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EducationWorld March 2024 | Education Briefs Magazine

BITS-Pilani design school
Mumbai, february 15. Certified as an Institution of Eminence by the Government of India, the multi-campus Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani, launched its BITS Design School (BITSDES), Mumbai. BITSDES combines technology, business, and entrepreneurship with the creative arts to nurture a new generation of future-ready design professionals.

“Design is shaping the future of how businesses approach problem-solving and innovation. BITSDES will reimagine design education with a bold, trans-disciplinary, competency-based approach. BITS-Pilani, with its rich legacy of academic excellence and trans-disciplinary thinking, is uniquely positioned to do this. In the process, we will nurture a new generation of leaders who will use design to create value and solve problems for the world,” said Kumar Mangalam Birla, chancellor of BITS-Pilani, addressing media.

BITSDES will introduce a four-year residential Bachelor of Design (Honours) programme in the academic year 2024-25, followed by a Masters degree programme and a faculty development programme for design educators over the next two years. Admissions commence on February 26.

JK Tyre girls scholarships
New delhi, february 9. JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has joined hands with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and Protean Vidyasaarathi to launch the JK Tyre Shiksha Sarthi Scholarship Scheme for daughters of heavy motor vehicle drivers in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. The newly launched scholarship program provides financial assistance ranging from Rs.15,000-25,000 per annum for girl children of families associated with the road transportation sector.

“At JK Tyre, we recognise the invaluable contribution of commercial vehicle drivers to the transportation industry. Our commitment to them and their families’ well-being extends beyond our business interests. We believe in the transformative power of education and this scholarship scheme is about empowering the next generation,” said Dr. Raghupati Singhania, chairman & managing director, JK Tyre, speaking on the occasion.

The flagship company of the JK Group, JK Tyre is among the world’s Top 25 manufacturers of radial technology tyres for trucks, cars and automotive two-wheelers.

MAHE-LabourNet agreement
Bengaluru, february 7. To redefine the traditional boundaries of humanities education, the Department of Liberal Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (DLHS) of the Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), Bengaluru, announced implementation of the Centre for LabourNet’s Academic Research Endeavour (CLARE) programme of LabourNet Services India Pvt. Ltd, Bengaluru. LabourNet’s capstone project is to “build lasting relationships between academia and industry in real time and enable students to gain valuable insights from the world of work and apply their learning to solving current business challenges”.

UoB-Symbiosis partnership
Pune, february 15. University of Birmingham (UoB) and Symbiosis International University (SIU) signed a memorandum of understanding to build an education and research partnership. In addition to creating a pathway for SIU students to secure postgrad law degrees, the two universities will explore research collaborations, academic exchanges and student mobility opportunities.

Students from Symbiosis Law School (SLS) who meet required standards in their Indian degree programmes, will qualify to apply for admission into postgraduate programmes at the Birmingham University Law School. Meritorious students will also be awarded scholarships.

“Our partnership with SIU will help students to benefit from the rich educational, social, and cultural experience of studying at our campus in Birmingham — offering them a top-tier education and excellent international career prospects,” said Prof. Adam Tickell, vice chancellor of UoB, speaking on the occasion.

Added Dr. Vidya Yeravdekar, pro-chancellor of SIU: “We are keen to explore research collaborations that will harness the potential of both universities.”

Northstar-HEPUTE anniversary
Rajkot, february 12. Northstar School, Rajkot (estb.2016) and Switzerland’s HEP University of Teacher Education (HEPUTE) celebrated their fifth anniversary of academic collaboration.

According to a Northstar media release, HEPUTE is a globally-renowned institution for teachers’ professional development in primary-secondary education. Its mission is to create strong synergies between teaching, consulting, and research to promote superior quality education worldwide. Northstar School is among few Indian institutions working closely with HEPUTE to facilitate mutual objectives.

To mark the fifth anniversary of this collaboration, Northstar hosted 16 HEPUTE educators from Lausanne, Switzerland at its Rajkot campus for two weeks.

“This partnership is aligned with our dedication to providing progressive learning experiences for the holistic development and well-being of our students. Northstar’s goal is to provide truly international education, with students and educators experiencing meaningful exposure to global perspectives,” said Mohit Patel, founder of Northstar School, speaking on the occasion.

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