in areas of systemic readiness, improved access and enrolment of children, providing infrastructure especially sanitation facilities in schools, recruitment of teachers and training of untrained teachers. Children are indeed performing reasonably well in the early classes. Still there is a need to do more for translating these results for higher classes and assuring that the requisite skills are built for smooth transition to livelihood.”


“The Samagra Scheme which merges the three flagship programmes-Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan and Teacher Education aims to provide equitable access and improve quality of learning and governance. This step is critical for India today, to build foundational skills of literacy and numeracy as well as transferable skills that gives children the basis for navigating the dynamic skills agenda for India’s adolescents and youth,” said Dr. Haque.

Focusing on scaling up successful examples from the field, Euphrates Gobina, Chief of Education, UNICEF India facilitated a panel discussion on this occasion. The panelists discussed a few examples of scaling up with quality while highlighting the challenges and solutions for scaling up.

Mr Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School Education and Literacy, MHRD, while delivering his keynote address, emphasized on the need for digitisation in education.

A ‘Data Visualization App’, which provides user-friendly and visual representation of complex analytics of the education scenario in the country was also launched on this occasion. The app has been made with technical inputs from UNICEF, in collaboration with NIEPA and NCERT. It uses UDISE (Unified District Information System for Education), NAS (National Assessment survey) and Demographic data and is an important visual tool for policy makers, senior government officials, academia, and researchers to address gaps and monitor programs in the field of education.

Bhoomi Poojan was done for the Science Center of Bill Clinton School at Rampur

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Bhoomi Poojan was done today, to start the construction of the Science Center at the Bill Clinton School at Ramrati Education Complex, Rampur Maniharan, Saharanpur. Gen. MMR Narang, AVSM (Retd.), Ms. Raj Kamal Saxena, President REC Complex, A Unit of Vinod Gupta Charitable Foundation (VGCF), Mr. SP Singh Principal, Bill Clinton School and Mr. Saneesh V.M,Principal Hillary Clinton Nursing School were present apart from Staff and Students of both the Schools. On this occasion, Water Bottles were distributed to all the Students of both Schools for drinking clean water.

Bill Clinton School was established in 2007 as a Primary School and gradually it was made into a Middle School upto Class 8th. The Foundation thereafter received the acceptance letter in 2015 by CBSE to add classes 9 to12.

Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Ashutosh Dayal Sharma, Chairman, VGCF, said, “We are happy to provide modern facilities in the Upcoming Science Centre, which will fulfill the long-standing requirement of the High School Students. VGCF is trying to create more space by providing additional Class Rooms, Large Laboratories for Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Computer Science. This will give the desired impetus to further strengthen Student Education in the Region and benefit Rampur and adjoining areas like Saharanpur, Shamli and Deoband.

He further added, “We want to provide all modern education facilities to our students at Bill Clinton School and are hoping to see many Engineers, Doctors, Scientists who would be the product of our School. The construction of the New Science Center  is planned to be completed in 2020.”

La Trobe University Australia signs MOU with Leading Indian Universities

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La Trobe University Australia offering distinctive and high-quality degrees that equip students to understand and engage with the global issues of today, providing graduates with the skills to embark on rewarding careers.

La Trobe University has jumped over 200 places in the last year’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is placed within the top 301 in the world and it means that the University is placed in the top 400 in the world in all three recognized international rankings of universities.

Professor John Dewar, Vice-Chancellor & President, La Trobe University said, “Our visit to India this time is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, one among the premier institutions not only in India but also in the world. This collaboration will open up new opportunity for joint PhDs and collaborative research projects in areas including,

  1. Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry with applications in drug discovery and delivery.
  2. Materials science, including polymers and new battery technology.
  3. Biological sciences and bioengineering: personalised healthcare and gene editing technology etc.

Reiterating La Trobe’s commitment to India, last year Professor Dewar announced 14 PhD scholarships worth over AUD$500,000 (over 25 million Indian rupees) for students in India to undertake PhD studies with La Trobe’s partner University, JSS University in Mysore. The scholarship will cover the tuition fees and a living allowance of around 25,000 Indian rupees a month for the duration of their studies.  Students will also be spending up to six months at the Melbourne campus fully funded by La Trobe during their candidature. At the completion of the program, students will be awarded with a La Trobe doctoral degree.

