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Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India], February 16 (ANI/NewsVoir): Galgotias University, Greater Noida organising a two days National level Seminar on “National Education Policy 2020: A Gateway to Academic Excellence” on 17th and 18th February 2021 is being organised to implement the NEP 2020 – A vision of our Hon’ble Prime Minister to make India Atma Nirbhar Bharat and also to take the oath to implement NEP 2020 and make Galgotias University be the first campus to implement 100 per cent NEP 2020 in true sense.
With less than 10 years of presence in the country, the Galgotias University has a slogan, “Student First”, The University has 18 schools with 73 UG programs, 49 PG programs and 22 PhD programs. Suneel Galgotia, Chancellor, Dhruv Galgotia, CEO and Dr Preeti Bajaj, Vice-Chancellor, Galgotias University has been always proactive for academic Excellence initiatives. The University has been awarded QS-I GAUGE E-LEAD (E-Learning Excellence for Academic Digitisation). 3 Programmes of Galgotias University have been accredited by the National Board of Accreditation (NBA). Published more than 1000 research papers in a year in Journals and conferences, published more than 100 patents, organized various International conferences of high repute.
New National Education Policy was released after 34 years as a roadmap to transform education policy to meet future needs for job seekers and creating competent global manpower. NEP 2020 was strongly advocated by the Hon’ble education Minister Dr Shri Ramesh ‘Nishank’ Pokhriyal ji. He has consented for inauguration and his special presence for witnessing the oath for NEP 2020 implementation at Galgotias University.
The event would be graced by Stalwarts of the field Dr D P Singh, Chairman, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe, Chairman, All India Council for Technical Education, New Delhi, Dr K. K. Aggarwal, Chairman, National Board of Accreditations, New Delhi, Dr Anil Kumar Nassa, Member Secretary, National Board of Accreditations, New Delhi, Dr Devi Singh, Former Director, IIM-Lucknow, Dr V. Ramgopal Rao, Director, IIT-Delhi, Dr Milind D. Atrey, Dean R&D, IIT-Bombay, Dr Ashok Jhunjhunwala (Padma Shri), Professor, IIT-Madras, Dr Raghunath Shevgaonkar, Former Director, IIT-Delhi, Dr Manpreet Singh Manna, Former Director, Swayam, Dr B. B. Ahuja, Director, College of Engineering, Pune, Dr Vinay Pathak, Vice-Chancellor, Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow, Dr Ashwin Fernandes, Regional Director, MENA & South Asia, QS Quacquarelli Symonds and many others.
The experts will be covering the aspects of NEP and Quality in education through diverse topics such as Accreditations in India, NEP 2020: A Way Ahead, Quality Improvement in Research, QS Ranking: A Way to Quality Improvement & Gap Analysis in Higher Education, creating a Research Ecosystem, writing a Research Proposal, Industry-Academia Collaboration, IQAC Role in the Continuous Improvement of HEI, MOOCS/NPTEL Way Ahead, Future Engineering: Engineering the Future and many more
The University is the first-ever university to follow OBE in true sense across all disciplines and all schools since its inception and is ahead of implementing many clauses of NEP2020 like Credit transfer system, Multidisciplinary approach, interdisciplinary approach, CBCS, relative grading and University Core Courses like AI, Data Science, Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship, Disruptive Technologies, Creative arts, liberal arts and Professional Ethics and Human Values are being introduced. In this seminar, The University will pledge to implement the National Education Policy 2020 to the fullest.
The event shall also go live online through YouTube: youtu.be/FHSrEThvtZs. Registration link: bit.ly/GUNEP2020.
The program shall be chaired and convened by Dr Preeti Bajaj, Vice-Chancellor Galgotias University, the program is coordinated by Registrar Dr Nitin Gaur and HR Director Shilpi Chandra and Dean Students welfare Dr Arvind Jain and Dr Manoj Shanti.
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PNB Housing Finance, Yes Bank in co-lending partnership

