Senior Officials from Top 40 Industries including Hero Group & Maruti Suzuki visited LPU

Jalandhar, Punjab, September 18, 2017 /– Quality Circle Forum of India (QCFI), Delhi Chapter, organized its 5th ‘Convention on Quality Concept’ for the Punjab, Himachal and J&K Region at Lovely Professional University, today. In this organization senior officials from top 40 industries including Hero Moto Corp, Hero Cycles, Maruti Suzuki, Mahindra & Mahindra, JCB India, Nerolac Paints, Swaraj Engines, NTPC, Gabriel India, Indian Oil, Blue Star, Motherson Group, Bharat Electronics, Sandhar Group, Auto Fit and more participated actively. Creating value to the society, detailed presentations on quality concepts were made in eight Halls of the University for the benefit of the students. Highlighting, QCFI is the only body in India to award 5 ‘S’ Certificate, jointly with Union of Japanese Scientists & Engineers (JUSE).

LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal was the Chief Guest of the Convention, who was welcomed by Chief Operating Officer (QCFI-DC) Dr K G Sharma and his team members amid the massive assemblage at Shanti Devi Mittal Auditorium of the university. Thanking QCFI-DC leaders for reposing faith in LPU for massive organization, LPU Chancellor Mr Mittal appreciated the efforts of the forum not only in the country but 12 more nations. While inviting the forum to have their office at LPU campus, Mr Mittal also suggested the officials of the forum to commence according accreditation in the education sector for bringing out the best ones for the industry. On this occasion, Director of Hero Cycles Mr Abhishek Munjal and President of JCB India Mr YS Hooda were also present as Guests of Honour.

COO Dr K G Sharma informed: “The motive of the forum is to provide quality concepts to industry, education sector and the society.” He also assured full support to LPU in forwarding such valuable concepts to the hard-working students of the university. Rating discipline, decorum and dignity at LPU in high esteems, through personal observations; Vice Chairman (QCFI-DC) Mr NP Chandoke said: “I am greatly amazed to see the huge value oriented culture being fostered among students at LPU. I want to imply that quality into products and services are determined by quality we enthuse in them. I want to alert all that societal needs are continuously changing and so are the challenges. So, adopting disruptive technologies, we will have to foster culture of regular improvements for perfect solutions.”

Education Gamification Market In Transition Of Traditional Homework Assignment To Gamification Based Learning Is Gaining Highest Pace

New York, New York, September 7, 2017 /– The gamification of education facilitates the students to improve their learning outcomes. Despite the staggering growth of the global education gamification market, the demand and supply gap has broadened in the past few years. The increasing demand and supply gap in the global education gamification market can be overcome through the collaboration of education gamification vendor with educational institutions. However, the reluctance of the learning professionals towards the use of technology, and higher cost of education gamification is hindering their wide scale adoption, particularly in the developing countries of Asia-Pacific.

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The increasing popularity of education gamification has led to the entry of several non-gaming platform based companies in this market. For instance, Pearson (a leading education textbook publisher) has started developing education gamification. Recently, many blue-chip companies, such as SAP and Microsoft have also entered in the global education gamification market. Till now, the education gamification is mostly used in higher education, and therefore a significant potential lies in this market for K12 schools. The education gamification in K12 schools facilitates knowledge retention, higher teaching efficiency, and improved performance of students.

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Globally, the education gamification for higher education institution accounted for the largest market share during 2014. However, the education gamification for K12 schools is expected to be the fastest growing market segment, during the forecast period. K12 schools has witnessed numerous digital versions of class room education such as smart boards, tablets, laptops and stylus pens, in the past few years. Moreover, the transition of traditional homework assignment to gamification based learning is also gaining pace in the global education gamification market. Education gamification is also helpful in achieving active participation of students within the learning environment.

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North America accounted for the largest market share in the global education gamification market during 2014. The high penetration of advanced learning technology in education system across U.S. and Canada is fueling the growth of the global education gamification market in this region. Europe accounted for the second largest market share in the global education gamification market during 2014. The increased penetration of education gamification in higher education institute within Europe is driving the growth of the Europe education gamification market. Asia-Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market of education gamification during the forecast period, which is mostly driven by the increasing market penetration of education gamification in K12 schools. The higher education institution segment of education gamification in the Asia-Pacific education gamification market is also expected to witness significant growth during the forecast period. Country wise, the U.S., the U.K., China, India, Canada, Japan, Germany, Italy, France and Brazil are expected to hold a major share in the global education gamification market during the forecast period.

