Government of Odisha and University of Chicago partner for research and pilot project implementations

The Government of Odisha collaborated with the University of Chicago and the University of Chicago Trust in India to sign a statement of intenton April 3, 2017to advance its commitments for new research, knowledge, and capacity-building partnerships. This partnership will enable the University of Chicago’s Center in Delhi to work closely with the Government of Odisha in carrying out research, impact evaluations, and pilot project implementation in the sectors of energy and environment, health, and water & sanitation through the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC-India) and the Tata Centre for Development (TCD).
This partnership will also facilitate knowledge sharing and capacity development of personnel and institutions, and assist in the development of Odia Virtual Academy for digitization, preservation and improved access to archival material through the University of Chicago Library.

As part of the partnership, EPIC-India, a satellite office of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago focused on working with Indian policymakers tackle energy-related challenges, will be setting up a knowledge cell wherein Bhubaneshwar-based researchers will work closely with state government officials in designing innovative energy and environment solutions. The cell will be housed within the State Pollution Control Board, Odisha.

Shri Naveen Patnaik, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Odisha, during the signing of Statement of Intent, said, “The world is undergoing fast changes cutting across various fields and the changing paradigms are evident and prominently visible. The future will be driven by the knowledge and technology-centric solutions. Hence, knowledge partnerships between premier Universities and the policy makers’ in Governments across the Globe have become an important imperative. As Odisha is marching towards its Vision for the future, such collaborations will have to become an integral part of our planning process.”

“It is a privilege to work with the Government of Odisha, and we are very optimistic that the partnership will result ininnovative solutions to critical energy and environment challenges in the state,increased capacity of personnel and institutions, and improved preservation of and access to archival material,” said Dr. Balaji Srinivasan, Associate Provost and Senior Advisor to the President at the University of Chicago. He added, “It is through partnerships like these that the University of Chicago is creating enduring impact in South Asiathrough policies backed by data-driven research and catalyzingthe interdisciplinary and cross-cultural discourse for which the University is well known.”

The Odisha initiative is one of several that EPIC is working on in India. Professor Michael Greenstone, Director of EPIC, said, “We are already working closely with several state governments in India to conduct real-world policy experiments. In Odisha, we aim to bring our expertise in applied research on innovative policy ideas to develop mechanisms that facilitate increased energy access and reduced health and environmental problems.”

Professor AnupMalani, Faculty Director of the Tata Centre for Development, added, “Our development-focused research, implementation, and training projects in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Delhi and other states position us well to serve Odisha’s needs in health, water and sanitation, and education. We look forward to this productive collaboration.”

The Energy Policy at the University of Chicago (EPIC) and its satellite office in India, EPIC-India, conduct cutting-edge research to test new approaches to expanding energy access and achieving low-cost reductions in pollution through innovative solutions that are most suitable for the Indian context.
The Tata Centre for Development focuses on solving practical problems related to social and economic development in India through an integrated platform comprised of research, implementation and training components.
The University of Chicago Center in Delhi provides a base for research, teaching, and dialogue among scholars from the University of Chicago, across India, and around the world, and is designed to serve scholars across all levels as a working space and gathering place for faculty, students, alumni, and friends of the University


Talentedge offers ‘live and interactive’learning in a digital format with XLRI

Talentedge, India’s leading Ed-Tech firm, offering ‘live and interactive’, anywhere learning in a digital format strengthens its collaboration with XLRI, one of India’s leading management schools based in Jamshedpur, Jharkhand. As part of its ongoing association with XLRI’s VIL  school, Talentedge announces the launch of two programmes- ‘Executive Certificate Programme in Talent Management’ and ‘Executive Certificate Programme in Leadership and Change Management’. These programmes are intended to help working executives hone their skills and to help them understand and deal with the nuances of talent, leadership and change.


Executive Certificate Programme in Talent Management aims at imparting knowledge of Talent Management and Employee Relations. This programme is relevant to both HR Professionals and Line Managers who have people management responsibilities and have a minimum of 2 years of work experience. The duration of the course is 4 months and the course will commence on December 28th, 2016. The Principal Faculty for this programme will be Dr. M. Srimannarayana, a Gold medalist in M.A (IR & PM) from Andhra University, who has more than three decades of experience as a distinguished academician and consultant. His areas of interest are Staffing, Training needs assessment and Training evaluation and he has assisted various companies, government departments and state governments through consultancy projects and MDPs on HR policy, Training and HRD.