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 5 (ANI): PNB Housing Finance and Yes Bank said on Friday they have entered into a strategic co-lending agreement to offer customised retail loans for homebuyers at competitive interest rates.
Both organisations will jointly do due diligence and co-originate the loan at an agreed ratio. PNB Housing will service customers through the entire loan lifecycle including sourcing, documentation and collection with an information sharing arrangement with Yes Bank.
In 2020, the Reserve Bank of India allowed the co-origination of housing finance companies with banks to enable non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) and other banking institutions to provide mutually-beneficial risk assessment services.
The revised co-lending model introduced in November last year gives lenders greater flexibility vis-a-vis offering higher credit for the unserved and underserved segments of population.
Rajan Suri, Business Head for retail at PNB Housing Finance, said India’s financial sector is witnessing a historical disruption with most banks and NBFCs harnessing the power of new-age technologies to innovate and deliver qualitatively superior products and services to customers.
“The digital transformation has opened up untapped opportunities in the retail home loan space. We have seen a steady demand among working class, especially millennials who are keen to realise their dream of owning a home early in their careers,” he said.
Rajan Pental, Global Head for retail banking at Yes Bank, said the partnership will go a long way to bring local expertise and assist the bank to boost its footprint in newer geographies.
“It is our constant endeavour to curate and innovate products that add value for customers, and source meaningful partnerships that enable us to serve that goal,” he said. (ANI)

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Covid-19 accelerates shift towards digitalisation: Infosys-Milken report

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New York [USA], March 5 (ANI): A new report by digital services major Infosys shows that American employees like working remotely, employers cite greater workforce productivity but how to increase diversity remains a top concern.
The Milken Institute and Infosys report titled ‘Future of Work: Insights for 2021 and Beyond’ highlights insights about remote work based on original research. It examines the pandemic’s impact on the workforce and offers recommendations for employers and employees moving forward.
The report, based upon surveys of employees and managers of large US-based companies, found that 80 per cent of respondents are very or somewhat satisfied with remote work despite higher workloads and a lack of social interactions with colleagues.
Nearly 82 per cent of managers said their employees are working more than they were before the pandemic with over half saying employees were working a lot more.
However, access to remote work options remains inequitable across income brackets with lower-income employees seeing fewer remote job roles.
Specifically, 69 per cent of those with an income below 50,000 dollars a year said they saw increased remote working opportunity compared to 86 per cent of those making over 75,000 dollars a year.
The report finds that the shift to remote work has allowed employers to hire talent beyond where they physically operate. Some firms have used this opportunity to double down on diversity and inclusion.
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed employment forecasts for different sectors. Although utility companies experienced the smallest decline in employment during Covid-19, it is projected to have the largest decline of any sector over the next decade.
By contrast, while leisure and hospitality have been hardest hit, the industry nonetheless expects strong employment growth.
“While the full impact of the pandemic remains unknown, it is clear that the shift towards digitalisation has altered the shape, focus and geographical dispersion of the American workforce,” said Michael Klowden, CEO of Milken Institute.
Ravi Kumar, President of Infosys, said the pandemic has accelerated trends already seen and provided a rare opportunity to clearly envision the future of work in a way that benefits the largest number of people.
“As training and re-skilling become increasingly important, companies that provide their employees with the greatest advancement opportunities will continue to have a competitive edge. They will also be able to meet the diversity, equity and inclusivity challenges the world is facing with greater impact,” he said. (ANI)

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Equity indices flat in volatile trade, banking and metal stocks suffer