The joint PhD with IIT Kanpur will be a different model to the JSS one. Students are expected to spend 70% of their candidature in India and 30% in Australia and at the end receive a joint degree awarded by both La Trobe and IIT, Kanpur. La Trobe will be contributing significant funding to students’ bursary as living allowance during their candidature.  La Trobe and JSS University are currently recruiting students into this collaborative PhD program. We have received some high quality applications from all over India and currently in the process of selecting students into various projects.

New Scholarships

Once again La Trobe University, Australia is offering Scholarships to the value of 15% to 25% of the Total Tuition Fee for Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate International Students commencing mid 2018. These Scholarships are merit based and will be offered to the Students based on their prior academic performance and would be offered to students on a first come first serve basis.

HDFC Life Insurance launches a digital ad campaign focuses on #YoungAndResponsible

HDFC Life Insurance Company has launched a digital ad campaign which focuses on the #YoungAndResponsible. This campaign aims to highlight the aspiring youth of today, who are responsible, believe in planning and are goal-oriented individuals.


The young generation comprises a large percentage of India’s total population, with more and more 25-30 year olds joining the workforce every year. With increasing disposable incomes and aspirations, they have become one of the most important drivers of India’s growing economy.


Among some sections, the prevailing perception of the young is that of a generation which is restless, has a casual manner, and an attitude of entitlement. However, this might not be the complete story. Research has revealed that the young generation in India is working harder than their peers from the rest of the world (Manpower Group Survey, 2017) and is also acquiring financial products at a faster pace when compared to older age groups (Neilson U&A Study, 2017).


In order to understand this gap between perception and reality, HDFC Life conducted a social experiment. This experiment, which is available as an online video, helps show that the Indian youth is hard working, dedicated to family and friends and ready to shoulder responsibilities. While they believe in living and experiencing life to the fullest, when it comes to achieving their goals and dreams, the young do believe that a certain amount of planning is required.
HDFC Life’s new campaign #YoungAndResponsible

In this social experiment, people with a lot of life experience were invited to share their views of the younger generation. They were shown photographs of a few youngsters and then asked to describe their perception of them. Their feedback reiterated the prevailing perception of #YoungAndRestless.


Just when they thought the experiment was over, the participants actually got to meet with the youngsters shown in the photographs. It is this journey of discovery that provides an insight into the real life and attitude of actual youngsters. The experiment challenges the ‘#YoungAndRestless’ myth to bring out the #YoungAndResponsible aspect, showing the current young generation as being more than just what they are perceived to be i.e. they are ambitious and have a definitive roadmap to achieve their aspirations.


Commenting on the new campaign, Mr. Pankaj Gupta, Executive Vice President-Strategic Alliances, Bancassurance and Marketing, HDFC Life said, “#YoungAndResponsible, the overarching theme of our campaign, challenges the common perception that exists about the young generation’s approach to life. It shows that though the young generation might seem to be easy going and carefree, they are actually aware of their responsibilities. Research has also revealed that the young generation has increasingly shown an intention to purchase life insurance. The campaign, therefore, allows us to connect with the young generation in a meaningful manner by enabling us to address their needs.”


HDFC Life has roped in young achievers from different fields for this campaign – Harmanpreet Kaur, ace batswoman, Indian national cricket team and a recipient of the Arjuna Award, and Chintan Ruparel, Co-Founder of Terribly Tiny Tales. These young achievers are true examples of today’s youth who dream big and go on to achieve them with their hard work, passion and the right financial planning.


The campaign will be led by the digital medium, which is the medium of choice of the young and will also be supported by Cinema, Livemedia screens and other platforms where such content is consumed by the young generation.


HDFC Life’s new digital campaign has received over 8.8 million video views, 7000+ shared and sparked 2,30,000+ engagements so far.