Executive Certificate Programme in Leadership and Change Management will offer insights into leadership and change management with an emphasis on learning knowledge, skills and values. The programme intends to be participative with a lot of reflections/assessments into one’s style of leadership and change management, thus providing opportunities to identify specific areas of improvement. The duration of the course will be 5 months and will commence from January 20th, 2017. Prof. Jitendra Singh and Prof. Rahul Sheel will facilitate this programme. Prof. Singh, a Ph.D. from Wharton, has had long and distinguished stints as academician at XLRI and as a Business Executive with Tata Steel, with a combined experience of more than four decades. He has conducted a large number of leadership development programs for Dupont, HCL, ICI, Interglobe, ITC, L&T, Tata-Hitachi, World Bank, etc. and has taught a wide range of courses on Leadership and Organisation Behaviour to MBA and doctoral students. Prof. Singh is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Management for Global Sustainability and on the governing and advisory boards of several organisations. Prof. Rahul Sheel is a Fellow (Ph.D) from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour. He has been associated with organizational change initiatives and has first-hand experience of managing change with large groups. He has published in leading journals and has acted as consultant for organizations to make their leaders more effective in their roles.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Aditya Malik, CEO Talentedge says, “We are excited at further strengthening our partnership with XLRI’s VIL school with the introduction of two new courses. The objective is to help executives and professionals learn the nuances of leadership and talent management through meaningful interactions with some of the most experienced academicians and industry experts. We want to make the students understand the important aspects of management that will help them in their career.”


Sharing the USPs of the programme Prof. Jitendra Singh, Programme Facilitator, XLRI, stated, “We believe that working professionals would be better enabled and empowered to succeed in their work sphere with the ‘Leadership & Change Management’ programme. The course content and structure of the program has been designed to ensure its relevance in the ever changing business environment with which working professionals have to contend.”

Elaborating on the Talent Management course, Dr. M. Srimannarayana, Principal Faculty, XLRI, said, “Management of talent at work place is a matter of key concern for all the managers, besides, the HR professionals. Hence this programme is designed to impart a deeper insight to Talent Management. “

The lectures will be delivered by eminent faculty of XLRI, using Talentedge’s Direct-to-Device technology, through ’live & interactive’ lectures that will be beamed online via internet to student’s desktops/laptops. The training will comprise lectures, interactive sessions and class exercises imparted by XLRI’s faculty in order to help participants gain the knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Management. Students can chat real time with the professors during the live class and also post all other programme-related queries offline, on the Cloud Campus.

University of Virginia Darden School of Business open online course titled – Grow to Greatness

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business’ massive open online course (MOOC) titled – Grow to Greatness – is set to start on October 24, 2016. Led by Edward H Hess, Professor of Business Administration and Batten Executive-in-Residence, the successful MOOC is the first of the two-part course focusing on the common growth challenges faced by existing private businesses when they attempt to grow substantially.

Professor Hess, who is a top authority on high-performance businesses, and focuses on organic growth and innovation strategies, systems and processes, and servant leadership, has been teaching the Grow to Greatness course on Coursera since its inception in 2013. This course has been very popular with learners, as the course has already seen over 54,500 enrollments in Part 1 and 22,750 in Part 2.

Throughout the two-part course, Professor Hess helps provide students and small business owners the opportunity to learn more about the challenges of growing a private business. Past registrants hail from India, Spain, China, Australia, Mexico, Poland, Germany, Singapore, Portugal, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, Romania, Indonesia and a number of other South American, European and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics countries.

Available on-demand, registration is open to anyone with an Internet connection. Participants who successfully complete the course requirements can earn a Course Certificate, or students can audit the course for free.