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 5 (ANI): Equity benchmark indices were flat during early hours on Friday with banking and metal stocks incurring losses amid weak global cues.
At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was down by 20 points or 0.04 per cent at 50,826 while the Nifty 50 edged lower by 2 points or 0.01 per cent to 15,079.
Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the red with Nifty PSU bank down by 1.5 per cent, private bank by 1 per cent and metal by 1 per cent.
Among stocks, IndusInd Bank fell by 2.4 per cent to Rs 1,065.15 per share while ICICI Bank was down by 1.5 per cent to Rs 611.20. HDFC Bank too dipped by 1 per cent to Rs 1,535.15 per share.
State Bank of India, Wipro, Hindalco, Dr Reddy’s, Tata Motors and Bajaj Auto also traded in the negative zone.
However, energy stocks gained with ONGC up by 4.5 per cent to Rs 117.80 per share, GAIL rose by 3.5 per cent, Bharat Petroleum Corporation by 1.3 per cent and NTPC by 1.1 per cent.
Meanwhile, Asian stocks dropped to one-month lows as rising US treasury yields again rattled equity investors.
Japan’s Nikkei share average cracked by 1.6 per cent and shares in Seoul fell by 1.4 per cent. Chinese shares were in the red with the bluechip CSI300 index off 1.5 per cent.
That sent MSCI’s broadest index of Asia Pacific shares outside of Japan to 684.52, the lowest since February 1.
Overnight, US stocks dropped after US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell disappointed some investors by not indicating that the Fed might step up purchases of long-term bonds to hold down longer-term interest rates. (ANI)

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Cycle Pure Agarbathi unveils #Selfeet Campaign marking 7 decades of women workforce

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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 4 (ANI/NewsVoir): Cycle Pure Agarbathi, the world’s largest agarbathi manufacturer, is celebrating this International Women’s Day by honouring the women workforce with a new word, #Selfeet, a term that sets out to grow into a cultural phenomenon at the workplace and in the digital world at large.
The brand is starting a #Selfeet social media campaign that aims at acknowledging and celebrating women from different walks of life who have outdone themselves braving all odds.
The brand urges all women to come together to celebrate this International Women’s Day by posting a picture of their own feet to honour their independence and commitment towards building our nation. The brand encourages women from all walks of life to take part in this campaign by sharing their #Selfeet and making a global statement – No dream is too big to dream.
The rationale behind this campaign is to debunk the myth that occupation and entitlement are based on gender and to motivate more women to follow their dreams and embrace their independence, like countless other women who have followed their hearts.
While women empowerment has been a topic of discussion for quite some time now, Cycle Pure Agarbathi put the idea into action in its founding days with women accounting for its major workforce for the past 7 decades. The brand has been empowering women way before the term was coined and believes women have a pivotal role in shaping the company to what it is today.
Commenting on this initiative, Arjun Ranga, Managing Director, Cycle Pure Agarbathi, said, “Women empowerment is an easily identified term but is not a term that is easily understood. The aim is to leverage the campaign by allowing women to express themselves and their achievements in all walks of life. We found that at its core, women empowerment means a woman standing on her own two feet; hence, the term #Selfeet giving a simple twist to the commonplace word selfie that gives it a whole new meaning.
The word #Selfeet stands for a selfie of a proud woman’s feet, the feet that she stands on, with utmost confidence and independence. The word has the right attitude and a quotient adopted in the social media age, where selfies are a rage. Besides, women taking pictures of their feet is an existing phenomenon. We’ve just added an angle of feminine pride, independence, and confidence to it in order to make it widely acceptable.”
Since 1948, over 75 percent of Cycle Pure Agarbathi workforce consists of women and presently, over 10,000 women, mostly from rural backgrounds, play a role in shaping Cycle Agarbathi. Likewise, having balanced employment is likely to contribute to the empowerment of women and help curb inequality. While small steps can make a huge difference, the brand is inviting women from all walks of life to share their #Selfeet this Women’s Day in order to make a global statement, ‘No Dream is Too Big to Dream’
The Mysuru-based NR Group was founded by Shri N. Ranga Rao in 1948. A true visionary and philanthropist, Shri. Ranga Rao created the ubiquitous Cycle Pure Agarbathi, which has today become the largest selling incense stick brand in the world. From a home-grown enterprise, NR Group has evolved into a successfully run business conglomerate with an established presence in India and abroad.
The Group has diversified into various business categories like functional air care products (Lia brand of room fresheners and car-fresheners), wellness home fragrance products (IRIS) under Ripple Fragrances, floral extracts (NESSO) and Rangsons Technologies.
Today it is truly an Agarbathi to Aerospace conglomerate as it is also involved in making parts for defence helicopters. The organization has largely committed to social responsibilities and fulfils them, through its charity arm ‘NR Foundation’. NR Group today is managed by the third generation of the Ranga family.
For more information on NR Group, please visit www.nrgroup.co.in.
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Debating the Contours of Internet Freedom in India

