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Hindu College, Delhi, India’s Most Trusted Educational Institute

Hindu College, Delhi, has been voted India’s Most Trusted Educational Institute in a study by TRA (formerly Trust Research Advisory), a brand analytics and insights company. The study, titled ‘India’s Most Trusted Educational Institutes  2014-’15’ (MTEI) was conducted among 7710 respondents across 40 cities. Ranked 2nd on the Most Trusted list was IIT  Delhi, followed by Loyola College, Chennai, as India’s 3rd Most Trusted, Anna University, Chennai, ranked 4th in the Most Trusted list and Hansraj College, Delhi, was ranked as the 5th Most Trusted. TRA’s study came up with more than 30,000 unique institutes of which the top 1000 are listed in the report. TRA also has two other research studies titled Brand Trust Report (BTR) and India’s Most Attractive Brands (MAB).

N. Chandramouli, CEO, TRA, commented on the importance of education and said, “Education is a fundamental component of society, and quite naturally the quality of an educational institute determines the quality of the students it creates. Unfortunately, however, there is no research that provides a universal metric for comparing different institutes – schools, college, university, coaching classes among others. It is this acute awareness that led us to map the entire education sector topography, hoping to give the students and their parents a universal basis of information and choice in the choice of institute.”

At 6th rank in MTEI is the first school in this list, Delhi Public School, Delhi, 6% Brand Trust Index (BTI) lower than the previous. At 7th rank, and the first Bangalore institution to break into the top 10, is PES University Bangalore with a 15% trust lag from the previous. Behind by 7% BTI is Ramjas College, Delhi, ranked 8th Most Trusted Educational Institute in this list, followed with a negligible difference at ninth rank by, DAV School, Delhi. Jaipur makes a mark among the top ten, only 3% below the previous on trust points, with the entry of the Agarwal Siksha Samiti run Agarwal College located in the Pink City.

LEADearthSHIP youth programme enters 2nd phase

After successfully reaching out to more than 50,000 students across 30 colleges in Delhi and Pune in its pilot phase, LEADearthSHIP, a first-of-its-kind youth programme on leadership and business sustainability initiated jointly by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and Tetra Pak India, embarked on its 2nd phase on September 3.  The launch ceremony was attended by over 250 Delhi NCR college students who are seeking to be future youth leaders. Celebrating the achievements of the past year, the ceremony also saw the felicitation of the LEADearth Fellows. In its pilot year, the programme inducted 24 LEADearth fellows who were able to gain first-hand experience of cutting edge sustainable practices by industry leaders and learn about the triple bottom line  people, planet, profit  through various interventions. The fellowship programme for a new batch is set to open in November 2014. Currently, applications are being invited from students from the two cities.

At the launch function, LEADearth Fellow Shreyak Mahajan, who won the programme’s “Antarctica Calling contest” and accompanied polar explorer Robert Swan on the two-week long International Antarctic Expedition in March 2014, spoke about the leadership skills he had acquired. He was joined by Ankita Tiwana, a young and prominent golfer, who interacted with the participants on skill development and leadership.


Great Lakes Institute of Management turns 10

Great Lakes Institute of Management, set up in 2004 recently celebrated its 10 years of existence with an event in Delhi.   Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint MD Hero Motorcorp Ltd, and D Shivakumar, Chairman and CEO, Pepsi Co India  released the book “Global Mindset Indian Roots – Thought Leadership and beyond” in the presence of Prof Bala V Balachandran, Founder, Dean and Chairman, Great Lakes Institute of Management and other dignitaries. The book is a collection of select speeches on leadership delivered by global business leaders and thought leaders during their visits to Great Lakes.

Great Lakes Institute of Management opened its doors in 2004 and moved to the world class LEED platinum-rated green campus near Mahabalipuram in 2009. In 2014, Great Lakes received the prestigious AMBA (Association of MBAs), UK accreditation for its flagship programs. With this accreditation, Great Lakes has become the youngest business school in India to receive a top international accreditation and one of the youngest globally. Great Lakes has a 27.5 acres LEED Platinum rated green campus in Chennai and a second campus in Delhi-NCR.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Bala V Balachandran said, “I am proud to be part of such a young and enterprising Institute and to celebrate its astonishing growth over the last decade is the icing on the cake. Our innovative and world class management offerings have put Great Lakes Institute of Management on the global B School map.”


