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Leadership for Academicians Program (LEAP) & Annual Refresher Program

  • MHRD launched 2 new initiatives viz. Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP) & Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT) for higher education faculty. ARPIT is unique initiative of online professional development of 15 lakh higher education faculty. LEAP is 3 weeks flagship leadership development training programme for 2nd level academic functionaries in higher education institutions,

Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP)

  • Main objective is to prepare 2nd tier academic heads who are potentially likely to assume leadership roles in future.
  • It will make Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) perform their roles of developing better students who will be future torch bearers.
  • It will be implemented thru 15 National Institute Ranking Framework (NIRF) top ranked Indian Institutions: IIT Bombay, IIT Kanpur, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Roorkee, IISER Kolkata, NIT Trichy, JNU; IIT (BHU) , Delhi University, TISS Mumbai, University of Hyderabad, NIEPA, Jamia Milia Islamia, BHU and AMU.
  • Foreign universities identified for training collaboration are w/I top 100 in world global rankings. It includes University of Michigan, Harvard University, Oxford University, University of Cambridge, Purdue University, University of Chicago, NTU Singapore, Monash University, University of Pennsylvania & University of Virginia.

Institution ′ s Innovation Council (IIC) ′ Program of MHRD ′ s Innovation Cell

  • IIC Program of MHRD Innovation Cell was launched in New Delhi. HRD Ministry has established Innovation cell at AICTE w/purpose to systematically foster culture of Innovation in all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across country.

Institution՚s Innovation Council (IIC) Program

  • Significant step in institutionalizing innovation & developing scientific temperament in country.
  • Purpose of formation of network of IICs is to encourage, inspire & nurture young students by exposing them to new ideas & processes resulting in innovative activities in their formative years.
  • More than 1000 HEIs have formed IICs in their campuses & enrolled for IIC network managed by MHRD՚s Innovation cell to promote innovation thru multitudinous modes leading to innovation promotion eco-system in their campuses.
  • Thru this initiative, India hopes to get good rank in global innovation ranking in next 2 - 3 years.
  • Innovation Cell has undertaken many initiatives for educational advancement in higher education for encouraging best practices in innovation & advance research.
  • For this, it has implemented programs like Atal Ranking of Institutions on Innovation Achievement (ARIIA) , Smart India Hackathon (SIH) - 2019, etc.

National Institute of Homeopathy at Narela

  • Minister of State for AYUSH laid foundation stone of National Institute of Homeopathy at Narela. This will be National level Institute & would be established as extension of National Institute of Homoeopathy, Kolkata.

Key Facts of National Institute of Homoeopathy

  • NIH, Narela will be established in 10 acres of land which is taken over from DDA.
  • Total ground coverage area will be 50000 square meter.
  • Institute is proposed to be 100 bedded hospital & centre of excellence in quality education & research.
  • Total cost of project would be ₹ 302 cr.

Significance of National Institute of Homoeopathy

  • Institute will offer PG courses in 7 disciplines.
  • Intake of PG students will be 7 students per Dept. per Academic Year.
  • Intake of PhD students will be 10 students per year.
  • OPD part of hospital will consists of general & speciality clinic.
  • It is targeting PG & PhD level teaching to fill up gap in high quality research & treatment in Homoeopathy.

Vice President Releases Autobiography ‘Enadhu Porattam’ in Chennai

  • Vice President of India was addressing gathering after releasing autobiography ‘Enadhu Porattam’ on Shri Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam (Ma. Po. Si) at commemoration of in 23rd Anniversary, in Chennai.
  • Vice President recalled remarkable contribution made by Ma. Po. Si as freedom fighter, learned scholar of Tamil literature & great leader who forged new identity for Tamil Nadu, Tamil language & Tamil Culture.

About Mylapore Ponnusamy Sivagnanam

  • Ma. Po. Si՚s literary expositions were immaculate & he delved into ‘Silappathikaram’ & helped spread epic throughout Tamil Nadu.
  • “Viduthalai Poril Thamizhagam” is great compilation by him on role of Tamilnadu in Nationalistic movement.
  • Ma. Po. Si was staunch believer in strengthening traditional roots thru extensive use of mother tongues. “Engum Tamil - Edhilum Tamil” meaning “Tamil Everywhere - Tamil Everything” .
  • Ma Po Si՚s title “Silambu Selvar” was conferred on him by R. P. Sethu Pillai because of his insightful research on Tamil classic, Silappathikaram, written by Ilango Adigal & his untiring efforts to popularize it.