The course complements the School’s portfolio of online courses taught by Darden faculty available on the Coursera platform:

Delegation of European Union to India joined hands with Panjab University


Delegation of the European Union to India, joined hands with Panjab University to organize a workshop at the Taj Chandigarh on Monday, 03 October 2016 for Vice Chancellors and academic leaders of Indian Universities and Higher Education Institutions to discuss funding opportunities for India-Europe mobility and cooperation, through a range of EU-funded programmes, namely Erasmus+, Jean Monnet and Marie Sklodowska – Curie Actions (MSCA’s).

The workshop was attended by nearly 80 higher education stakeholders, from Vice Chancellors and Head of Institutions to a range of academic and administrative staff from higher education institutions. It overall aimed at informing in particular in a practical way about the objectives, content and implementation modalities of Erasmus+, Jean Monnet and MSCAs with a view to increasing the participation and success rate of Indian students, researchers and higher education institutions, including their staff, for the next application round (approximately October 2016 to March 2017)

Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor Panjab University along with Mr. Brian Toll, Senior Policy Adviser, DG Education & Culture, European Commission, Brussels inaugurated the Workshop.

Mr. Brian Toll said, “India is the greatest beneficiary of Erasmus Mundus, the predecessor programme to Erasmus+Between 2004 and 2016 around 5,000 Indian students from all parts of India have received Erasmus scholarships – recently at a rate of over 500 per year. New opportunities are now being offered, primarily for higher education institutions (HEIs), staff and students, meaning the door are open to even more Indian participation.”He also encouraged institutions to pass on the information to students as there are even more opportunities to develop today.

A series of information workshops to promote awareness of Erasmus+ programmeshas been going on in major Indian cities since last year. After the workshop in 2015, there has been a major increase in the number of Indian institutions who are the beneficiary of Erasmus+ funding under Capacity Building Projects as well as in the number of students who received Erasmus+ Mobility Scholarships.

“At the start in 2015 before such workshops, 6 Indian institutions received the new Erasmus+ capacity building grants for two projects. In 2016, already 36 Indian institutions from 12 states have participated in 10 winning projects, partnering with 37 European universities from 18 European Union Member States,”Mr. Toll added.

Prof. Arun Grover, Vice Chancellor Panjab University, welcomed the EU programme and expressed the hope that Panjab University along with other Indian Universities and higher education institutions would avail themselves of the opportunity to raise their academic, and research standards, staff development and modernize higher education system in India, using the range of options available to them including international collaboration.

In-depth sessions were conducted on the following topics: Capacity building in Higher Education, EU Project Experience by Dr. Shabana Khan, Director, Indian Research Academy, Joint Masters Degrees and Individual Mobility by Mr. Brian Toll, EU Commission, Alumni experience on mobility, Jean Monnet & Marie Sklodowski-Curie action by Mr. Brian Toll and Marie Curie Senior Fellowship Recipient.

The workshop was moderated by Mr. Sanjeev Roy, Senior Expert, Higher Education, DAI Europe.

Konica Minolta bets big on Cloud based educo ERP in DIDAC Summit 2016

Konica Minolta, a renowned brand for its advanced imaging and printing technology will be showcasing its user- friendly, Cloud Computing Solution, “educo ERP”, during the world DIDAC Summit to be held in Bangalore from 28th to 30th September, 2016 at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC), Tumkur Road, Bangalore.

educo ERP is a cloud based solution platform, designed specifically to be used in schools, colleges, institutes, universities and training centres. Educo ERP provides access to information anywhere anytime on any device to administrators, teachers, students and parents. educo ERP supports multiple languages for its user-friendly interface that can be used by anyone easily.

The Exhibition serves as a comprehensive platform for collaborating, exchanging, promoting, networking and sharing of the best practices and knowhow of Education industry, collecting information on the latest products and technologies, making procurements and much more. Konica Minolta will demonstrate its education empowering cloud- based smart software educo ERP.

The exhibition is open from Wednesday, Sept 28 to Friday Sept 30, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 06:30 PM.

For the First Time India to Host “18th World Congress of Criminology”

Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences (JIBS) a part of the O. P. Jindal Global University (JGU) in collaboration with the International Society of Criminology (ISC) is organizing the “18th World Congress of Criminology” in India for the first time. The summit will be held from15-19 December 2016 at the O.P. Jindal Global University campus in Sonipat, Haryana.

