iSchool Connect pandemic offer

EducationWorld June 2021 | Education Briefs

Mumbai, May 12. iSchoolConnect Inc, a US and India based AI (artificial intelligence) company, launched a series of products for education institutions to assist them in their battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.

“After almost three years of effort, we have developed a suite of tools categorised under four primary verticals, viz, recruitment, sales/marketing, assessment, and engagement. These tools will help education institutions scale their business and automate operational processes. Because of the pandemic we will provide these digital tools at zero-cost for the next three months. I hope these products will assist education institutions worldwide to overcome the disruptions and difficulties caused by the pandemic,” said Ashish Fernando, founder-CEO of iSchoolConnect, speaking on the occasion.

According to Fernando, these products will enable education institutions to resolve problems ranging from assisting high school counselors/advisors to guide students make better career decisions, to helping graduate and undergraduate students prepare for job interviews.

EuroKids new avatar
Mumbai, May 24. The Mumbai-based EuroKids International, which owns and/or franchises 1,200 preschools and 38 K-12 schools with an aggregate enrolment of 150,000 children and was recently acquired by the US-based global investment firm KKR, has a new corporate identity, viz, Lighthouse Learning Pvt. Ltd.

“As we focus on a newly-emerged era we are embracing change in the form of a new identity. Lighthouse Learning will serve as a beacon in setting new standards in education and driving new strategic initiatives for the organisation. Like a lighthouse, we will strive to guide our students towards becoming change-makers of tomorrow,” said Prajodh Rajan, cofounder and group CEO, Lighthouse Learning, announcing the company’s new identity.

The newly christened company provides high quality preschool to class XII education in institutions grouped under its portfolio of brands, i.e, EuroKids, Kangaroo Kids, EuroSchool, Billabong High International, and the Bengaluru-based Cambridge Public School.

MAHE-UBC pact
Bengaluru, May 11. The top-ranked Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) and University of British Columbia (UBC) signed a partnership agreement to broaden and deepen academic and research collaboration between India and Canada. Research scholars of these universities will collaborate to address issues outlined in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.

Designated an Institution of Eminence by the Central government, MAHE has an excellent research record in drug discovery, diabetes and hypertension, personalised medicine, infectious diseases, climate change, energy, artificial intelligence and machine learning. UBC is renowned for excellence in health and medical sciences including global health and environmental issues.

“This relationship with UBC will promote collaborative action and research opportunities involving students, academics and researchersfrom both institutions. It will result in a vibrant academic partnership,” said Lt. General (Retd.) Dr. M.D. Venkatesh, vice chancellor of MAHE, speaking on the occasion.

Real estate MBA
Mumbai, May 21. HSNC University, Mumbai, has introduced a two-year MBA programme to prepare graduates for careers in the real estate business under guidance of the Niranjan Hiranandani School of Real Estate (NHSRE).

“Real estate is one of the fastest growing sectors contributing 7 percent of India’s GDP. It employs nearly 15 percent of the national workforce. Therefore, it is critically important to create a human resources pool for this industry. Our long-standing association with the leading real estate and housing finance companies, private banks, architects, civil and structural engineering firms will enable us to design excellent curriculums and provide internships and apprenticeships during the programme and placements after graduation,” says Dr. Niranjan Hiranandani, provost of HSNC University and founder of NHSRE.

Centre of Excellence for Capital Markets
Mumbai, May 19. Mumbai-based NSE Academy Ltd (NAL), a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Stock Exchange (NSE), has signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) with Bharathiar University (BU), Coimbatore to establish a Centre of Excellence for Capital Markets (CECM).

The prime objective of CECM is to enable faculty at Bharathiar University and affiliated colleges to enhance their domain knowledge of financial services. Under the terms of the agreement, NAL will work with the university to develop an industry-needs aligned curriculum. CECM will also initiate regular interaction between BU and India Inc leaders and managers.

“Dissemination of financial literacy is a major objective of NAL. There is great need for people to learn more about the capital market. NSE/NAL have been playing a pivotal role by developing technology and tools, and a learning platform for this purpose. This association between NAL and BU will catalyse a significant change in the education space and provide learners with high quality content and specific skills,” said Hari K, chief business officer, NSE, speaking on the occasion.

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