Atal Innovation Mission & SIRIUS Sign MoU for Promotion of Innovative Cooperation

  • MoU՚s main aim is to promote innovative cooperation b/w students of India & Russia.
  • Objectives of MoU
  • To remove cultural & language barriers b/w students of Russia & India
  • Share best practices in promotion of educational, scientific, innovative achievements. Promote innovative cooperation
  • Search & develop talented youth of both countries fostering knowledge driven innovation ecosystem in both countries.

About AIM-SIRIUS Innovation Festival 2018

  • Young innovators of Atal Tinkering Labs & SIRIUS Educational Foundation came together at 4 day Indo-Russian ATL innovation boot-camp from 1st to 4th Oct to promote spirit of collaborative innovation.
  • Boot-camp was organized by Atal Tinkering Labs, Atal Innovation Mission, w/support from Dept. of Design, IIT Delhi.
  • Innovations developed across space technology, healthcare, smart mobility, clean energy & agricultural technology were showcased.

IISc Bengaluru is India՚s Top Ranked University

  • IISC, Bengaluru, is highest-ranked educational institution from India. IIT-Indore comes 2nd, as per Times Higher Education՚s (THE) world university rankings 2019.
  • Rankings show Oxford continues to hold top spot, Cambridge comes in 2nd, Stanford 3rd & Massachusetts Institute of Technology 4th.
  • In Asia, Tsinghua University of China is new number one school in region.
  • India saw increase in total number of institutions - India has 49 institutions in list as compared to 42 in last year՚s rankings.

IISc, Bengaluru:

  • It occupies 251st position in global rankings.
  • Institution was ranked in 29th position in this year՚s Asia University Rankings.
  • In rank band of 251 - 300, IISc shares position w/Jacobs University, Germany, & University of Illinois, Chicago, among others.


  • It was ranked as 2nd best institution in India, & it occupied spot in list of top 400 global institutions.
  • It surpassed IIT-Bombay, which was earlier ranked in 351 - 400 band, but has now slipped to 401 - 500 band.

VS Naipaul, Fiery Novelist and Nobel Laureate

  • Indian origin writer & famous British novelist Sir V. S. Naipaul died in London on 12th Aug. 2018. Naipaul was known as ‘Sir Videya’ among fans. He has written insensitivity on imp. issues like colonialism, idealism, religion & politics.

Nobel Prize Awarded

  • V. S. Naipaul was awarded Booker Prize in 1971 & Nobel Prize for literature in 2001.
  • He got title of knighthood for literary contribution in 1990.
  • He was only other writer of Indian or Indian origin to receive Nobel literature of literature after Rabindranath Tagore.
  • ‘The Times’ gave Naipaul 7th in list of 50 great British authors in 2008.

About V. S. Naipaul

  • Full name was Vidyadhar Suraj Prasad Naipaul. Born on 17th Aug. , 1932 in Indian Hindu family in Trinidad.
  • After 18 years of schooling he went to Oxford to study. He settled in England after studying at University College, Oxford. They have great fame in the writing world.
  • He took more than 3 years to write his most famous novel ‘A House for Mr. Biswas’ .
  • Naipaul wrote books like ‘N Area of ​​Darkness’ & ‘A Wounded Civilization’ on subjects like India՚s history, culture & civilization.

QS Asia Rankings 2019: 8 Universities from India Among Top 100

QS Asia University Ranking is annual publication of university rankings by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) . 8 Indian universities have figured among top 100 in list of Asia՚s top 50 universities.

Universities are assessed based on:

  • Academic reputation
  • Employer reputation
  • Student-faculty ratio
  • International faculty & students
  • Staff w/PhD
  • Papers per faculty & citations per paper
  • Among other parameters

India and QS Asia Rankings

  • IIT-Bombay has topped Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Asia University Rankings from India followed by IIT Delhi & IIT Madras.
  • 8 Indian universities have figured among top 100 in list of Asia՚s top 50 universities.
  • There are 75 universities from India in top 500 Asia list.

- Published/Last Modified on: May 31, 2019


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