The trending phenomenon of urbanization and unrelenting migration is leading to wide economic disparities and scarcity of resources for certain sections, which in turn breed fragmentation, conflict and criminality. There is an increasing need for formulation of new policies and reforms that can guarantee the stability of societies. Even as countries strive to control crime within their borders, growing globalization has underlined the need for a broader and international collaboration in criminological research.


The 3-day Congress is a congregation of experts, think-tanks, thought leaders, scholars, professionals discussing and deliberating on some of the most pressing issues related to crime and deviance that we face in the 21st century and their subsequent prevention.

Speaking ahead of the conference Prof. (Dr.) C Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor, JGU, said, “The 18thWorld Congress of Criminology will feature some of the most important voices on the challenges faced by the criminal justice systems in developing economies and will seek to address critical issues surrounding criminological research in great detail. Forums such as these present an opportunity to globally discuss some of the most serious challenges relating to the rule of law in our societies and we, as an educational institution have always tried to create meaningful platforms and enable deliberations that can reflect upon such issues in an intellectually rigorous manner.”

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sanjeev P. Sahni, Principal Director of Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences called on experts in criminology and related disciplines to come together and engage in rigorous discussion and debate on the universal challenges faced in developing crime prevention policies for effective intervention and prevention.


He said, “We are privileged to be hosting the 18th chapter of the World Congress of Criminology, for the first time in India. We hope that scholars from this part of the world, India and the neighboring countries, will avail of this opportunity to facilitate scholarly discussions on the issues that are persistent in their regions and be able to garner solution-based debates and policy reforms that can hopefully be carried forward by the government, community and non-government organizations.”


The main theme of the Congress will be Urbanization, Globalization, Development& Crime: Opportunities & Challenges of the XXI Century. Panel discussions will also focus on critical issues pertaining to Extremism, Terrorism & Warfare: Mass Violence and its Impact on Society, Victimization of Vulnerable Populations: Crimes against Women and Children etc.


According to the President of the International Society of Criminology, Dr. Emilio Viano, “Participating in the Congress is a unique opportunity to present your work to the world community of criminologists and to begin, or expand and strengthen your interdisciplinary connections, multi-disciplinary cooperation, and the successful advancement of your career and standing in the profession.  In an increasingly competitive academic world, the World Congress of Criminology gives you the best chance to shine presenting your work and to advance building your future.”


This prestigious forum is being organized since 1938 under the auspice of the International Society of Criminology, and will bring together leading academicians, researchers, professionals and policy makers from across the globe. Platforms such as these provide an opportunity for intellectuals from diverse disciplines and areas of work to exchange ideas and formulate policies and solutions that can help in effective prevention and intervention of crime.


The 18th edition of the Congress is being organized in India by the Jindal Institute of Behavioral Sciences, a value based research institute of O.P. Jindal Global University which is committed to understanding, developing and applying human process competencies through continuous experimentation, research and learning related to applied and experimental behavioral science.


8 Easy Tips to Get Through JEE from Home

Studying at IIT is the dream of most of the students. There are several IITians in the recent history who have made India proud both on National as well as International front. Joining the top institution of India is a prestigious feeling for students. A large number of Students join various coaching classes to achieve their aim and most of them prove themselves successful because of the organised and scientifically designed curriculum of these Institutes. But not everyone can join a coaching institute to get them through the hurdle – JEE. The reason could be the location, inability to qualify the entrance exam of some premier institutions or the financial reasons. So, here’s good news for aspirants who are deprived from such opportunities – Distance Education. There are several myths in the minds of students when they are told about the distance education system. Some of them can be: –

  • How will I be able to understand the huge study material supplied by the Institute?
  • How should I study so that I can cover the entire syllabus in time?
  • How can I clear my doubts?
  • How can I judge my performance among the several Lakhs of JEE applicants?
  • How my studies can be nurtured and supported?


There are some astonishing facts about JEE Exam: –

  • Over 56% of students who qualified in JEE Advanced, 2016 did not study in any of the coaching institutes. This includes some of the rankers in Top 50 and Top 100 Ranks too.
  • More than 87% of the qualifiers of JEE Advanced, 2016 are from Lower or Lower Middle class families where the annual income of the parents is less than 5 Lakh per annum.
  • Over 50% of the successful candidates are from Rural or Semi-urban areas where there is no presence of a premier coaching institute.

