Source: Contact North News Release, Courtesy of Academica | January 8, 2014
A research associate for online education network Contact North has released a review of the developments in online learning in Ontario in 2013. In the review, Tony Bates focuses on: what happened to the MOOC this year, the increasing number of online learning strategies at Ontario’s universities and colleges, the transition of online learning being the responsibility of a few to being included in most departments and faculties, the increased use of hybrid learning, a greater push from government to use online learning to enhance teaching and learning, and the rise of open educational resources. “Let’s hope 2014 will see a more focused approach on using online learning and learning technologies in general to improve productivity while maintaining or increasing the quality of postsecondary education,” concludes Bates.
TCS Insights: This article outlines the rise in online learning in Ontario colleges and universities and the goals of the government continue this trend. Indian institutions can look to this example to continue their effort to make educational resources more accessible to students.
By Sparsh Sharma
Mr. Anaroop Kerketta from the Industrial Design Centre (IDC) IIT Bombay won the third Indo-Canada Student Innovation Award for 2013. The short animation Inside My Mind was selected by the jury and the public from 15 finalists. The Consul General for Canada in Mumbai, Mr. Richard Bale presented award to Mr. Anaroop Kerketta during the Best Animation Film (BAF) Awards Ceremony at the FICCI Frames Conference 2013 in Mumbai. The winning short film can be viewed online.
The Government of Canada and Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology (Seneca) in Toronto, Canada in association with Mumbai’s Frameboxx Animation & Visual Effects are excited to have sponsored this award for the third edition of the Indo-Canada Student Innovation Award 2013 (ICSIA 2013). Seneca and Frameboxx will provide Mr. Kerketta with a one-week training session in animation and visual effects at Seneca, a return economy class ticket from Mumbai to Toronto, as well as accommodation and living expenses for the week. Each year this competition provides an opportunity to Indian students to showcase their artistic creativity, animation technique and innovation.
On presenting the award, Richard Bale said “Canada is home to leading animation firms and technology and has a lot to offer through its innovative training institutions. Anaroop Kerketta will now have the exciting opportunity to work with leading technology and an exceptional talent pool in Canada.”
The jury consisted of Mark Jones from Toronto’s Seneca College, Steve Kahwati from Toronto’s 728 Digital Pictures, Munjal Shroff from Mumbai’s Graphiti Multimedia, Kireet Khurana from Mumbai’s Climb Media, and Richard Bale Consul General for Canada in Mumbai. The winner was selected based on a combination of technical marks from the jury and votes from the general public at the online poll portal.
Finance Minister, P Chidambaram has announced the Union Budget 2013-14 which has received mixed reactions from industry and academia. Here are some highlights of what education received from the budget 2013-14
- Budget 2013-14: Rs 1 lakh crore allotted for enhancing skills of youth
- India to get its first all-women’s bank: FM
- Budget 2013-14: Allocation of Rs 65867 crore to education ministry, up 17%
- Budget 2013-14: Tax Free Bonds – Will allow some organisations to raise funds strictly based on need
- Budget 2013-14: FM allocates Rs 65,867 crore to HRD ministry Giving the emphasis on education, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said Budget 2013 will allocate Rs 65,867 crore to the HRD ministry.
- My Budget’s overarching goal is to help youth, says FM
- Budget 2013: To allocate 100 crores to AMU, BHU, TISS-Guwahati and INTACH
- Budget 2013-14- Allocation Rs 1000 crore to extend skills of youth: FM
- Group insurance schemes to be available for teachers, nurses: FM
- Integrated Child Development’s funds enhanced by 11.7%
- Govt announces Rs 2,000-cr fund for scientific innovations
- Grant of Rs 100 crore each for institutions of excellence, says FM
- Clarity on tax issues related to R&D centres in IT soon
- FM gives Rs 100 crore to Tata Institute of Social Science, Guwahati
- Donations to National Children’s Fund will get 100% tax exemption
- Government committed to the creation of Nalanda University as a centre of educational excellence
- Indian Institute of Biotechnology will be set up at Ranchi: FM
- On-campus startup incubators get a boost
Source: Press Trust of India via Indian Economic Business News
Economic growth may improve to 6.1 per cent in the next financial year, from the decade low of 5 per cent in 2012-13, on the back of reform measures announced after mid-September 2012, India Ratings said today. The rating agency also expects aggregate State governments’ fiscal deficit to go up to 2.4 per cent against the budget estimate of 2.1 per cent. India Ratings expects slippage in aggregate fiscal deficit of states to be 0.3 per cent of the gross domestic product, from the budgeted fiscal deficit of 2.1 per cent in 2012-13. Unlike, the earlier episode of fiscal slippage in 2008-09, the slippage in the current year is expected to be low due to absence of adverse shock of salary revision. The agency noted that both global and domestic headwinds pulled down India’s economy growth to 6.2 per cent in 2011-12. Industrial growth performance in the next fiscal is expected to improve to 4.4 per cent from 3.1 per cent in the current fiscal. The Central government tax collection in the next financial year would rise due to higher projected growth in 2013-14 leading to increased growth in current transfer to states, it said.
Source: The Times of India via PwC – EdLive
Most educational institutes in central Gujarat have signed multiple memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with foreign universities during the recently concluded International Conference on Academic Institutions (ICAI) 2013, held as part of the Vibrant Gujarat summit. While the M S University (MSU) entered into collaboration with 11 institutes from the UK, the US, Canada, Russia, Bhutan and Rwanda, Anand Agricultural University (AAU) and Vallabh Vidyanagar-based Sardar Patel University (SPU) signed three and six MoUs, respectively.
The SPU has signed letter of expression of intent for academic programmes with US-based Alabama State University, Montgomery, and two UK-based universities- the University of Central Lancashire and The Higher Education Academy, Heslington. Besides, SPU is also collaborating with France-based Centre Culturel Indien Tagore, Marseille while those Indian education institutes with which SPU has signed MoUs include MSU and Patan-based Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University.
The AAU on its part has signed MoUs with the Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) Initiatives of IIM Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar-based Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI). During the conference, it also signed a MoU with Hyderabad’s Orchem Industries Private Limited (popularly known as Orchem India) for licensing of its indigenously developed date palm tissue culture technology.
The city-based Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, too, has signed 22 MoUs at the ICAI including those with US-based Mount Sinai School of Medicine and MINDS Foundation, UK-based University of Lancashire, University of Bhutan and 18 others with state and national-level institutes.