Genesis Global School Wins Techathon 2014′

Genesis Global School, Noida won the overall trophy at Techathon, a technology fest organized by Pathways World School, Aravali in Gurgaon on 3rd September, 2014. Many well-known schools from Delhi & NCR participated in the inter-school event where Genesis Global School won the 1st prize in Debating, Photography and Web Designing, and stood 2nd in Programming. Techathon, the ultimate technology fest, also saw children competing in programming tasks and quizzes. Among all the categories Genesis Global School, with its extensive exposure, won majority of the events. The other participants were from Amity International School, Sri Ram World School, G.D. Goenka, Vishwabharti School, Vasant Valley School and Pathways, Noida, Gurgaon & Aravali.

Tata Power’s ‘Club Enerji’ honour for Pawar Public School, N. L. Dalmia School, and Oxford International School this year

Tata Power’s Club Enerji on August 21 organised its ‘Annual Principals’ & Mentors’ Meet’ in Mumbai, and felicitated the best performing schools of the year for successfully conducting various Club Enerji Programmes. Pawar Public School, Bhandup,;N. L. Dalmia School, Mira Road,  & Oxford International School Kandivli East were declared as the best schools of the year. Eight mentors were bestowed with best mentor of the year award. Best Mini Club of the Year went to Eureka Science Club, Oxford International School, Kandivli East, Jal Jyoti Queen Mary, Grant Road, Thermal Power Club, St. Lawrence School, Borivli West, The Power House, Christ Church, Byculla, Environment Squad, Lokpuram High School, Thane,  Greenergy Mini Club, Vidyadhiraje High School, Bhandup, Natures Club, Nalanda Public School, Mulund East, Elixir of Life, Pawar Public School, Chandivli , Chembur Karnataka High School, Chembur. Best Educator of the Year went to Suman Mahajan, New Delhi. 12 students of various schools from Mumbai & adjoining areas were declared energy chanps of the year.

This year’s edition of he Annual Principals’ & Mentors’ Meet saw the best performers of the previous year being recognised and felicitated as a part of the mandate. Mr. Ashok Sethi, COO and Executive Director, Tata Power, and Dr. Yogendra Saxena, Chief Sustainability Officer, Corporate Sustainability, Tata Power, also graced the Meet as the Guests of Honour.

Manav Rachna Centre wins top position  at Accenture Innovation Jockey 2014

RespirON developed by Team Dexters from The Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre stood first at the Accenture Innovation Jockey held in Bangalore. Another project ‘Saviour Suit’ developed by the students of Manav Rachna is the Category winner under “The Internet of Things” theme.

RespirON is a complete solution to Asthma and COPD developed by Team Dexters comprising Ajay Kumar Saini, Shanu, Shubam Goel from Manav Rachna Innovation and Incubation Centre. It is a prototype device and App that operates on a three-tier system: a device, a smartphone application and the cloud server. RespirOn seems to be the need of the hour as per the data floated by World Health Organization which estimates that 300 million individuals have asthma worldwide including millions in India. It is further estimated that asthma accounts for about 1 in every 250 deaths worldwide. 90 % of these deaths occur because of delay in obtaining help, poor adherence to asthmaticmedication and nonavailability of inhaler at the right time. Respiron, as an innovation will come out as a new lease of life to the asthmatic patients world over.

Saviour Suit is designed and developed to help women in unfavorable situations such as sexual assaults and abuse, human trafficking, rapes, etc. Developed by Nitesh Karmwal, Anjali Saini and Karan Narula; Saviour Suit is a wearable sonic device that incapacitates an attacker through sonic waves without causing serious or permanent injury. It can be used as a deterrent to temporarily disable the attacker and provide the victim with a window of opportunity to escape. Saviour Suit is built with an integrated windows phone application for immediate alerts to relatives and nearby police stations. Speech recognition module is used to trigger the device through the user’s voice.

31 Indian students top the world in Cambridge International Examinations

Thirty-one Indian students have achieved the highest marks in the world for single subjects in the November 2013 and May 2014 Cambridge International Examinations series. The ‘topper’ students, who are from Cambridge schools across India, will each be recognised for their outstanding academic achievements with an Outstanding Cambridge Learner Award, the annual awards programme for Cambridge International Examinations. In addition to the 31 world toppers, 84 national toppers and 29 high achievers have also been recognised for their excellent performance with Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards.