So, the question arises as to how one can achieve success in JEE through a Distance Learning Program and how can it help?


Here are some expert tips on how one can crack JEE (Main) without coaching classes:


Tip #1: Get relevant study material

Choosing the correct correspondence course is the first step towards success. Collecting relevant study material, expert guide books, JEE study packages, previous years’ question papers with solution, etc., should top the priority list of every student. A good and easy to understand study material is a must to help students strengthen their concepts of study.

A hybrid system of distance learning is also provided by some leading institutes where the student gets an exposure to not only the study material but also to the test series, Online test series, Concept based teaching methodology, doubt clearing support as well as periodic face to face interaction with the faculty to analyse the potential and add some elements of Classroom programs in the preparation.


Tip # 2: Stick to Your Time Table

Managing time is the most important aspect in preparation. Students must stay disciplined and follow the time table sincerely to achieve their dreams. They should follow a weekly time-table and devote at least 30 Hours a week for serious JEE preparation, in addition to their regular academics. Things to keep in mind while making a time table:

  • Every subject must be paid due attention and a fixed time should be allocated to each subject. This time may vary from subject to subject and week to week depending upon the understanding and progress of the student.
  • The time-table should be divided into two aspects, first to understand the concepts and second to solve the questions based upon these concepts. Studying and understanding the concept is a must for success as most of the questions that appear in JEE (Main) don’t follow a pattern. The student who has his concepts clear is more likely to qualify JEE Main without much difficulty.
  • Target-based study must be followed wherein a student must decide the number of concepts to be covered weekly.
  • Some additional time must be devoted for online study. At times, surfing about various topics can help students understand the concepts better.
  • Extra hours on a daily basis must be allocated to the subjects where difficulty levels are higher.
  • Lastly, some time on a daily basis to be allocated for self-analysis and corrections.


Tip # 3: Group Study

Serious students should make a group of friends who are as serious as they are for JEE Preparation. A topic of discussion must be decided and serious discussion on the same should be followed on a daily basis. Analysis of each other’s preparations and suggestions for improvement must be exchanged.




Tip # 4: Summarize each topic in the form of hand written notes

Creating self-written notes helps one to memorize the formulae, tips and trick and are very helpful during JEE preparation. Students must make drawings, caricatures, short cuts, figures or anything which can help them remember the topic better.


Tip # 5: Evaluate yourself to reinforce Your Weak Areas

A good distance learning program offers students a test series where they can experience the JEE in real-time. Moreover, these institutes provide an in-depth subject wise, concept wise and question wise analysis of the exam which can be of great benefit. Performance Analyses and strengthening of weaker concepts must be done as neglecting them can be the biggest mistake. Hard work is the answer to solve the problems strategically and methodically.


Some of the leading education providers like FIITJEE and myPAT offer a unique online portal as well as a mobile application wherein students can evaluate their overall performance in the All India tests. The performance analysis is based on several parameters, including comparative analysis as well as progressive analysis of all past examinations which helps students plan their path of preparation accordingly.


Tip # 6: Stay connected with JEE Experts

There are some institutes which also provide result analysis and doubt clearing sessions for their distance learning students on a monthly basis. Usually, this is done for one or two days per month at their study centres. This practice is really helpful to students as they get to interact with the faculty face to face and resolve their queries then and there itself. They also get an exposure of being a classroom student.


Tip # 7: Enrich yourself with positivity

“Never say die” should be the attitude. Fill yourself with positive energy, time to time. Believe in yourself, work hard and stay focussed.


Tip # 8: Eat well, Sleep Well and relax yourself

Taking out some time to relax prepares the brain to recollect the things learnt. Never overburden yourself and give some time to the brain to get on track. Spending time with your family and friends can keep the burden out. Take adequate amount of fluids, Proteins and balanced diet. An 8 Hours Sleep daily is a must for anybody seriously preparing for JEE Exam. Similarly, one should get indulged in recreational activities for about 2 hours daily. It helps relax your mind. Meditation can be a way of relaxing yourself.