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University of Birmingham and IIT Madras launch joint Masters programmes

The universities will establish a joint research fund to support potential research partnerships in data science, energy systems, and biomedical engineering

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Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and the University of Birmingham, U.K., are joining forces to launch Joint Masters’ programmes that will see students studying in Birmingham and Chennai before receiving a single degree awarded by both universities.

It is proposed to launch the first joint postgraduate programme next year before developing further study programmes in subsequent years. The partnership agreement was reached during a visit to Chennai, by Professor Adam Tickell.

Professor V. Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, and Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham, signed a collaborative Statement of Intent to explore study areas including data science, energy systems and biomedical engineering.

The universities have also agreed to establish a joint research fund to support academics and researchers as they explore potential research partnerships in data science, energy systems, and biomedical engineering.

Highlighting the importance of this collaboration, Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Birmingham, said, “The University of Birmingham is a global ‘civic’ university and committed to forging meaningful education and research partnerships in India.”

Professor Adam Tickell added, “These innovative joint postgraduate programmes between IIT Madras and University Birmingham will offer students the opportunity to pursue a world-class education at globally leading institutions in two countries, and to have their educational achievements recognised by both.”

The joint programmes will be delivered at the campuses of both institutions and mutual recognition of academic credits issued by each university will lead to the award of a single degree certificate.

This is the first such education partnership at Masters’ level between any IIT and a UK Russell Group University. Students would benefit from academic flexibility to learn and work in current areas that would define the future of global engineering and technology.

Elaborating on the importance of this partnership, Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Dean (Global Engagement), IIT Madras, said, This is a great beginning for what we hope will be a long and fruitful association with University of Birmingham, hitting several high notes.”

The agreement builds on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in February 2022 where both institutions declared their intention to further develop their partnership.

Professor Robin Mason, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) at the University of Birmingham, commented, “This agreement sets out our vision for how the relationship between IIT Madras and the University of Birmingham will develop in the coming years. I look forward to seeing the many fruitful education and research collaborations which will emerge as we work ever closer together.”

Further, Professor Preeti Aghalayam, Faculty Advisor for International Academic Programmes (Global Engagement), IIT Madras, said, “We are excited to explore this new vista of internationalisation for IIT Madras, and look forward to putting together a stellar offering benefiting students from all geographies, together with our colleagues at Birmingham.”

The University of Birmingham has a number of significant partnerships in India, underpinned by its India Institute which aims to increase the visibility, impact and coherence of Birmingham’s engagement in the country.

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Admissions are open for NMIMS School of Design’s 4-year B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program

The pedagogy at the school is interactive and experiential where lessons are imparted by highly qualified and trained faculty apart from expert industry professionals

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An undergraduate program in Design is fast gaining prominence at a time when artistic creativity and a passion for technology and business are coming together to create user-friendly solutions that make day to day life simple for people.  SVKM’s NMIMS School of Design’s AICTE approved 4-year undergraduate B.Des. (Humanising Technology) program combines design with technology and cognitive and behavioural sciences to effectively serve business and social needs. It offers a transdisciplinary and holistic design curriculum with focus on a user-centric approach to design education, giving it a human touch. The program aims to equip students with multi-stream skill sets and knowledge to visualize 2D, 3D and 5D experiences.  The school has been ranked 5th among design schools of Maharashtra and 11th among design schools in India by Careers360 in 2022.

The pedagogy at the school is interactive and experiential where lessons are imparted by highly qualified and trained faculty apart from expert industry professionals. The students are encouraged to apply themselves, be curious and ‘learn by doing’. This has resulted in a steady outflow of pass outs who are not only artistic and creative, but also possess the ability to think strategically. The SVKM’s NMIMS School of Design is equipped with state-of-the-art studios, workshops, and modern labs like the Tinkering lab, Rapid Prototyping lab, XR (Extended Reality), and a usability lab for hands-on experience. Students are also offered internships in the industry which allows them to gain practical knowledge in the field of design. This exposure opens up several avenues and job opportunities in the field of consulting, hospitality, IT, banking, healthcare, education, and tourism, among other sectors. NMIMS’ School of Design achieved a 100% placement record for the second time in a row, wherein the students got placed in top companies. Walmart Global Technology Services India Private Ltd was among the new recruiters and offered a package of Rs. 20, 27,100 for the post of Associate Designer.

Talking about the program Dr. Arundhati Guha Thakurta, Faculty In-Charge, NMIMS School of Design,said, “A fine balance of creative abilities and analytical thinking is important for a lifelong problem solver. The school, with its transdisciplinary, value-based design education, equips the students with a global perspective in the competitive design world, inculcating an entrepreneurial mindset. Our comprehensive curriculum further sensitizes our students to the world of design. Our highly trained in-house faculty and visiting industry experts act like mentors to help unleash the hidden talent in the students and hone their skills through methods like practice-based and gamified learning. The program focuses on human-centered design, human factors or ergonomics, behavioral studies, aesthetics in product design and innovation, digital design, creative problem-solving, and creative entrepreneurship, among other skills. An invaluable NGO and industry internship ensures that our students gain enough knowledge of the design world and ushers in them the confidence to put their best foot forward as they emerge as future design thinkers and become working professionals.”