BITS Pilani alumni Celebrate Teachers Day by conferring First Prof SSR memorial Teaching Excellence Award to Dr P Srinivasan

Pilani, Rajasthan, September 7, 2017 /– A teacher affects eternity and one can never tell where the influence stops. Prof SS Ranganathan (1940 – 2015) popularly known as SSR who taught both at Pilani campus and Chennai off campus for 15 years (1978 – 1987 & 1994 – 2000) at Birla Institute of Technology and Science – BITS Pilani was an epitome of teaching excellence who demonstrated an outstanding commitment and contribution to his students and colleagues. Even though he endured his fight against a killer disease for several years, he always stood for strength, dignity, courage and hope and served the cause of students, guiding them, being part of their joys, struggles and being a great example of living a life for others, thus leaving an unparalleled legacy for all those who are interested in learning and living life to the fullest. With the dual intention of remembering Prof. SSR as well as encouraging the teaching community, a group of alumni joined hands with their Alma mater to announce an award called as “Prof. SSR Memorial Teaching Excellence Award” to honor one member of the teaching staff from any of the Indian campuses of BITS involved in full time teaching for a minimum of six semesters

Well known Chennai academic Prof Seshasayee and NS Parthasarathy widely known as Partha Co-Founder, Vice Chairman & COO of Mindtree Limited, Bengaluru both Proud to be BITSians had taken up the mission with passion to reach out to alumni across various batches spread over from Australia to America for working out the initial corpus amount of Rs 25 Lakhs for the award to get going. Exactly a year ago on Teachers Day, the Memorandum of Understanding giving the details of the award was announced and as per same the awardee would be declared to mark Teachers Day celebrations every year.

A glittering function was held at the Pilani campus of BITS NAB Auditorium on 04 Sep 2017 evening which was attended by Prime Mover of the award MindTree Partha who is himself recipient of Distinguished alumnus of BITS, his wife Radha, 1978 BITSian Ms Namita Sood, 1974 BITSian BR Natarajan (Dean Nattu). From BITS, the Vice Chancellor Prof Souvik Bhattacharyya, Prof AK Sarkar Director Pilani campus, Prof Arya Kumar Dean Alumni Relations and other officers attended. The family of Prof SSR was represented by his wife Mrs Malathy Ranganathan and his younger daughter Ms Kothai.

Emotion choked Mrs Malathi Ranganathan conveyed that the gesture of the alumni indeed touched the family members deeply and said that Prof SSR considered each and every student as his own family member. Such initiatives of giving back by the Alumni to its alma mater, demonstrates once again the reason why BITS, Pilani continues to be amongst one among the top ranking institutions in India today. Ms Kothai Ranganathan also gave a very touching speech about her father. Partha gave a comprehensive summary of different facets of Prof SSR.

Ms Shivangi Research Scholar anchored the proceedings and Ganesh Vandana was rendered by Ms Ardra and Devarcher. Ms Nancy Tripathi and Ms Manprit welcomed the dignitaries by presenting bouquets. Prof BR Natarajan who shared many interesting details including role of BITSAA said that it was immense pride for him that a student whom he had taught in 1982 is presently the Vice Chancellor of BITS Pilani. From Ragamalika Gharana of BITS, Vignesh sang Gorakh Kalyan Raag and Aditya was on Tabla. Dr Sanjiv Kumar Chaudhary proposed vote of thanks.

The first Prof. SSR Memorial Teaching Excellence Award was given to Dr P Srinivasan Professor Head of the Mechanical Engineering Department who is also Associate Dean of Practice School Division from the Pilani campus of BITS. The award included Rs. One Lakh in cash, a plaque and a Citation. Prof Srinivasan holds a BE Mechanical from REC – NIT Srinagar, ME & PhD from REC – NIT Tiruchirapalli. He has been teaching at BITS Pilani from 2006 and prior to that he had taught at SRM University Chennai and SASTRA Thanjavur. His research interests include Modelling and Simulation, Powder Metallurgy, Engineering Materials etc. Students whom he has taught in the past indeed vouch for his passion packed lectures.