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI/BusinessWire India): The Dialogue, a Delhi based Tech Policy think tank, organized a National Debate Competition on ‘Internet Freedom’ on February 27th and 28th in collaboration with Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, University of Delhi. With the New IL Guidelines being notified only last Thursday, this debate could not have been more timely!
The competition saw the participation of more than 160 students from across India from more than 50 different universities. The competition was adjudged by Dhanendra Kumar, Senior Bureaucrat and Former Chairman, Competition Commission of India, Anand Venkatnarayanan, a Privacy Professional and a Public Interest Technologist, Zeba Warsi, Special Correspondent CNN News18, Rahul Sharma, Founder, The Perspective and Kazim Rizvi, Founding Director, The Dialogue.
The team from Symbiosis Law School, Pune demonstrated exemplary skills and was adjudged as the ‘Best team’ while the team from NALSAR was adjudged the ‘Runners Up’. Vanshika Nandwani from J.C. Bose University of Science and Technology, Faridabad bagged the prize for the Best Speaker while Shashank Venkat achieved the feat of ‘Second Best Speaker’.
The year 2020, saw everyone’s lives steadily converge into virtual spaces as people significantly depended on the internet for almost everything be it classes, meetings or even entertainment. This increased social and economic significance of the internet was coupled with the rising concern around the rapid proliferation of fake news and CSAM. This has led to the government considering to regulate these platforms to tackle legitimate national security concerns. However, while imposing reasonable restrictions are important to preserve the ‘Rule of Law’, it is also paramount to ensure that such measures do preserve the right to free expression and privacy of the citizens.
Kazim Rizvi, The Founding Director of The Dialogue observed that the objective of this competition was to involve young minds to develop a quest for critical thinking and public speaking on crucial aspects of public policy and to help them assess the integral aspects of internet freedom, national security and their interaction with the fundamental rights of the people.
The rounds entailed discussion on topics like regulation of OTT platforms, the right to be forgotten and the significance of safe-harbour in preserving online free speech. The students arguing in favour of regulations highlighted the importance of reasonable restrictions to ensure better accountability on part of the platforms in the interest of user safety and national security. On the other hand, those arguing against it discussed the need to encourage free speech and innovation for creating an open, progressive and inclusive online space.
All the jury members praised the participants for their well-crafted speech and impressive presentation skills. Dharmendra Kumar, Senior Bureaucrat and Former Chairman of Competition Commission of India congratulated both the participants as well as The Dialogue and Shaheed Bhagat Singh team for the successful organization of this event. He observed that “while regulations are important to effectively tackle online challenges, however, they need to be reasonable and conform with the overarching principles of constitutionalism and rule of law.
While online safety is a legitimate goal, protecting the fundamental right to free speech and privacy of the citizens and furthering their freedom of trade and innovation is also crucial, and a balance needs to be struck between the two. I congratulate The Dialogue team for getting the youth of the nation to speak on this very important subject.”
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‘Art for Freedom’ invites people’s participation in a nationwide challenge for a big social transformation