Admission process:

A candidate interested in pursuing this 4-year program must have passed/appeared for the 10+2 or equivalent exam in any stream. Eligible candidates can register here

Step-1: Registration and payment of application fees

Step-2: Appear for studio test

Step-3: Appear for personal interview & portfolio review

Step-4: Declaration of merit list

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Microsoft and LinkedIn engage 7.3 million learners in India through Skills for Jobs program, to help 10 million people learn digital skills

Will provide free access to 350 courses, six new Career Essentials Certificates, and 50,000 LinkedIn Learning Scholarships

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Microsoft and LinkedIn announced the next step in the Skills for Jobs program, providing free access to 350 courses and six new Career Essentials Certificates for six of the most in-demand jobs in the digital economy. Microsoft and LinkedIn will also be offering 50,000 LinkedIn Learning scholarships to help people get ahead in their skilling journey. By 2025, Microsoft will help train and certify 10 million people with skills for in demand jobs. Today’s launch builds on the Global Skills Initiative, which helped 80 million jobseekers around the world access digital skilling resources.

To date, Microsoft has engaged 14 million learners in Asia via LinkedIn, Microsoft Learn and non-profit skilling efforts. Of this, 7.3 million learners were from India. The top six LinkedIn Learning Pathways in India were: Critical Soft Skills, Software Developer, Data Analyst, Financial Analyst, Project Manager, and Customer Service Specialist.

Using data from LinkedIn and the Burning Glass Institute, Microsoft analyzed job listings to determine six of the roles in greatest demand for the program: Administrative Professional, Project Manager, Business Analyst, Systems Administrator, Software Developer or Data Analyst. The new courses and certificates will be offered in seven languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese. This expansion builds on Microsoft’s commitment to supporting inclusive economic opportunity so learners around the world have equitable access to the skills, technology, and opportunity needed to succeed in a digitizing economy.

Microsoft’s new commitment to offer skilling support for the most sought-after digital jobs is aimed at enabling people and organizations to seize job opportunities, gain a competitive edge and emerge as trailblazers – as they contribute to a vibrant tech ecosystem and accelerate innovation needed for growth.  

Dr. Rohini Srivathsa, National Technology Officer, Microsoft India said, “Bridging the skills gaps in today’s digital economy is foundational to India’s employment challenges and building towards inclusive economic and societal progress in India. Microsoft has been invested in various initiatives to skill India’s youth, tapping into the potential of underserved communities and the opportunity to bring more women into the workforce. With our new commitment to help equip another 10 million globally with highly relevant skilling support, we want to continue making tech skills accessible to all, opening up employment opportunities for people to succeed and embrace innovation. We are privileged to be collaborating with LinkedIn and our partners in our local communities, to empower every person in India to be part of a growing digital ecosystem and to achieve more, together.”

The new Career Essentials Certificates are designed to help learners bridge the gap from basic digital literacy to more advanced technical skills training and gain certifications that will be valuable to securing employment. Once a learning pathway is completed, learners will receive a LinkedIn badge to denote their certificate and indicate fluency in the skillset to employers.

All courses are available on LinkedIn at opportunity.linkedin.com. In addition, Microsoft-developed courses are also available on Microsoft Community Training (MCT) and in downloadable format for use on other Learning Management Systems (LMS) for nonprofit partners.

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‘Push Sports’ students features prominently in Delhi U16 Selection Squad

The young cricketers will be representing Delhi U16 in the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy

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Push Sports added another feather to its cap as it bagged three slots in the newly announced Under 16 Cricket Squad by Delhi. Sarthak Ray has been appointed the Vice Captain of the squad and he is joined by fellow PUSHERS Anindo Naharay and Harshvardhan Phogat among the 26 names announced by Delhi. The young cricketers will be representing Delhi U16 in the upcoming Vijay Merchant Trophy.

Puru Singh, Founder of Push Sports and former Delhi State Player said. “It is a moment of immense pride for us. While we coach and train the kids, their achievements show the result of their hard work and talent. Delhi U16 is a prestigious placement with a lot of competition for each of the slots. These results give us the energy to continue for better results in the future to identify and mentor talent at the grassroots. I congratulate the trio and wish them loads of success and luck in their journey as professional cricketers. Join us in commending the youngsters at #PUSHERSinDelhiU16.”

This is one of the most significant achievements of Push Sports and they are hopeful that these results will inspire many more to join and continue in their sports journey.

Founded in 2019, Push sports is the Delhi-based Sports Education & Infrastructure start-up with a mission to catalyze fitness through sports especially focusing on school-going children as high screen time, lack of physical activity, and unbalanced diet is taking a toll on their health.

Incidentally, Shikhar Dhawan’s Da One Sports has also joined hands with ‘Push Sports’ as an exclusive strategic and operations partner for their ‘Grassroots Innovation Programme’ and ‘Sports Training Programme’, focusing on developing a sporting culture at the grassroots level.

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