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About BITSAA

BITS Alumni Association (BITSAA) has emerged as one of the strongest alumni networks of any university. BITSAA International engages in charitable and educational activities by raising funds for setting up endowments, creating scholarships, rewarding teaching and research and generally promoting the development of resources at Birla Institute of Technology and Science at Pilani, Dubai, Goa & Hyderabad campuses. BITSAA International also aims to strengthen the ties, friendship and communication amongst former students, alumni faculty and friends of the Institute. BITSAA International provides a number of channels for people to stay connected with each other and with Birla Institute of Technology & Science. Notable other alumni initiatives for BITS Pilani include Guru Dakshina program by 70-75 batch to honour former faculty members, Prof Venkateswaran Faculty Excellence award by Karthik Krishna, Atma Nirbara multi crore Pilani Resource Centre by 75-80 batch alumni and many more.

ICFAI Business School CASE Wins Dark Side Award by Academy of Management

Hyderabad, Telangana, August 28, 2017 /– Dr Debapratim Purkhayastha another accolade in ICFAI CASE center as the CASE – Sexual Harassment Complaint and Fallout, won the Dark Side CASE Award. The CASE was written by Ms. Syeeda Maseeha Qumer, Prof. Debapratim Purkayastha of ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and Dr. Vijaya Narapareddy, University of Denver. In last three years ICFAI Business School CASE center has won Dark Side Award twice. The other two who made into final round of Dark Side award were from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

Prof. Purkayastha was also involved as Global Coordinator/Facilitator and Facilitator for the following two Professional Development Workshops (PDW) respectively at this year’s AOM:

  1. Engaging Students in the Digital Age through Experiential Cases & Developing Publishable Cases.
  2. Creating Rich Learning Outcomes: Multimedia Cases and Student Engagement.

ICFAI Business School CASE Development Center(IBSCDC) is among leading CASE center in world with over 5500 CASE studies, structured assignments and teaching notes in its arsenal. ICFAI Business School CASE Development Center(IBSCDC) is Asia Pacific largest repository of business management CASE studies.

While talking to spokesperson of ICFAI Business School CASE Development Center(IBSCDC) about their CASE studies, he said,, “All the CASE studies are developed for MBA programs, Executive MBA programs, Executive Development Programs, and other management-related programs and allied disciplines”.

Vision of ICFAI Business School CASE Development Center(IBSCDC) to create and promote quality research in business management.

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About ICFAI Business School:

ICFAI Business School (IBS) is a constituent of ICFAI group and was incepted in 1995. Since then it is providing quality business and management programs and is one of the pioneer B -School in India. ICFAI Business School provides globally accepted programs and 100% case based learning. MBA/PGPM Program offered by IBS Business School in 9 campuses across India. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune campuses provide PGPM program and Dehradun, Hyderabad and Jaipur provide MBA program.

For more information about ICFAI Business School please visit http://ibsindia.org/

Education Zen Launches its Cloud Based Student Information System to Help Schools

Bengaluru, Karnataka, August 16, 2017 /– EducationZen, a popular Bangalore based school software company has recently launched its cloud based Student Information Systems (SIS), SchoolZen. Unlike other school software vendors, EducationZen has the expertise and experience to provide you high – end features.

SchoolZen is one of a kind software to power your school. It helps schools to centralize data and provide access anytime, anywhere. The high- end features of this software are effective to empower teachers, students and parents with insights for improvement.

According to the development team, SchoolZen offer you comprehensive solutions. Be it student management, attendance, generating reports, parent communication or non-academic activities you can run your school more efficiently than ever before.

With this intuitive software schools can become efficient, collaborative, and respond faster to students’ needs. The development team of Education Zen have designed this software for impact and ease of use by teachers, parents and administrators. The flexible framework of SchoolZen helps to capture assessment data across different types and standardizes it for analysis and insight.