Of the world toppers, half (15 students) got their topper awards for their outstanding performance in Mathematics papers. The remaining students excelled in a wide range of subjects including English, Information Communication and Technology, Biology and Economics. The world toppers have out-performed thousands of candidates worldwide in Cambridge IGCSE®, Cambridge International AS Level and Cambridge International A Level exams.

The 84 students who achieved the top marks in India led the ranks in subjects including Geography, History, Music, French, German, Spanish, Sanskrit and World Literature. The list of awardees also includes students who have achieved the total highest cumulative marks across a number of subjects in India.

Vinayak Sudhakar, Senior Schools Development Manager, India, says: “These achievements demonstrate the dedication and commitment of teachers support provided by families and friends, and learners’ determination and passion to succeed. This success defines them not just as learners, but as Cambridge learners.”

Conventus at IMI Delhi

International Management Institute  organized Annual Management Conclave-Conventus ’14, with the theme of Sustenance and growth in VUCA Times recently at its Delhi Campus, which was inaugurated by S.Y.Siddiqui (Chief Mentor, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd), Vinod Juneja (Managing Director, Binani Group) and Rajeev Dubey (President  Group HR, Mahindra & Mahindra).   Agenda of the sessions were Social Media: Power to people, Dynamics of Marketing Strategies in VUCA times and managing banking for a MODIfied India, Sustainability driven innovation,  Leading effective change in dynamic world.  The sessions focussed on Economic Policy Reform: Need of hour for Corporate India and Super Entrepreneurship: Conquering Globalization, Innovation and Sustainability.

ITM University Organizes Blood Donation Camp

The social service cell of ITM University, Gurgaon  Yukti  recently organized a one-day long blood donation camp on August 29 in association with Rotary Club on the University premises.The camp, which was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor Prof B S Panwar, drew huge response from students and professors alike, with the camp witnessing over 200 people from the varsity coming forward for blood donation.

A confidential blood test report and a DONOR’s card was also provided to each donor by Rotary Blood Bank, the country’s largest and most modern blood bank with state-of-art technologies and service.

Delhi Dynamos goes to grassroots to nurture budding talent

Delhi Dynamos Football Club recently announced the launch of a novel initiative to take football to the grassroots by tying up with schools of National Capital Region of Delhi.  Under this programme, Delhi Dynamos will organize training camps and inter-school tournaments and create opportunities for the young generation. The campaign will kick start with the first ever Junior Dynamos Inter-School Championship, a 7-a-side football tournament, to be played in 4 zones of Delhi/NCR across 3 different age categories (U12, U14& U17). Delhi Dynamos FC, Founded and developed by DEN Soccer Pvt. Ltd. (a wholly owned subsidiary of DEN Networks Ltd.), will compete in the Indian Super League (ISL) for top honors against other clubs from India. The first leg of the junior championship started  from 19th-22nd August at Jaypee Sports Complex, Greater Noida and Ajanta Public School, Gurgaon. The Zonal Champions of the Junior Dynamos Inter-School Championship would then get the opportunity to play at the Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium training ground as they face each other in a knockout format to seize the ultimate crown  The Junior Dynamos School Champion. While these players will attack and defend on the field, the Junior Dynamos Scouts will constantly analyze their performance to select the best 100 players (U14 & U17) to be trained under the Junior Dynamos Coaches for the next 2-months on full scholarship. These young players will then play in the Junior Dynamos Elite League at JLN Stadium training ground during ISL match days.

Based on the performance, Scouts would then select the top 30 players (U14) who would form the Delhi Dynamos Youth Team. The chosen stars will undergo a 6-month long training program under the Junior Dynamos Coaches on full scholarship. These players will represent Delhi Dynamos in Youth Leagues across India. Scouting exercise will also continue for the U17 FIFA World Cup 2017  India Dream Team.

With a mission to identify talented players and train them using international methods, the Club will also organise the Junior Dynamos Inter-School City Championship at Chandigarh, Dehradun, Jaipur& Kanpur in North India. These inter-school championships will be played in the months of September, October and November 2014.

DMS- IIT Delhi organized Operations Conclave- ‘Opera 14’

OP’ERA’14, Operations Conclave at Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, witnessed a seamless coalition of management graduates imbibing the practical supply chain insights from the industry heavy weights. The day long conclave focused on dual aspects of innovations demands in Supply Chain Management and leveraging IT for operational excellence. Prof. Dr. Ravi Shankar from Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi, said that students perception about Supply Chain Management in the outside world is little vague and clarity from industry specialists proves to be of immense help. He mentioned that IIT Delhi DMS tops the lists of logistics research in India and is currently doing so in sustainable trade freight transportation, retail logistics, and low carbon omissions.

