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Young filmmakers win Australia trip

Students from Vibgyor High School in Pune and STEP by STEP School in Noida beat 96 other entrants in a competition to produce short films for the International Schools Video Competition organised by Cambridge English and the Australian Trade Commission. The winning young filmmakers from these two schools have won study trips of one week to Australian Universities, awarded by Cambridge English Language Assessment  a department of University of Cambridge  and the Australian Trade Commission in India. The competition was sponsored by National Australian Bank and Singapore Airlines.

Serena Susan Abraham and Yogita Tahilram of Vibgyor High School in Pune produced a video on Astronomy. They and their teacher  Neelshri Singh will travel to Curtin University, Western Australia. Dhruv Sachdev and Gauri Ahuja from STEP by STEP School in Noida created a highly professional video on Digital and will gp tp Bond University in Queensland, accompanied by their teacher Rajakrishnan. The prizes were presented by The Australian High Commissioner to India Mr Patrick Suckling in a ceremony at the High Commission at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on 11 February.  The 1st Runner-Up for Digital Business was Billabong High International School, Bhopal and the 2nd Runner-Up is The British School, Delhi. The 1st Runner-Up for Astronomy is National Academy for Learning, Bangalore and the 2nd Runner-Up is D Y Patil International School, Mumbai.

Kalyani School in Pune in association with Shri Ram Schools

Delhi-based the Shri Ram Schools, one of the top ranked schools chains in India has come together with Kalyani Group to start a new school in Pune. Called, ‘The Kalyani School’, it is a newly started school with a CBSE Curriculum. The school is located at Manjari, Pune in a sprawling 9.5 acre campus. It will be a Co-Ed school with classes from Jr. K.G. to Grade 12.  As of now, the school will be operational from Jr. K. G. to Grade 6 in the academic year 2015-16.  Deeksha Kalyani is the director of this new school.

Network 18 & St Stephen’s Cto promote  inclusivity Course

Network 18, promoters of popular news brands CNN-IBN and IBN7, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with St Stephen’s College, Delhi for “Citizenship & Cultural Richness”- a joint Initiative by St Stephen’s College and Network 18 towards educational inclusivity. As part of this understanding, St Stephen’s will offer a certificate course in “Citizenship & Cultural Richness”. Under the Course, St Stephen’s College will hold weekly classes conducted by its regular faculty and distinguished alumni including top serving and retired judges, bureaucrats and renowned academicians.

The lecture content will be hosted across the digital and social media platforms of Network18 (ibnlive.com & ibnkhabar.com) and St Stephen’s College (www.ststephens.edu).

CNN-IBN and IBN7 will align their unique award winning Citizen Journalist Show with the above course. The idea is to encourage the citizens enrolled in the course to become Citizen Journalists and highlight issues and problems around them as faced by the common man. Lauding the joint initiative, Valson Thampu, Principal, St Stephen’s College, Delhi, said, “The journalistic fraternity holds exciting educational resources. Media is a sentinel of the health of our culture and society. The partnership between St Stephen’s College and Network 18 is an exciting prospect that holds out immense benefit for the country.”


BML Munjal University introduces Forensic Accounting MBA

BML Munjal University (BMU), founded by The Hero Group, is launching a two-year full-time MBA programme in ‘Accounting and Finance’ with a focus on Forensic Accounting and Corporate Fraud. This shall be the first course of its kind in India, and will train aspirants to develop skills relevant to the highly specialised job. Mentored by Imperial College London  with academic support from the distinguished faculty of BML Munjal University, and one of the big 4 consulting and advisory organisations  this unique program offers a new career alternative to students of commerce, CA, ICWA, CS and allied areas. As a part of the programme, students will acquire hands’ on experience by working on fraud investigations, large anti-money laundering and regulatory remediation, and on fraud prevention projects. The program will allow students in the second year to choose from six career specialisations –  Forensic Accounting, Chartered Accounting, Individual Financial Planning, Investment Banking, Forex, Treasury, and Risk Management, Management Accounting- depending on their interest.