In fact, SchoolZen is a gradebook that adapts to any assessment.

Some of its features are:

  • Intuitive dashboards to set targets, track outcomes
  • Adapts to requirements of any curriculum
  • Measure learning outcomes
  • Suitable for observation based assessments
  • Amenable to all forms of assessments used in schools such as marks, grades, levels, mastery tracking, rubrics and more
  • Easily accessible student database
  • Attendance and behaviour tracking
  • Effective parent portal communication
  • Calendar and event notification
  • Easily generate report cards
  • Analytics and metrics tracking is automatic, effortless and accessible to everyone who needs it

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BUID contributes a chapter to the Praeger Handbook of International Special Education

Dubai, Dubai, August 13, 2017 /– The Professor of Special Education and the Dean of Faculty of Education at The British University in Dubai (http://buid.ac.ae/), Dr. Eman Gaad; and Dr. Nadera Alborno, Associate Professor of Education at AUD and BUiD’s Alumna, were approached for their valuable contribution to provide input for a chapter about the UAE to the Praeger Handbook of International Special Education, with Dr. James Patton and Dr. Micheal Wehmeyer as editors.

This international handbook on Special Education shows a compendiary, data-driven overview of special education services, in more than 70 countries all over the world using the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ (CRPD) Article on Education, as the analytical base. They used two primary frames: first is the relationship between special and general education in the country, and second is the country’s system that is aligned with the Article on Education in the UN Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities (CRPD). The handbook will also have two volumes. Each chapter will provide data and information about the country in general, and trailed by different sections on the existing public and private education systems, the requirements of teacher training and development, the impediments in special education and the progress of developing trends in special education. This will be a very critical and valuable reference source for governments, policymakers, researchers, graduate students, and to the special and general education sectors across the globe.

The British University in Dubai commends the efforts and expertise of Dr. Gaad and Dr. Alborno, who have successfully accomplished the meaningful documentation of UAE’s initiative, ongoing hard work and further developments in the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). This major international publication has the intention to make available for persons with disabilities, the access of equal rights and opportunities to education and empowerment in wide-ranging environments. The international handbook has brought universal awareness about persons with disabilities to various institutions and to the general public.

Notes to Editor

The British University in Dubai (BUiD), is regions of the of the best research based universities in Dubai established in 2004, offering Post Graduates degree programs for higher education.

ICFAI Business School organized Faculty Knowledge Program held at Visakhapatnam

Hyderabad, Telangana, July 26, 2017 /– Theme of the Faculty Knowledge program organized by ICFAI Business School at Visakhapatnam was ‘Interactive Tools Add Fun Element to Classroom’. The activities goes all day starting from Financial Accounting followed by Statistics, Business Computing and Economics.

K.S Venu Gopal, HoD of marketing department-IBS said, “In today’s competitive scenario, the stress is not only about embracing technology but also to incorporate interactive tools such as case study, simulations and business games to make the teaching-learning process an engrossing experience.” Further he added, “Adopting creative teaching methods would work wonders in the long run. The trick lies in making the students more participative through case studies. Such tools offer the practical exposure to the aspirants and help them absorb the subject effectively in any discipline.”

HoD of IBS Soft skill department, Mahesh Kumar Soma introduces several lecturers and asst. professor from Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam district to a digital presentation.

Attendee Lecturers and asst. Professor felt the session was very helpful in term of teaching way. Hari Krishna Prasad, assistant professor of Maharajah’s Post Graduate College, Vizianagaram, said “It is imperative to create a conducive learning environment for students. When we adopt innovative teaching concepts, it not only enhances the student-connect but also helps us to stand out as a faculty member.”

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About ICFAI Business School:

ICFAI Business School (IBS) is a constituent of ICFAI group and was incepted in 1995. Since then it is providing quality business and management programs and is one of the pioneer B -School in India. ICFAI Business School provides globally accepted programs and 100% case based learning. MBA/PGPM Program offered by IBS Business School in 9 campuses across India. Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Gurgaon, Kolkata, Mumbai and Pune campuses provide PGPM program and Dehradun, Hyderabad and Jaipur provide MBA program.

For more information about ICFAI Business School please visit http://ibsindia.org/