Indian origin  boy shines in Singapore

Gundlapalli Prithvi, a feisty young boy of 18 years pursuing National Service and getting trained to soon become an officer at the Singapore Armed Forces’ Officer Cadet School, made India proud when he received the 2014 Lee Kuan Yew Award for all round achievement in Mathematics and Science at the Junior College Levelin Singapore. He is the only student of

An alumnus of Hyderabad Public School (HPS), Begumpet, Prithvi was selected for the award which was instituted in 1992 by donations made by Singapore’s first and founding Prime Minister, Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, to promote academic excellence in Mathematics and Science.

In May 2013, Prithvi while studying in 12th standard represented Singapore at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) with his Lithium Ion battery research project. His research focused on tripling the capacity of rechargeable batteries and won two prizes at the ISEF. This was the beginning of Prithvi’s illustrious journey of winning a series of awards in recognition of his hard work and achievements in the past year.

His research paper on the rechargeable batteries project was accepted and published by American Chemical Society in January 2014. In December 2013, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), named an asteroid discovered by Lincoln Laboratory as 29575 Gundlapalli, in recognition of Prithvi winning the second place prize for his project at ISEF. The Government of Singapore awarded the Agency for Science Technology And Research (ASTAR) AUS scholarship of over S$25,000 (INR 12.5 lakhs) a year to pursue his undergraduate studies in Physics on July 19, 2014.

His father Mr. G. Sashikanth also an alumnus of the Hyderabad Public School, was Prithvi’s constant support and centre of motivation. There were times when Prithvi felt lost and wanted to give up but then Mr. Sashikanth acted as the pillar of strength for his son and motivated him to go on. The guru mantra that Mr. Sashikanth gave to Prithvi was ‘Keep following your passion, without worrying about the result’.

In Hyderabad his grandfather, Mr. G.G. Chowdary who is the President of Sri Power Gen. (India) Pvt Ltd., overjoyed at his grandson’s achievements at such a young age, finds in Prithvi a focused and dedicated learner. He reminisces that Prithvi migrated to Singapore with his parents in 2002. Prithivi who is an outgoing and full of life young man has already set his career goals, revealed Mr. Chowdary. He plans to further pursue his studies and research work at the Cambridge (UK) or MIT (USA) in Quantum Computing and its related fields with an interest in Quantitative Finance. Indian origin in recent years to get this national award.

Prithvi feels that with focus, dedication and hard work it is possible to achieve anything. He remembers making simple electronic circuits in his childhood, always finding the electrical circuits intriguing.  Talking to Curriculum magazine, he said, “The last year and a half of my life has been filled with hard work, excitement and the satisfaction of achieving my goals. I am confident that through dedication and hard work, a person can achieve success and realize their dreams.”

–by Sushmita Yadav


EdTechReview  Leadership Conference

EdTechReview organized the Educational Leadership Conference on  August 1 in Gurgaon that witnessed participation of over 150 school leaders that included directors, chairmen, principals and administrators from schools in Delhi NCR. Curriculum magazine was a media partner for the conference.The day-long event was packed with lively sessions, panel discussions and case study presentations on the effective use of educational technology and best practices for 21st century education. The conference clearly highlighted a need of strong education community and its coming together to support each and develop resources.  The conference provided educators a rare opportunity to listen some best brains in the country as also share ideas. It was a unique learning experience for all to get enlightened on  the inevitable role of technology in education, amazing educational leadership practices. According to Ashok Pandey, principal of Alhcon International school, “School leaders need to create an environment where not only students become independent learners but also teachers become independent learners.” “An effective strategy for reducing cost is that we can pool in various resources like content, technology, professional development resources but only if we stop thinking as individual schools, and start thinking as a much larger cluster of schools, ”  added Ashish Garg. “Schools today do not need to be institutes of teaching anymore but be institutes of learning. And you cannot have a learning school without the head of the school being a learner.”  Hari K Verma

Encouraged by the positive feedback from the leaders, EdTechReview has decided to organize a series of similar events on themes related to 21st century education – learning, teaching and leading & education technology in the year ahead in various cities of the country.

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