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New Delhi [India], March 4 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Encouraged by the active participation of youth & civil society, #DNAFightsRape-Save the Evidence awareness campaign launches a nationwide creative challenge called ‘Art for Freedom’.
The initiative seeks to transform the way our society deals with survivors of rape & sexual violence, shifting the accountability from the survivor to the perpetrator.
Supported by leading United Nations entity for gender equality & women empowerment, UN Women India and Girl Up (UN Foundation), along with reputed academic institutions like National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi (NIFT) and Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune (SIMB), this drive aims to stir the power of creativity and influence of art on the society to bring a positive change.
‘Art for Freedom’ calls on all citizens – especially students, artists, designers, and creative professionals – to step forward and channelize their anger, frustration, despair, and the range of emotions they experience whenever they hear about a brutal rape. The goal is to harness the power of art to compel a rethink of the status quo and create a society where women, children, and diverse genders are free from constant fear.
Only when regressive mindsets change and the focus turns from the rape survivor to the sexual offender, can we build public confidence in the ability of the criminal justice system to bring the guilty to justice with modern forensic science & technologies like DNA.
Nishtha Satyam, Deputy Country Representative, UN Women India said, “It is imperative to change socio-cultural and behavioural norms that perpetuate gender inequality and the normalization of violence against women. Art plays a crucial role in shaping culture and perceptions. We call upon you to join the ‘Art for Freedom’ campaign and strengthen the collective voice to end violence against women, girls, and diverse genders through the medium of Art.”
Neeti Banga, Associate Professor, NIFT Delhi added, “The power of critical thinking and creative expression is still untapped. The world needs kind hearts with inclusive mindsets. Be the voice! Express concerns for strong social issues through art, drama, music, dance, and touch the heart of humanity. This metamorphosis will help catalyze the emergence of new empathetic expressions and solutions, which today’s Youth can drive. We are delighted to be associated with this cause and look forward to extending our support to bring the message home.”
This challenge entails the creation and submission of original works of art where participants are free to choose their preferred form and medium of expressions such as paintings, sketches, sculptures, garments, poems, music recordings, and graffiti, as long as entries can be captured and shared digitally.
Entries will be screened and shortlisted under artist and non-artist categories. Nominations will be announced on April 15th, World Art Day and best works will be displayed in a Virtual Art Showcase. Winners will be selected based on a final jury evaluation comprising distinguished individuals from the fields of art, design, public policy, law & social justice, and academia.
The jury will evaluate all entries across five parameters namely, relevance to the brief; originality of idea; creativity & innovation; emotional quotient; and power to move people to action. All winners will be recognised with commemorative trophies & certificates. Students nominated in the non-artist category stand a chance to intern with Ogilvy India, provided they are pursuing their college degrees.
Lauding the initiative, Tim Schellberg, Founder & President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell–GA said, “Youth and artists have always been at the forefront of social movements world over. It is their creative expression and energy that provides powerful stimuli for change. India, like many other countries, has been trying to deal with a rape crisis and attempts are being made by the authorities to expand the use of advanced forensic technologies like DNA to bring down sexual crime and create a strong deterrent. While a lot more needs to be done on that front, it can only be effective if the culture changes from blaming the victim to going after the perpetrator with the help of DNA evidence he leaves at the crime scene.”
Arneeta Vasudeva, Head, Public Relations & Influence, Ogilvy India added, “With a firm belief that art changes people and people change the world, we’re happy to launch the ‘Art for Freedom’ challenge with our partners to bring about a social transformation in the way we look at rape survivors.
The tendency is to always find faults with the woman who’s been raped, where she erred, and what she could’ve done to avoid her fate. It’s time we put the spotlight on the offender instead and preserve DNA evidence to bring the guilty to justice.”
‘Art for Freedom’ is a part of the larger #DNAFightsRape-Save the Evidence citizen awareness drive that was launched November 25th, 2019, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, in partnership with the Delhi Police, AIIMS, UN Women India, and Red FM.
Its aim has been to educate people on their role in saving crucial DNA evidence in sexual offence & rape cases to strengthen India’s criminal justice system. It has today become a movement with several members of the civil society stepping forward to spread the message of “Don’t Wash, Don’t Clean. Save the Evidence”.
To register please click on the following link: https://forms.gle/ES4zdyxE661KhtXQA
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