Yoga Therapy program for Physios of Finland

Manav Rachna International University in collaboration with Lahti University of Applied Sciences, Lahti  Finland will be organizing the first ever certificate program in Yoga Theraphy at Lahti University, Finland. More than 30 Physiotherapists from Finland have already enrolled for the Yoga Therapy course. The Faculty of MRIU visited Lahti University from 2nd March – 6th 2015.Apart from demonstration and training in yoga sciences, the program also aims at information exchange in the fields of yoga science along with nurturing and improving the practical skills of students involved in various areas of health promotion. The highlight of the program is demonstration of various forms of  Yoga in treating Musculoskeletal, Neurological, and heart problems, pregnancy etc.


Inaugurating the fourth annual edition of the One Globe knowledge conference in Delhi on March 4, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Coal, Power & Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal said, “Unless the education and skills start from the bottom, we will not be able to set things right at the top. Based on the requirements of the power sector in the next few years, we have charted out an ambitious three-year roadmap for the skilling targets for the National Power Training Institute (NPTI). As against a total of 267, 000 people trained by the organization in the last 40 years of its existence, we are looking at training 100,000 people in the year 2015-2016, 200,000 people in the year 2016-17 and 400,000 people in the year 2017-2018.” In the current year, the NPTI has trained about 18,700 people in various skills related to the power sector, the Minister added. National Power Training Institute (NPTI) is India’s national apex body for training and human resources development in power sector.  The theme for this year’s One Globe conference was on the potential of the government’s ambitious initiatives like Make in India, Digital India and Smart Cities for building a 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia. The two day conference was organized in partnership with Knowledge@Wharton, US-India Business Council (USIBC), Brookings India, MAIT, Swedish Chamber of Commerce India (SCCI), Chamber of Commerce and Industry France India (CCIFI), The Telegraph and Asia-Briefing.com. Cisco, which has worked on projects in transformation of more than 80 smart cities across the world.

Harjiv Singh, Convener, One Globe 2015 conference and founder and CEO of Salwan Media, says, “The three trends of mobility, connectivity and ubiquity will be the key drivers that will enable the focus of Prime Minister Modi’s agenda of ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make In India’.”

QUEST FOR VEDIC INDIA: 3-day International Conference organized in Delhi

Foundation for Vedic India and Maharishi Veda Vyas Pratishthan together organized a three-day international conference for re-establishing in contemporary context from February 20-22. The conference was addressed by leading religious gurus and scholars including His Holiness Swami Vasudevanand Saraswati Maharaj, Bhagawan Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math, Dr. Vijay Bhatkar, Leading Scientist of India; Dr. Subramanian Swamy, Former Minister of Commerce and Industry and Law and Justice of India; Smt. Smriti Irani, Minister of HRD; Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, President, International Academy of Astronauts; Yogasri Swami Ramdev, Chairman, Patanjali Yog Peeth & Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, among others.

The keynote speaker, Professor Tony Nader, M.D. Ph.D- Maharaja Adhiraj Raja Ram, one of the leading neuroscientists, authors, researchers and presently, the President of Maharishi Vedic Universities, Maharishi Universities of Management & Maharishi Open University, presented the scientic reality of Vedas by extensively elaborating on the contributions of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Vedic Science & Technology.

Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi, Former Minister of Human Resource of India, emphasized the need for further research in Vedas which being an infinite source of knowledge, is co-terminus with the creation of the universe. He recited the Vedic principles, integral to solving the problems of any country of the world, providing for the principle of democracy, the principle of secularism, the importance of discourse to come to reality and the principle of unity and diversity. He further added that, ‘India has the mediums to explore all aspects of Vedas to understand it in totality to get a holistic picture.’

Mobile transparency app by engineering student

Dhruv Dangi, a student of Computer Science & Engineering at Manav Rachna College of Engineering has developed the Yureka app for people who are suspicious about someone snooping around their phones. Transparency comes to your rescue wrapped up in just 1.7 Mb. Yureka app displays the number of unlocks within a day, list of apps used, picture of the person who used the phone and much more. It also provides many custom settings to meet the user’s requirements like timed alerts to check phone usage, blacklisted apps, ignored apps and a lot more.The app also won the first prize of Rs 1, 00,000  at Apps for YU Challenge organized by YU from Micromax.

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