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The president is right; universities are not just degree factories

India needs to develop an entrepreneurship-oriented higher education ecosystem to take her growth to next level

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Indian president Ram Nath Kovind presenting medal to a student at the 7th Convocation of IIT, Hyderabad. Image/PIB

The speed of fourth industrial revolution seems to be amazing. Changes are happening in an unprecedented manner, revolutionising every area of public life with great impact.

And the conventional mode of learning needs to be restructured in this manner. Education methodologies have to be shaped as per the standards of emerging technologies which include Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning.

The 21st century will be crafted by the ideals of fourth industrial revolution

The president of India, Ram Nath Kovind, got right about the change. While speaking at the seventh convocation of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Hyderabad, on August 05, 2018, he emphasized this particular point. As he said India’s aspirations are no longer limited to the heavy industrial base that the nation built in the past.

The 21st century will be crafted by the ideals of fourth industrial revolution. Obviously, institutions like IITs have to remain relevant to the ecosystem of Industry 4.0.

“Colleges, universities and other higher institutions of learning are not degree factories. They are sources of innovation and incubators of technology-driven startups,” the president said at the convocation. He also pointed out the example of Silicon Valley in the US to promote a culture of innovation in the higher education space.

It needs to be noted that the resounding success of Silicon Valley as the global hub of entrepreneurship is the result of Stanford University’s unparalleled contribution to ignite the innovation spirit among young entrepreneurs.

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Big win for BJP in Jammu region

BJP has won 212 seats out of 520 across the Jammu region in the civic polls

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Big win for BJP in Jammu

BJP has won 212 seats out of 520 across the Jammu region in the civic polls which was boycotted by the National Conference and the PDP. The saffron party has bagged 92 seats in Jammu, 23 in Rajouri, 13 in Reasi, and 34 in Kathua.

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Sabarimala is not a place for activism: Sri Sri Shankar

The founder of the Art of Living movement made it clear that Sabarimala is not a place for activism or one-upmanship

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As Kerala has been witnessing heavy protests over the state government’s stand on Supreme Court’s judgement on Sabarimala temple, eminent spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s tweet on the issue is getting much attention.

The founder of the Art of Living movement made it clear that Sabarimala is not a place for activism or one-upmanship. “The abode of Lord Ayyappa should be kept intact with utmost serenity, respecting tradition. It’s not a place for activism or one-upmanship,” Sri Sri tweeted.

He also believes that while considering the review petition, the Court will take note of the sentiments of devotees as well.

The Supreme Court’s judgement that allows women of all ages to enter the Sabarimala temple has resulted in one of the biggest movements in the history of Kerala by Lord Ayyappa devotees, demanding the state government to back off from implementing the Court’s order with immediate effect.

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Headlines: Rahul Gandhi can’t understand RSS

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Armed forces worked hand in hand with Kerala government: CM

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan has praised the armed forces for their dedicated role in rescue operations during the Kerala floods. The death toll would have been much higher if the army hadn’t come to the scene, he said.

Huge win for Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma

Conrad Sangma, the chief minister of Meghalaya, has won the by-election by a huge margin, defeating Charlotte W Momin of the Congress. Conrad Sangma is a popular leader from the National Peoples Party (NPP) in Meghalaya.

‘Rahul Gandhi can’t understand RSS’

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Warren Buffet’s entry to India via Paytm

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‘Equip police to combat cyber threats’

The vice president of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, has said that we should be aware of cyber warfare, equip police to combat threats. He was speaking at the 48th Foundation Day of Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).

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