Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), New Delhi and Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia have signed an an International Cooperation Agreement to collaborate in academic programmes and in frontier areas of research in Media and Communication. The agreement was signed by Shri Bimal Julka, IIMC Chairman and Secretary I&B Ministry and Prof. Peter Coaldrake, Vice Chancellor, Queensland University of Technology here today.
The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the 2nd Convocation of Indian Institute of Technology Patna on October 26, 2013.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said a renewed focus by our engineering institutions towards courses on entrepreneurship is essential for the progress of our nation. One should not only be a job seeker but also a job creator. It is perhaps a kind of commitment to oneself, to one’s abilities, to one’s persistence and of course to one’s performance. He said that he was glad to know that IIT Patna is conducting intensive course on Entrepreneurship for its undergraduate students and is proactively nursing their creativity via a dedicated innovation centre. In times to come, it should leverage this opportunity and design engineering programmes in a manner that will become a model for others to emulate.
The HRD Ministry will soon launch 50 DTH educational channels. This was stated by the Secretary (HE) Sh Ashok Thakur in New Delhi today. He said these channels will be different from the existing programmes on air including Gyan Darshan as new one will be more interactive. He said these channels will air programmes which will be live and not pre recorded. Saying that the new initiatives will be one of the largest anywhere in the world of its kind, Sh. Thakur said later on the number of the channels will be increased to one thousand. He said that the Ministry has spent more than one billion dollars for ICT. Over 400 universities and twenty thousand colleges have been linked with bandwidth. He said there is a great potential to increase its usage. Highlighting the potential of the National Programme on National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT), the Secretary said that the entire country can be made into a big classroom which will help improve quality of instructions in engineering colleges particularly belonging to the remote areas. He said that the Ministry may approach AICTE to make on-line education mandatory and integral part of education system. Asking to promote virtual lab, Sh. Thakur said it should be possible to share classes from IITs to other engineering colleges by making the system more user friendly.